Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Awesome Nature in Suburbia

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8am saw us heading into the bush in the Logan City suburb of Springwood. We had entered Springwood Conservation park at its upper elevation. It made for a very interesting hike of over an hour, following the ridge line and dropping down to the edge of suburban streets. Large boulders, balancing rocks, caves, cliffs and a gorge, all within the 36 hectares of open eucalypt forest. We were hopeful of spotting a koala or two, as this area is a popular area for them. We took time, whilst climbing the stairs of the return journey, to look up and observe, but to no avail.

At one point we had to hike along a suburban street before reentering the scrub. The vibrant flowering bottle brushes and gums made this less onerous.

A 21 kms drive across several suburbs, brought us to Berrinba Wetlands. After a refreshing coffee and cake under the gum trees, we set off around the man made wetlands that were created from sand mining operations. Mining had ceased in the 60's. It is over recent years that Logan City Council has had the foresight to make 40 of the 120 hectares accessible to the public. The temperature by now was in the 30's [C] but the dappled shade,  occasional breeze
abundant wildflower and bird life, kept our energy levels up.

Banksia - from this to this.


Beginning termite's nest. Mud! Where do they find it? Such determination.

Grow to this.

Mulberry picking

Magpie geese

Another baby brown

Another fabulous day walking 'down under'. Unbelieveably, as we try to watch the full moon and eclipse, we are rugged up, but are still shivering.

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