After a long, cold winter what better way is there to celebrate the first sunny weekend than exploring the onset of the wildflower season in the Darling Range. At 582m Mount Cooke is the highest of the peaks along the scarp and having been burnt the previous year it promised to put on a spectacular wildflower show.
Our group, lead by Tom Lenane from the Geological Survey of WA, were not disappointed with the colourful array of orchids, grevilleas, hibbertias, hakeas, droseras and acacias to name a few. The rugged granite backbone, with giant boulders for vertebrae, provides for diverse wildflower habitat. The sweeping vistas from the ridgeline were likewise spectacular. A big thank you to Tom for sharing his time, enthusiasm and wealth of botanical knowledge with us all.
Mount Cooke is part of the greater Monadnocks Conservation Park and is best accessed via the Bibbulmun track which snakes through the area. For more on this stunning reserve or the walk trail visit here or here.