Coorow seemed like a good place to stop for a few days, it’s central to a few National parks and reserves and the caravan park has a 2 nights for the price of one offer for wildflower season. I needed to spend some time sorting through photos and post on here.
A couple of mornings here were very foggy and as I set out early in the morning, visibility was down to about 30m so I pulled over for a while and found that foggy mornings turn spiderwebs into strings of pearls.
This flower looks strange enough, and seems like it’s fully open doesn’t it? But what is the unusual dark furry star shaped bit in the middle?
Now it’s fully open. I’ve only found one of these plants during my travels and walks and I’d like to find some more so that I can get some better pictures it’s quite a magnificent looking plant.
And that’s another reason why I need to go through my photos more regularly I drove back looking for this but had to give up. It was somewhere that I’ve driven in the past few days right on the side of the road. (Edit – I guess this one must have been one of the most northerly plants because as I have traveled southward I’ve found lots more on the road verge ranging from a dark purple through to a light mauve.
A plain old white eucalypt flower but look closely, look for the pairs of eyes.
I have a bit of a soft spot for thee grass seeds, probably because they are just one of the things you normally ignore, but when you look closely they can be beautiful.
Another interesting flower I’ve already posted up on here from back at Lesueur national park is the Isopogan, once again another plant that looks quite different as you get closer in to have a look at the fine detail.
Many people would think the whole bunch of flower buds is the actual flower, but you can see here an individual flower as it splits open and a bud next to it ready to open.
I think that’s the “ugly stick” leaning up against the base of the tree.
I couldn’t get a great picture of this guy because he was standing in the middle of the road and refused to move, there’s only so much time I can spend standing in the middle of the road taking photos. One car flew passed over the top of him and he still didn’t move.
Some leaves don’t really look like leaves.
Sprung loaded stamens on a flower?
Interesting little bulbous flowers.
Last night I had my first night free camping since I left Perth and I’m realizing that I should be doing a lot more of this rather than heading straight for the caravan parks. I’m set up for free camping all my own power and water, and lately I’ve found that in some of the parks I’d rather use my own shower than the communal showers, so you tend to wonder why your even at the park. You use a little bit of their power but I have enough of my own solar, a bit of water and the toilet and bathroom, but I have my own and pay a lot of money. The caravan park I stayed at last night had no normal sites left so I had to stay in an en-suite site, so I paid $35 instead of the standard $20 to have my own private little bathroom that I spent 5 minutes in.
Still, you need to stay in the parks if you want to unhook the van and get out and about.