Gippsland Summer – The Plants

On the other side of the wildlife spectrum, all types of flowers are out and about at this time of year, well and truly past the Spring-time frenzy. Some simply burst out for a short period of time, often for just one day, and then they are gone for another year. Such was the case of the unusual Christmas flower that was near our campsite, which burst its pods and made a show for a day or so and then was gone. Other flowers kept popping out blossoms as earlier ones withered away, to keep a show of colour for a brief while at least.

Unusual looking Christmas flower on day one - Goulburn River Victoria

Unusual looking Christmas flower on day one – Goulburn River Victoria

Unusual looking Christmas flower on day two - Goulburn River Victoria

Unusual looking Christmas flower on day two – Goulburn River Victoria

Bush Flowers - Goulburn River Victoria

Bush Flowers – Goulburn River Victoria

In the High Country, all manner of plants sprout and bloom come Spring and then flourish in the Summer. They may be wildflowers or simply bushes coming into colour, or even new growth finding a foothold in the most unlikely of places.

Wildflowers - Bentleys Plain Victoria

Wildflowers – Bentleys Plain Victoria

Summer Colours - Bentleys Plain Victoria

Summer Colours – Bentleys Plain Victoria

Life starts anew on the shoulders of giants - Bentleys Plain Victoria

Life starts anew on the shoulders of giants – Bentleys Plain Victoria

The bigger plants are also affected by the changing weather as Summer gets into full swing, especially with the often strong winds that arrive this time of year, and some don’t survive. An early morning foray to Mossvale Park revealed that a very large and old Maple had succumbed to the strong winds of the last few days and snapped more or less in half. It’s such a shame that one of these glorious trees meets such an end, given how old it is, but nature is what it is. However, other trees with massive, dispersed, branches seem to thrive. And, surprisingly, in the intense 40+C heat and drying winds we’re having at the moment, succulents appear to be thriving.

A sad end to an ancient maple - Mossvale Park Victoria

A sad end to an ancient maple – Mossvale Park Victoria

In all it's glory - Mossvale Park Victoria

In all it’s glory – Mossvale Park Victoria

Succulents flower in the heat - Mirboo North Victoria

Succulents flower in the heat – Mirboo North Victoria

Plants are always interesting to me, especially as there is such variety and diversity from one season to the next. And as I travel around Gippsland, the opportunities for photographing something new and different arise all the time. So I never seem to be without subject matter in this regard.