Apparently, the wildflower walk is an annual event, part of a number of nature walks in the area to mark the start of spring (which officially starts in 2 days).
I was well prepared - sunscreen, water bottle, rain jacket & camera in my backpack. Joggers on my feet.
I should have worn gum boots.
It had rained the night before our walk.... and I don't mean a couple of showers - good hard rain, so I could just as easily call it a swamp walk. In fact the route arranged had to be changed because the water over the path was too deep.
It was still fun and I saw wildflowers I'd never seen before.
Many are very tiny and delicate, like this Sprengelia sprengelioides.
We were given a pamphlet with photos plus many plants were tagged.
I noticed the labels were dry so someone had been around in the morning before our walk and placed each label.
Looking up - Banksia
Looking down - Sphagnum moss
Wallum Wedge Pea
Common Sundew - a carnivorous plant. The largest was about 4cm diameter. They grow on the ground and live on small insects.
Burchardia umbellata - Milkmaids
Sowerbaea juncea - Vanilla Lily
|Epacris - Bell Heath|
One of the organisers explained that some years ago, the parcel of land we were walking over was to be developed for a housing estate. A group of people fought in the courts to have it declared protected. They won and eventually it was made a National Park.
I'm so glad they did.
These were a very small selection of the wildflowers that were within a few feet of our path - I haven't posted all the pictures I took, some flowers I didn't photograph and some I did try but they were out of focus.
These are not bright showy plants. Most are tiny and delicate- but beautiful plus many are unique to this region.
As you can see from the photo below, if the organisers hadn't marked some of the plants with tape, I may have walked right by.