28.4.13Posted by Jeanne
Jemimah tells us that it wasn't a picnic because we ate fish and chips. Apparently that is not in the official picnic foods list. Oh well, never mind. It tasted good, the weather was mighty fine and the company was perfect. What more can one ask for in a Sunday outing?
We travelled the short distance to Mt Wycheproof, the world's smallest gazetted mountain in a circuitous route home from church today. The autumnal weather has been so perfect this year (although the farmers are praying desperately for rain), that spending long periods outside is a must.
We had a wonderful time, and I thought I'd show you some of the photos. Just in case you want to see what we were up to. It was just so beautiful.
Mt Wycheproof is known as a 'metamorphic boss' and is composed of granite from a volcanic eruption thousands of years ago. Encased in the granite is a unique pearly orange quartz known as Wycheproofite. The mineral was discovered by Bill Birch and students from La Trobe University in 1995, and is a hydrated sodium aluminium zirconium phosphate crystal. We spent some time examining rocks for the elusive crystal today, without success.
We were more successful at identifying a number of native plants, including this Acacia implexa, a wattle that is often found in these granite outcrops...
...and this pretty green correa, Correa glabra, in flower.
It was a lovely family day out, and we managed to walk off our fish and chips after a few hours outside. It mightn't have qualified as a picnic in Jemimah's books, but even she was quick to admit that it was a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
What did you do this weekend? Did you spend time out of doors as well?