OUR FOREST FLOOR IN WINTER


AS MUCH AS I COMPLAIN ABOUT WINTER IT DOES AFFORD A DIFFERENT VIEW ON OUR FOREST FLOOR.

TO EXPLAIN OUR TOPOGRAPHY WE ARE DESCRIBED AS LIVING ON A ROCK REEF.

WE LIVE IN GOLD MINING LAND OF OLD AND AS SUCH THE GEOLOGY IS SLATE,QUARTZ AND SLATE.

THE ABOVE GROUND LAND MASS IS DESCRIBED AS ..

HEATHY DRY FOREST.

THE DESCRIPTION OF THIS IS : GROWS ON SHALLOW,ROCKY SKELETAL SOILS ON A VARIETY OF GEOLOGIES AND ON A RANGE OF LANDFORMS FROM GENTLY UNDULATING HILLS TO EXPOSED ASPECTS ON RIDGE TOPS AND STEEP SLOPES AT A RANGE OF ELEVATIONS .THE OVERSTOREY IS A LOW ,OPEN EUCALYPT FOREST POOR IN FORM TO 20M TALL WITH AN OPEN CROWN COVER.THE UNDERSTOREY IS DOMINATED BY A LOW SPARSE TO DENSE LAYER OF ERICOID-LEAVED SHRUBS INCLUDINH HEATHS AND PEAS.GRAMINOIDS AND GRASSES ARE FREQUENTLY PRESENT IN THE GROUND LAYER,BUT DO NOT PROVIDE MUCH COVER.

PRIMARY OVERSTOREY(TREE SPECIES) IRONBARK,GREY BOX,AND RED STRINGY BARK.

THE GREY BOX BEING A PROTECTED SPECIES IN OUR AREA DUE TO GOLD MINING WIPING OUT SO MANY.

SO YOU CAN UNDERSTAND THE BATTLE TO GROW A GARDEN,GET A PADDOCK BACK TO HEALTH,DIG A HOLE!!     ALL THE WHILE KEEPING THE INTEGRITY OF THE LANDSCAPE THAT WE LOVE.

SO WHEN THE EARTH HERE SHOWS ME IT’S NATURAL BEAUTY I LOVE TO CAPTURE THE IMAGES..THIS IS NATURE,AND SOME OF IT IS NEW TO HERE AS WE HAVE WORKED THE LAND AND TRIED TO BRING BACK IT’S VITALITY ..BY ADDING BACK TO THE EARTH WE HAVE ALREADY SEEN SOME NATIVE SPECIES RETURN.

WE HAVE PROVED THAT YOU CAN GET YOUR ENVIRONMENT HEALTHY AND HAVE LIVESTOCK AND HAVE DOMESTIC ANIMALS IF YOU TAKE THE APPROPRIATE MEASURES.

THE LAND WILL TAKE A LONGTIME TO BE BACK TO IT’S ORIGINAL FORM. BUT WE ARE TAKING SMALL STEPS AND ARE ALREADY SO THRILLED TO SEE THE CHANGE.

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34 thoughts on “OUR FOREST FLOOR IN WINTER

  1. What lovely photos Bev!! I love the Sundew plant/flowers….I think Austrailia is an amazing country!!! I am learning so much from your blogs!! Thank you for sharing your lovely country with all of us!!
    Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue

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    • Thanks Sherri-Ellen it s a pretty time of year here 🙂 and I was so excited that the sundews flowered this year..just have to keep the sheepies away from those areas 🙂
      Bev and gang xxx

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        • No I don’t think they do but we have so few that I don’t let the sheepies roam where the native plants pop up..trying to hel the environment get back to healthy after years of gold mining ruined the area 🙂
          Thanks it is beautiful:)

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          • That is a smart idea to keep the sheep from temptation & keep the Sundews safe!!!
            I also had no idea THAT MUCH mining went on in Australia!!! I despise when mining companies do not fill & revitalize the land. This is being done here in Canada alot & it is amazing to be in a place & find out it WAS a mine when it looks like a lovely park or new forest!!

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            • Yes gold in Victoria was discovered here by a Dr Barker..and so out little town is named after him Barkers Creek…lucky with Doc and his constant barking at murdulators! the Gold miners were mainly Chinese and there are beautiful Chinese gardens in Bendigo and very year a dragon parade through town.But they denuded the land badly and blew it to bits..and then when they finished it was taken over by cattle grazing which caused it’s own problems..later it became Apple and Pear Orchards..we are the Apple capital of Victoria,but with years of drought many orchardists have ploughed their trees in to the ground as water is too expensive and Australia has a thing about importing fruit and veg! we have lost Oranges all sorts of crops because of cheap imports.So we are trying to encourage the land to get healthy,ironically the sheep by grazing have added fertiliser to the ground and we are seeing improvements.
              But around here people have to add to the ground as no amount of digging it up will make it healthy,salinity is also an issue and erosion in those areas..people really do know how to take beauty and stuff it up!

