Friday, April 6, 2012

Kitty Miller Bay's kelp and 'bonsai' correas

Kitty Miller Bay is a place where, at sundown, penguins tumble from waves and then make their way up the beach to their burrows in the sand dunes; where mutton birds also return to their burrows to feed hungry chicks that await their arrival.

Growing in amongst rocks and in the full blast of salt-laden southerly gales, correas grow and flower, their silvery trunks twisted and wind-sculptured. They remind me of bonsai, which I love. Up the beach a little, coast everlastings are shedding their fine seed, after a prolific flowering season.

Along the beach, long ribbons of kelp have collected in heaps -- slippery, leathery fronds. These are just some of the lovely things we found while exploring Kitty Miller Bay.

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