As Sockwatchers will know the Sock is a great fan of Architectural Plants in Sussex although she is slightly afeared for the agave and date palm she bought there last year before the unusually hard winter frosts hit.
What a treat then to visit the Otway Fly in Australia's cool temperate rainforest near Apollo Bay and see tree ferns in situ. It was definitely cool, well bloody freezing actually, and it was definitely rainy although our visit to the Fly itself was thankfully in a break between the storms. This did have the advantage that we had the entire place to ourselves and it was certainly worth a visit.
The drive to the Fly which took us through the rainforest on a minor road was spectacular with more ferns than you could shake a stick at! Then walking 45m above the forest bed on the tree-top walkway afforded a view of the incredible patterns they make when viewed from above.
Double clic on the pictures to enlarge if you are interested in that sort of thing
Fantastic colours and textures of mosses and lichens on the tree-tops
A crimson rosella adds a bit of colour contrast
This bit of the Fly was swaying slightly alarmingly....