Showing posts from 2023

Mount Monash

 Tuesday 12 December 2023 This second attempt to organise a walk to Mount Monash eventuated and set off in quite warm weather with lots of sun.  Boronia was very good, but at the site where many coloured specimens of Richea scoparia have previously been found, there was no sign of flowering nor many flower spikes.   From here we set off over the 700 metre long plateau for the summit of Mount Monash, taking a easterly approach when some large rocky areas were met.   It probably would have been easier going the other way, but in either case it involves scrub.   A more direct return route was taken that saved both time and distance.   It was 3.35k inward and 2.71 return, with respective times being 1:53 and 1:29.   Mount Monash summit rocks at highest point Waratah   Telopia truncata Snow gum trunk pattern Boronia citriodora A lone King Billy pine a long way from any others  Inward route is black and return blue

Mount Ophel Walls of Jerusalem

22-24 November 2023   The weather forecast was good, and we took the opportunity to go to the northern part of the Walls of Jerusalem.   I was hoping that the Alpine Hovea would be in flower, but unfortunately there was very little out; it was either a case of getting there too early,   or it was a bad year for the plant.    There was no close water at the campsite I had hoped to use, so we backtracked to a suitable spot beside the Fish River. For the middle day of our stay we climbed to Mount Ophel, passing an impressive old stand of Pencil Pines.   It seems unlikely that many people would have been past this spot, and even less likely that a party would have an average age greater than us.    On top was a large plateau with numerous attractive tarns.    Descent was via the Pool of   Siloam and Ephraims Gate.   Tiger Lake and Solitary (Mans) Hut were visited on the walk out, again in very favourable weather conditions.   The three days were delightfully sunny with very little

Chauncy Vale

Thursday 9 November 2023 It seemed time for another trip to Chauncy Vale with a barbeque lunch.    The   original Chauncy family home “ Day Dawn Cottage” was visited followed by walk.   Time didn’t allow for anything other than a short walk as we had planned a barbeque lunch on the deck of the meeting room.     Information on the property is online . Eves Bath was flowing freely Cave along cliff track Cliff Tafoni Tafoni Several bushes of Boronia anemonifolia (Stinking Boronia) along the cliff track