I saw what I thought was cattails from a distance but on closer inspection proved to be Pampas grass Cortaderia selloana. It looked lovely swaying in the breeze but it's considered to be a weed here.
This was an interesting spot as it had been back-burned for fire hazard reduction in the wooded areas which the bike trail passed through and new growth jumped out here and there in splashes of green.
It's always ugly and bleak for a while after a back-burn
I think this is a type of Xanthorrhoea, a genus of flowering plant native to Australia commonly known as blackboy
A lovely flush of green amongst the charred landscape
The larger gums remain intact during a back-burn, which is done to reduce the amount of ground fuel in case of a fire
?Wild Carrot (Daucus carota) was introduced into the colony of Sydney as seed for food production between 1786 and 1798 by Sir Joseph Banks.
I might be mistaken but I think this may be what is know in North America as Queen Anne's Lace - maybe someone more knowledgeable can let me know if I am correct.
Some sort of very dry, papery fungi that I've never seen before. It looks like it belongs in the ocean.
The created world is to be prized for its usefulness, loved for its beauty and esteemed as the gift of God to His children. (A.W. Tozer)