Here is Nightjar with the next chapter in her series.
Chapter 7 – West Hill: Going Up
We are now at the southern base of the West Hill and the entrance looks inviting. We are in a totally different environment, the soils here are obviously more fertile and can sustain denser vegetation. Let’s go up.
Tree roots and rocks live in harmony, and we found some dead wood with interesting textures. Some of you may recognize the shape of those fallen leaves. Pines don’t rule this landscape, that’s for sure.
Looking down our path we must reach a sad conclusion. The exotic eucalypts rule this landscape and native trees are almost absent nowadays. We should be looking at a diverse oak forest, but we aren’t.
This level of habitat destruction makes me sad, but I’ve ranted enough about eucalypts on this blog. Let’s look one last time through the branches to wave back at the limestone hill we explored in the previous chapters and then focus on the ground. Because trust me, the rocks here are truly marvelous. And there are some puffballs too.