Taken from the river bank at Cotton Tree where the ever changing light attracts photographers from everywhere to capture these magic moments
Sometimes, when we look through an old album of faded photographs, there is one that stands out from the others. We don’t always know the reason… but there is something in it that catches the eye. This week’s photo could be such an example, except that it was taken on a grey day, only three months ago, on a trip south through The Broadwater in Northern New South Wales. As I drove along the river’s edge I was taken by the serenity of the scene and felt compelled to turn back and try to capture the mood. The road, narrow and busy, forced me to drive some distance before I found a side road where I could make the turn.
The day was so dull and grey that it has made the photo almost seem like a Black and White even though it was taken in full RAW colour. Post processing has been minimal as everything I tried to do to make it less dreary seem to spoil the effect.
As in all things in the photographic world, the image is only appreciated at the wit of the observer and each of us will have his or her own take on what they think of it. Some one once coined the phrase about the eye of the beholder and me….. well, I kind of like it….. I’d love to get some feed back as to what you, the critic, feel about it…. Good or bad, there is no wrong answer, so please leave a comment below…
Merry Christmas to you..and I’m sorry it’s late
But at last I have finally caught up with this date
It is not something huge, for me in my life
]With family scattered and not having a wife
I started with coffee at breaking of dawn
Getting news for my blog on this year’s Christmas morn
I was up on the river just near Noosa Sound
Just to drink Old Salt Coffee with rain tumbling down
Then later I took a phone call from son one
Seems he’d had a big night and his head was undone
Some news of concern at the place he did stay
Super typhoon Nock-ten would be landing that day
Then later a call this time son number two
And we chatted of things in his life that were new
Then a friend not believing I am happy just me
Insisted that I go around there for tea
Alas there was eating… ham, jellies and such
By the end of it all I had ate much too much
After Family Feud and then Pictionary
I headed on home and sleep overcame me
So that was my Christmas, but what of your own?
Was it big celebrations? Another year flown?
Did you spend the day cooking, preparing the food
Or was it a day spent in lazier mood.
Or maybe some time you spent walking the beach
Your phone in your hand and your arm you’d out reached
To take just one selfie, your record of fame
So in years to come you can think “Oh how lame!”.
And so as I said in my opening line
I wish you good Christmas and good happy times
And as good that in two oh one six it has been
I wish you the best in two oh seventeen
In the hinterland behind the Sunshine Coast lies a range of mountains….. Well, hills really, called the Blackall Ranges. They run from South to North and are dotted with some great walks of all grades.
Today I walked the Kondalilla Falls Circuit track from the top to the bottom and back. These falls are a part of the Kondalilla National Park and form a part of the Great Australian Walking tracks.
The carpark is really just a large cul-d-sac at the end of the street and from there, one heads down to a grassy area dotted with barbecue facilities and table/chair benches. There are also toilet facilities here which it is wise to take advantage of as there are non further down.
From the bottom of this area a sealed track take you down a few hundred metres to a small bridge. This is wheelchair friendly but the bridge is as far as you go. There are stairs at the other side which would make it difficult
Here there is a fork in the path. The left leads down to the top of the falls and is perhaps the easier track to take. It is also a part of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Walk track. The right fork, a part of Kondalilla Falls Circuit, also leads to the falls but is perhaps a steeper path, although easy enough to traverse.
I took the right fork, and would recommend this, as the return journey is easier if you come back the other way. The track wanders through rain forest and you will see Piccabeen Palms and Bunya Pines growing along the way. You may also see some examples of Pink Ash trees which grow in some interesting shapes.
Just above the top of the falls, these two tracks merge before you head down a series of steps to come out at the top of the falls. Here I met a couple who were resting after the long slog back up the side of the hill from the falls. We chatted for a while about the effects of climate change on the forest before we each continued our respective journeys
At the bottom of the next section is the top of the falls and there is a popular swimming hole, just before the water tumbles over the cliff. There is space here to eat a picnic lunch or relax in the sun on the flat rocks around the pool.
For many, this is the end of the trail but I headed down the side of the cliff face following the well formed Sunshine Coast Hinterland Walk track to the bottom.. Along the way there is a look out where you can see the whole of the falls although on this day, after a long dry spell, there was no water to be seen tumbling down the cliff face.
At the bottom, the creek bed is strewn with huge boulders and here and there are small rock pools which are home to the beautiful dragonflies that hunt here.
Heading on I came to another fork. It is here that the Kondalilla Circuit branches off and returns via an easier grade to the top of the falls. There is a saying that what goes up, must come down. In the this case the reverse applied and, having made my way all the way down from the car park, I now had the climb back up to the top.
The route is around 4.7 kms and doing it the way I did, the return journey was just a little easier. Even so it pays to carry plenty of water as the hard bit is at the end. I had two water bottles and had just opened my second when I started my climb. It slipped from my hand and split open on a rock and I watched as it all soaked away into the dry soil.
From the top of the falls there is a section of over 100 stairs and this is perhaps the most punishing part of the trek. Without water, I was in trouble by the time I reached the top and was thankful that the path had levelled out somewhat for the walk back to the bar-b-que area. The real kicker for me was the short walk from there to the car park. I was dehydrated badly and the track seemed almost too steep to tackle.
A short drive down the road to Mapleton and I thankfully pulled in to a service station to top up my water levels, the first bottle barely touching the sides as it went down
All said and done, it was a great walk and I recommend it to anyone with an afternoon on their hands and wondering what to do with it. Just head up the Blackall Range from Nambour or Landsborough and you will find the turn off at Flaxton.