Friday, March 15, 2013

Thirlmere Lakes National Park. 15th March 2013

It has been several years since I was here last and this time I came with different eyes.
 Going out and hoping to photograph a different range of flora around Sydney every week is a little harder than I thought when I first commenced this project. While there were plants in flower that I come across nearly every week (I don't want to keep showing the same ones) Thirlmere Lakes offered some new plants like the blue Grassland Daisy (they were everywhere) and the Autumn Bird-orchid as well as 12 different fungi.
I couldn't walk around the lakes as the main track was blocked by large puddles so most of the plants were photographed along the road. The level of the lakes themselves are very low, due to (it is thought) the long-tunnel coal mines that are nearby and there is concern that some of the rarer flora and fauna that rely on the lakes may disappear.

Brachyscome angustifolia var. angustifolia
  -  Grassland Daisy

Dillwynia parvifolia  -  Small Parrot-pea

Pimelea linifolia ssp. linifolia
 -  Slender Rice-flower

Glycine clandestina - Twining Glycine

Male flowers of Dodonaea triquetra  -  Common Hop Bush

Lagenophora stipitata
 -  Common Lagenifera, Blue Bottle-daisy

Persoonia lanceolata  -   Lance-leave Geebung
Fungi, part 1.

Styphelia laeta var. angustifolia  -  Five Corners

Pratia purpurascens  -  White Root.

I think these are moss 'spore capsules'.

Acacia ulicifolia  -  Prickly Moses

Adiantum aethiopicum  -  Common Maidenhair Fern

Viola hederacea  -  Native Violet, Ivy-leaved Violet

Stylidium graminifolium  -  Grass Triggerplant

Chiloglottis reflexa
  -  Autumn Bird-orchid, Short Clubbed Wasp Orchid

Wahlenbergia gracilis
  -  Sprawling Bluebell, Australian Bluebell.

Arthropodium milleflorum  -  Pale Vanilla Lily

Flowers of  a Hedgehog (Echidna) Grass
 -   Echinopogon sp.

Fungi, part 2.

Helichrysum sp.   Everlasting daisy.

Just to get a photo. 

FEATHERS, FUR and FANG. Some Of The Wildlife Seen Today.

Blue Skimmer  -  Orthetrum caledonicum  (Dragon Fly)
Brown Ringlet  -   Hypocysta metirius
Orb-weaver spider and lunch.
Black bull-ant.
Wombat hole.
The blue ant (Diamma bicolor, also known as the blue-ant or
bluebottle) is, despite its name and its appearance, not an ant
 at all, but rather a species of large solitary parasitic wasp
 sometimes known as a flower wasp. (Wikipedia)
Ambicodamus crinitus  -  Red and Black Spider

Ambicodamus crinitus  -  Red and Black Spider



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  1. You do find the most beautiful little treasures, Bill. The Grassland Daisy, the Parrot Pea, the Glycine and the Five Corners are all simply wonderful.

    I'm also impressed that you found a Wombat hole!

    1. The Wombat hole was the easy bit, it's the 24 hours spent trying to work out the names of the plants and the insects that I have photographed that is hard. Glad that you enjoy them.

  2. I think the wombat found Bill rather than he finding the hole. Bill's hat is the only thing left of him :-)

    L'L Brudda

  3. Lovely photos, well worth what you did to get them! Personally, you're braver than I am, so my hat's off to ya!

    1. Happy to hear you enjoyed the photos. They were the worst driving conditions encounted so far.