1/1/2017 – A Walk in Boranup Karri Forest

Another day, another year, off we set for a walk in the impressive Boranup Forest.

Towering karri trees, some over 60m in height, undulate across the valley.

Iconic Banksia plants show off their flowers.

Connie sits down to rest her weary feet, but this isn’t a strenuous walk (she’s still smiling), track all the way.

And look at the height of these trees.

Someone spotted this lump of horizontal wood that must have crashed down onto the other trees.

Lunchtime at last, everyone wanted a comfy spot, so we had to sit in a line!!!

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4/12/2016 – More Fun with Chris and Bruce

Having seen this beautiful area once before, (going home from Dwellingup) I thought it would be a great place to take Chris and Bruce for a bush walk near the city.

There were some pretty wildflowers out (as above) that I haven’t been able to find the names of.  I am very frustrated, and I have a book of Australian Wildflowers but they don’t seem to be in it!

Early on, Chris and Bruce notice this shy lizard that was hiding by the side of the path. Any excuse for having a practice with the camera. The next two photos are Chris’s.

Beautiful close up.

Showing us what he had for breakfast!

Moving on, some lovely purple flowers I can’t find the name of.  Sister, Chris tells me these are Mulla Mulla!  The picture in the book is less rounded, but they do look similar.

And this is my close up that I am very happy with.


This is the Grape Grevillea (Grevillea bipinnatifida).

Chris and I wanted some photos of us together, “Just walk naturally” she is telling me as we both start clowning around.

Here we are in a less guarded moment, hats and sunnies on, enjoying the Australian bush.

We finally get to the top where there is a great view of the river and dam.  See the gorgeous orange tree to the left.  These are definitely bee attracting trees.

And I got a close up of the bright, attractive plus a couple of bees.

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26/09/2017 – The Weekend comes to a close

Caladenia flava orchid

All too soon the weekend is over, but we did manage to squeeze another walk in before leaving town.  Above is a caledenia flava orchid, or cowslip orchid.


White pompom flowers.


Colours together make the perfect blend.


This is why they call Western Australians ‘Sandgropers’.

purple enamel orchid

Purple enamel orchid.


Two lizards out sunning themselves.

Grevillea Petrophiloides

And finally a Grevillea Petrophiloides.  Lots of colour, lots of exercise and lots of friends. Another good weekend with AOA.   Last three photos courtesy of Linda Hughes, thanks.

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30/09/2016 – Baldwin’s Bluff Nature Track, Serpentine National Park


Some of us were keen to extend the weekend with a bush walk on the way home.  So we met up at Serpentine Dam, regrouped and set off on Baldwin’s Bluff Nature Track.  This is a walk that requires you to be reasonably fit as it climbs up gravel tracks to Baldwin’s Bluff.


We are rewarded with beautiful views of the Serpentine River and surrounds.  Check out the two Grass Trees (Xanthorrhoea is the genus name), when my family first emigrated to Australia, these were called Black Boys (they have black trunks which aren’t visible in this photo), now this name is very politically incorrect and they are Grass Trees!!!


Taking a breather.


A stop for lunch, and to wipe the sweat of our faces.  We have passed through jarrah and marri woodlands, eventually coming to wandoo woodland and then finally over exposed granite.  Great views of the Swan Coastal Plain, the valley and the Serpentine Falls can be enjoyed from the summit.


On the walk back we were lucky enough to encounter some kangaroos, enjoying the lovely fresh green shoots of grass.


This one was good enough to strike up a wonderful pose for me.

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