This post is for Our World TuesdayMy favorite bay-side walk is along from the Mullens picnic area. The tide was well in the other morning but there was still plenty of sand to walk beside the water. There is an interesting variety of trees and shrubs beside the water.
All along the edge of the sand are mangrove trees. There are a number of different varieties of mangrove but they all like to have their roots in salt water for at least some of the day. They vary from quite large trees to tiny little plants just poking their leaves up above the water.
The land close to the bay is very low-lying and quite swampy - perfect conditions for Paper-bark trees. These are trees in the Melaleuca family that get their common name from the way they shed their bark. The bark is soft and peels off in sheets. Much of the land immediately behind the beach is covered with forests of paperbarks.
Where the land rises higher above the tide line there is a greater variety of trees.