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              • Wow the land has been thru so much turmoli!!! I agree that Humanity *ahem* some Humanity have abused Mother Earth…now we see the results all over the globe & it is not going to improve I am sure….
                When will Humanity learn from its mistakes???
                Sherri-Ellen xo
                P.S.: Hurrah for Sheep Poo!!!! ❤

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  2. Great pictures! Thank you for sharing them.

    I have some wet woods (swamp) over the hill from our farm that has surprising beauty like that. If I can locate my camera (from our move) I’ll post some.

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    • I hope you keep your summer for awhile too..i am not looking forward to having the scanner on all day and all my precious things spread around in different relatives homes…I like summer but it’s so dangerous here..spend all the time with my workboots on…peee yewww hehhe 🙂
      Hugs Fozziemum xxxx

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  3. You clearly love the land – and I love reading about the minutae of it. Very interesting. We’re on Sydney clay – hard and needs compost all the time. our veggie patches are no dig above ground ones because we couldn’t get anything to grow. Plus I think our terrace sits on a water course… Centennial Park where we walk every day was swamp originally – paper barks etc etc but was cleared for grazing and then cleared again to plant out the park as a Victorian ode to parks. So now a mix of bush trying to grow back and ornamental silliness. Wish they would return it all to native bush 🙂

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    • Isn’t it frustrating trying to fix ‘great ideas’ when we lived in suburbia it was clay..good grief it’s a nightmare to deal with,i think no dig is the way to go…we found just trying to grow grass for the dogs and cats a ridiculous effort..we bought in hay bales rotted them with urea,blood and bone (imagine trying to keep the dogs off that due to it’s toxicity) I watered it until soaked very day for weeks..until it was really well soft and broken down,bought in heaps of good topsoil then grass seed then watered all the time..that was in sept last year we now..just now have grass…sheesh..my veg garden will be done in apple crates above ground no snakes or rabbits allowed and less back bending..hay bale vege gardens are also great and when finished can be turned on top of the soil..always something isn’t there 🙂 Thanks for the lovely comment.

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      • pleasure. am also just about to plant out my chitted potatoes in old coffee sacks. did it last year and had hundreds of the things. ps. we have no backyard at all but lots of balconies for things to grow on. the tomatoes have a great view of the opera house!

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    • Lucky tommies! the old hospital crematorium her roasts coffee beans oh well does have the word cema in it..sorry coffee addict poor joke! and they filled the back of my rodeo up with them I have been using them as tree guards,filled them with rocks and soil and then planted rushes in them to shore up the edge of the dam,i even had a crafternoon and cut one up lined it sewed it up filled it with potting mix and flowers and tied to my old ladder in the garden..they are great little things..i do miss growing spuds..we had huge beds of them in our last house and I would get my Irish ancestry on and dig like a loon…loved it haha 🙂

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  4. Absolutely beautiful……it’s gorgeous there where you are and it sounds like while it’s a lot of work “getting there” it’s SO worth it for all the beauty that surrounds you. The photos are super – I’m a huge fan of moss – it’s so fascinating. We have a lot of it in our yard (which my husband says is the greenest part of our lawn since our grass is mostly brown!!). Mother nature has a surprise for us ’round every corner if we just keep our eyes open doesn’t she? Doesn’t matter where in the world we live, if we keep our eyes open we’ll see the beauty.

    Pam

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    • Thanks Pam..i agree you just have to look…I adore moss seems so surreal and evokes childhood memories of forests and fairies and elves 🙂 I get mentally lost in the forest I can be in a fairyland or I can be in a prehistoric world..either way it’s good soul food! The little toadstool and fungi add to the mix and even though there is still a lot of barren ground this is what I choose to focus on.I can sympathise with the brown grass..we started trying to grow it in sept last year..it involved so much work it just wasn’t funny..rotting down hay bales bringing in soil ..sheesh it’s only now we have grass..the dogs and cats are delighted hahaha..if it browns in summer you will hear me scream from there!
      Bev

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      • When I was little, my brother and I would go into the forest and build tiny little houses out of moss, sticks, stones, etc. – just for the fun of making a little “fairy land”……I can remember that like it was yesterday. Magic! I’ll listen for the screams in summer…..I can relate!

        Pam

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