Rosedale is just a half hour drive south from home, and the landscape is quite different. Just south of the Latrobe River, the fertile floodplain dairying country gives way to sandy remnant coastal dune landscape.
Yesterday Duncan and I headed that way to explore a couple of pieces of bushland that as yet have not been taken over by pine plantations. I managed to find him plenty of orchid leaves, a few orchids and heaps of birds. I even got me a ‘firster’, the Bassian or White’s Thrush!
After lunch we headed for the nearby Holey Plains State Park. We thought we might have found an early flowering of the rather rare Wellington Mint Bush, but there was no sign of it yet. If we get it later in the season, I’m sure one or other of us will tell you its story. I found one plant of Sticky, (or Stinky), Boronia, Boronia anemonifolia, that was in flower. Not a particularly good example of this odoriferous plant, but I’m sure we’ll get some better ones soon.
The Grass Trees, Xanthorrea australis, are always great to see in this park. They’re such a stunning variation to the banksias and eucalypts. This one didn’t have a flower stem. I just liked the way the twisted trunk in the background framed it.
At the Merrimans Creek picnic ground, the creek looked in wonderful condition. I’m certain that Duncan’s contemplative look was in reference to Mother Nature’s handiwork and nothing more sinister.
We had a beaut day in a couple of spots that will need re checking from time to time, and I think I know a couple of old blokes that might be up for that.