Recently I went to Camp Coorong for a weekend of learning Ngarrindjeri basket weaving techniques with some of the Ngarrindjeri aunties who are keeping this tradition vigorous and sharing it among their own communities and further afield. On the first morning of the retreat, many of us went for an early morning walk in Bonney Reserve, a beautiful scrubland adjoining the Coorong.
We walked through several different plant communities, including some marshy areas where sundews were thriving. These insectivorous plants never cease to fascinate and delight me. Look at those jewel-like beads of nectar, no doubt calling out to passing insects like a siren hailing a passing sailor…
These sundews had managed to grow right beside a plausible food source (that hole looks like an ant nest to me!)
The tiny flowers of the scrub were everywhere. Birds were calling across the treetops and in the undergrowth.
These are correas.
I believe this is a flame heath. In full flower at midwinter, when the rain is falling.
Some of the eucalypts were in bud but this one was already flowering.
Someone is pupating in here, I suspect!
Then, we went back to Camp Coorong for a day of further inspiration and instruction. This is a part view of the table of special treasures people brought with them to speak about with other weavers.