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Exploring Queensland: Tamborine Mountain

With 210 types of trees, 75 species of vine and 26 different orchids growing in the rainforest, you could play I Spy all day at the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk.

A 300 metre steel bridge beginning at the Eco Gallery winds through the forest canopy; the tops of the tall piccabeen palms are almost within reach.

Staghorns and elkhorns competing for sunlight cling to the trunks of the tallest trees. King orchids also use the trees as hosts. They are the largest orchids in the forest with each long spike covered in masses of tiny flowers.

Dense vine thickets monopolise the understorey, creating a tangled mess of stems and a green overcoat on  the trees above.

On the forest floor the buttress roots of giant strangler figs dwarf the small walking stick palms. With their host trees long ago rotted away, the figs are the strongest and tallest plants in the forest.

An abundance of tiny creatures live in and around Cedar Creek but they’re shy and not always easy to spot. Freshwater turtles, shrimps and eels hide under the rocks while water striders, water beetles and fishing spiders hunt their prey in the water.

It’s much easier to spot the forest animals on this beautiful hand carved bench.

The green hues of the forest are complemented by splashes of bright colour. Bottlebrush trees are loaded with crimson blossoms.

And if you’re lucky a pale yellow robin will join in your game of I Spy.

Joining Jo for Monday Walks

Breakfast Time

Kind Squares Photo Challenge #28 ~ Queensland: One of a Kind

Destination: Springbrook National Park 

A Lewin’s honeyeater searches for a tasty treat at breakfast time.

The flowers on the spike of a grass tree are just what he’s looking for.

This month I’m joining in every day with Becky’s October Kind Square Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules are simple: most photos must be square and fit the theme word “kind”. Look for #kindasquare

Anybody Home?

Kind Squares Photo Challenge #27 ~ Queensland: One of a Kind

Destination: Springbrook National Park

Who wants to meet the occupant of this unusual home?

This month I’m joining in every day with Becky’s October Kind Square Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules are simple: most photos must be square and fit the theme word “kind”. Look for #kindasquare.

Park Life

Kind Squares Photo Challenge #24 ~ Queensland: One of a Kind

Destination: Burleigh Head National Park       

While those pesky brush turkeys and seagulls are busy raiding picnics on the sand at Tallebudgera Creek, many other creatures live a much quieter life on Burleigh Headland. 

An Eastern water dragon basks on rocks in the sun, a sea eagle soars overhead at Tumgun Lookout, a blue tiger butterfly rests between flights and a king parrot feasts on berries high in the trees. 

On the railings beside the Ocean View Circuit, dozens of small hairy caterpillars gather. Some play follow the leader while others go their own way. Where they’re going and what kind they are, nobody knows. 

This month I’m joining in every day with Becky’s October Kind Square Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules are simple: most photos must be square and fit the theme word “kind”. Look for #kindasquare

Picnic Raiders

Kind Squares Photo Challenge #20 ~ Queensland: One of a Kind

Destination: Tallebudgera Creek, Gold Coast

Everyone knows seagulls will steal the food from your hand if given half a chance. 

But along Tallebudgera Creek, a wily band of even more cunning marauders lurks, looking for any opportunity to help themselves. Australian brush turkeys, also called bush turkeys or scrub turkeys, live wild in the forest on Burleigh Headland. They’ve become familiar with the habits of humans and know that where there’s a picnic there’s likely to be a free meal. 

The local seagulls aren’t deterred and happily join in, taking their lead from the turkeys. There’s some rowdy bickering, but everyone gets their share of the plunder. 

When they’re discovered the turkeys make a quick getaway,

but the seagulls are bold as brass. They simply assume an innocent expression, all the while keeping an eye out for the next tasty treat.

This month I’m joining in every day with Becky’s October Kind Square Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules are simple: most photos must be square and fit the theme word “kind”. Look for #kindasquare

Look Out For Dragons

Kind Squares Photo Challenge #16 ~ Queensland: One of a Kind

Destination: Burleigh Head National Park, Gold Coast

The Eastern Water Dragons who live in the rainforest on Burleigh Head are used to people walking on the tracks. Often passers by don’t even notice them basking like statues on the rocks in the sun.

Tempted by a tasty snack, one dragon ventures out into the open and happily poses for photos at the lookout.

This month I’m joining in every day with Becky’s October Kind Square Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules are simple: most photos must be square and fit the theme word “kind”. Look for #kindasquare

Swim If You Dare

Kind Squares Photo Challenge #7 ~ Queensland: One of a Kind

Destination: Tiaro

The Mary River flows north for 291 kilometres, from the Sunshine Coast hinterland near Maleny to the coastal town of River Heads. On the way it passes through several small towns.

Beside the river at Petrie Park in Tiaro there’s a free campground, a shaded picnic area and access for boats.

It would be tempting on a hot day to cool off in the water, if it were not for this sign.

Crocodiles are not common here, but a few have been spotted in the river over the years. Swim if you dare!

This month I’m joining in every day with Becky’s October Kind Square Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules are simple: most photos must be square and fit the theme word “kind”. Look for #kindasquare.

Hidden Beauty

Australian Landscapes #32

Destination: Lockhart, New South Wales

Unlike the silos at Thallon or the water tower in Cunnamulla, the painted water tower in Lockhart takes some effort to find. For a start, Lockhart isn’t on any major roads so you’ll need to make a detour. And, once you’ve arrived in this small Riverina town, you’ll still need to search because the water tower is almost hidden by the trees in the garden around it.

But it’s worth looking for!

Located on the main street, the water tower was painted in 2018 by two Blue Mountains artists using freehand techniques and spray cans. The mural they created pays tribute to one of Australia’s most important resources – water. It depicts a waterfall tumbling over a rocky cliff before flowing down to a creek on the forest floor, giving sustenance to the plants and animals native to this area.

If you’re on the road in the Riverina district, look out for the turn off to Lockhart. The extra kilometres will be forgotten when you do find the water tower!

A Natural Balancing Act

Square Perspectives Photo Challenge ~ Australian Landscapes #26

Destination: Stonehenge Recreational Reserve, New South Wales

At Stonehenge Recreational Reserve it looks like a giant tossed his pebble collection like a little boy tosses marbles. Beside the New England Highway not far from Glen Innes, dozens of huge granite boulders lie scattered across 32 hectares of parkland. Some are only just exposed, with most of their massive bulk still buried underground. Others rest on their side or stack up against each other.

Some boulders balance haphazardly in precarious positions,

while others seem perilously close to toppling.

When the first English settlers arrived here in 1838, they named their property “Stonehenge”. It’s not hard to imagine why.

 

While our travel plans are on hold I’m joining in every day with Becky’s July Square Perspectives Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules are simple: photos must be square and fit the theme of perspective. My posts represent the definition of perspective as a vista – seeing something over distance or time.

Winter Sunset

Square Perspectives Photo Challenge ~ Australian Landscapes #24

Destination: Patonga, New South Wales 

On a warm summer evening, everyone lingers at the beach long after the sun has set. It’s a different story in winter.

The temperature plummets when the sun goes down. Activity ceases and the beach is empty as people seek warmth indoors.

Only the hardiest of souls is still out.

 

While our travel plans are on hold I’m joining in every day with Becky’s July Square Perspectives Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules are simple: photos must be square and fit the theme of perspective. My posts represent the definition of perspective as a vista – seeing something over distance or time.