A mixed morning with rain out to sea and blue sky inland. Cooked breakfast for my wife - she was having a difficult day and chose to stay in the resort. I went riding
First stop Blackhead - RSM memorial right on the beach
Lovely beach with a big sweep to the headland
Did a bit of a zig-zag journey to check out a few spots.
Then headed down a track I rode in 2008 into the Khappinghat NP
Signs of orchids right where I parked the bike
Yet another park closed sign following the floods in April
Road has been rebuilt - it looked open even though park is closed. There were a few vehicles. I walked the road. No orchids. Only a few mushrooms - that surprised me. Autumn is mushroom time.
One looks a bit wooden
Lots of these little white flowers
Got back to the bike and chose to follow the flow of water from the orchids down the fire trail. Plenty evidence of storm damage but perfectly safe for a walker.
Did find an orchid in flower - worth ignoring the park closed sign.
Pixie caps orchid - acianthus fornicatus
Did find a few more flowers further down the track.
We drove into Tuncurry to buy some fresh seafood from fish co-op and some wine.
Went for a late afternoon walk down the beach to see if I could find orchids in the coastal heathland - no luck but a lot else.
Lots of these succulents - just closing as the sun dropped
Love the colour and textures
Warning sign about aerial spraying to control bitou bush. Bitou was introduced from South Africa in the 1800s to manage dunes- it has taken over
Tramped a lot of the dune edge like this
This flower on a bush - so it is not a daisy
One banksia in flower that I could get to
Was fascinated by the grass growing in the dunes - tufts connected with super long runners right to the high tide mark