Sunday, March 22, 2015

Feathered friends - Magpies and King Parrots

Photographed in my garden... the Magpies are a permanent fixture and I love hearing their beautiful song throughout the day... and I love how cheeky they are.

The King Parrots were photographed this morning - not the best images but the best I could get before one of the cheeky Magpies flew in and scared all three away.

Googong Dam... another trail explored

Yesterday we went back to Googong Dam to explore another bike trail. This one was the Queanbeyan River Loop ride which takes in the spectacular London Bridge Arch. Most of the photos here are of the arch as the trail is mostly through standard (but beautiful) bushland. The first few images were taken when we first came across the arch... then we rode (and walked uphill) and crossed the 'river' (more like a creek) and went down to Washpen Crossing (3rd image from bottom) before heading back and viewing the river in both directions from on top of the London Bridge Arch (bottom 2 images).

It really is a beautiful place and we will go back again to explore the trail to the London Bridge Homestead.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

NSW South Coast



Last Monday was a Public Holiday in Canberra, so it was the perfect opportunity to take a drive down the coast.

Batemans Bay is Canberra's coast - about a 2 hour drive from here and from there you can obviously go north or south to explore the South Coast of NSW. We went south and took in some spectacular views as you can see from these images. Starting at Batemans Bay and winding our way down the coast, these photos illustrate how diverse it is down there, with the beautifully designed harbour foreshore at Batemans Bay (top images) with its stylish man-made structures and plantings of native trees, shrubs, etc (Coastal Banksia images), the pristine beaches along the coast road to the along the coast road to where we ended up at Potato Point... where I was so excited to see kangaroos and wallabies lazing around in amongst people and buildings at the charming little caravan park there.

The South Coast was my coast when I was living in Jindabyne many, many years ago (though further south from about Bermagui to Eden) and I haven't visited this part of the coast since then. I tell you, I was very enchanted and am looking forward to visiting often, if possible. I have to say the part that really captured my attention most was driving along the Moruya River as the coast road headed in towards the Princes Highway. It is so green and lush and so very pretty... it kind of reminded me of Northern NSW I guess, which has long been a favourite place of mine. I'm not sure it has the same community, i.e. creative, etc but I'm sure I'll get to become more acquainted with it over time.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Googong Dam Trail

Following on from my last post, as promised I'm back to share the images from the bike ride at Googong Dam as we went back yesterday to do it.

It was such a magic day weather-wise, still very summery... which made the uphill parts a little hot, as there was a bit of walking on my part... fitness levels not what they should be! (Image 7 shows the trail and a moderate uphill part).

As per the trail write-up there were vantage points of the dam (image 6 is an example) and we saw wedge-tailed eagles and Eastern Grey kangaroos (image 5 - but no eagle shots as even with my zoom lens on they were too far above for a good shot) 

There are a few options with the Googong Dam bike trails and we opted for the Western Foreshore ride, starting at Tin Hut car park - as you can see from the first image with the Tin Hut Dam sign on the bird hide.

It's amazing that we were the only ones out there and we didn't see anyone else until our return where we turned left to explore the little trail down to the southern end of the dam (last few images) where we saw someone on the dam fishing and then on our way back to the car we met a small group walking down with canoes.

The trail is not a loop so we only went so far before turning back. The ideal thing would be to have someone drop you off and meet you at the other end, or leave your car there for you so you could ride the length of the trail. Anyway, it was still lovely to explore a little section and we want to go back to do the Queanbeyan River Loop...