I’d had enough of people, faces and loud mouths. This morning was, I decided upon waking, to be spent in the company of flowers. Cheerful blooms and cool canopies I knew would bring me back to a milder temper.
With that, and a bottle of water in my pocket, this journey into the various plant communities of Jervis Bay would be a present to self: colour immersion! rare habitats!! even wetlands and seagrass should I turn intrepid!!!
But I began local – in Vincentia, which is located within a stretch of NSW south coast called Jervis Bay. Bushwalks, coastal paths and cycle ways meander from beach to rainforest and led me to these magnificent blossoms. You see, Vincentia is fringed by two national parks that are rich in the diversity of Australian flora and fauna. Oh and the microclimate is ideal for the cultivation of all things anchored to the Earth by roots.
What a delight to be landed in Jervis Bay! This spot is a large marine-dominated embayment, located 180 km south of Sydney. An array of aquatic ecosystems, including extensive seagrass beds, mangrove communities and sub tidal rocky reefs, characterise it.
Terrestrial ecosystems are equally diverse, ranging from rainforest, schlerophyll forest through to woodlands, swamps, sedgeland and heath communities.
The major Plant Communities found at Jervis Bay include: Dunes, Estuaries (such as magroves and saltmarches), Scrubs, Heathlands, Woodland, Open Forest, Tall Open Forest and finally Rainforest.
And up above, cool breezes bring in small puffy clouds, piled high, the odd rainshower and the promise of blue skies tomorrow. My journey is complete. And all before sunset. Sigh.