Almost mid-August and with a little bit of warmer weather things are starting to colour up. (Don't be fooled though, Jack Frost will have another go before he's done!)
Snow bush covers the property every where you look.
Various wattles are starting to colour the landscape as well.
The picture below is taken up in the open area of the Tree of Life Spiritual Walk.
This mob were very interested in what I was up to.
This is the wattle just behind the Earth Cabin.
The purple Hovea Heath is pretty.
There is a tall one and also a low ground cover sort of one.
Another purple you will see is the wild sarsaparilla, a low ground cover in the rocks.
An occasional bacon & egg flower is starting to show giving us a change of colour.
You will have to cover a bit of territory to find this one.
We only have a couple of the round-leaved Phebalium and it's pretty to find.
There's plenty of woolly mat rush around if you keep your eyes open and watch the ground. This photo was taken in the open area of the Tree of Life Spiritual Walk.
The smell of honey from these flowers is fantastic.
The Grass Trees are just starting to show their spears.
The Wallaby Trail has been cut for some time now. So we have found a new way across Cannon creek down under the paper bark trees.
That's where I got this picture the other day of the Eastern Yellow Robin.
My companions here are often the Babblers.
They are such happy birds and fun to watch.
Just recently I have been blessed with a young Satin Bower bird.
I'm pretty sure he is a young male.
I've been watching him collect my blue milk bottle caps and tracked him to his bower he is building.
I'm very excited but Donna isn't.
They are pretty savage on her cabbages and other young vegetables and fruits.
Australian Bush Tucker!
If you're getting around the place, check out the 5-corner berries.
They've been fruiting now for a month or so.
Check on the ground below and if you're lucky and have beaten the birds, there's a pretty good harvest to be had.
Very high in Vitamin C.
The berries have a large seed.
Peel off the 5-cornered sepal or husk.
Chew the fruit and spit out the seeds.
It's pretty exciting around here at the moment.
As we move into September I'll keep you posted.
I think the Rare Wild Flower consortium's planned walk in a couple of weeks at the Amiens State Forest should be pretty good.
Hopefully I will see you there.
Regards... Mark & Donna
Author - Mark Carter
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