Alpines call for those bones and muscles designed for it. These archive photoshoots were from September 2019 first time my anticipation of witnessing the hidden wild spring flora uncovering under those snow winter blankets manifestly appear under my feet during the perfect week timing of blooming. They blossom early winter while buried under the snow and emerge exquisitely once the snow melting. Maybe from the past, I missed them if we went up there too early or too late in Spring.
Scientific Name: Psychrophila Introloba
Common Name: Alpine Marsh-Marigold
Can you smell that fragrance? If you’re pretty occupied playing and having selfies with the snow, you won’t see them. They’re teeny-weeny living things on the ground and their aroma doesn’t reach your olfactory unless you touch one of them. They’re firmly grounded if you want to examine their stems buried underneath. I guess it smells like Marigold in some way. It has a quite pungent smell like the Mexican Orange Blossoms in Autumn nights. Not all alpine mountains in Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania have them. It’s even rare in Mt Hotham, they said, which is not far from Mt Buffalo.
They’re outspread in clusters, and I’m trying not to step on them because they are naturally radiant when you approach them closely! We’ve been here a few times as our all-time fav alpine all to ourselves. Every time we visit, there’s often a surprise in nature’s escape. It can be a wildlife fauna or flora that may appear in the twinkling of an eye.
We could nearly say, the Alpine Marsh-Marigold lives like semiaquatic plants enduring from heavy frost, snowing to melting snow lavishly thriving everywhere. You cannot pull them out, they’re meant to stay there 🙂 Hopefully, they will accumulate more to look as aesthetic lawngrass colourful cover in every Spring.
These dainty buttercups must have sweet nectar; Black ants are all over them on some spot of the snow slopes. Wild Robins and Currawongs are the common birds I’ve seen in Mount Buffalo, but I have only seen Wombat poops yet. Unlike other mountains, the Wombats and Wallabies can pop up anytime. It might have got to do with other feral animals in the mountain that the Park Rangers are shooting them under control in the allocated week of Spring season. Always check out Mt Buffalo National Park shooting season before you drive up there.
Another close-up. More Black ants are sipping their alpine juices all to themselves: no bees, only ants and me watching them.
Hey it’s Magpie season, ey! Have a good one! “What good one?” Aussies say, it’s their secrets. Nobody knows.
Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge Him. As surely as the sun rises, He will appear; He will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.