Last week I needed to visit Cowra for a day, so I took the opportunity to stop into Conimbla National Park for a while before heading home. Cowra is outside of the area identified as ‘Riverina’ on the map on my About page, but it’s within the federal electoral division of Riverina, so I decided that was good enough to count as a Riverina site.
Conimbla National Park is very pretty, prepare yourself for lots of general scenery shots. Also pictures of bark; I’m intrigued by the variety of colours and textures of bark, and there was a lot of very artistic bark on display in the portion of the Park I visited.
Even the drive in was pretty, with sticky everlastings and yellow buttons in flower along the road verges.
I parked at the Ironbarks picnic area and headed out along the Ironbark walking track.
It was well named, although it might have been even more accurately named if it was called the Ironbark and Cypress Pine track.
I have only an hour of November left in which to get this blog post online, and I haven’t yet identified everything I photographed, so please enjoy the pictures below and I will come back and edit this entry as soon as I can with actual names of things.
I think these are a Dillwynia of some sort, but I need to check. I do know they were gorgeous and prolific.
Absolutely the most success I’ve ever had photographing live butterflies. I think these are Australian Painted Ladies.
Artistic bark! And hairy lichen.
Details of a Casuarina.
I’m not sure what these are, but I thought the shape of them was interesting.
I believe I promised you pretty scenery shots.
I continued in my well-established trend of not noticing really big wallabies browsing at close range until they startle and go crashing out of there, although this one didn’t go too far and then stuck around to keep an eye on me.
Artistically contrasting bark!
Very pretty purple flowers that I need to look up in my field guides.
The calyces of spent Fringe-Myrtle flowers.
More artistic bark.
I know what this is, I have some in my garden, but it’s midnight and I’m drawing a blank.
And leaf litter, because by this time the entire outing had turned into artistic appreciation of colour and texture, and I couldn’t ignore the variety underfoot.
I also saw two or three very small birds that I thought might be Diamond Firetails, but I could not for the life of me get a fix with either camera or binoculars.
On my way out I was thinking about how strange it was that in nearly two years of running this blog I have yet to encounter a snake, and, disappointingly, rarely see any reptiles at all, when I suddenly had to swerve to miss a snake that was crossing the road ahead. I wasn’t sure I’d missed it, so I pulled up a few metres away to check; it had evidently thrown itself back off the road as I passed, and was starting to cross again, shining sleekly in the sun; I was hoping to get a photo but it realised I was there and threw itself off the road again, and refused to leave the safety of the long grass. By golly it moved fast though, which is a good reminder to never get too close to wild snakes – they can throw themselves further than you’d suspect, faster than you can blink.
And that was the end of my little visit to Conimbla National Park.
In case you missed them: I posted field trip reports earlier this month about my visits to Mulligans Flat and Jerrabomberra Wetlands in the ACT. I also posted some pictures of a Rainbow Bee-eater I saw on private property near Wagga Wagga.