30th March - 1st April
My regular local walk takes me up onto Mt Warren Hill, along its ridge and down the other side. It is a short, steep ascent into bushland and the home for one or two koalas. My pace is often slowed as I gaze to the tree tops to try to spot them.
When I am in the spotting mood, I say to myself, surely today I will see one. Over a period of 6 years, I have now had three sightings.
Last Thursday morning, I was almost at my descent point when this gorgeous fellow came into view quite high in a gum tree.Immense excitement was felt, when he turned to look at me. The timing of this sighting was such, that I was able to Facetime my Grandchildren and share the experience with them. Alas, he was so high up they really weren't able to see much, but it was wonderful to be excited together.
Walk completed, I grabbed my camera and car keys and drove back to the base of the hill. It was a short hike back to this now, very special tree. My zoom lens worked a treat!
Perspective - can you locate the koala?
From the opposite side of the tree.
Friday morning I set off expectantly on my walk, camera in hand as well as my I-phone.
I was surprised to discover that overnight, my furry friend had hiked almost a kilometre along the ridge to this tree, where he was difficult to photograph.
Feeling energised on my return, I decided to pump the tyres up on my son's bike and go for a cycle, the first in several years. My destination was the Albert River and the Eagleby Wetlands. I wanted to see how they had survived the flooding earlier in the month.
Muddy but tranquil Albert River.
The wetlands were full and covering the path. We are constantly reminded that "if it is flooded, forget it!" Well, I didn't and managed to get my shoes wet. When I looked back after riding through, I saw the higher path made by others!
The white line shows the flood height from the debris left.
High tide is keeping the river level high, along with the 6 inches of rain in 12 hours, a few days prior.
It was disappointing that there was so little birdlife to be seen. Hopefully when the water settles, they will return.
Aged Swamp Melaleuca [paperbark tree]
Sunday morning I was awake early and noted there were no golfers out. I donned my shoes and set off on my walk via the golf course, and a little before sunrise.
My progress for the first kilometre was slow. I was captivated by the ever changing colour of the sky and its reflection on the ponds.
There were well over 100 ducks feeding on the 4th fairway. They left trails on the dewy grass.
I am so grateful for this beauty on my doorstep.
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