Wild beauty tames the beast

This year’s wildflower season in Western Australia was extraordinary. As you may know, for those following my Facebook posts, I’ve indulged in a few road trips in the last few months, some of necessity, and a couple for pleasure, so I had the opportunity to check out mother nature’s beauty in several locations.

Carpets of wildflowers adorned the roadside


Wattles bloomed everywhere,
Wattles bloomed everywhere, including our back yard

First of all, the Bruce Rock-Doodlakine Road was a gasp-worthy drive. I braked so often and jumped from my car so many times to grab yet another photo that my mother, who was with me on the way home from a function, braced herself in anticipation.

Wildflowers Bruce Rock Doodlakine Rd
Some of the many wildflowers along the Bruce Rock Doodlakine Rd

Along the Great Southern Highway that leads from The Lakes turnoff to York, I discovered Stands of Grass Trees like guardians amidst the gum trees.

Grass Trees along the Great Southern Highway The Lakes to York
Grass Trees along the Great Southern Highway The Lakes to York

Further along, I’ve always noticed these Grass trees along the York-Quairading Road. I’ve travelled that road since my childhood and they’ve stood proudly for many years now.

Grass Trees along York to Quairading Rd
Grass Trees along York to Quairading Road

A tiny nature reserve adjacent to my own home blazed with patches of colour.

Bacon and Egg plant
Bacon and Egg plant

I think one of the most stunning is the Hovea Pungens which was on Margaret Street in the suburb of Hovea, adjacent to John Forrest National Park.

Hovea Pungens
Hovea pungens found in the suburb of Hovea, but is more widely spread

These are a mere sample of the many wildflowers I photographed. They are still out there but with summer just around the corner I know the flowers are nearly spent. In their glory they gave great joy in what has been a challenging year.

Wildflower Mix
Wildflowers from near Morangup and Chidlow


Susan is a writer based in Perth's Darling Range, Western Australia. Her love for writing began as a child and is a life-long passion. Susan is also passionate about reading and attributes much of her learning to the wonderful world of literature. She enjoys photography and art and loves to write the occasional poem. She is often found indulging in a good cup of coffee and gazing over the hills from her backyard.

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