out the back bush …

Yesterday, after a cold windy morning in Broome, a sunny 25C drive out plant searching in an area associated with a now abandoned proposal for a  Woodside Gas Hub project. A long drive on rough corrugated roads and tracks, the best kind of field trip.

There was substantial cover of grasses, herbs and annual flowering species and a mixed bag of bigger shrubs and trees. The adjacent country showed me a productive series of different ecological plant and geologic ‘communities’. Here is what I saw there, click to enlarge:

Terminalia ferdinandiana

Gubinge Tree, Terminalia ferdinandiana

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Nonda Plum, Parinari Nonda

Calytrix exstipulata 4

Calytrix exstipulata

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Woodside rehabilitation

Gossypium rotundifolium

Gossypium rotundifolium

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Calytrix exstipulata woodland

What once was bare

What once was bare

Gomphrena flaccida

Gomphrena flaccida

Verticordia cunninghamii

Verticordia cunninghamii

Terminalia ferdinandiana

Terminalia ferdinandiana

Opilia amentacea

Opilia amentacea

Terminalia canescens

Terminalia canescens

Then there it was a Pindanpost, deep reddy brown, pindan covered post, courtesy of termites, natures janitor and soil improver.

A Pindan post

A Pindan post

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Recovery from fire

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Checking recovery from fire on rare Verticordia cunninghamii woodland with Eucalyptus miniata regrowth

 

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More Woodside rehabilitation, Acacias adoxa and hippuroides

Yes, 4WD was sometimes needed, but the tracks were reasonable, a very enjoyable trip.

To see more with these photos, go to northwestplants.net where I have been busy for a few days updating photos.

About Tom Harley

Amateur ecologist and horticulturalist and CEO of Kimberley Environmental Horticulture Inc. (Tom Harley)
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2 Responses to out the back bush …

  1. Always enjoy your photos Tom – thanks for posting them. Is Woodside the oil co ?
    Closest I got to Broome was in 2005 I worked a few months in winter around Marble Bar.

    • Tom Harley says:

      Woodside Petroleum is the company that was told by the stste government to build a gas hub at James Price point, a very silly idea from Colin Barnett and his threats. Better sites were ignored, and finally a floating hub was decided as the way to go, like Shell had started.

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