After (and perhaps as a result of) the massively destructive floods last summer and the fires in 2006, the Grampians are aflush with luxuriant growth this spring.
Gleichenia dicarpa; Pouched Coral Fern
Unfurling; Pouched Coral Fern
Carnivorous Drosera auriculata; digesting mosquitos in the early morning
Lichens on clifftop
Orange wood fungus
Mosses in "flower"
And, with over one thousand species of plants to be found in the park, the flush of flowers was an absolute joy to experience…
Comesperma volubile; Love Creeper- nice name ; )
Chamaescilla corymbosa; Blue Squill
Stypandra glauca; Nodding Blue Lily
Craspedia sp; Billy-Buttons
Platylobium obtusangulum; Common Flat-pea
Grevillea dimorpha; Flame Grevillea
Daviesia brevifolia; Leafless Bitter-pea
Isopogon ceratophyllus; Horny Cone-bush
Never seen anything like these small, succulent rosettes....
Epacris impressa; Common Heath
Leucopogon sp; Beard Heath
So much has changed in the park as a result of the natural events of the last few years; roads, paths and walking tracks, facilities and the very landforms that make up the landscape of the area. The plants, however, are as beautiful as ever, adapting more easily to these events by spreading their seeds and even re-rooting after being washed along in the floodwater. And wonderfully, I witnessed their ongoing celebration by plant-lovers from all over the world. Go out there if you can- you’ll be amazed.