Bushland of the Eastern Australian Beaches

When I visited Bondi Beach and walked along the Eastern Beach Trail, I was impressed by the force of Nature–the wind, the waves, and the sand, all salt-laden too–that etched its mark on the landscape. I was more amazed to see some flowers and plants around. Be it natural or cultivated, the vegetation must possess some special characteristics to survive the harsh environment.

The wind has pruned the plants to various heights on the slope. The climate is dry. Apparently, they either have small, hard leaves or fleshy and waxy leaves to prevent water loss or to preserve water. Besides, they have hairy or shiny leaves to reflect sunlight. Their fruits are also hard to conserve water.

The flowers are small and different from the larger foliage of the native flora. One can only imagine their toughness hidden inside the fragile appearance.

 

There is a concerted effort to revive the local bushland. Australian has been exemplary  in preserving and protecting its indigenous flora and fauna. I think this is achieved through a vision that man and nature are shared owners of this land. It is a partnership, not rivalry.

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