Saturday, 31 January 2009

Theme Day - Pathways and passages

Badger Weir which is part of the Yarra Ranges National Park on the outskirts of Healesville in Victoria, is home to the Mountain Ash and the Manna Gum.

Diane and I walked the Lyrebird Trail at 8am on the Sunday of the Australia Day long weekend. There were birds everywhere - cockatoos, crimson rosellas, magpies and I even saw the magnificent harp of a Lyrebird as it crossed the track in front of me and disppeared into the undergrowth. We were totally alone for 95% of the walk.

The Man from Snowy River : Verse 8
Then fast the horsemen followed, where the gorges deep and black
Resounded to the thunder of their tread,
And the stockwhips woke the echoes, and they fiercely answered back
From cliffs and crags that beetled overhead.
And upward, ever upward, the wild horses held their way,
Where mountain ash and kurrajong grew wide;
And the old man muttered fiercely, 'We may bid the mob good day,
No man can hold them down the other side.'

by Andrew Barton Paterson

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JM said...

The park looks beautiful! I would love to walk amidst all those fantastic ferns and watch the wildlife!

Anonymous said...

I agree w/ JM - it looks so nice & those trees are so tall! We have nothing like that in my neck of the woods (Southeast Missouri) to enjoy. Very beautiful!

Sally said...

Juat love those tall timbers of eastern Victoria.

Julie said...

Me too, Sally. However, they are being burned to the ground a bit east of this in the current heat wave conditions.

Babooshka said...

At ground level I am reminded of my own beloved(and over photographed by me) nature reserve, but eye level and above the foliage is another world too me. I had no idea there were so many verses to the Man from Snowy River. Blogging is always learning.

Sally said...

Julie, I've meant to ask which camera you ended up buying, and what made the decision in the end...and are you happy with it?
I feel like I rushed in to mine because of the urgency of the task, but it was a real compromise. I KNOW I need another camera, and the S10 seems like a good proposition. I will have to save up for it though. Then one for photography "excursions" and one for "everyday", in the handbag.

Joan Elizabeth said...

I just love the tall eucalypts in Victoria. You have done a fantastic job of capturing their majesty.

Jilly said...

What a gorgeous scene. Just love the light as it comes thru the trees.

Julie said...

great light through the trees and into the path. i would love to go on this hike through the forest.

Ann said...

Beautiful, beautiful spot. I'm so tired of the city.

Ken said...

This looks like a wonderful place to walk and photograph.

Joan said...

How beautiful. I can hear the birds.

freefalling said...

You saw a lyrebird??
I've never, ever seen one.

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