Todays walk was in the Gibraltar Ranges. My mine aim was to get some photos of Waratahs and not have to do housework.
Here at my place it was a bit chilly, so I knew that going into the mountains it was going to be cooler. I wore jeans, T-shirt and a light jumper and had a jacket in the car just in case. Yes I know it’s Summer but no one told the weather. It snowed a way down the range but I knew there was snow somewhere as last night was rather cold. Yeah I know. A big baby when I say cold at 9c
This is a long walk as when I got to the gates to Washpool National Park they were locked. The Parkies were getting trees off the track that had fallen from the huge windstorm we had a week ago. The bush is still recovering from the fires and it doesn’t take much for a burnt tree to come crashing down. This walk to Granite Rock Lookout was about 2km there and back.
Well lets get started walking in the great southern land
Heading down the track with lots of flowers in the bush everywhere
Sometimes the White Paper Daisys Tall Everlasting attracted butterflies. Just like yesterday another Caper White Butterfly.
They enjoyed purple flowers as well
Didn’t find the name for this purple Australian Native Flower
Another type of Butterfly I looked and maybe a Pearl White of some sort
A lot of insects likes these flowers
Almost there. You can see why it’s called Granite Rock Lookout. A great walk through the Aussie bush. Maybe the second favourite spot I go to.
We may as well have a look at the view. This is where square has limitations. Even using 4:3 it would take three or four shots. Even panorama is a two photo to get the almost 280 degree view.
But we are here for the Waratahs. They are a Proteaceae so relative is South African Proteas. The first one I saw was just starting to open its buds
As I looked around I saw around twenty just near where I was. One had three flower heads and the buds of another one.
Aren’t they fabulous flowers. They are the New South Wales State Flower Emblem
You know I couldn’t go all the way up there without dropping in on my favourite spot, Raspberry Lookout. So it was take in the view. Out with my thermos and a Teabag and I even took a biscuit from home for afternoon tea.
Over the past few months I have been getting the blues. But I get up here and the blues get me.