Our last excursion for the year was to Enfield Forest. This is a brief summary of the afternoon as a longer report will be in the February newsletter. We entered the forest from Ross Creek down Post office Road into Victoria Road and past the trail bike car park.
The umbrellas were out for a few minutes on arrival at Victoria Dam but didn’t last long. There were a few small grass trees in flower but as the sun wasn’t out they were lacking the usual selection of insects. Moss that would have been drying out over the last few warm weeks was looking refreshed and prickly tea tree was in flower.
The highlight was the duck orchids which were in several clumps and enticed the photographers to get their cameras out despite the damp conditions. The yellow flowers of the Common Wedge-pea, Gompholobium huegelii and Grey everlasting, Ozothamnus obcordatus brightened the forest.
After the stroll around the dam it was back to Incolls road and onto Beacon Hill. On the way we had a brief stop to see what was greening up after a spring burn.
Large Tongue Orchids, Cryptostylis subulata, were what we hoped to see at Beacon Hill and there were several clumps in flower. Dwarf Bush-pea, Pultenaea humilis, was beginning to flower and covered in rain drops. Raindrops on the webbed tunnel entrance of a spider, were beautiful but difficult to photograph.
The day finished back at Rosebank where we were joined by other club members for our end of year function. We usually have a picnic in the bush after the last excursion for the year but this year we decided to combine it with the end of year get together and have it under cover. It all worked out well and it was lovely way to finish a year full of interest and activities.