I have to warn you all in advance....... I don't know the names of most of the flowers in this blog........but they're beautiful flowers no less :)
Once we left the SW of WA region, we pointed the car & van Eastward for the 1st time in a long time. East of Margaret River region is the tall trees of mostly Karri with Jarrah, Marri & the giant red Tingle trees as others. This region is known as the Great Southern Forests.
A large area covered by almost a dozen different named National Parks, Conservation Parks & Nature Reserves that saves the endangered beautiful tall forests from farming.
This area stretches for > 300 kms long & up wards of 20 - 70 kms wide zone with smatterings of farming. Mathematicians can work that 1 out for ?? hectares, but it's a significant amount of area that could have been wiped out forever had it not been for some early pioneers who saw what forest felling was doing from farm clearing, furniture, housing or wood fires.
We stopped by the road side near Margaret River (town) to experience our 1st Karri forest. What a beauty. Majestic Karri trees reaching up to 60 mtrs high. The under story is damp but not too wet in this area for ferns etc to grow.
We decided to settle ourselves amongst the forest for a night. It was peaceful & quiet in Blackwood River NP amongst the Karri & Jarrah trees.
More orchids along the road
We stopped at Walpole for a few nights to explore more of the tall forests in the area. There are many flowering bushes where there's no tall trees.
We had been visiting 1 of the National parks near Albany called Torndirrup. There were a lot of names ending in 'up' around Albany - street names, towns, national parks, creeks & rivers etc. 'up' means place of water in indigenous culture. Torndirrup Nat Pk is a peninsula to the SW of Albany. 1 side is buffeted by the southern ocean.
Along the coast East of Albany is another National Pk called Gull Rock. More fascinating rocky coast lines & rocky islands.
After leaving Albany we headed inland towards Porongurup Nat Pk. There were plenty of wildflowers along the walks across the not so high mts.
We moved 50 kms further north to the Stirling Range Nat Pk. The ranges stretch over 65 kms East toWest.
The park is one of the world's most important areas for flora, with 1,500 species (many of which grow nowhere else) packed within its boundaries.
Because of their height, and proximity to the south coast, the climate on the peaks differs from that of the surrounding district. This is the main reason for the great variety of wildflowers. There are, for instance, an astonishing 123 orchid species -- 38 per cent of all known Western Australian orchids.
I had trouble identifying the orchids. Most had finished flowering.
At 1st I ignored these stems growing out of the ground that looked like asparagus. On closer inspection there were dozens of tiny orchid flowers along the stems. Each flower was < 0.75cm in size.
The next 2 banksia's were growing in the nature garden of the park we stayed at whilst in the Stirling Ranges.
Going by the number of pics with Banksias in them, you can guess that I love them. They come in so many colours, stages of flowering, small & large.
There were many more flowers in the Stirling Ranges, that I didn't take a pic of - just the more interesting ones :) Many have been seen in areas in other parts of the SW of WA.