Today, I went a long way out of MtLawleyShire. All the way to main campus of Edith Cown University at Joondalup, around 30 minutes north of Perth on the freeway. I attend the Mt Lawley (& smaller) campus of the university, and have only ever been out here once before, a few years ago. Joondalup also has a ‘lake’ – even when full it’s barely a metre deep, and at the moment, despite some rain over the last week, it’s far from full.
A friend and I went up to the University, then took a picnic lunch down to the lake, then walked a way around it through paperbark and banksia forests. There’d been a big fire there a couple of years ago, so it probably wasn’t as thick as it normally would be. It explains why so many of the banksias were tall and thin rath that old and spread.
I took an awful lot of photos so I’m splitting the post up into #1 Flowers, #2 Lake, #3 Trees. There might be more, but that’s it for the moment.
Grevillea. These were flowering in the gardens outside the University library. The yellow-pink ones are absolutely lovely, but I still love the scarlet ones as well. They, like the banksia, were thick with bees, but even more – these still had water droplets from the morning’s rain.
Banksias. I think they’re Banksia Prionotes. In the next post (or the one after – remember, there are at least 3 posts from my day trip), there are photos of the banksia forest, but the flowers in those aren’t close up. These were in the gardens of the university. There’s a bee on the main flower 🙂
Even when old, when the flower has left nothing but the core, they’re fairly spectactular:
The brilliant soft red of a miniature bottlebrush:
Technically, this is a flower – but of fungus. It was growing on a stump of a tree on our walk.
Many of the trees were in blossom, but most were out of reach of both me & my little camera. These were the only 2 I could get, and one of them’s a little fuzzier than it should be 🙂
Next post: the lake and after that – trees 🙂