Friday, 30 January 2009

Architectural Plants Eat your Heart Out!

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....


Anonymous said...

Whoooooooooo, I trust it did not result in a bit of a chunder your Dameness!

VP said...

Oooooooh I love it there! At least the raininess must have kept the flies away from the fly?

There were loads of 'em when we were there on a very hot day!

Arabella Sock said...

There was an observation tower with spiral staircase rising even higher up from the walkways - that was a slightly chundery moment!

The one mercy of it being cool and rainy was the complete lack of flies in that area. We had bought some headnets to drape over our hats (very fetching) because when we had spent some sunny days out in the bush the flies had been overwhelming but we only needed these in a few places.

janerowena said...

I loved that photo of the tree ferns from above, when I had enlarged it.

Did you ever cross the bridge across the Thames when it was still wobbly? I can still remember that horrible feeling of having no control over my legs.

Arabella Sock said...

I felt sick watching that wobbly Thames bridge let alone walking on it. By contrast the Otway Fly wasn't scary enough as the bit of it pictured was the only bit that swayed. The Bedsock was worried when I hung over the rails to take photos looking down onto the tree ferns but he was actually frightened about me dropping the camera not that I might fall! Humph!