“To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield”.
~ from “Ulysses” by Lord Alfred Tennyson ~
Last year when I was visiting Magi during Western Australia’s springtime, I noticed in the many Visitor’s Guide to Western Australia, gorgeous images of the wildflower banksia growing against a backdrop of a rugged coastline of enormous granite cliffs. But no matter where we traveled throughout the Southwest from Albany to Walpole, we did not find such a place.
This year, as we were making our way to the “Gap” in the Torndirrup National Park, out of the corner of my eye, I noticed large banksia bushes on the side road leading up to the lighthouse at Peak Head.
Last year this road was cordoned off with large signs saying “No Trespassing”. This year, although there was a bar across the road, there were no signs, except one cautioning one about the risk involved with hiking the rugged coast.. So, on our way back to Albany, I begged Mag to stop at the entrance to the sideroad on the pretense of getting a closer shot of the lighthouse.
We couldn’t believe the field of banksia lining both sides of the road as well as the hillsides….banksia as far as the eye could see….a goldmine of Cutleaf Banksia.
After getting our full of banksia, we headed up to the lighthouse.
This is the view from the lighthouse park.
Bald Head across the bay from Cave Peak.
Now that we had our “full” of banksias and a lighthouse, we headed back down the road towards the car. It was at this point that we both realized that we had completely ignored the rest of the wildflowers along the way.
Albany Bottlebrush (Callistemon speciosa)
The Round leaved Pigface (Disphyma crassifolium) were just beginning to blossom.
Purple coneflowers, smokebush and wooleybushes were growing profusely on the left side of the road.
But the prettiest wildflower we discovered at Cave Point Lighthouse was the Showy Dryandra.
Once we were back in the car, we took the southern coastal route to Denmark, Magi’s favorite town in the Southwest.
Photos by Magi and Bob.