Tuesday, September 9, 2014

West Australian Wildflower Trip. Day 10, Margaret River Region. 18th Sept 2014.

Withdrawal pains were eased this morning when we stopped at a spot beside the road that was hot with flowers. Aahhhh, that felt better, now I'm ready for the rest of the day.
The rest of the day included a visit  to the Margaret River Chocolate Factory (shouldn't go there on an empty stomach) a nice lunch at the Hay Shed Winery in the Margaret River wine region and a visit to 'cow town', otherwise known as Cowaramup. We also went to the little hamlet of  Prevelly, near the mouth of the Margaret River, where fires engulfed more than 20 houses in the November 2011 bushfires.
The day ended with only Lynn and I, from the group, witnessing a nice sunset overlooking the Indian Ocean.

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Day spent in Margaret River Region.

Weedy Arum Lillies.

Couldn't think of a better way to start a day.  Kristen making the most of this fantastic patch of red and green 'paws'.

They were certainly thick on the ground here.

But there was plenty more colour to choose from.  Peas, wattle, pimelea, hibbertia, scaevola, paws and more.

C/W: Daisy, Twining Fringe Lily and Scaevola.

Diuris sp.  -  Donkey / Pansy Orchid.

C/W: Craspedia sp. (C. Variabilis - Common Billy Buttons?), Sundew flowers, Pimelea sp. and Hibbertia sp.

A good patch of Red and Green Kangaroo Paws.

Well, there's a happy face, and why not.

Kangaroo Paw against the morning sun.

Red and Green Kangaroo Paw  -  Anigozanthos manglesii, something a little different.

Some more cheery pea faces.

C/W: Burchardiasp. (B. multiflora - Dwarf Burchardia?),  Hibbertia sp.,  and Sowerbaea laxiflora  -  Purple Tassels.
It was always nice to find more Cowslip Orchids  (Caladenia flava).

Cowslip Orchid  -  Caladenia flava.

Red and Green Kangaroo Paw  -  Anigozanthos manglesii.

Just in case you missed the last one.   Red and Green Kangaroo Paw  -  Anigozanthos manglesii.

Wildlife at Margaret River Providore. Motor Bike Frog? and Chook.

Lunch at Hay Shed Hill Wines.

Hay Shed Hill Wines.  What if I wear braces?

Lunch at Hay Shed Hill Wines.

Lunch at Hay Shed Hill Wines. Don's just checking on the black dog (out of view).

The 'kids' table.

Lunch at Hay Shed Hill Wines.

Rustic Grass Tree and vines, at Hay Shed Hill Wines.

Vines, Hay Shed Hill Wines.

Cowaramup -'Place of Cows'.

Ride'm cowgirl.

In 2012 the town installed 42 lifesize cow sculptures around the town, as a tourist attraction.
 In July 2014, the town set a Guinness World Record for the largest group of people, 1,352, dressed as cows.

Cow signs.

That was a waste of time.

Clever moo-cow.

Move 'em on, head 'em up. Rawhide.

The young ones had fun in the park.

A mother cow protects it young one from those people from the east.

Holy Cow!
St John the Theologian, Greek Orthodox Chapel, Prevelly. The chapel was built by ANZAC veteran Geoffrey Edwards
 in the late 1970's as a memorial to the sacrifice of Greeks and Australians in Crete during WWII.

Prevelly Park Beach hosts' the Margaret River Pro Surfing competition each year.
Prevelly Park Beach, looking south west.

Prevelly Park Beach, looking north west

Prevelly Park Beach.
Secret woman's business

Oh well, back to the bus.
Boronia and Thomasia sp's.

Historic Wallcliffe House, which stood on the banks of the Margaret River, was gutted by the Margaret River fires, November 2011. Wallcliffe House was a two-storey stone, shingle and corrugated iron homestead designed in the Victorian Georgian style built by the Bussell family between 1855 and 1865. In 1876 the property was the home of heroic Grace Bussell who, as a 16 year-old, famously rode her horse into surf at the nearby Prevelly Beach and helped save the lives of around 50 people as the SS Georgette sunk off nearby Calgardup Bay.

Wild Violet (Hybanthus calycinus) and yellow Conostylis sp.

Possibly Cernuella virgata, also known as Helicella virgata, the "vineyard snail"
is a major agricultural problem in southern and Western Australia.

Flowers seen walking to see sunset.       Acacia sp.,   Diplolaena sp. (D. Diplolaena ferruginea?)
 and  Diuris sp. - Donkey / Pansy Orchid.

Beautiful lichen covered rock at Yallingup Bay lookout.

Finding a spot to photograph sunset

Sunset over Yallingup Bay.

End of Day 10

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