I walked out of my front door. I have a few ways to walk fifty steps so I made the decision to go up both directions of the driveway. First I went up the left hand side driveway. I didn’t know what I would find and luckily there were these wood fungi.
Fifty steps up the right hand side of the driveway are Grevilleas which are in flower
Opposite the Grevillea flowers are the Ivory Curl trees and they have finished flowering but now they have these lovely seed pods
Going down the path towards the back of my house is the shade house and my Begonias are flowering
My focus for this challenge is vegetation. From a tiny moss “forest”
to grasses that support life
with seeds and flowers
ferns providing shelter
Bottlebrush bush with flowers and food for everyone
Grevilleas giving shade and food for insects and birds
Tree Ferns who are older than dinosaurs, first plants to recover from fires – yes those fires in 2019 – as seen here. The stems of tree ferns are a miniature ecosystem, with epiphytic plants like mosses, small ferns and maybe lichens growing on them.
The first fronds that emerge are called Fiddleheads
Bigger flowering trees can be spectacular like Poinciana trees
Or Illawarra Flame Trees which stand out against the green of the bush when flowering
and then there are the towering giants in the rainforest that support all manner of life from the soil to the tree tops
Where would an Earth Story be without our wonderful plants – from the small to the tall. The featured photo is my favourite spot, Raspberry Lookout where you can sit among the trees as well as look over the valleys and the tree tops.