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.
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!
The floor of the forests, and even the paths, were dotted with various tiny orchids…. if only I’d had my macro lens!
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!
Of course, wallabies watched us with interest. A white (not albino) wallaby remained shy, with a young one in tow.
Suddenly we came to a clearing where a boronia plantation has been harvested for the last 10 years or so, providing industry with the rich scent of the brown boronia, a flower about as lucrative as saffron, evidently!
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…