Friday, 3 September 2010

Nature Walk 3 of 8


One of the things I love about Blue Mountains cliff top walks is that hint of blue peeping through the trees, promising a big view to come.

12 comments:

  1. This looks like a well worn path, but a steepish gradient. Not many of these in Elizabeth Bay, although I did nip between buildings and find a very old set of stairs with a most well worn tread. Shall think of a way to include it next week.

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  2. Is there a path in the mountains that doesn't have a steepish gradient? This walk is actually very short so I didn't notice it.

    Looking forward to seeing more of Elizabeth Bay.

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  3. Looks a lovely path - but, ooops, a steep drop ahead. Like the atmosphere of the picture.

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  4. I like it too Joan when walking in the mountains:)
    Lovely photo!

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  5. Yes, the glimpse of a view always encourages me to walk further along the track.

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  6. Battled the peak hour traffic home tonight in the cold Adelaide rain, and visited here to see this lovely picture.Thank you! Reminds me of walks in the Australian bush in the summer holidays.

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  7. There's always something just beyond. Florida is very flat, I wish Mother Nature had thought to throw up some mountains for us.

    Where do most of your birds migrate to in winter, Joan? I imagine the direction is the opposite of ours but I'm curious to know where they get off to.

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  8. Paula, that is an interesting question. I had to look it up because bird migration is not a big thing in Australia. Seasonal migration does occur but not over the large distances seen in the Northern Hemisphere and few species migrate outside of Australia. Because very little of Australia gets very cold there is no reason for them to migrate far. Some move around in response to rainfall rather than temperature.

    That said, flocks of small birds like Silver Eyes migrate through my garden in the autumn and back again in spring. Heading north for the winter but apparently they choose any warmish destination where there has been rain (hence food) rather than going to the same place every year.

    Later in the current Sweet Wayfaring trip you will see flood water in the inland. This is enough to bring sea birds like Pelicans and Gulls into the central desert country

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  9. It must be a wonderful path with a great view from time to time.

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  10. I love the endless forests in Germany. But most of the time it means it is hard to view the landscape. There are few clearings to give you an interrupted view from the hilltops. You seem to be luckier

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  11. That's fascinating and makes me wonder about the real reasons for seasonal bird migration. What's most interesting about bird migration is that so many needn't really do it, the resources they need are in their winter homes. The theory is that they established their flyways before the continents completely drifted apart. I'm sure there are a lot of errors in that statement but essentially they're just doing a lot of it out of habit. One very experienced birder told me that really, when everything is said and done, no one really knows why birds do what they do. They're kind of a mystery.

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