Sharing a walk we took earlier today along Forest Drive in the nearby Heathcote-Graytown National Park.  On the way we went past some flowering fruit trees. It took too long for bees to land, and Mr. R. was getting too far ahead, so here is a rare, insect-free, flower image.

pretty blossom
Heathcote-Graytown National Park
the understory is brighter than usual

I noticed dragonflies about and I’d just finished saying to Mr. R. that I never have any success with photographing them when – lo and behold – a pair decided to do their love-making right in front of me! For ages, too.

Wattle with a hint of purple Happy Wanderer

Adding a page splitter here, for there are lots of photos.

Forest Drive
A fly
Fluffy wattle balls
Spiky wattle sprays
The sunny Happy Wanderer, a native vine
The southern end of Forest Drive
Homeward bound

The capeweed is flowering. Of course, I looked among the yellow daisies for a bee.

A cockie went screeching by … is it the same one, I wonder!
Looking over the edge of the bridge. McIvor Creek has dropped.
Captured a bee this time

Thanks for sharing our walk! Take care.


Wednesday Walk

Forest Drive


11 thoughts on “Forest Drive

  1. sue says:

    Great photo’s, I have never seen the Happy Wanderer before, I rather like it. Those poor dragon fly, imagine having to fly and take aim at the same time.
    I think you should be getting some wet weather coming down from the mountains soon, that will swell the river a bit. Where does the creek get it’s water from?

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    • I didn’t realise they landed to rest up in the middle of things. 🙂 Had to look up the creek catchment – something I’ve wondered about but never bothered to find out … “The catchment is bound to the west by the Wild Duck Creek catchment and the east by the Goulburn River catchment. Significant tributaries of McIvor Creek include Mount Ida Creek and a number of spring fed gullies. The main towns within the catchment include Heathcote and Tooborac. The catchment is predominantly cleared along the creek valley which supports dryland farming and some viticulture. The hills surrounding the valley, especially in the lower and middle catchment are forested and are covered by the Heathcote-Graytown National Park and the Spring Plains Nature Conservation Reserve.”


    • I bought a happy wanderer from a nursery once, but it eventually died. Hardenbergia violacea ‘happy wanderer’ – a fast growing climber which can be used as a ground cover, too. Attracts birds, bees and insects.


  2. Anonymous says:

    Mum had a Auntie Grace whose husband (John Law Smail) was an engineer with the Goulburn River management. They lived in Seymour for years and of course everyone used to go there for holidays. I think mum was a favourite of Auntie Grace, they didn’t have any kids of their own, which was a shame, she was a lovely woman.

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