On Sunday I had the chance to spend some
brief time in the Langwarrin Flora and Fauna Reserve. This piece of remnant
bushland is squeezed between the Melbourne suburbs of Frankston and Langwarrin.
The reserve has a fascinating military history and is now a popular spot for
walking cycling and jogging.
It was lily time on Sunday and I quickly
found some nice examples…
The flowers of the Yellow Rush Lily have a
peculiar habit of twisting up when they finish or dry out. This one was being
visited by a Wasp-mimicking Hover Fly just as I was lining up the camera.
Tufted Blue Lilies are always a delight to
come across and there were several nice colonies of them, including some white
In places the boundary fire-break area was
a golden glow from the Yellow Stackhousia. This plant is described as occurring
throughout the state but I don’t recall seeing it in my old stamping ground of
The widespread Purple Flag or Native Iris grows
in coastal heath and woodlands mainly on poorly drained and sandy sites.
Nearby to Langwarrin is the CranbourneRoyal Botanic Gardens. These beautiful gardens are getting better and better as
each year goes by. The water features, lakes, ponds, waterfalls in
particular attract the water bird species and despite the numbers of people
in the vicinity some even breed successfully, like this family of Eurasian
A few of the visitors watching me grab some
shots were keen to know if had some worthwhile images of the little ‘ducklings’!