CFFC: Really Red


Red is a troublesome colour. I hunted thru lots of flower photos before I realised that the amount of sunlight changes many reds to orange. Shade-loving Clivias (say ‘Clive-ee-az’) prove my point.


I do think reds are the better for a bit of contrast.


Red also packs a punch. When this tree flowers, it opens up a wine bar for local lorikeets. (They’re often planted in Queensland as shade trees around public buildings, like libraries!) The nectar quickly ferments in the heat … much to the delight of the birds … who quickly throw wild parties, sometimes falling drunkenly out of their tree, and incapable of flying straight home.


Schotia brachypetala, is often called the “Drunken Parrot Tree.” New Year’s for local lorikeets is usually third week in October. The red blossoms are long gone now. It’s all quiet. Shhh.

All text and photos by Meg

Story Twigs the Imagination! by Meg Philp is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License

7 thoughts on “CFFC: Really Red

  1. Wine bar for lorikeets? That is hilarious…but I have a “wine” bar outside my front door, so I musn’t laugh too much!
    All is well and exciting for 2016. Cheers


  2. It’s 10:00 am on New Year’s Day here in Toronto and finally our first snowfall , a soft thin layer. The perfect setting for my memories of raucous lorikeets to be creatively coloured with photos and story. Thanks Meg and Happy Creating in 2016.


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