Winter in retrospect…
When the temperatures dropped, varieties of lichen like the ones above echoed the morning frost found in open spaces when the nights were clear.
Whites do stand out against the more subdued colours of winter here – there was plenty to see and enjoy including flowers, fungi, lichen and the odd slime mould or two.
The hakea has been flowering for a while, now, into spring, with its characteristic upright and columnar habit and prickly foliage. The scent is subtle and has an anise-like undertone. The flowers glow against the red stems of the branches – especially when the light is just right in the morning and late afternoon.
Found from April onward, the fungi in the Reserve have been less prolific this year but perhaps present in more variety. (See Angela Barrow’s additions to the Reserve’s FaceBook site for some fabulous fungi images.)
And slime moulds are fascinating: you can see their shift in position over time.
The common heath has been found for some time, coming into its own during the winter months and enjoying another spurt of flowering now.
The sundew is one of the most beautiful seasonal flowers.