It was a two hour drive, which included a stop at Kennett River for morning tea, but the ten people who came along on this pleasant autumn morning all felt it was well worth the effort. The activity had been advertised as a fungi walk and we were very pleased to welcome fungi expert Richard Hartland who was prepared to share his knowledge of this mysterious world – identifying over 40 different species.
Group at Sabine Falls Picnic Ground
Some of the group preferred to stay with Richard and study the fungi in detail.
Richard helps Kim and Chris identify one of the species.
And just a selection of the beautiful fungi they observed
The rest of the group ventured on through the majestic rain forest of Mountain Ash, Grey and Manna Gums with the tree ferns, lichens and mosses presenting a rich beauty all of their own.
There were a few obstacles to overcome due to the recent windy weather
And finally the falls were there in the distance screened by the lush vegetation.
It was certainly a magical part of the Otways and the Great Otway National Park.
Freesia refracta and Freesia alba X F. leichtlinii are declared weeds in the Surf Coast Shire because they spread easily and threaten to invade bushland. Freesias are perennial herbs that die back in summer and produce new foliage in winter. The highly fragrant trumpet-shaped flowers appearing in spring are white to cream and pink with yellow markings, shaded purple on outer surface. Each plant has at least two corms, one below the other, thus requiring deep digging to remove them.
More details about how to control this weed can be found in the archive of Weeds of the Month.
There are a number of wonderful local Friends Groups that provide ANGAIR members and the community with opportunities for involvement.