Forty four point three kilometres winding over 3 days through the Blue Mountains. Start from Jenolan and head for Katoomba. The second day is a relentless downhill all day. It’s hard on the knees but to go the other way would be a lot tougher. There are lot’s of echidnas, wallabies and kangaroos. If you are lucky you may even come across a red bellied black snake.
Nature bends to the will of the wind. Beaches extend for as far as the eye can see. Long and white. Pristine and untouched. Boulders groan under their industrial rust. Clouds touch the earth and the sky opens to blue. If you listen close enough you can here both fur and feathers travelling on the relentless breeze…
It’s strange to be in one of the world’s last temperate rainforests and only see dryness. To hear the earth crunching underfoot instead of that soft, slippery suction of mud grabbing boot. Monolithic trees 800 years old tower above creaking and cracking, as if they can sense their impending doom. Unprotected against man, the bulldozers march in without a care. When water starts falling from above, will it be the rain tumbling from the sky, or the tears of nature […]
A lush oasis in the centre of a eucalypt forest. Cool and green and clear. Rosellas sit amongst the trees contemplating the warmth of the suns rays against the cool breeze. Tiny flowers bloom as if to say peek-a-boo. If only for a minute. Green against green against brown against rock. An ancient place to dwell, to ponder.
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The Orchid Flower – Sam Hamill Just as I wonder whether it’s going to die, the orchid blossoms and I can’t explain why it moves my heart, why such pleasure comes from one small bud on a long spindly stem, one blood red gold flower, opening at mid-summer, tiny perfect in it’s hour.
A symphony of joyful tints reside in the Autumn forests of Tasmania. Bursts of colour in the form of small and delicate surprises. Purple, red, blue, pink, orange and white happily mix together in harmony. Brightening the world under the greying sky. If only here for a moment they come to life with joy. Dotting the landscape in a celebration of the seasons just passed and welcoming the white winter wonderland they will soon sleep under.
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A jungle strangely hidden on the edge of Mount Field National Park. Sinewy trees and open grassy areas where wombats graze merge into a dense forest of giant ferns and moist earth. A canopy high and heavy encloses a meandering track, the roof so low it feels claustrophobic at times. And then listening, the trickling water turns into a splash then a smashing on rocks as the track ends with fallen trees so thick with age and slippery with constant […]
One of the great short walks in Tasmania (only about 1km), the Tall Trees Walk is awe inspiring. Shadows cast from branches so high create pockets of dark and light. The sky seems ever so close with arms reaching out as if they have touched the edge of the stratosphere. The tallest tree standing is over 74 metres. The tallest known to have lived around 90. I feel so small but so close to an ancient life that has so […]