We had a good turnout for the Easter walk, with a couple of kids coming along to sharpen their eyesight for Easter egg hunts the following day.
dave leads the group walk
As usual David led, with resident teachers Phylis and Barbara as well as geologist Peter coming in handy to answer questions.
While the adults inspected the fire damage along the West Coast Highway, which is seeing some slight regrowth, the sharp-eyed kids spotting the following interesting things:
- two different kinds of grasshopper, one a deep red that you'd expect to see in the Pilbara, not Perth,
- a fossilised tree root, identified by Peter, and possibly brought to that location with limestone road base used to make the path,
- the largest quondong seeds ever seen, as well as fresh new buds and blossoms getting ready for next year's crop - as Phylis says, well prepared in advance,
- a very large and beautiful wasp, as well as a bee wasp,
- new fuzzy leaves that protect new growth from caterpillars, while the big, leathery leaves don't need fuzz to protect them, and
- millions of snail shells lying on the sand after the fire - looks like snail shells don't burn!
Quandong blossom and seed
Right above: wasp
right below: examining a fossilised plant root
A very relaxing walk was enjoyed by all. Many thanks to Dave and our other experts for coming along to show young and old alike the bushland and answer so many questions!
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