New years eve on the mountain

Big storms this afternoon, but much cooler now. The sky was beautiful afterwards, with soft swift moving clouds whipping across to the west, a kookaburra resting in a tree to dry off….then afterwards the mist rolled in and now all is foggy, the sun is down, and pleasantly cool, and the cicadas are celebrating with their evening chorus.

Happy Australian New Year from the mountain!

Wild day on the mountain

We made a day out up on Springbrook….turned out to be wet, foggy, a bit rainy, yet marvellous. Taz and I visited various lookouts and did some short walks, the most interesting being the Antarctic beech walk, a strange old forest with mossy bearded trees and the very old Antarctic beeches, remnants of the old Gondwana continent forests. Much of this forest feels like Lord of the Rings! There are very few birds and another afternoon I visited, it was completely silent. The fog yesterday made the whole thing very atmospheric and a bit spooky, but we loved it despite being wet and cold. I got marvellous pics, including a little native rainforest snail. The view from the Best of All Lookout, was dense fog, rain and wind…right on the edge of the mountain…a great way to contact the elements (wouldn’t a storm be amazing!).