Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Springbrook...but there's more trees, rocks and waterfalls too!

Here are some pretty shots from a lovely day walking along one of the numerous walking tracks around the Springbrook National Park area, this one is called Purling Brook Falls Circuit

At the top of the falls

The view out

Trees down below

Same view looking up

Natural evaporative A/C

Unfortunately having walked to the valley floor it is then necessary to walk back up to the top of the cliffs again.....

But the views and the vegetation make it worth the effort...

Springbrook is such a very special place, in the last picture in this post you can make out the light green sparse canopies of the Red Cedars pushing their way above the other trees....maybe in a hundred years some of the majesty of the forest - as it might have looked when the first timber getters came through this way - will be revealed to park visitors.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Springbrook Magic

It seems quite impossible to tire of visiting the beauty of Springbrook, every time I go there the forest shows me something slightly different from the last time.....I can (and do) walk the same paths, got to the same lookouts but nevertheless each time there is a new discovery to be made.

I know the importance of sticking to the designated paths, and despite the strong desire to "get to that old tree over there", keeping our impact (our footprints - literally!) on the remarkable ecosystem to a minimum is really crucial to have such gems for others to enjoy long into the future.

These views below from 'The Best of All Lookouts' are magnificent, last time I was here the view was basically clouds...although the sense of being amongst the Antarctic Beech was very strong that day in a misty primeval is always cool up here so remember to bring a jumper!

But please remember its not all impressive vistas up here try and take the time to look down at the forest floor there are some incredible things going on down there too..

If you had a few hundred years you could employ some of these trees to move you big landscaping features around in your garden perhaps....

Of course I can't leave out those truely awe-inspiring ancient Beech trees.....though please visit the Veteran Tree Group of Australia post Antarctic beech of Springbrook to see all the pics I took of these beauties this trip.

I had a great day up at Springbrook, we are so very lucky to have such beautiful places so close to where most of live, it makes living and working in the sprawling concrete spagetti bearable.