Friday, 19 July 2013

Marvellous Mt Mee



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It may have been 6am when I departed, 6pm when I returned and 9pm when I got home from choir, but our walk [15 k's] this week certainly rewarded us one hundred fold for any tiredness we felt.

As we finally climbed to the plateau of the D'Aguilar and turned left onto Sellin Rd for the final few k's to Mt Mee State Forest and the start of the Somerset trail, we were treated to this vista across the ranges. On the left in the far distance are the sky scrappers of Brisbane. To the north, the gorilla like Mt Tibrogargan could be seen stretching his head above the fog.
                            


What views to set the mood of the day! A day in which we were treated to a smorgasbord of sensory delights.


Sound
Birds serenaded us from the time of our arrival to our departure.  Bell birds abounded in the forest below the Somerset lookout and frogs croaked over the babbling of a tiny stream.
                       Kookaburra
Australian Magpie
Pied Currawong



video Sounds of frogs and gurgling water.


video Sounds of bellbirds in forest below lookout.

Sadly the video of the whip birds calling, wouldn't upload.


Taste

Delighted to discover wild raspberries. Very few to eat, but this one was delicious, even though Margot thought I would be poisoned. Such a rare event!
3 pm saw us enjoying our late lunch of carrot soup, mini quiches, egg and lettuce sandwiches,  brie cheese, strawberries and chocolate.





Smell
Damp forest smells, nectar of wild flowers, eucalyptus leaves, fresh mountain air!

                   

                   






Touch
Texture of peeling eucalypt bark, fern fronds, velvet of moss, ever changing ground below our feet - clay, mud, sand, rock, leaf litter, puddles.


         

                                     

                                                                    




Sight
From the moment we 1st entered the forest, the paths and vegetation were constantly changing.








Soaring trees


Tree trunks  
Ancient vines


Wildflowers

 

                               

  This is the open seed pod of the white flower. Unopened on many bushes they looked quite ugly.

 

 

                                     

Views
Somerset Dam lookout


Same view July 2011



And on trail

And throw in a little adventure......   ascending Mt Mee's 'Uluru'.

Happiness definitely is ................. walking down under with friends!!!

                                

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2 comments:

  1. Who thought the forest could offer up such an abundance of sensory treats. Those are my favourite kind of trails and I always think I could hike forever on the spongyness of the forest floor.

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  2. Thanks Alexandra. It was a lovely hike. So much bird song and not knowing what we would find around the next bend in the trail.

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