Sunday, December 13, 2009

Late reporting of trip to Grampians. Beware – photo laden post.

Mitty and I went to the Grampians for a couple of days in late Spring, specifically to check out the wildflowers.

Grampians

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Grampians 3

Well recognisable landscapes of the Grampians.

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So many kangaroos in the one spot.

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Looking for wildflowers.

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Had to drive very slowly to avoid a head on with kangaroos.

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Grass Trees are very slow growing with mature plants being centuries old.

‘The grass tree Xanthorrhoea, aka ‘black boys’, is a uniquely Australian plant, which epitomises the Australian landscape and is as tough as goats' knees. It will withstand drought. Bushfires will burn the foliage and blacken the stump, but then it regrows. Often a bushfire will encourage flower development. These remarkable plants have a lifespan of 600 years.’

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Another typical Grampians scene.

Grampians - $95 worth groceries

We kinda left for our holiday on short notice and didn’t get organised for food. We had to buy in Hall’s Gap at the supermarket. We actually thought this would be a more economical way than eating out for our meals. Not so. This photo represents $95 worth of groceries. We went into shock at the cash register. In retrospect it probably would have been cheaper to eat out.

Grampians - my luggage and Mitty's luggage

And this is kinda embarrassing. On the left we have my luggage and on the right we have Mitty’s luggage.

THE WILDFLOWERS

Grampians - common correa

Common correa

Grampians - daisy

I know it’s a daisy but that’s about it.

Grampians - donkey orchid

The common donkey orchid ‘diuris’.

Grampians - everlasting

Everlasting daisy.

Grampians - fringe lily

Fringe lily.

Grampians - goodenia

Goodenia.

Grampians - green combed spider orchid

Green combed spider orchid.

Grampians - holly grevillea

Holly Grevillea.

Grampians - grevillea 2

Grevillea but unsure what type.

Grampians - pea flower

Pea flower.

Grampians - pea flower 2

Pea flower.

Grampians - pink finger 2

Pink Finger orchid.

Grampians - running postman

Running postman pea flower.

Grampians - salmon sun orchid

Salmon sun orchid.

Grampians - swamp goodenia

Swamp goodenia.

Grampians - tinsel lily

Tinsel lily.

Grampians - wildflower 1

Grampians - wildflower 2

Grampians - wildflower 5

Grampians - wildflower 6

Grampians deer

And sighted amongst the native flora and fauna was a feral deer.

Not surprisingly, we decided that we needed to stay a lot longer to do a proper job of exploring the Grampians.

P.S. If anyone who happens to come by, and knows the correct identification of any of these flowers I would appreciate you passing on your knowledge.

3 comments:

fibresofbeing said...

Great photos. Thanks for sharing your trip.
Judy

Life Looms Large said...

Those are lovely flower photos. Jim and I would have been totally distracted by the kangaroos and spent days and days photographing them. (I might have had to resort to knitting some of the time since my attention span for wildlife photography isn't as good as his!)

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T said...

I love going to the Grampians Leslie, it is always full of surprises in Spring. Did not see your photos (hate Telstra)...wish I had broadband here...maybe one day....
xt

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