Tuesday, 11 March 2008

Natural Beauty

Pulpit Rock lookout is on the edge of a sheer drop to the floor of the Grose Valley. Descending the last set of stairs, or ladder really, to the edge of the precipice is a challenge if you have even a vestige of vertigo.

We also admired the native vegetation alongside the trail back to where we had parked the car. Little more than a year ago, this area was swept by one of the worst bushfires in its history. While the blackened silhouettes of trees and shrubs are still clearly visible, many are already leafing out again. The most spectacular are the grass trees (Xanthorrhoea media), which regenerate fast after fire. My photos show the shiny brown seed capsules on the tall (up to 3-metre) stems.

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