Yesterday’s FOBIF walking group was divided into two for the expedition into the upper reaches of the Columbine Creek catchment—COVID 19 regulations obliging us to keep each group’s numbers below ten. The two groups approached the circuit from opposite directions, crossing briefly half way.
The day turned out to be good winter walking weather, brisk but dry, with patches of bright sunshine and little wind. The area looks to be on the verge of a great wildflower season, with Hill Flat-pea starting to bloom, plenty of wattles, Grevillea alpina, and masses of Pink Beard Heath a week or two away from a spectacular show. Abundant fungi gave the groups plenty of opportunities to pause, and there was the odd orchid to add variety.
This walk gave the groups access to some of the least spoiled corners of the region, with a striking number of mature trees. Our thanks go to group leaders Jeremy Holland and Bernard Slattery.
Next month’s walk is planned for the hills beyond the Expedition Pass reservoir. Owing to ongoing uncertainty about COVID 19, arrangements for this walk cannot be confirmed yet. Please check this website closer to the due date.