Monday, September 12, 2011

OuR WORLD - Spring in the Grampians


The main from Hall's Gap to the Great Western Highway was
still closed after a rain-even at the beginning of the year that
washed away steep roads and bridges. To get home, we had to
take the dirt road to Rose's Gap and Mt.Zero. It looks rather
unprepossessing,


the bush was still fire-scarred but if you get out of the car and
look more closely,


you are bound to be surprised at what you can find. Pink heath
in bloom,


a gentle touch of yellow,


up close is a little beauty.


The much rarer white heath,


and in thick scrub, tiny white stars.


This looks like nothing much but if you enlarge it you will see
that all those bushes are actually in flower!


Little things with not only pretty flowers but also interesting
foliage.


This bush was a good 5' high, with pretty pea flowers.


Little things blooming literally underfoot,


and this pure white grevillea providing nectar for honeyeaters.


Behind it all, the backbone of these mountains towering up high.



If you are still interested, next week, there will be a second instalment.

All photos enlarge of course.

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40 comments:

  1. This year has seen so many disasters worldwide. Nature knows when to bloom despite the destruction. Your photos are full of expectation for the warm, colorful spring. There are several wild flowers unfamiliar to me. I’m interested in flora in Australia.

    Thank you for taking care of Our World. Have happy days ahead, arija.

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  2. I do love all the colorful flowers and what a wonderful place! And you do find the great places, Arija! Terrific captures for the day! Looking forward to more! Have to admit I'm a bit envious of your spring -- we had no spring and a very brief, if beautiful, summer. Fall is already peeking through the leaves! Have a great week!

    Sylvia

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  3. Each petal is unique! You illustrate so beautifully through pictures the resilience of growth that is often hidden beneath the surface of our fields and forests. :)

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  4. beautiful! love to see the colors of your springtime.

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  5. After fire the flowers will come and this truly proves it.

    Sure glad the dirt road wasn't washed out.

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  6. It amazes me how resilient is the earth. I've seen many burned areas and how they can be filled with new growth the following spring.
    The grevillea is a native of your country that is much appreciated here in my part of the world. I don't care for the bristly leaves but it is very drought tolerant and the humming birds love it.

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  7. Your spring is beautiful!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  8. Spring is a rebirth! Beautiful to see the colorful blooms amidst the charred remains.

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  9. Amazing how Nature can heal her wounds, dust herself down and bring out her beauty once more! Gorgeous photos!

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  10. It is wonderful how the earth manages to regenerate itself after a major fire, earthquake, or volcanic eruption. Plants seem to come back better than ever.
    You have taken some really gorgeous photographs here.

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  11. The wildflowers are beautiful. Just seeing them would be a good reason to stop. Great photos.

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  12. It's so wonderful what you have found growing after the fires. Nature is so amazing to me.

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  13. You have a wonderful weather now, lovely blooms.

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  14. I love the way flowers burst into bloom to welcome in the spring. Lovely shots!

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  15. We must take whatever road we need to "to get home"...

    How I love your botany/botanizing, Arija. I think I drew breath at that white heath. And this plant: "Little things with not only pretty flowers but also interesting
    foliage," I am perplexed...what is it, I wonder??? So beautiful, that leafage & blooms.

    Eagerly awaiting the 2nd installment & appreciative of all that you post here!

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  16. lots of great stuff. But if I am to chooseone, it will be the white one, think it was no 9from the top.

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  17. Hi there - great set of shots. Think its time I paid a visit!

    Stewart M

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  18. wow...what a lot of beautiful flowers and folliage! Such interesting things that we don't see here.

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  19. Wonderful shots - it's amazing how quickly a forest can start to regenerate after a fire.

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  20. It is always amazing how life grows again from such devastation. Beautiful pictures!

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  21. Wonderful Spring images...
    I just wish we could jump from Autumn to Spring missing out Winter in the UK.
    Thanks for sharing your images it looks like a wonderful place to live.

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  22. I have found your blog to e most interesting! thank you for sharing the dyes from peony petals in particularly!
    I will be back!! And thank you for leaving a comment a while back!

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  23. You have found so much beauty in an unexpected place! Those wild flowers are unfamiliar to me . I am looking forward to your next post.

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  24. Spring, glorious spring! Wonderful photos!

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  25. Beautiful. Love all the bush photos and the delicate flowers. These natives are different to the ones we have in our region of Australia.

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  26. Nice little jaunt, thanks for taking us along.

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  27. No matter what happens, nature never forgets to present us delights of spring! It is so moving.
    Have a nice day!

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  28. Great photos of all the wildflowers.

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  29. A riot of colour, when we take the time to look. Lovely to see.

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  30. It's amazing how nature heals itself in the most beautiful ways! Lovely wildflowers!

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  31. To notice the small things is a gift, Arija. I loved the photos of the pink and the white Heath.

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  32. Wow just amazing how tiny flowers are so beautiful.

    SWF

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  33. Beautiful shots, I love the outback.

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  34. Very good and nice photos.

    Regards and best wishes

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