And we end this trip with a view from Kings Tableland at the home end of the track. Tomorrow you will find me over at Sweet Wafaring. Please follow me over there as I don't expect to be posting in this journal again until the New Year.
Now for the other reason for this trip. There was another family we rescued a little further up the track. Tiring of the bumps they had pulled over to sneak a peak and got themselves bogged in the sand so we towed them out. What is this family looking at? I will show you tomorrow.
Mitre Flower - Mitrasacme polymorpa, Golden Glory Pea - Gompholobium, Common Fringe Myrtle - Calytrix tetragona . I see bishop, gold and diamonds ... surely the king is near. The mitre flowers are so named because the buds are the shape of a bishop's hat. I was lucky enough to get a bud in the photo, these flowers are really tiny.
Drumsticks - Isopogon and Common Heath - Epacris Impressa. There are drums and trumpets leading the parade. These two are old friends I am always happy to welcome. The symmetry of the drumsticks please me and the delicate beauty and resilience of the heath flowers delight me.
Purple Flag Iris - Patersonia. The flags are flying to welcome the King. These particularly amuse me because I was really fascinated the first time I noticed them, only to discover they appear all over the mountains. I must have been walking around with my eyes closed for 15 years.
There is a crowd gathering for a spring parade, the King must be this way. Unknown flower, Rice flower - Pimelea, Smokebush (I think). The diversity of bush flowers never ceases to amaze me. Each year I welcome the ones I have seen before as old friends and puzzle over the new ones, hoping to one day work out their name.
Hairpin Banksia - Banksia Spinolus. Last time I took you out on this road was May 2009, in the autumn when these would have been in their youthful beauty. Unlike the spring flowers they are fading. I like to think there is beauty in aging. Let's pin up our hair and dress up smart ... we are off the meet the king.
Today is theme day so I am taking a short diversion from our current trip. Over the years I've taken photos of dozens of fences because they are one of my recurring themes. I decided to pick my favourite from each of my blogs. Bluemountainsjournal: Web on fence post, Lawson (my home town)
We saw a couple of goannas crossing the road but I was a bit too slow get a photograph of them. Then a bit later saw this echidna, again I just about missed the shot. You can see a better one that I got recently over at Whistlers Rest.