At The Bluff campground in Mt. Boss State Forest the Wilson River audibly dominates, rushing over and around huge boulders.
There are very few places to walk except along the dirt road in, or risk twisting an ankle on the round riverside rocks.
But alongside that track I was delighted to see this Spangled Drongo darting about in the regrowth bush.
I have always loved the name (!), and I am grateful for the distinctive mermaid tail that allows even me to identify it from a distance.
That track also offered several botanical treats, like these pink Stylidium, Trigger Plants, which snap to release pollen when an insect touches them.
One area was generously strewn with these Ground Lilies, Tripladenia cunninghamii, which I had only been shown recently, in Kattang Nature Reserve on the coast. These were perhaps a paler blue, but unmistakable.
And even more generously, this bank carried the daintily lacy Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum). always a sight that makes me smile. Why? Maybe because it is so gentle…
The Bluff itself runs steeply down into the river, with a spectacular wall of Xanthorrhoea on one face.
Nothing gentle about this, but certainly impressive.
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Thanks Helen; best wishes to you too!
Happy Christmas.and another nature year ahead
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