|The sea off Wattamolla, framed by a mix of gum |
trees, banksias and heath plants
Some of the most impressive plants were the masses of low heath plants, pruned and stunted by the strong winds by the sea. We could see heath banksia (Banksia ericifolia), darwinias (Darwinia fascicularis), and tiny stunted casuarinas (Alloasuarina distyla and/or diminuta). Sedges and grasses were growing in the tiniest rock crevices.
|The ocean wind 'carves' these heath shrubs|
so that they look like a single continuous plant
The final inspiration, which would require a skillful sculptor to recreate in a garden, was this amazing wind-hollowed stone. I don't know if it has a name, but if not it ought to be called Tapir Rock.
|What a nose!|
|Little Marley Beach, north of Wattamolla,|
waiting for visitors