Friday, October 18, 2013

Mitchell Park National Park. 18th October 2013.

Fires circling Sydney at the moment have closed a lot of the main roads in the directions I usually take so I had to kept closer to home.
When I saw the wetland at Mitchell Park was dry, it was a bit of a shock, as this was the first time I had seen it this way. Conditions in the bush weren't much better and there wasn't much to choose from.

The leaves of these shrubs highlight the stress the flora is undergoing
 due to hot and dry condition in the bush.
Actinotus helianthi  -  Flannel Flower.
Wahlenbergia gracilis  -
 Sprawling Bluebell, Australian Bluebell.
Scribbly Gum damaged by fires many years ago.
These trees just keep on growing as nothing has happened.

Spent flower caps and flowers of
Corymbia eximia  -  Yellow Bloodwood.

Can you see the Old English Sheepdog and pup?
Fallen Yellow Bloodwood blossom.

Morinda jasminoides  -  Morinda, Sweet Morinda, Jasmine Morinda.
The flowers are cute but the fruits............
...........are something else.
  (nostrils, eyes and brows added by me)
Parsonsia straminea  -  Common Silkpod, Monkey Rope.
The 'bean' like fruits of this vigorous climber.

Melaleuca linariifolia  -  Flax Leaf Paperbark, Snow in Summer.
Does look like snow in summer.
Dianella longifolia  -  Pale Flax-lily.
Kunzea ambigua  -  Tick Bush.
Geitonoplesium cymosum  -  Scrambling Lily.
Leptosperm​um trinervium - Flaky-bark​ed Tea-tree.
One of the bracket fungi looking like a pair of slippers stuck on the side
of this eucalypt.
Charred leaves and ash blown in from the bushfires 32 kms away.

The wetland was dry.



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

I placed this emerging cicada on a tree trunk.
A family of Maned Duck find some green feed in a shaded area.

I think these may be from the Chalcopterus
 (Darkling) Beetle family. Having a rest after demolishing
the leaves of a Blackthorn shrub.

One of the Darter/Skipper butterflies.

Variegated Fairy-wren

Lewin's Honeyeater

Scarab beetles enjoying a meal of leaf.

Scarlet Honeyeater  (female)

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