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.