|Looking back to the west from the Tinderries to the Clear and Booth Ranges in the |
southern Australian Capital Territory.
The highway traverses the plain in the middle distance - really not very far!
|Huge granite slabs like this emerge from the forest.|
|Mostly however they appear on the hilltops, as huge sheets and tors.|
|Exposed granitic caps like this have interesting plants and are well worth exploring.|
Many are remote and require serious walking; others, including this one, are readily accessible
from the roadside.
|Mountain Gums forming a sub-alpine woodland.|
|Tough! A Mountain Gum seemingly growing out of sheer granite.|
Note the wind in the leaves - this is typical of the higher open spaces.
|Open grassy dry eucalypt forest of Scribbly Gum E. rossii and Red Stringybark E. macrorhynchalow (800 metres asl) in the dry western slopes of Tinderry Nature Reserve.|
|Acacia costiniana; the phyllodes are very distinctive. It can form dense colonies among the granite.|
|Austral Bugle Ajuga australis Family Lamiaceae.|
|Mountain Boronia B. algida Family Rutaceae.|
Several species of boronia are common in the sandstone to the east, but there are very few this far inland.
|Common Star-hair Astrotricha ledifolia Family Araliaceae; a large shrub |
with many small flowers.
|Common Fringe Myrtle Calytrix tetragona Family Myrtaceae.|
Another shrub that thrives among the rocks.
|Long-leaf Wax Flower Philotheca (Eriostemon) myoporoides Family Rutaceae.|
This beautiful shrub is common in gardens, but not so easy to find in the wild.
Another that loves growing among the boulders.
|Silky Parrot Pea Dillwynia sericea.|
|Common Shaggy Pea Oxylobium ellipticum.|
|Heathy Bush Pea Pultenea procumbens.|
|Mountain Violet Viola betonicifolia.|
|Prickly Starwort Stellaria pungens Family Caryophyllaceae - which includes carnations.|
|Milkwort Comesperma ericinum Family Polygalaceae.|
|Mountain Golden Moths Diuris lanceolata.|
|Spotted Grass Frog Limnodynastes tasmaniensis.This, and some friends, were using a nice cool moist something (I can't now recall what it was!) sunk into the|
ground at the edge of the dry forest.
|Green Scarab Beetles Diphucephala sp. on Silver Wattle Acacia dealbata.A very common beetle in the mountains regionally.|
|Magpie Moth Nyctemera amicus; my thanks to Susan for pointing me to an identification for this one (below). |
Love the antennae.
|Dusky Woodswallow Artamus cyanopterus with chicks.|
This nest is in a hollow spout, a typical site for this species.
(And I'm sure she's more interested in her chicks than she appears!)