Archives for June 2013

Grass Tree Conservation Park

Fallen Tree Regrowth in Grass Tree Conservation Park
Fallen Tree Regrowth in Grass Tree Conservation Park

One of my pass-times is to go bush walking or to visit Conservation Parks and the like.

Grass Tree Conservation Park
Grass Tree Conservation Park

Back on the 5th of May 2013 I visited the Grass Tree Conservation Park.  It sits alongside Boddington’s Road West, between the Riddoch Highway and the Cadgee Road, about a 20 minute or so drive north of Naracoorte.

Grass Tree close-up
Grass Tree close-up

For a long time I had thought of a Grass Tree as just another variety of Yacca, but as I got out of my vehicle and hopped the fence into the park I could see straight away that they were quite different.  They were ‘softer’ in appearance and although the leaves were still long and thin, they weren’t as wide, nor were they as sharp along the edges.  But the flower stem is still similar in appearance.

Grass Tree trail
Grass Tree trail

The marked trail was only a short walk, a loop around into the scrub not too far from the road side fence, just enough to see what the Grass Tree really looked like, so I ventured off up the hill off the track.  As I neared the top of the rise I noticed that the soil type changed and the Grass Trees had petered out.  The rise was in fact a limestone outcrop.  Down the other side of the rise I could see the park southern boundary and the farming land beyond so I didn’t go too far over the hill.  (Was that a pun?)

Old Grass Tree plant with flower stalk
Old Grass Tree plant with flower stalk

Now that I had got a reasonable idea of what was in the park and how far back from the road the park was, I took my time coming back to my vehicle and selected some spots to take my photos.  Here are a few more that I took on the day.

A patch of Grass Trees
A patch of Grass Trees
Another group of Grass Trees
Another group of Grass Trees
Grass Tree Conservation Park entrance
Grass Tree Conservation Park entrance

I hope you have enjoyed this little visit to Grass Tree Conservation Park.  I’d love to hear what you think of it.

 David

 


Sunset on my Birthday

IMGP0087_thumb.jpgThis is the sunset at Naracoorte, South Australia on the evening of my 60th birthday.  One of my sisters had made a surprise visit and we went for a walk out to the airport in the evening.  On our way back this was the sunset happening behind us!  God is good!

This photo is available to be purchased as a post card, greeting card, framed print, canvas or a even a poster as large as A0.  That’s the size of 16 A4 pages laid out together!  You will find it in the RedBubble website, along with a number of other of my pick photos.