Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Bruny Island (Bird?) Forest Festival, part 2

I saw much of the weekend with a plant lover’s eye. While everyone else scanned the tops of very tall trees for very small birds, in a world of bird sounds, I was excited by the beauty of the Tasmanian bush and the amazing flowers now in bloom.

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This is the Tasmanian Laurel, a large shrub dotted throughout the forests and now covered in masses of white flowers. I had my big zoom lens on to capture those elusive bird and could not get far enough away to get good photos of the whole shrubs.

 

It is truly a sight to see, the Tasmanian forest, in flower!

 

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The floor of the forests, and even the paths, were dotted with various tiny orchids…. if only I’d had my macro lens!

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The Tasmanian clematis is also in full bloom, climbing trees and cascading in masses of white stars.

The clematis and laurel are readily available to home gardeners and I look forward to planting some in the understorey of damp areas of my garden soon!

 

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Of course, wallabies watched us with interest. A white (not albino) wallaby remained shy, with a young one in tow.

 

 

 

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The scent of these plants, when in flower en masse, carries across the land on the breeze. Sadly only a few flowers were left this day.

Trickling water, ferns and moss, tiny, tiny things, enormous tree trunks and soaring leaves…. peace for the soul…

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