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MORE PLANT DOCUMENTATION STILL NEEDED at HOWATHARRA HILL RESERVE!
All of the images reproduced in this photo gallery were made with the above-described 1965 Topcon camera, resulting in the 35-mm. slides which have been scanned for this website. Only the best images have been selected for inclusion here; there are many others which have been omitted, due either to inferior quality or a total lack of plant identification. Therefore, much more fieldwork and photography still needs to be undertaken, before Howatharra Hill's botanical richness and diversity will have been fully documented. But this is a start!
Since the addition of the Royce's 490-acres of land, both to the NE. and to the NW. of our initial purchase (the 106 acres bought in 1974 from Reuben Starling), another ± 80% of the now greatly enlarged reserve still awaits documentation through more photography, collecting, and study of the flora.... I am referring here specifically to the 90 acres of Crown Grant 3 (adjacent to and NW. of "Zones 8-10" of the original "core" reserve), AND to the 400-acre rectangle at the SE. corner of Vic. Loc. 2862, along the eastern edge of the Bella Vista Rd., which segment lies just to the NE. of the original core reserve.
(1) Wind is almost constant for much of the year in this locality, particularly later in the day! There are, of course, periodic quiet spells, but early morning hours are usually best.
(2) Bush flies can be most annoying when one is trying to focus the camera for close-ups, at which time one (or more!) will proceed to crawl up your nose, or into the corners of your eyes (seeking moisture). A few sprays from a can of David Gray's "Scram" will help to repel the relentless flies!
(3) Feral honey bees (Apis mellifera) regularly establish colonies in the breakaway-rimrock areas, and are completely lacking in a sense of humor! Warning: Stay out of the breakaway areas, if you are likely to have an allergic reaction to bee stings -- or be constantly alert in all of the rocky upslope locations....
(4) Clouds are frequent from May through August, during the main flowering season. This can be either annoying OR beneficial, depending upon the type of lighting desired for the subjects being photographed.... Bottom line: The photo-sessions may take considerably more time than anticipated!
Moth Study (CARTHAEA)
Sidetracked by Stapeliads!
HOWATHARRA HILL RESERVE
The EARLY HISTORY of HOWATHARRA HILL RESERVE near GERALDTON, WESTERN AUSTRALIA (1968-1988)
The Concept of So-Called "DEVELOPMENT"
HOWATHARRA: INTERPRETATION of the SPREADSHEET COLUMNS
HOWATHARRA HILL RESERVE: ABOUT the "ZONES" CREATED FOR DOCUMENTING LOCATIONS on the Reserve
HOWATHARRA HILL RESERVE: FLOWER COLOURS CODED
HOWATHARRA HILL RESERVE: Comments on the PHOTOS in the GALLERY
MORE PLANT DOCUMENTATION NEEDED at HOWATHARRA HILL RESERVE!
HOWATHARRA HILL RESERVE: BOTANICAL PHOTO GALLERY
FINAL COMMENT: The Fruits of "Progress"