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Peak time for Leschenaultia biloba. This species is the one most commonly referred to as ‘Leschenaultia’ and it abounds in the Perth Hills. The iconic wreath flower, which I’ve recently posted about, is Leschenaultia macrantha.

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Moving on from the forested escarpment into the Wheatbelt and a stop at the Corrigin Dog Cemetery Barking at heaven's door: iconic dog cemetery looks for new land to expand).

Another of those places I’ve driven past many times when working, but never stopped at.

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Next morning, a brief look around in a nature reserve on the edge of Narrogin.

Banksia nobilis, commonly known as golden dryandra.

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Plenty of these orchids.

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Then on to Dryandra Woodland. The reserve has a main loop road but is laced with an extensive network of drive trails.

It was on one of these minor trails that I achieved the rare feat of sighting a numbat. It was moving too fast to photograph but I had a clear view of it as it ran across the open ground under the wandoo trees in front of me. Mission accomplished!

Numbats were once distributed across Australia but are now restricted to two reserves in WA (The Numbat — Project Numbat).

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Next day. Wednesday. PJM’s day off and a glorious spring day. Off we go to the quaint old timber-milling town of Jarrahdale.

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The Millbrook winery is just out of town. Not open on Tuesday-Wednesday but the grounds are accessible. Pretty spot and particularly attractive on a sunny day in early spring.

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A short WAnder this week.

The Ferguson Valley (Home - Ferguson Valley) is a rural area east of Bunbury, rising from the irrigated dairying country of the flat coastal plain through rolling pasture hills and, in recent years, vineyards and wineries into jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata) (Eucalyptus marginata - Wikipedia) forest of Wellington NP (Wellington | Explore Parks WA | Parks and Wildlife Service).

The forest was heavily cut for timber in the early 20th century. Now, as National Park, it provides recreation around Wellington Dam and along the Collie River downstream of the dam. It’s a pretty area with good camp sites and walking and mountain-bike trails.

On the way back, a poke around Lakes Preston and Clifton, both a short distance inland from the coast between Bunbury and Mandurah in mature tuart (E. gomphocephala) forest, which is unique to the sandy soils of the Swan Coastal Plain between Perth and Busselton (Eucalyptus gomphocephala - Wikipedia).

I also wanted to scope the thrombolites at Lake Clifton: Thrombolite - Wikipedia.

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The King Jarrah near the old Wellington Mills timber-milling townsite, of which nothing remains. Even though ancient and large by today’s standards, the King Jarrah is a rare ancient tree in the mostly regrowth jarrah forest and would have been soundly exceeded in girth size in the original forest.

A marri tree (once Eucalyptus calophylla, now Corymbia calophylla) to the left of King Jarrah.

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Quirky Gnomesville (Gnomesville in The Ferguson Valley | Wellington Mill WA) has thousands of gnomes accumulated over about the last twenty years.

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The recently-completed mural on the wall of Wellington Dam is a major drawcard.

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I am guessing the fishermen were hoping the peppermint blossoms had stirred the fish up. The grasstrees really flowered after our 19/20 fires and the lorikeets went bananas
 

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I am guessing the fishermen were hoping the peppermint blossoms had stirred the fish up. The grasstrees really flowered after our 19/20 fires and the lorikeets went bananas

We could do without those 🤬🤬🤬 lorikeets in WA. Real pest here.
 
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