Sydney bush seasons
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This began as Sydney bush spring, but I am now adding summer shots as well. Who knows where it will end? It began like this: By the equinox, the bush around Sydney is just about over spring, but there are still lots of wildflowers to be seen. Today we went out walking with two friends, ostensibly looking for old Aboriginal engravings, but I took about 250 pictures with two cameras, and I selected (I think) 48 to go up. Now here comes summer!
Christmas Bells, Blandfordia, same as next shot. North of Broken Bay.

Christmas Bells, Blandfordia, same as next shot. North of Broken Bay.

The small flannel flower, Actinotus minor, is about 7 mm across. Look to see why it has the name flannel flower!

The small flannel flower, Actinotus minor, is about 7 mm across. Look to see why it has the name flannel flower!

After rainfall, there are sometimes temporary pools on the rock. Shallow and exposed, I have never found one that lasted long enough to be populated.

After rainfall, there are sometimes temporary pools on the rock. Shallow and exposed, I have never found one that lasted long enough to be populated.

Christmas Bells, Blandfordia sp.,  probably B. nobilis.  Very rare, said our expert, but we found masses of it.

Very rare, said our expert, but we found masses of it.

A classic rock succession, as I was taught, 50 years back.  Not so, I think.  This is a filled-in hollow, probably made by Aborigines to catch water, which gathered sand and seeds, and became a garden on the rock

A classic rock succession, as I was taught, 50 years back. Not so, I think. This is a filled-in hollow, probably made by Aborigines to catch water, which gathered sand and seeds, and became a garden on the rock

A knobby branch of Angophora costata. Notice the colour when the old bark comes off, This is in the same area as the shot before, but I zoomed in.

A knobby branch of Angophora costata. Notice the colour when the old bark comes off, This is in the same area as the shot before, but I zoomed in.

This is what the bush looks like. The track we were on is what is called a fire trail. It leads to Waratah Trig station, so it is called the Waratah Track.  It goes off the West Head Road in Ku0ring-gai Chase National Park. I worked there in 1969-70.

This is what the bush looks like. The track we were on is what is called a fire trail. It leads to Waratah Trig station, so it is called the Waratah Track. It goes off the West Head Road in Chase National Park. I worked there in

Bauera rubioides, the dog-rose. Very hard to photograph, as all the flower hang down.

Bauera rubioides, the dog-rose. Very hard to photograph, as all the flower hang down.

This is the flower of a smaller Angophora, A. hipsida, the Sydney Dwarf Apple. Notice the visitor after the nectar. This and the shots before it were taken just before Christmas.

This is the flower of a smaller Angophora, A. hipsida, the Sydney Dwarf Apple. Notice the visitor after the nectar. This and the shots before it were taken just before Christmas.

Boronia.

Boronia.

Xanthorrhoea plants as you usually see them in the bush.

Xanthorrhoea plants as you usually see them in the bush.

Xanthorrhoea sp., possibly arborea, alias grass tree or a less PC name that I won't use here. Habit shot of plant.

, possibly arborea, alias grass tree or a less PC name that I won't use here. Habit shot of plant.

Christmas Bush, Ceratopetalum gujmmiferum, north of Broken Bay, 14/12/14.  Pulled-back, habit shot.

Christmas Bush, Ceratopetalum gujmmiferum, north of Broken Bay, Pulled-back, habit shot.

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