a spring walk in the bush

Posted: September 7, 2015 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time

Royal-National-Parkit was a perfect spring day for a walk in Royal National Park just south of the city
creekwater was flowing, frogs croaking, birds flitting with tiny flowers bursting everywhere
mountain-devilMountain devil Lambertia formosa (scale app 3:1)
epacris longifloraFuchsia heath  Epacris longiflora (scale app 5:1)
smokebushSmokebush Conospermum taxifolium (scale app 4:1)
flannel-flowerthis tough little flannel flower won’t be ready flower ’til late spring or earlysummer Actinotus helianthi
petrophileConesticks budding up Petrophile pulchella
xanthorrhoeaGrass Tree Xanthorrhoea
burned-xanthorrhoeaa burned old Xanthhorea in seed
the-bushtextures of the bush
scribbly-gumlove the wonderful lines made by a moth larvae living under the bark of a scribbly gum Eucalyptus haemastoma
it’s Spring here in the Land Down Under!

  1. Great photos. I love the bushlands on Sydney sandstone. Thanks for sharing.

  2. margaret johnson says:

    Beautiful pics Mo. Love the scribbly bark, had one of those trees in our backyard when we lived in Sydney in the 70’s. Do you know what type of beetle is on the smoke bush flowers? Are you getting lots of Spring rain yet? Had a couple of days here where the rain has thundered down, oh boy, do we need it! Nice to know you guys had a lovely walk in the park. ox

  3. Eliene says:

    The marks of a moth….I think that is so cool.

  4. grace says:

    Scribbly!!!! but the Whole walk….THANK YOU, i can see these plants i’ve never seen
    BEAUTY Full walk, just so fine and oh a very very happy Spring to you

  5. jude says:

    love those last lines

  6. Marti says:

    Sight, sound, scent and touch: this is terrific to take this walk with you Mo. Looking at what grows in your part of the world is such an education and thank you for identifying what we see. I often listen for bird calls and the sound of the wind when I take walks because I tend to do so early in the morning. Especially love the scent of the ground after a rain and I am wondering about the scent of Fuschia heath, does it have a scent? On walks, I am forever touching leaves, stones and am tempted to want to touch carefully, Mountain devil and curve my hands around the Conesticks. Your walk is a treat for all of the senses.

    • Mo Crow says:

      there is so much diversity in coastal heath, a small protected hollow will support a completely different set of plants to an exposed ridge only a few feet away, the scents are delicate & subtle

  7. ravenandsparrow says:

    The moth tracery is almost like hieroglyphics. It is saying something. Thank you for the look into the bush….truly a botanical exotica for me!

  8. Carol says:

    One of my favourite places, Mo, and I so love the bush, the wild flowers and the glimpses of the fauna. Now I’m looking forward to your photos of the Waratahs…

  9. coloremartine says:

    What a beautiful start of spring………….

  10. fiberels says:

    Sooo great to see your spring Mo !!! (some really amazing plants for us up here …)

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