Photos from recent bushwalks

Last Saturday morning I climbed to the top of Galston Gorge at dawn. This is what you see when you get there- if you are lucky! A morning mist that sometimes fills the whole valley: awesome.

From the top of the ridge the track runs through open bushland. This is where I saw the very first flowering of the Australian Wax Flower (Eriostemon Australis). This is one of my favourite plants: it has a soft, textured, waxy petal and varies in colour from deep to pale pink: fabulous creation!

This is the blazing red spider flower (Grevillea Punicea). This was also flowering yesterday on the cliffs above Galston Gorge. When this Grevillea comes out you know that spring is definitely here. It really is magic!Here is a medley of Grevilleas, Wax Flowers and Boronias, all on this same track above the Gorge:

This is the famous Black Boy spoken of by Soldier Killam on page 42 of That Deadman Dance. This one is in full flower. It was covered in bees and smelt strongly of honey. I watched birds land on it too, making it swing around like a mast at sea. This is Australia’s famous triangle native slug. It breathes through the triangle rather like a whale breathes through its blowhole. I snapped this slug on the road just outside my place on a wet morning. 

  10 comments for “Photos from recent bushwalks

  1. August 2, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    Great sunset picture!
    Is that the spear of a blackboy?
    A very intriguing slug as well I must say

  2. Taylor Galbraith
    August 9, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    I love these pictures. They remind me of my home in the Blue Mountains. I also really like the photo of the “morning mist” really lovely stuff

  3. David Gillett
    August 11, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Are you making this up about the Triangle Slug and its blowhole ? I think not. Truly fascinating.

    • August 11, 2011 at 9:20 pm

      I am not a scientist. But this is what I have read about this amazing triangulated being living on the surface of our antipodean continent.

  4. Stephanie Brown
    October 6, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Thanks for the wonderful photos, Michael.I,ve just spent the long week end with an old friend bushwalking in Blackhealth,which was rejuvinating.
    I lived in the Blue mountains for ten years, about 2 years ago and had forgotten the breath taking beauty.Your misty morning photo reminds me of Blackheaith.The bright grevillas are gorgeous.But You have more energy then me to make it at the top of the mountain,especially in the morning.I admire your appreciation & enthusiasm for life.

  5. March 12, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Love the pictures Michael!
    It reminds me of when I went to South Africa in 2010. I went to a place called God’s Window which reminds me of your first picture.
    Here is an image of the place:

  6. April 19, 2013 at 11:24 am

    You give us beautiful evidence of ‘what’ – I am impressed that you had time to stop and notice the small things that a serious walker I fear would walk past, but my mind is filled with questions of ‘how’! I blame that on my art school training.

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