Protea, Wax Flower, Acacia, Eucalyptus
Wedding flowers change the atmosphere of a wedding more than any other detail of the day. And as I work on commercial shoots that require a bouquet or arrangement, I am taking the opportunity to learn their names, to enjoy their scent, and to photograph a few beautiful flower arrangements.
Protea – Proteaceae Protea, from South Africa, also known as a sugar bush
Wax Flower – Myrtaceae Chamelaucium, from Western Australia
Acacia – Fabaceae Acacia, with any of 981 species also known as wattles
Eucalyptus – Myrtaceae Eucalyptus, with an oil that smells amazing
I spent 15 years in forestry, some of which was in the field, some working for policy initiatives to protect the places that I had come to love. Throughout those years the trees of the forest became familiar by name. By many names, actually, as they often have many from different regions or from the scientific world.
We were expected to know them by the bark, by their silhouette, by their branching pattern, by their twigs, by their cellular structure in various cuts, and of course by their leaves. The latter interested me the most.
And while I many never know what the shape of a Myrtaceae Eucalyptus shrub looks like in form, I will never mistake the sweet smell of its oils, or the short needle leaves of the wax flower that I have put in so many arrangements over the years.
Flowers are starting to become familiar too, and my life is blessed for it.