December 2017 Field Visit – Barellan

Hello lovely people, and welcome to the very end of 2017.

In keeping with my trend over the last few months, this month’s field visit was once again someplace I could squish into my schedule at the last minute, because I ran out of time to do it sooner. I will work on fixing that approach next year.

I needed to go to Barellan yesterday, so I decided to look for likely spots to stop and poke around whilst there.

Barellan town sign
Barellan town sign
Barellan's giant tennis racquet
Obligatory photo of the giant tennis racquet

I decided not to take this detour.

At the first place I stopped I was struck by the variation in leaf shapes in the immediate vicinity of my car, so I decided to play a game of ‘How Many Leaf Types Are There’ along a 100m stretch of road. It turned out there were a lot. I didn’t include grasses (which largely look the same leaf-wise, to me anyway) or things that I knew were exotic weeds, and I ended up with the following gallery of distinctively different leaves.

Emergent sapling of a Eucalypt (possibly Bimble Box Eucalyptus populnea?) showing juvenile foliage
Emergent sapling of a Eucalypt (possibly Bimble Box Eucalyptus populnea?) showing juvenile foliage
Adult Box tree (Eucalyptus sp.) – I have a hard time telling apart many Boxes, I think these were Bimble Boxes, but I may be wrong

 

A closer look at the Box tree leaves
Young Kurrajong tree (Brachychiton populneus)
Young Kurrajong tree (Brachychiton populneus)
A closer look at the leaves of the Kurrajong tree (Brachychiton populneus)
Three very different leaf shapes in one spot!
Three very different leaf shapes in one spot!
Unidentified wattle (Acacia sp.)
Unidentified wattle (Acacia sp.) – possibly Currawang?

 

Cypress Pine (Callitris sp.)
Cypress Pine (Callitris sp.)
Cypress Pine (Callitris sp.)
Cypress Pine (Callitris sp.)
Silver Cassia (Senna artemisioides)
Silver Cassia (Senna artemisioides)
Silver Cassia (Senna artemisioides) closer look at the leaves
Silver Cassia (Senna artemisioides) closer look at the leaves
Silver Cassia leaves
Unidentified forb
Emergent sapling, possibly another kind of Acacia

 

Young Cassia plants, and what might be a Dianella or Stypandra species

 

Misleading! The leaves belong to one kind of plant, the flowers to another entirely.
Native Bluebells (Wahlenbergia sp.)

Clustered Everlasting (Chrysocephalum semipapposum)
Clustered Everlasting (Chrysocephalum semipapposum)

 

On the way home I stopped very briefly to get a couple of photos of Lake Coolah, an ephemeral wetland depression that currently has some water in it, located along the Narrandera-Barellan road. I shall have to head back out to Lake Coolah another day, a little closer to sunset, to see what birds may be using it at the moment; perhaps that can be a January visit.

In the meanwhile, I shall leave you with this message from a queer Santa family I spotted hanging out by someone’s farm gate:

Happy New Year everyone, see you in 2018.

 

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2 thoughts on “December 2017 Field Visit – Barellan

  1. A.M. Valenza January 2, 2018 / 8:43 am

    omg queer Santa ❤ Loved seeing the flowers! I think the flowers, birds, and stunning tree formations are my favorite things that you capture on here.

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    • riverinawildlife January 2, 2018 / 8:48 am

      Thanks. 🙂 I was pleased to see so many flowers too, I hadn’t expected to, but there were a surprisingly large number of them. The queer Santa was unexpected too, I saw the figures and stopped to take a photo, and only then noticed the sign.

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