Monday, June 15, 2009

From the Tanglewood into the Wallum


Walking from the Tanglewood Track
into the Wallum Country...

My walking friend and I
are spending more time
exploring the lesser walked tracks
in the Noosa National Park

Today we have found a native hibiscus
Can you see the densely hairy fruit?

I am going to call this vine
I noticed on the coastal dune
the Woolly Glycine
which flowers all year round

The tiny white flowering coastal shrub
with mauve berries
is a Myoporum,
called the Coastal Boobialla

the fruit is a drupe
which I have found means
it has a stone
like an olive

the macaranga leaf
(sounds like a dance)
bears evidence
of a systematic munching visitor

The Lamb's Tail Wattle

is now flowering profusely
throughout the park

the mystery occupant
of an extra large chrysalis
has flown the coop

sparkly pines

with small
fluffy orange flowers

that will over time
become these nuts

Yellow pea shrub
Gompholobium Virgatum

which is only known to exist
on the coastal heath

A leaping tangle tendril
reaches across our pathway
attempting to make contact
with a suitable branch
and grow to become
a marauding forest vine

Because of the beauty
of this Banksia filled corner of the park
I have christened this particular section
of the way
the Banksia Nut Walk

and after all...
the Wallum is the Aboriginal word for
the Coastal Banksia



  1. I must say you make me want to return to Noosa. I walked in that National Park a short way but I didn't have your discerning eye.

  2. i don't know how much i've missed the blogging world...
    until i've read your words..
    until i've seen your photos...

    glad to be back.
    glad to see you again, Delwyn.

  3. Hi RR

    I am enjoying exploring the park and have found three new tracks so I walk all the way to Sunshine Beach. It is the perfect time of year for walking here. I am noticing a lot more these days myself...I've become more observant and stop to listen to the birds...
    Well I can bring it to you now...

    Happy Days

  4. Why hello there little moonshin

    I was only thinking of you yesterday wondering what your life is yielding...

    I'm glad to have you back.
    I'll come and see if you have posted an update...

    Happy Days

  5. hi delwyn, wouldn't you love to know what came out of that chrysalis?!! wow that's huge!! steven

  6. VERY COOL exploring, Delwyn. I enjoyed every bit of it. Thanks.xx♥

  7. Those leaf munchers are artistic, aren't they?! Polka dots! They made me smile big time!
    Are there park rangers for this lovely place you take walks in or is entirely left to the wild?
    They should let you be their official "name maker".

    (on the subject of cm and inches, I totally agree with you... when I first came to Japan, I thought Japan was strange but it turned out the US was even stranger! lol)

    all the best!

  8. Nice walk Delwyn. We have parks here in my town, but not many flowering trees & shrubs. We do, however, have wildflowers although they are almost gone because of the heat 38.888 degree C.
    It must not be very cold where you are even though it is winter or were these photos taken at a different time of year. My friend in Metung is having very cold days.

  9. You must be getting a reputation for always having your camera at the ready, snapping away at what to others might seem most odd?!

    I haven't commented much lately, but I do so enjoy the virtual walks with you.

  10. Gorgeous walk once more! Thank you for teaching us about all these local beauties! I believe the Glycine you speak of is also called Wisteria, but here in Europe it blooms only once a year.

    I'm back after a little work-induced blog hiatus. I have lots to catch up, so ciao for now.

    Lola xx

  11. Hi Lola

    the wooly glycine is a ground creeper. We do have a native wisteria, and I suppose it is alittle like the regular climbing deciduous wisteria.

    It's nice to hear from you again

    Happy Days

  12. Hi Violet

    Yes people look at me excitedly thinking I am shooting a koala or a snake and it may only be a bit of moss in the sunlight or a seed...

    you can come along whenever you like...

    Happy Days

  13. Hi there Lizzy

    The wildflowers here seem to appear all year round. Now that I am walking and snapping more I am keeping an eye on what flowers when...

    No our winter days are low 20s, though nights can slip down to 6 on a cold one. In summer the days are high 30's and occasionally low 40's. We need air con then...

    Autumn and spring are my favourite times tho today is fantastic - starting at 17* when I left walking at 8.30 and now 21* at 1pm.

    I took these photos last week.

    We are north of Brisbane, south of Brisbane starts to get cooler and especially when away from the coast and higher.

    Happy Days

  14. Hello to you both

    Nat and Willow

    Happy Days

  15. Steven
    Hi there,

    do you think it could be a big moth?

    Happy Days

  16. Your walks are unbelievable, Delwyn! You seem to manage to find the full color spectrum every time plus some unusual members of the neighborhood: those two pine trees look exactly like sparklers and their nuts like our pine nuts (duh). Let's see, my favorite today is the tall, willowy pink ballerina. Thank you!

  17. Hi Tulsa

    Very neat and orderly little bugs we have - Yes the park is a Nat park so there are a few rangers and park workers about but you rarely see them. They maintain the pathways, add gravel etc..take away fallen trees, look out for wash outs...and rescue the occasional walker...

    I have begun to name my favourite corners, bends, dips and you think perhaps I need more to think about?
    I am also learning the birds names - very slowly...

    I could offer them my services do you think!!!
    Today I told my walking friend some of my new names...she was in agreement... We have Waterfall gully, Bracken Ridge, Stepping stone Turn, Stone Steps Rise...what do you think?

    Happy Days

  18. Hi Margaret

    thanks for your interest and encouragement...

    Which is your tall, willowy pink ballerina - the hibiscus of the stretched out vine?

    I don't know which pines the two baby pines are so I called them
    'Sparkly' which they were with the sun hitting them from behind.

    I am on the look out for splashes of colour each walk - actually they usually jump out at me as my friend and are I apt to do a fair bit of talking as we walk... except when we stop to listen to bird call and find those elusive little birdies high in the trees
    Today I found a brown dove-like bird - rather big, eating seeds on a tree. My next job is to identify him.

    Happy days

  19. I always love seeing your Pics. I wish I could walk with you but this is the next best! Your pines are really different to ours! Love the little cones.

  20. Hello Lorac

    well you never know...
    but for now we can walk on blog...
    We have many pines - native and exotic...

    Happy Days

  21. Oooh, if they don't already have names then yes, yes, yes! I especially love Stepping Stone Turn.... If the rangers had a map with your names on it, they might have less people to rescue! Just a thought...I'm not deliberately trying to make you busy! LOL ;-)

  22. thanks, delwyn, for pursuing . . . my pink ballerina is the graceful beauty just below the yellow pea shrub.
    And the sparkly pines are just that . . sparkly. It's because the sun is shining on those pine trees in a way that turns them silvery.

  23. Hi Margaret

    I saw that pink ballerina vine again in the weekend and I am watching it to see if it makes it across the path to latch on to a branch...I will keep you informed of its progress...

    Happy Days


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