|The Australian Alps national parks (courtesy of Wikpedia) with Namadgi National Park at the northern end.|
Mount Ginini is just to the north of Mount Bimberi, which is marked.
|Looking west to the Bogong Peaks in northern Kosciuszko (not to be confused with Mount Bogong in Victoria).|
|The view south-east (to the left of Mt Gingera in the earlier photo) to the mountains in the rugged|
southern wilderness of the ACT.
|On the other side of Gingera, to the south-west, lies the Tangtangera Plain and Reservoir in Kosciuszko NP.|
On a clearer day than this one you can readily see the Main Range, including Mt Kosciuszko itself,
some 115km away.
|Leafy Bossiaea dominated beneath the Snow Gums.|
|The flowers are no more than 7mm long and the leaves are tiny.|
|Big patches of yellow on Mount Gingera stained by the bossiaea.|
|Gorseleaf Bitterpea Daviesia ulicifolia.|
|Common Shaggy-pea Oxylobium ellipticum; this is another that can be quite dominant, and |
like the bitterpea above, but unlike most of the other flowers shown here, it is also found at lower altitudes.
|Purple Eyebright Euphrasia collina.These delightful plants are hemiparasites on the roots of other herbs, and as a result are almost impossible to cultivate.|
|Spoon-leaf Daisy Brachyscombe spathulata.|
|These Alpine Sunrays Leucochrysum alpinum were just starting to open.|
Until recently they were regarded as a subspecies of the widespread Hoary Sunray L. albicans.
|Showy Copperwire Daisy Podolepis jaceoides.|
This handsome daisy can form extensive meadows of gold.
|Tasman Flax Lily Dianella tasmanica|
|Rock Lilies Bulbine glauca, above and below, were just coming into flower.|
|Alpine Caladenia Caladenia alpina.|
|buttercup Ranunculus lappaceus.|
|Candles Stackhousia monogyna; another found at lower altitudes too.|
|Mountain Pepper Tasmannia xerophila; its family Winteraceae is an ancient Gondwanan|
and one of the oldest of living flowering plant families. It has separate male and female plants,
like many primitive families; this one is female.
|Black-eyed Susan Tetratheca bauerifolia.|
A delightful little herb whose down-pointing flowers can be challenging to photograph.
|Showy Violet Viola betonicifolia.|
This little beauty has a remarkable distribution from Tasmania to New Guinea and beyond into Asia,
and from sea level to the Snow Gums.
|Male Flame Robin Petroica phoenicea, with an unidentified snack.|
|Blotched Bluetongue Tiliqua nigrolutea, one of a group of aberrant big skinks.|
|Macleay's Swallowtail on Pimelea ligustrina.|
The hardy caterpillars browse on the fiery leaves of the Mountain Pepper.
|Concealer Moth on Leafy Bossiaea.|
|These lovely green scarab beetles Diphucephala sp. are often found in large numbers on the bossiaeas.|
|Hoverfly, family Syrphidae.|
My France-based friend Susan, who is far more erudite than I in such matters, thinks
it's likely to be Melangyna (Austrosyrphus) viridiceps. (See her comments below for more detail.)
|I'm afraid I can't help you with this fly, but I'd love to hear from you with any suggestions.|
|A wasp (again unidentified, my invertebrate ignorance is embarrassing!) on the eyebright, |
which is an excellent insect attractor.
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