Foggy Start to Wongan Hills in Western Australia

Wongan Hills is a rural town located two hours’ drive (or 185 kilometers) northeast of Perth and is the center of a prosperous grain, sheep and pig farming district. The town takes its name from the range of flat topped hills lying to the northwest. These hills are the largest single area of natural vegetation remaining in the northern Wheatbelt.

I love our escapes to the country, but this particular Saturday, we didn’t have too promising a start.

Fog in Perth

This was our visibility in Perth as we started out.

Fog and horses

As we moved from suburbia to the country, the fog didn’t diminish much.

Spider orchids

Before we reached Wongan Hills, we stopped at one of our favorite orchid spots, Rica Erickson Reserve. The spider orchids were out.

Pterostylis recurva

So were the jug orchids. (Pterostylis recurva)

Cowslips Caladenia flava

The cowslips were pushing through wildflowers, of which there are many at the reserve.

Cyanicula gemmata - Blue China

There were a few Blue China Orchids as well.

Dampiera

Dampiera

The Christmas Rock Walk Trail is a scenic nature trail through the bushland and beautiful wildflowers just outside of Wongan Hills. There is a 40 minute walk to the rock wall that is used to divert water down to the town dam. Not sure we took the walk as mapped out.

Grevillea Petrophiloides

Grevillea Petrophiloides or Pink Pokers. You can see them everywhere at Wongan Hills.

Acacia

So many acacias at Wongan Hills but this is always so striking with its bold yellow.

Acacia at Wongan Hills

Another kind of acacia.

Thelymitra antennifera – Lemon-scented Sun Orchid Has been known as Vanilla Orchid

These were found in clusters on top of Christmas Rock! Thelymitra antennifera – Lemon-scented Sun Orchid.

Vanilla orchid

A closer look. Has been known as Vanilla Orchid

Calytrix aurea. Starflower. Yellow upright small shrub. Foothills south-east and north of Perth.

Calytrix aurea. Starflower. Yellow upright small shrub.

spider orchids

Coming down from the rock, we saw these very wispy spider orchids that the wind was blowing them all around. Caladenia denticulata – Yellow Spider Orchid.

Caladenia denticulata - Yellow Spider Orchid

Caladenia denticulata – Yellow Spider Orchid

Many ants.

Leaving the Christmas Rock trail we stopped at a car park that had a LOT of ants.

Oh heck, it was worth a video…

We felt sympathy for the soul who parked their truck right in the midst of them. When they get back, they will truly have a challenge to get into their vehicle!

Old house in wheat field.

Headed back home towards Toodyay, we usually stop that this house in the middle of a wheat field.

galahs in the tree

Loved the galahs in the tree.

Canola growing

Well I guess it’s not the destination, it’s the journey. Another stop to photograph Canola growing on a hill.

Horses running

Across from the Canola, on the other side of the road, horses were eating in a field. That took a quick turn when someone when by with a very loud noise and the horses were spooked and ran fast.

Echium plantagineum, commonly known as purple viper's-bugloss or Paterson's curse, is a species of Echium native to western and southern Europe, northern Africa, and southwestern Asia

Well who cares if it’s a weed? It’s purple and the sun was lighting it just right. Echium plantagineum, commonly known as purple viper’s-bugloss or Paterson’s curse, is a species of Echium native to western and southern Europe, northern Africa, and southwestern Asia

Pastterson's curse

The afternoon sun on the weed was just perfect.

sheep in Australia

Just as interesting as the field of weeds, was the sheep watching us across the road.

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