Southern Highlands, NSW, Australia
Showing posts with label A walk in the Park. Show all posts
Showing posts with label A walk in the Park. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

WALK IN THE WOODS

Come with me on my morning walk. 
 I walk down our street and I meet Helen. We walk into the forest at the end of the street.

 After 15 mins we come to the picnic area where we meet some more ladies in one of the carparks.

 Then we all set off along one of the many trails in the forest.


 We often see wallabies along the way.

 Sometimes we walk through the swampy Tea Tree Forest on a boardwalk.

 We leave the forest for a short walk to Lake Dennis and then return to the forest.

 We climb lots of hills and do a lot of chatting. 

 Helen and I say goodbye to our pals as they go back to the carpark and we take the path to our village.

 We leave the forest and walk into........

 the gate of the village.

 Up the hill to the top

and turn into our street. It takes us an hour and we walk about 4k. Then it s time for breakfast and a cuppa. I love Daisy Hill Forest and I love my morning walks although cold, dark, winter mornings are a bit challenging. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

A WALK IN THE PARK 13 - UNDERWOOD PARK

An evening stroll around the lake.

Moor Hen....updated to a Purple Swamp Hen

 Mr and Mrs Duck and family. The little ones were just not going to pose for me.

 "Follow Papa my little ones"

 "My Babies, this is how you find food."

 Heron

 Pretty duck.

Some flora too.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

A WALK IN THE PARK 12

We have visited another park in our quest to visit all the bushland parks in our city. This one is Riverdale Park at Meadowbrook about a 20 mins drive from home. The park borders the Logan River and it was once part of Armstrong's 100 year old grazing property. The farmland is gradually being returned to native bushland by the council.

 A variety of waterbirds can be seen from the pontoon.



However, on this day I only saw ducks.

 On our walk we passed  this tree with interesting seed pods.  

 We could see the Logan River lazily winding its way to the bay.

There were lovely picnic spots and an exercise circuit. (Photos can tell lies.)

After an hour's walk we returned to the car through the afternoon sunlit grassed area where an Illawarra Flame tree was dropping its blooms as Autumn arrives. 

Monday, March 18, 2013

A WALK IN THE PARK 11

Just as our wet season was starting we managed to get a sunny day to explore another park in our city of Logan.  Logan River Parklands is only a 15 min drive from home. We grabbed our cameras and off we went. Since we did this walk we have had heaps of rain and this park was flooded as the Logan River burst its banks. At last we have see the sun again for the last few days.
 We had heavy rain a few days before so the river was full of brown silt.

Locals use the river for a variety of activities.

 We prefer to walk over it. This used to be a two way road bridge on the main highway to the Gold Coast from Brisbane but as the population grew the bridge was not big enough to cope with the increase in traffic. Now its part of the walk through the park.

 A new double bridge was built next to this one some time ago now. It just manages to cope with the traffic.


Traffic travelling to and from the Gold Coast crossing the Logan River. 

I like the character of the old bridge.

After a walk around the park we returned under the new bridge back to the car park. The sun shining on this grass with the dark underneath of the bridge as a background caught my eye but doesn't look as good in the photo.          

Friday, March 1, 2013

A WALK IN THE PARK 10

It was time to drag TOH out for another walk for some exercise. This was a few weeks ago, since then we have had rain, rain, rain. The forests are much greener now. I wish we could get rain and sun in smaller quantities and alternating through the year instead of hot, dry drought for weeks and then tropical downpours for weeks. Oh well thats life here in SE QLD. Anyway back to the walk.
This day we went to discover Kimberley Forest Park. We had been there before some years ago and we used a different entry this time. It is another patch of Eucalyptus Forest surrounded by the suburbs of Kimberley Park and Shailer Park. It is a 5 minute drive from home.

It was a well established gravel track winding through the eucalypts which sheltered us from the burning sun.

 I like to show you some of the different trees that we see on our walks. This one is the Spotted Gum. No prizes for guessing why. Wiki tells me its botanical name is Corymbia maculata but doesn't explain what causes the pock marks. The name sounds like a coffee which I think TOH would much rather prefer than a walk down and back up the steep hill we encountered.

I thought he would pike out at this point when he realised we would have to climb back up but no.........

He kept on hiking down and down. We reached the empty creek below and turned around and climbed back up.

I stopped to admire the lichen but .....

he was off on his home run, thinking about that coffee.

I caught up to him as we emerged from the forest into the quiet suburban street full of nice houses. Many of them have solar panels on the roof to make solar power and thus save money and the use of fossil fuels.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

A WALK IN THE PARK 9

Sorry for my absence this week. I have been doing other stuff and blogging had to take a back seat. Well its time for another walk in the park. This time we did the second stage of the Cornubia Forest Park - Bushland Corridor.

 It was an easy walk and suits TOH well. He is happy to try out his new camera too.

 We crossed a few small creeks and they were not flowing at all as this walk was before we had all the storms and rain. I bet they were raging torrents during the storm.

 There were other families walking and this little girl was a splash of colour in the brown and green forest. I think I know what she was given for Christmas. She was also a loud precocious little miss.

The growth along the creeks was lush.

As we came out of the forest we passed these beautiful orange trees. They are Eucalyptus propenqua or Grey Gum. Grey??? you ask. Well most of the year they are grey but once a year, in summer, they shed their grey bark, (see the one in the background) and reveal their naked trunk which can range in colour from cream to this bright orange.
Apparently it depends on the weather how bright they are. After a wet spring they are more orange.

Tree art.

The houses near the forest were neat and tidy and on big blocks of land. Cornubia is a nice place to live.
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