My childhood ways
ran along the great stone tops
until they fell,
in tumbling blocks and slabs,
down ragged sandstone steps,
to the water’s edge.
Grass trees swirled
in steep rivers of scrub.
And thin pockets of eucalyptus mulch
were taloned to the rock
by hard-skinned, small-flowered bonsai plants.
My heart is in the sandstone country
the land of the Eora people:
the place of their clans,
the Gadigal, Wanegal, Cammeraygal,
and all the other sandstone clans,
and we late comers,
who also, now, belong
to the sandstone land.
(Above) Eupoecilia australasiae lives the sweet life, feeding on the nectar of flowering gums. Called the ‘fiddler’ beetle, because of its markings…
(Below) Punctate Flower Chafer: Neorrhina Punctatum
Grevillea and Persoonia…so many species. Pine -leaved Geebung (Persoonia Pinifolia) and Pink Spider Flower (Grevillea Sericea)…
miniature flowers everywhere, and here and there great displays…
(Below) Angophora Hispida (Dwarf Apple)
Kuringgai Chase NP:
(Below) New Life…
After heavy summer rains, much new life, even out of season…
Pultenea Stipularis; unidentified, but common, butterfly; jewel beetle (of which Australia has approximately 750 species), (unidentified beetle in Pultenea.)
(Below) Thysanotis Tuberosus, (Fringed Lily); Leptospermum Squamosum (Pink Tea Tree); Persoonia Laurina (Laurel-leaved Geebung) – In flower December, in Kuringgai Chase, after heavy summer rains…
More wildflowers of the sandstone country…