Friday, April 30, 2010

Seed collection - Coochiemudlo Island

The jetty at Victoria point.

Hibiscus tiliaceus

Bribie Island Pine, Callitris columellaris

Winged seed of Bribie Island pine.

I don't think the weather could have been more perfect for the Redland Bushcare seed collection trip to Coochiemudlo Island. This was my first trip off the mainland to a bay island, arriving by ferry gave the impression of a sea change paradise.
We collected seed from several species along the sandy foreshore. Trees on Coochiemudlo Island are quite spectacular, some windswept into sculptural like forms. We walked through groves of Banksias in full bloom, gnarled casuarinas and eucalypt species, and some towering Bribie Island pines. Towards the end of our walk we headed into the Melaleuca Wetlands, variety of species changed with dense undergrowth of fern, grass and vines, giant stately banksia, charred paperbarks and butterflies dancing on air. This place felt special, I will need to return again and spend more time exploring this wonderful area. Pictures of the wetlands on my next post.
Thanks to the Redlands Bushcare Environmental education staff and volunteers for a great morning of knowledge sharing.

1 comment:

  1. Looks like a beautiful day. I've never been to Coochiemudlo but Now I really want to see it!