A few things.

In the early days the local Gippsland Red Gums were heavily utilised for fencing and milling, consequently big old trees with ages numbered in hundreds of years are now mainly found on roadside reserves, with the odd individual found on farming land, where in many cases their days are numbered. When I visited a friend’s property recently one such tree caught my eye and I knew that I had to return on a good day with camera and wide angle lens to photograph it. Good days, for photographs that is, have been few and far between, reflected in the lack of recent posts, but finally one with blue sky and clouds arrived and the deed was done. It is a magnificent healthy tree that drops limbs occasionally as red gums will, and that means hollows for nesting birds. Here are two shots from different angles. Just magnificent….

red gum


red gum

The Snowy River Wattle, Acacia boormanii is a beauty for the garden, reliable in heavy soil, with a pleasant perfume, fine foliage, and attractive to native bees. Ours is now in full flower and being visited for pollen by honey bees and the season’s first native bee species to appear,
Lasioglossum Parasphecodes hiltacum.

snowy river wattle


snowy river wattle


native bee

And while we’re in the garden, Bill Cane’s Heyfield double wax is coming into flower,

Philotheca verrucosa

and an outstanding grevillea that the honeyeaters love, a G. rhyolitica hybrid is growing nicely on the edge of a raised bed and flowering well.

grevillea hybrid


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….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.

bracket fungus

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.

trim greenhood


nodding greenhood

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…

feather

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.

bracket fungi


puffballs

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.

pollinated orchid

A small splash of yellow under a grey sky, the first flower on an Hibbertia, click.

hibbertia

Smaller than a grain of sand
A tiny seed became a tree
Lived its life and now is just
A remnant sleeping peacefully. click…

wood

Termites, a menace if they invade your house, but in the right place they have their place in the scheme of things, click, click.

termites


termites

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.

snow gum


snow gum leaves

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.

lanigera

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.

red gum

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