….through the bush, not looking for anything specific, just pictures when and where they crop up. First to catch the eye, a bracket fungus on a dry log, click.
It’s that time of year when the greenhoods are pushing up and catching the eye. The Trim has been up for a while and now the Nodding is making an appearance, click, click.
Rosellas weaving through the trees
A feather drifting down to fall
And add its red to green and brown
A picture on the forest floor. click…
The rain has largely bypassed us and the bush is quite dry, but in the shade of the Kangaroo Thorn there is some moistness and more fungi, brackets and puffballs, click, click.
And in a similar spot the fungus gnats have done their work well on a Mosquito Orchid, Acianthus species, there will be seed to disperse. These insects appear to do their work on these species mainly at night. (R Kuiter, Orchid Pollinators of Victoria.) click.
A small splash of yellow under a grey sky, the first flower on an Hibbertia, click.
Smaller than a grain of sand
A tiny seed became a tree
Lived its life and now is just
A remnant sleeping peacefully. click…
Termites, a menace if they invade your house, but in the right place they have their place in the scheme of things, click, click.
Farewell to the bush and on to the grassy plains flora beside the railway line, but first a stop at the lowland occurrence of the Snow Gum, Eucalyptus pauciflora. Unfortunately this rather unique patch of an alpine species has been subjected to ill advised and unnecessary burning that has killed many of the trees. One survivor is at the roadside with a weeping branch of the longitudinal-veined leaves at a convenient height for a photograph, click, click.
The railway reserve is also burnt to promote flowering of the grassland flora, but this has not been to the advantage of the Grevillea lanigera growing there. Several of the shrubs have made good growth since the last burn however, and were heavy in bud ready for an early spring flowering, click.
And with the fickle sun shining again, a final stop before heading for home to admire a rather magnificent open-crowned Gippsland Red Gum, click.
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