Friday, June 29, 2012

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. 29th June 2012

 Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is part of the Guringai people Country.
Created in 1894 it is the second oldest national park in NSW and conserves some 15,000 hectares (37,066 acres) of sandstone bushland only 25 km from the centre of Sydney.
So it was on this fine winters day that I took the camera to 3 areas of the park, the Basin Trail (heath), West Head (forest) and the Waratah Trail (scruby heath, part of it had been burnt recently).

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Grevillea buxifolia  -  Grey Spider-flower

Hakea sp.

Xanthorrhoea sp  -  Grass Tree

Grevillea sericea  -  Pink Spider-flower

Banksia Spinulosa  -  Hairpin Banksia.
Profile and viewed from above.

Hibbertia bracteata  - Guinea Flower

(not sure)

Banksia ericifolia  -  Heath Banksia

Darwinia fascicularis ssp. fascicularis

Acacia sauveolens  -  Sweet Scented Wattle

(not sure, looks like Linum marginale)

Boronia sp.

Leptospermum sp.  (squarrosum?)  PinkTea Tree

Golden-tai​led Spiny Ant
feeding on nectar from  Hakea gibbosa.

Knotted branches of
 Angophora costata  -  Sydney Red Gum

Epacris longiflora  -  Native Fuchsia

Lives on after the fire,
 Xanthorrhoea sp  -  Grass Tree

Lobelia dentata  -  Angel Sword

Calytrix tetragona  -  Fringe-myrtle

Philotheca salsolifolia  -  Philotheca.

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Rookwood Necropolis (Cemetery) Lidcombe. 22nd June 2012

Agave. Probably a good idea at the time.
 Rookwood Necropolis is one of Australia's oldest cemeteries, and, at 283 hectares (700 acres), is one of the largest burial grounds in the world. Over 800,000 people have been interred within it's grounds since it was established in 1886. The original 81 hectare (200 acres) is subject to a Permanent Conservation Order and represents the largest, and one of the finest, surviving examples of a Victorian public cemetery anywhere in the world.
So it was on a windy, cold and cloudy winters day that I went to find out what lives in the world of the dead.
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Vinca minor

All tied down.
Cheerful Jonquils
Beauty in a old rose garden.

I don't know what this is, looks like sugar popcorn
that's been cut open.

Bulbil Watsonia


I don't know.

Lemon-scented Gum (Corymbia citriodora) blown to
the ground by the wind.
Acacia sp.
Mother-of-millions run wild.
Jonquil, happy faces in a sad place.
Real and not real.
Honey Suckle
Cotoneaster berries
Norfolk Island Pine
This plant, which had dark blue/black berries, was wide
spread through the grounds.
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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Cattai National Park (Mitchell Park) NSW 15th June 2012

35 minutes drive away is Mitchell Park, which is part of Cattai National Park.  A good spot for both birds and plants due to the various habitat types, rain forest, river,swamp and drier sandstone ridges. Today there weren't a lot flowers but the fungi and some fruiting plants, if only small, gave some colour along the somewhat damp tracks. Although I like to photograph fungi I have very little knowledge of which species they are.
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Pittosporum revolutum - Yellow Pittosporum (fruit)
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Rapanea sp.  -  Muttonwood

Grevillea mucronulata  -  Green Spider-flower

One of the 'bracket' type fungi
Persoonia linearis  -  Narrow-leaved Geebung
Acacia linifolia.  - Flax-leafed Wattle

Stylidium sp.  -  Trigger Plant

Pimelea linifolia ssp. linifolia  -  Slender Rice-flower
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Base of Scribbly Gum appears to melt over
underlying sandstone.

The yellow under-bark of a Corymbia eximia  -
Yellow Bloodwood contrasts with the red
of  Persoonia levis.
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