24 October 2013

Natures Bounty - you've got to love it

It was totally unexpected, and somewhat magical, to find this special place where Australian native Xanthorrhoea, sometimes know also as Grass Trees, grow so abundantly.   

Considering it can take twenty years just for the trunk to form, according to my must-watch Saturdays 6.30 p.m. ABC Gardening Show, (fact-sheet here), imagine how long these have been growing.  Ever so slowly, but seemingly in peak condition with their tall flower-spikes, being both insect and bird attracting.



they were growing on both sides of the road 

not a lot of time for photos, since the skies starting dropping some heavy spits of rain, meaning it was time to move on

Mistletoe

Just add water, and it would be a very different picture.  Surprising though to see how green along the edges still.



another 'tree-house'

White-throated Treecreeper (female, showing a chestnut-coloured cheek patch)


Location: Bingara, N.S.W.

15 comments:

Our photos said...

You have make beautiful photos!
Greetings, RW & SK

Joop Zand said...

Nice shots Carole.....very special these plants.

Greetings, Joop

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Carole I have never seen as many Grass Trees in one place. Yes everywhere is getting less green for you, not for us!! thank you for answering my question. So you live on the central coast? Do you know Alan Morris? I have stayed with and birded with him

Carole M. said...

Margaret; I live at Lake Macquarie; and Alan led this birding camp at Bingara; small world.

David Gascoigne said...

Hope you're not being threatened by the awful bush fires we see pictures of.

Carole M. said...

thank you David for your concern but thankfully yesterday's fires aren't too close to home; around 30 klms away. The winds have carried smoke here this afternoon making it very eerie, and hopefully this dreadful start to spring will be snuffed out real soon.

diane b said...

The grass trees look great when lots grow together.

TexWisGirl said...

those grass trees are very cool!

Cutella said...

Cool photos...love the birds!

Helma said...

What a special trees this Grass Trees. I've never seen anything like! Very glad you made these pictures because this is really very beautiful and special. The birds are lovely to look at again.

A friend of mine is 2 weeks migrated back to Australia and I hope that he is going to make beautiful pictures.

regards,

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

The grass trees look like an alien plant form or something out of a Dr. Seuss book.

Montanagirl said...

Those Grass Trees are really interesting. I am very impressed with your photography and that camera you're using!

Gert Jan Hermus said...

I love it indeed!! ;-)

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Jan Castle said...

Love the trees! TFS!
Jan

Liz said...

I see what you mean by the countryside being very dry! Lovely images though, Carole! And another bird I'd love to tick off my list.