Posted by: Paul Sheringhams blog: a place of running dreams come true | January 3, 2013

Summer Flowers


Christmas Bells are flowering must be Thursday. I changed the words of the Paul Kelly song Randwick Bells to suit the occassion. I have waited all winter to see if Christmas Bells Road was appropriately named. Perhaps the Bells were gone? The orange and yellow flowere were still there, flowering on top of long thin stems that poke above the low wallum heath.



Olive Tea-tree Leptospermum liversidgei


Baeckea diosmifolia



I drove down to Christmas Bells Road, and was excited to see that many were in flower. The summer flowering Olive Tea-tree Leptospermum liversidgei was also flowering. It has small leaves and big flower relative to other Wallum tea-trees. In amongst the sedges where a few Baeckea diosmifolia straggling along. The spindly Stackhousia nuda was also growing in the tangled lower layer, many plants had rough ellipsoid fruits.

The late afternoon was overcast with a few spits of rain. I photographed the Christmas Bells isolated against the sky, which appears almost as a white backdrop in the photographs. I was really excited to see these plants in flower. “I love, I love, I love it,” I yelled. As I looked around the heathland for more summer flowers, I realised how much I enjoy nature photography moreso than anything, more than hurting in a running race. To top it all off a few Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos flew overhead. Only a couple of hours in the bush, but such a  wonderful distraction.

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