The October walk was just wonderful.
We were initially disappointed at seeing only a handful of Sun Orchids, and all of these were closed due to the cloudy weather or because they were already pollinated, but we saw large numbers of other superb orchids.
These including whole stands of Mantis Orchids Caladenia tentaculata, really tall Tiger Orchids Diurus sulphurea and, best of all, several very handsome specimens of the more unusual Red and Purple Bearded Orchids Calochilus paludosa & C. robertsonii.
The heathlands along and near Ridge Track and at the back of Moggs Creek were a mass of coloured flowers, including the delightful Leafless Globe-pea Sphaerolobium minus.
Gentle Annie track was lined with the brilliant yellow pea flowers of Common Aotus Aotus ericoides.
The overcast weather made for very comfortable walking, though it was too cold and windy on the exposed lookouts to stay for long.
On the way to Moggs Creek we had a short, unexpected detour, as we missed a turning.
Lunch at Moggs Creek was most pleasant in the delightful surroundings, using the picnic facilities.
After lunch the return walk to the lookout over Eastern view was lined by flowers at all levels.
Of special interest were white specimens of two types of orchids which are usually coloured. These were Waxlip Orchids Glossodia major which are normally mauve, and Pink Fingers Caladenia carnea.
Some of the small white prostrate flowers had us guessing their species, such as Matted Pratia Lobelia pedunculata.
We enjoyed ourselves so much the walk ended quite a bit a bit later than planned.
Sat 9:30am - 1:30pm
Get to Know our Tracks
Sun 9:30am - 11:00am
Friends of Allen Noble Sanctuary
Mon 9:30am - 11:00am
Tue 10:00am - 11:30am
St Bernard’s College, students’ working bee
Fri 7:30am - 9:30am
Social evening: Our water future – protecting the Barwon