We fairly spontaneously went for a walk up a large hill on Monday. I, the unprepared (but trusting) partner and the other the back up for a back up for a back up well packed (but stubborn) partner.
Let's just say that the mountain (Mt Cooke) looked 'that way' with a fairly clear walking trail leading you to it, but instead we took a guess and went the 'other way'. When it was clear we were not heading for the mountain we decided a direct line of sight walk would get us there. After we bush bashed our way through the twice fire-ravaged bush, scraping our legs on prickly moses (was he really that much of a jerk?) and charcoaled limbs of dead trees, we did finally discover the intended path with the help of a drone!
Mt Cooke is quite spectacular with huge round boulders scattered on the top in a most seemingly designed way, it's one of the more unique scapes I've seen in a while. The view also gives you hope that there may still untouched areas of bush in Australia.
Whilst admiring this view, waiting for my partner to fly his drone around and after I'd eaten my rations and my phone had gone dead, I thought I'd try to just look at my close surrounds, try to see nature in more detail and appreciate it. 5 minutes in and I was enamoured with the burnt Hakea plant. (hakea petiolaris) Each stalk took on it's own little textured personality, reminding me of buffing silversmith tools and feather dusters. I snapped a few with the idea of photographing them on my return. God it's been forever since I did this and it's reawakened my love of nature patterns & details photography especially that in decay and inperfection.
When I came home to research the name of the plant I was smitten with it's layman name 'sea urchin hakea'.
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