27 March 2013

when the birds are laying low ...

there's still such beautiful scenery to soak up, on the mid-north coast, following the Gloucester River.

During this three days 'camp' the temps hovered up to 33.3 deg. celcius (that's nudging 92 degrees fahrenheit).  Mother Nature is fickle; it is our Autumn for heavens sake.

All the 'warm-layers' I'd packed in anticipation of the 'it can get cold up there' warnings, came back home, unused.  Thinking like a boy-scout (of which I've never been), "being prepared" proved to be a total waste of time ... and energy.  Just ask friends who'd helped me with my luggage; no, better not! 

How do you ever get your head around the fear of being caught out in the cold without that wonderfully cosy fleece jacket, the padded sleeveless jacket, several long-sleeved t's and umpteen merino singlets, for just in case? 

Had the camp been in the U.K. I'd have been close to being adequately catered for.  Will my friends ever forgive me for over-thinking the packing bit?



Keen birders stepped out at this destination around 9.30 a.m.  All listened with intent for what was (hopefully) out there 'mongst the trees.

 
   Crystal clear water tinkled its way over worn river stones, offering tranquil background 'music'.
 
...a parting shot as we moved on; the perfect bonsai.  I'd love to see this again, in a few years time. 
 

15 comments:

eileeninmd said...

The sound of water is very relaxing. Looks like a pretty place for birding. Beautiful shots!

Isidro Ortiz said...

Bonito lugar.Saludos

Digi-Irma said...

What a wonderful beautiful nature there Carole.
You've had quite a few wonderful days there.
For the time of year it is very hot in your country, while here for the time of year is extremely cold.
Greetings Irma

diane b said...

I love the second last shot of the babbling brook. Packing in this season is a bit hit and miss. I take layers. Tshirt ,fleece, jacket and just in case a merino thin lightweight thermal.

Stewart M said...

Nice post - and the one before.

I remember my first Australian camping trip - I think I took more clothes that the other fours people in the group put together - and I still carry more stuff than most. Old habits die hard!

Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW - Stewart M - Melbourne

Montanagirl said...

Nice place for birding! Running water can be quite musical.

TexWisGirl said...

gosh, those trees of yours! so beautiful! sorry about the overpacking. 90+ F is quite warm! yikes!

Joop Zand said...

I like that second and last pictures very much Carole....nice place there.

Greetings, Joop

Lisa Gordon said...

What a wonderful place this is, Carole!

Bob Bushell said...

Great pieces of photography, and the river, so cool.

Pam ;) said...

Trickling water makes a relaxing background sound and the birds love that as much as we do.

Jan Castle said...

Nicely captured....nice birds on your last post too - having computer connection problems so leaving my comment here! Never heard of those two birds...live and learn!
Paper Hugs,
Jan

Geke said...

What a great place to be!!
And overpacking....I know all about that :-)

Brian King said...

That's a beautiful place! It reminds me of some of the streams I've fished here in the states. You certainly wouldn't be the first person to over pack! haha!

Sharyl said...

Oh you just never know! Our family went on a late Spring/ early Summer vacation to the mountains once, decided at the last minute that the van was too crowded, and all left our heavy winter coats behind, determined we wouldn't need them. Turned out to be quite a snow in those mountains and we all had chattering teeth for the week!