Taken on a wander through a small reserve not far from where I live. The reserve has a number of bushcarers that look after it and nurture it by removing the more noxious weeds and plants tha thave crept in over the years. Im constantly surprised by the diversity in this small patch of scrub. One can only imagine what it must have been like before whitefellas arrived.
Its common name is running postman!
Clematis twined around the fork of a tree. Here’s a close up.
And a beautiful pink lady orchid….of which there were many.
Its still what we call winter down here…that roughly translates as lots of intermittent rain, skies full of clouds , gusty winds and in between beautiful sunny days that we would describe as coolish! In between showers this afternoon I went for a walk across the road from where I live …im lucky enough to have a piece of remnant scrub which never ceases to amaze and bring smiles to my face.
Its limestone country and so there are beautiful ponds scattered around…after rain.
There were clusters of donkey orchids dotted around
Local hakeas and beautiful yellow hibertia.
And there was more!
Biodiversity rules…..so lucky to have this as my backyard.
Today has been one of the coldest days yet on the south coast of oz. Seriously when your breath clouds out of your mouth, its cold. We have had hail off and on all day. An intense low has been right over the top of us. Definately an inside by the fire day.
I did manage to take myself outside this afternoon and this is what I found….
Brrrrr heaps of hail cuddledmup next to my rainwater tanks
Hail heaped up in my stormwater drain……
and later across the road
Glorious cloudscapes….. clear and crisp and soaring!!
The best light ever….
And here they are in the distance
The years have sculpted, the water has lapped….
The sand and waves have crashed and gnashed……
Age does not weary, wind and rain maybe a bug or two?
Nestled and protected safe from scouring winds
Tide is out, water is clear, wood is sculpture
The great egret captured in the rippled water, stalking its morning prey
Winter beauty…..luminescent greens
These gorgeous entities are everywhere …often in family groups nestled in amongst the gum trees. They say they only grow a couple of cms a year.
They are remarkably hardy plants able to survive the fiercest of bushfires…..their symmetry leaves me open mouthed at times.
They are prolific and after a bushfire you can see them pushing up through the soil along the sides of the road…any cleared space really.
On my morning walk ….
Beautiful colours and shapes
Unimaginable diversity…….so good to see
Incredible thousands of years old granite rocks sculpted by nature….the sea, the wind, the rain, coloured by beautiful lichens…
Shapes that inspire
Shapes to muse on
Shapes in awe of