‘Halt! Who goes there?’
I am sure that was the message from this guardian of the green world I was about to enter in New England National Park.
For ‘green’ is the theme in this high rainfall area, and the mosses, lichens and ferns were carrying it in abundance, in every shade and shape.
Some took turns in flaunting the riches — a jewelled collar, a draping lacy veil.
On the Tea Tree Falls Walk, the small creek was edged with mosses so thick as to resemble swales.
And this is the Tea Tree itself, a Leptospermum sp.in glorious bloom, its tiny flowers in such profusion that the bushes or small trees looked dusted with snow.
I loved the many ways the moss distributed itself, in knobs, bands or splodges, sharing with other small plants like orchids, as decorative as necklaces.
When the lichen hung in such lengths that it was blowing in the wind like green-gold tresses, I knew I was in another world and different creatures were the dominant inhabitants.