My 6 year old grandson said he would like me to walk around my garden and make a video, so this is for you Merlin.
We have just has a thunderstorm – everything looks nice and fresh, raindrops are glistening everywhere.
I hope you enjoy some of my favourite plants, and my garden, as I walk around. I have included, rose bushes, succulents, It & A Bit (a lovely prostrate casuarina), ferns and kangaroo paws, as well as my growing collection of ceramic elephants.
Enjoy the video, as you listen to the music of:
This Old Man by The Green Orbs (YouTube audio library)
Walking in Bouddi National Park from Killcare to Tallow Beach, after a bushfire had ravaged the area, was an awesome experience.
Majestic rock formations, previously partly hidden by undergrowth, are now exposed. Beautiful new growth is appearing on native plants, in protected pockets along the track.
Enjoy the music of: Slow Tango by Andrew Huang (YouTube audio library)
The St Alban’s Road Ramp is situated a few kilometers north of the Mogo campground, in the Yengo National Park. The campground is a good base for exploring part of the convict-built road ramp (featured in this video) on the Old Great North Road, which once linked Sydney to the fertile Hunter Valley.
Enjoy this video while listening to the music of: Campfire Song by Chris Haugen (YouTube audio library)
At Strickland State Forest, you will find many beautiful native plants and trees.
Wandering through the forest tracks on a recent visit, we photographed some of the large fan shapes of the cabbage tree palms, dainty new buds and flowers on the wattle trees and some amazingly patterned tree trunks.
Strickland State Forest has many walking tracks through varying forest types. These tracks were built by a volunteer group – Friends of Strickland – in partnership with the Forestry Corporation of NSW.
As you meander along tracks which descend gently through moist forest, filled with ferns and cabbage palms, you pass delightful little babbling creeks.
These interesting markings on the scribbly gum are made by larvae of the Scribbly gum moths. They bore a meandering tunnel through the tree’s bark; eventually, when the tree sheds the outer bark, it produces scar tissue which shows these intricate patterns.
Looking closely at the base of this scribbly gum tree, you can see the trails in the decayed heartwood that show previous white ant occupation. The tree has also been scarred by fire but, amazingly, it still shows signs of active life, with a good canopy of leaves overhead.
Looming above this huge boulder – which seems to have eyes and a gaping mouth – is this shapely gum tree. I couldn’t resist the chance to capture this unusual photograph.
Following the Patonga Drive, and heading south towards Patonga in the Brisbane Water National Park, turn left into Warrah Trig road and drive until you reach the carpark. Follow the Tony Doyle track from the old Warrah Trig Station down the ridge, along a well formed rock path – which includes some wooden stairs. At the end of the trail, you’ll find the spectacular Warrah lookout.
Along the way you will encounter many native wildflowers and waratahs for which the area is well known.
From the lookout, there are fantastic views to the distant Barrenjoey headland, Broken Bay and the Hawkesbury River.
Photographed above are just a few of the lovely native wildflowers we encountered beside the track this morning and a view from the lookout.
Walking through the Rumbalara Reserve (near Gosford, NSW) – a tree-filled area including rainforest, ferns, wildflowers and wildlife – you come across bronze sculptures of pioneers and explorers.
Photographed above is the bronze sculpture of Matthew Flinders, an English explorer, naval officer and navigator who sailed around Australia and mapped much of its coastline. Views from the reserve (pictured above) include the steep steps between two huge rock walls, some beautiful grass trees and some amazing rock formations.
Following the trails and looking at the view through the trees, you can catch glimpses of Gosford City with its office blocks and high-rise apartments, and watch tiny trains on the bridge which crosses over a section of the Brisbane Water.
The Mouat Trail is a pleasant walk of 4km, which should take approximately 2 hours to complete. This walk – best done with a car shuffle – starts from Rumbalara Reserve, accessed from Dolly Avenue at Springfield, to Katandra Reserve at Toomeys Road, Mount Elliot. The trail follows a series of tracks and management trails along the top of the ridge between the Katandra and Rumbalara Reserves.
There are many trails throughout both the Rumbalara and Katandra reserves, and you can walk all the trails or, as we did on this occasion, just a selection.