Posts tagged ‘nature’

Some very dramatic skies about for our regular Sunday beach walk.

a view overlooking a beach, with light grey-blue water and cloudy skies with some peach-coloured sky on the horizon a view on the beach; a bunch of boats are floating in the water, the sky has got more pink, and in the distance sunlight is reflecting off towers in the distant city a view on the beach, pier to the left, dog's head just visible at the bottom of frame. a dark grey cloud in the sky, with light blue and pink around it a view on the beach. a dark grey cloud to the left in the sky, with light blue and pink around it a view from a little later on the beach. the grey cloud is now larger and more dominant; on the horizon is a darker pink, almost red another view from later on on the beach. the grey cloud is still dominant, with that dark pink almost red (and a couple of brighter flashes) on the horizon

To further enjoy the perfect weather this weekend, Viv and I made it out to Sherbrooke Forest and did a 2¼ hour walk there. Beautiful scenery, and we finished early enough to get lunch at the café on site. Awesome day 😁

a gravel path leading off into a temperate rainforest. an Indian guy in a brown t-shirt stands at the foot of the path trees and ferns around a path, blue sky behind trees and ferns around a path, blue sky behind trees and ferns around a path, blue sky behind

The other day when I was walking along the driveway, I looked up and noticed these avocados growing in the tree outside my neighbours' flat! πŸ₯‘ Last year the tree produced only one avocado all season long, but this year seems to have been more fruitful 😊

close-up of two avocados growing amidst the leafy branches of a tree

A few years ago, my grandma came and helped me plant some things in the flowerbed at the front of my flat. Some of them died, and after some point, I’d thought this orange flower was one of them. With this year’s La NiΓ±a summer, though, it’s surprised me and come back alive 😊

close-up of a small orange flower, green vines visible in the background

Today Victoria is still in lockdown, although the good news is that’ll end at midnight tonight, on schedule. Another piece of good news: no further sign of those dang wasps!! This photo was taken from what was under their flight path 😎 #mbfeb

a photo taken from the ground looking up, of the sun and blue sky seen through the branches of a tree

Today Viv and I drove out to the Dandenong Ranges on Wurundjeri land to do the Eastern Sherbrooke Forest Walk. We went a slightly long way round, so it was about 10km through temperate rainforest, a bit hilly with one really steep section. (The more direct route has two really steep sections, so I felt like we went the better way.) The weather was warmer and sunnier, but the forest was as beautiful as when we walked through it in June 😊

a photo from Sherbrooke Forest; thin fern-like trees towering upwards a photo from Sherbrooke Forest; a fallen log amidst the ferns, sunlight behind a photo from Sherbrooke Forest; a fallen log in a shady patch of ferns a photo from Sherbrooke Forest; a walking trail shaded by ferns

Not only is it a scenic walk, but I find the sounds of the birdsongs and chirping insects really peaceful and relaxing. We saw a number of native species that we don’t often see in the city (but kept our distance, so I don’t have good pictures) – a wallaby, who kept an eye on us from a distance, probably hoping we’d leave it food (we didn’t…); two kookaburras, and a few crimson rosellas (we do have rosellas in our suburb, but they’re the Eastern variety).

Viv and I have been talking about slotting bushwalks into our routine more often, and today’s experience – exhausting but fulfilling – has made me even surer that we should. It’s great to get out into nature sometimes.

photo of Jessica Smith is a left-wing feminist who loves animals, books, gaming, and cooking; she’s also very interested in linguistics, history, technology and society.