Bush Blitz Olkola – From snails to plants

Australian National Botanic Gardens staff member Sally Ingham has joined the Bush Blitz team on their latest expedition to Olkola, Cape York, Queensland. Sally shares her thoughts from the field with us.

Later on my first day, we wandered down through some of the most amazing geological formations I had ever seen and into the damp valley below. I was with Darren Crayn from the Australian Tropical Herbarium to look at some of the plant life. As we walked I learned so much about how to collect specimens, what to look for, interesting facts about the plants that we were passing and what kind of plants to expect in this environment. Then the land surprised us again with a beautiful waterhole surrounded by some stunning sheer sandstone cliffs.

Botanists collecting

Botanists collecting

With my mind sufficiently blown by all the amazingness that I had seen up to this point we realised that over five hours had passed in a second!

sunset at camp

A beautiful sunset at camp

As I looked at the landscape of Cape York and thought about the day we’d just had, I couldn’t believe that this was only day one!

Sally Ingham, Bush Blitz, Olkola, Cape York, Queensland

Bush Blitz is an innovative partnership between the Australian Government, BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities and Earthwatch Australia. For more go to our website www.bushblitz.org.au

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