Wildflowers and History #3

Gurulmundi State Forest

At the 42 km mark of our day trip we came across rusted relics of the past on the side of the road.

The Conloi No. 1 bore and the tank used for storing crude oil pumped from the Surat/Bowen Basin were long ago abandoned, left to decay by the side of the road.

At first glance it seemed there were no wildflowers growing in this parched landscape. But a closer inspection revealed more beautiful blooms growing in the stony soil.

Some were tiny – no bigger than a thumbnail.

The clear blue sky made the perfect backdrop for these scarlet grevilleas.

And way overhead, tufted white blossoms in the highest branches of the gum trees glittered in the glaring midday sun.

28 thoughts on “Wildflowers and History #3

    • Yes, mostly hot and dry in summer and cold and dry in winter. πŸ™‚ The grevillea didn’t have many leaves but I don’t know if it was because it was coming out of winter or if it was a survival mechanism in the dry. It probably looks completely different now after the drenching they’ve had out there.


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