Sometimes nature blows me away with its beauty. Like this magnificent gum tree, whose subtle colours were given a vibrant makeover by summer rain (actually a summer downpour that turned our walking track in a mini riverbed). Rain gives the bush a welcome spring clean, sluicing away the dust and highlighting things you might otherwise miss, like delicate cobwebs strung between branches and abstract patterns on tree trunks. I came across this tree in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, on the Cowan to Brooklyn track, part of Sydney’s Great North Walk, which I did last year (read about how you can do it here). I love the gutsy way Australian gum trees tenaciously grip the rocky ground, draping their trunks over sandstone boulders or, like this one, stretching out across rock platforms in search of soil. Parks Week from 5-13 March is an ideal time to get out and admire nature’s beauty in park near you. See www.parks-week.org.
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Instagram - BriarsTravelBeatAs we walked around Melaleuca Lagoon in Bathurst Harbour, Port Davey, in Tasmania’s Southwest National Park, the clouds came over and washed this tranquil scene with dramatic monochrome light. Thanks to @tasmanian_boat_charters and @andrewbrucewilson for helping us capture images like these. Southwest National Park is one big dramatic landscape, and you can see so much on a private boat charter. @nzhtravel @tasmania #portdavey #expeditioncruising #waterviewKnowing where to get the best photos involves local knowledge and there was plenty of that aboard @tasmanian_boat_charters in Southwest National Park with photographer @andrewbrucewilson and guide @petermarmion onboard. Sometimes the weather didn’t play ball though! But the scenery was still stunning. #photographytour #expeditioncruising #tasmaniaNature paints stunning #abstract images if we take the time to slow down and look for the #patterns - the reeds, the ripples, the reflections. An expedition cruise aboard @tasmanian_boat_charters allows you to do just that in stunning Southwest National Park in @tasmania where nature speaks for itself. #expeditioncruising #australiaExploring Bathurst Harbour in @tasmanian_boat_charters tender means going where few have gone before. Narrow gorges, shallow bays, secret rivers. It also means going ashore to climb hills, cross button grass plains and marsupial lawns. #southwestnationalpark #bathurstharbour #expeditioncruising #tasmania
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