December to January
The ‘hot and dry’ was characterised by the onset of hot easterly winds. The signals of this season were the Christmas and paper bark trees blossoming. Noongar people burnt mosaic sections of scrubland through fire-stick farming. This forced animals into the open to hunt and opened the canopy to the November rains, which increased germination of summer foodstuffs. An abundance of food was found along the coastal lakes and river estuaries. The mullet, bream, marron and crabs were fat and ready for harvest. Colours of this season are green, blue, orange and yellow.
Image: Flowering Nuytsia floribunda. Photographs by Gnangarra...commons.wikimedia.org [CC BY 2.5 au] (image has been cropped).