BUILDINGS at all three Edith Cowan University campuses have changed colour from red (mirda) to orange (yoorntmirda), indicating the Nyoongar season Bunuru has arrived.
During ECU’s 25th anniversary year the chancellery building at Joondalup will light up at night in the colour that represents each of the Nyoongar seasons.
The Nyoongar seasons explain the environmental changes we see annually in WA’s South West region. They can be shorter or longer and are indicated by changes in flora and fauna.
Bunuru is the second summer, or season of the adolescence, from February to March.
Bunuru is the hottest time of the year with little to no rain.
Hot easterly winds continue with a cooling sea breeze most afternoons if you’re close to the coast.
Therefore, traditionally this was, and still is, a great time for living and fishing by the coast, rivers and estuaries.
Because of this, freshwater foods and seafood made up major parts of the diet during this time of year.
Bunuru is also a time of the white flowers with lots of white flowering gums in full bloom, including jarrah, marri and ghost gums.
Another striking flower that is hard to go past is the female zamia (Macrozamia riedlei).
Being much larger than that of its male counterpart, the huge cones emerge from the centre of the plant with masses of a cotton wool like substance.
As the hot, dry weather continues the seed upon the cones change from green to bright red, indicating they’re ripening and becoming more attractive to animals, particularly the emu, that will eat the toxic fleshy outer.