Photo of the Week

This weeks Photo of the Week was taken Sunday
(June 7, 2015)

Yesterday we went for a drive over to Hyams Beach on Jervis Bay.  The Guinness Book of Records reports Hyams Beach as having the whitest sand in the world.  Unfortunately, the day was overcast and, after spending time at Swimcart Beach on Tasmania’s north east, we couldn’t see it.

We did see these striking orange flowers though.

Orange FLower

I’m not sure what they are – a variety of ginger perhaps – and there was a large group of them, standing tall, and watching over the beach goers.

Group of Flowers

The group of flowers and a hint of white sand in the bottom left hand corner.

We’ll have to return on a sunny day so I can share photos of the whitest sand in the world.


Update, Monday afternoon – Thank you to Cathy @ Still Waters who happily informed me the flower is a Red Hot Poker Torch Lily

It is not native to Australia, but can be found in the central and southern tablelands of New South Wales as well as southern Victoria, where it is now regarded as an environmental weed.

As sad as that is, I was attracted to it’s brilliant colour.

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    1. Hi Cathy,

      Thank you for that, I did search, but couldn’t find anything. We’re here until mid September. It will be good to be out of th ecold, but I’ve no doubt our feet will be very itchy by then.

      Clare

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  1. Great photos. Really beautiful flowers. I need visit your part of the world to compare. We have extremely white sugar sand here too. Our county even has a building ordinance for putting fill on the beach. It has to be tested for color so that new fill does not discolor our natural white sand. At night the dunes look Ike snow drifts. From what I can see in the corner of your photos, Guinness is right, the sand there is extremely white.

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    1. Thanx Christy,

      I do hope we have a couple of sunny days to get some memorable photos of the white sand. I still think the sand in Tasmania was whiter and agree with the snow drift impersonations – we saw a few.

      Clare

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  2. Love your photo of such beautiful flowers. Hard to believe that they are weeds. . Have missed a few of your photos as I’ve been doing an assignment. We leave for Malawi and Kenya on Thursday so will miss all your beautiful stories and photos All the best in your travels.

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    1. Hi Coral,

      Yes it is sad that they are weeds as the flower is quite striking. Safe travels and I look forward to hearing all about your trip when you return.

      Clare

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      1. I didn’t know that. Aaagh!
        You made me do my research – I didn’t think they’d spread that easily. Now I have to decide to kill it, or hope it doesn’t spread. Damn! My conscience tells me what to do. 😦

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