Following on from my previous post, here is a selection of photos from Kosciuszko National Park. I have tried to find the names of the plants, but not always been successful. For all the background information, go to my previous post
Climbing a very steep slope on the Nicholl Gorge walk from the Blue Waterhole. Under the large rock behind me was a cave.
A small cave can be seen among the rocks
Cave Creek opening out into a wide, shallow bend
A tree I can’t identify – assuming its a eucalyptus, it has a smooth, shiny, bumpy surface
A very old snowgum, burnt out in the fires
Patterns made by moth larva, under the bark of a scribbly gum
There were masses of these everlasting flowers to be seen
A tiny orchid – Eriochilus Cucullatus or parson’s bands. It was well hidden under a tree, so unfortunately not a good photo
Maybe a pimelea … but I think they generally have 4 petals
Another unidentified flower
Waxy Bluebell – there were large numbers of these in shady areas.
This is a close up of massed flowerheads. I would guess it is a kind of yarrow, but cannot find confirmation. There was a creamy white version too.
An enormous seed head, about 10-12 cm across, from a salsify plant.
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The old burnt out snow gum already looks like one of your abstracts. And the moth larva reminds me of your printmaking. The flowers are so delicate and it isn’t hard to imagine how herds of horses can/do damage this vulnerable landscape. The seed head looks like a sparkler. What a delicious time you must have had discovering and recording these treasures – from most grand to most tiny!
The burnt out gum is going to be drawn – I did think twice about including it here, but I have several different angles I can use. One particular thing we noticed about the impact of horses (apart from the massive piles of dung) was that they use the walking trails, and they become very narrow and deep, which is a little uncomfortable for walking. But it is their broader impact that is so devastating to the delicate ecosystem here. There were many flowers I didn’t get a chance to photograph or draw, they were so abundant.
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