A bush walk

I had a lovely hike in the bush with my friend Janet today.

 Janet at the aboriginal engraving site, February 10, 2014

Janet at the aboriginal engraving site, February 10, 2014

 We saw many new plants and animals. 

 A pathway through...

A pathway through...

Eucalyptus and Angophora trees are gorgeous trees with soft bark reminding me of the Pacific Northwest native madrone.  They grow tall and spreading in the crown like a black cottonwood.

 Angophora tree

Angophora tree

Lot's of lovely new flowering shrubs I had never seen.  This next one looks to me a bit like Scotch broom.

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 Some kind ofdainty fern growing on the ledge next to the trail where it gets moist in the rains.

Some kind ofdainty fern growing on the ledge next to the trail where it gets moist in the rains.

 Cool tree.  Conifer?

Cool tree.  Conifer?

 And another...

And another...

 Looks like it's adapted for butterflies.  We have seen many butterflies, but no hummingbirds.  Are they here?

Looks like it's adapted for butterflies.  We have seen many butterflies, but no hummingbirds.  Are they here?

 Cool black lizard, about 2 feet long.

Cool black lizard, about 2 feet long.

Well, that was about it for the naturalist this evening.  There were some very cool rock formations too.

 The colors are not justified here.  They were vibrant, rusty reds, oranges and browns.

The colors are not justified here.  They were vibrant, rusty reds, oranges and browns.

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 This was a cave - respite in the bush...

This was a cave - respite in the bush...

Luckily we didn't see any snakes.  We did however find there are a plethora of the tiniest ticks you ever saw (though I haven't seen many).  We needed a small hand lens to see them and verify they weren't just small scratches.  So Janet is soaking her hands in baking soda...  I am typing away about our lovely adventure!

Today I also met with  talented group of researchers at University of Technology Sydney.  Stacey, Natalie, Tony and Peter.  They were enormously helpful, providing insight into the seagrass species and locations as I had hoped.  It was great to meet Tony and Peter who are preeminent experts in seagrass research and whose papers I have greatly enjoyed reading.  I should have taken a picture...  Nice folks.