Werrikimbe National Park is high country, a World Heritage Wilderness oasis of cool temperate rain forest where tall Antarctic Beech trees and tree ferns dominate above ground.
Green is overwhelmingly its colour, but it was the mosses and ferns that held it most.
Amongst the areas that had been burnt out in the unstoppable fires two years ago, the ferns held such bright greens that they seemed lit from within.
Fallen logs grew green velvet.
Entire rock faces grew clumps and lumps of green softness to cascade down its slopes like a waterfall.
Yet just above, the ridgetop forest had burnt… and not recovered.
The green decoratively draped itself over the large fungi on this Beech, not quite succeeding as camouflage.
In the drier, more open burnt sections, the blackened tree fern trunks valiantly flaunted their green parasols above the ferns.
Lower down the mountain, stepped above a rushing creek, impressively tall buttressed Carrabeen trees bore the green softness in all their folds as if integral to the trees.
Sometimes the mosses left the bright limes behind and seemed almost blue.
And as if to show that moss rules here, this tiny starter had taken over a conveniently horizontal surface. Go mossling!
2 thoughts on “The greens of Werrikimbe”
Yes, ferns are remarkable that way; I have often seen them as front runners amongst all the black and grey.
Happy to see the vibrant recovery after the fires.
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