This post is for Our World TuesdayThis morning I went for a walk in the National Park which is immediately across the road from my house and behind the houses on that side. There are tracks over there that meander through the bush and eventually come out on the road to Rainbow Beach which is on top of the hills at that point. I haven't been able to walk any distance for quite a while so it was especially nice to walk over there. It doesn't take long for you to be out of sight of houses and away from any human noise. The track we walked along used to be a popular 4 wheel drive track but it has been closed for several years and the vegetation is growing thicker and closer.
There were quite a lot of earlier flowering wild flowers. Wild flowers in my area mostly bloom in winter and spring as summer temperatures are a bit too hot. This is a Patersonia which prefers the lower and wetter parts.
This is Hakea plurinervia with a number of ants crawling around the flowers.
This is Leucopogan pimeleoides (I think!) The flower is almost insignificant but the bush carries masses of these tiny flowers and the perfume is very delicate. The friend I was walking with this morning grew up in Ireland and she said the perfume of this flower reminded her of Meadowsweet - although the look of the flower and plant was quite different.
There were lots of bushes with these tiny yellow pea-like flowers - but I never did manage to sort out the different varieties.
The track follows the hillside above the upper reaches of what becomes Mullens Creek. Most of the time we were out of sight of the creek. The track then descends very steeply right down to the creek. At this point it is a string of small but deep pools of water. On the other side of the creek the track ascends very steeply again - but that part will have to wait for another day!