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Bushland, trees and ferns

In the Bush

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Photos by Frits.

A bush road east of Melbourne.

Here and there along the roads that lead from cities to forested areas are places where cars may be safely parked. These are often positioned at the top of a track to a waterfall, or near roadside facilities such as picnic tables, barbecues and amenity blocks. Yvonne, Lidy, Paula and Frits broke their journey here to eat bag lunches, walk through the scrub and, of course, take photographs.

Ferny creeks like this one are a lovely part of south eastern Australia's forests.

Creeks like this one wander through fern gullies, often forming deep pools where a fallen tree has formed a natural dam. The water may be inhabited by various small creatures, including yabbies, and very occasionally an observant visitor may catch a glimpse of the elusive platypus.

Our temperate rainforest has towering eucalypts, trees of many kinds and sizes, and an understorey of ferns, creepers and native ground-covers.

Close enough to the southern cities for families to get there by car in an hour, areas of this sort of woodland are another world. You can’t say they’re silent, because bird and insect noises are all about—even frog noises sometimes—but there's no sound of traffic or people and there's the most wonderful smell of earth and greenness.

Native trees grow in company with introduced species.

Settlers from Britain tried valiantly to transform the Australian landscape into the one they'd left behind and missed so terribly. Pines, oaks, elms and birches were planted, along with grasses and flowering plants. Today we know that much of this planting caused injury; native plants couldn’t always compete and native animals needed particular plants for food and shelter.

Nevertheless, European trees have become an accepted part of the scenery in many places and there seems to be a happy mingling of the old and the new.

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-Fighting bushfires in Tasmania- -What sort of a keyboard is this? Or is it just a music book?- -Sea gull, shore gull.- -This is Charlie Brown patrolling the boundaries.- -Why is this foot pointing so carefully?- -Meet the platypus.- -A guesthouse in Tasmania.- -Memorial for our dog, Ebony.- -Who is Alex smiling at?- -Jen looks a bit worried. What can she see?- -A wonderland of caves.- -Frits is standing at an entrance--but to what?- -Whose hand, and what's it doing?- -This young parrot has found an unusual place to perch.- -What's this little fluff-ball that Yvonne is holding so carefully?- -Buildings by the Yarra, Melbourne.- -Tasmanian countryside.- -What is it, whose is it, and who's near it?- -A bird's eye view.- -A garden path.- -A bush road east of Melbourne- -What sort of tree is this?-



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