A Green Overdose: The Return to Mt Cordeaux, Main Range National Park

Before I launch into this walk, I must first apologise for my absence. Whilst taking a break from writing I’d still hoped to be able to continue reading and commenting on other blogs, however a few unexpected events have kept me away from the Internet. I will endeavour to catch up on what you’ve all been up to.

Now to my recent wanders with my long suffering daughter, Tough Cookie…

Mt Cordeaux or “Niamboyoo” as it is traditionally known by Yugarabul people, is one of two peaks rising on either side of Cunningham’s Gap in Main Range National Park, southwest of Brisbane in Queensland and rises 1,135 m. I wrote Falling in Love with Mt Cordeaux for BushwalkingBlog last year but after a winter visit to the peak with my daughter recently I wanted to share more of its magic. Specific details about this 6.8 km class 4 walk can be found at the Queensland National Parks link.

This walk left me mildly shocked because it actually went to plan. We didn’t get lost or as I prefer to say, take “detours.” There were no bloodsucking critters or roaring bushfires and we started and finished on time despite my complaining joints and the effusive appearance of my camera. I didn’t lose my keys or mobile phone down the long drop toilets, or perhaps I should use the more modest words of  le Tour de France commentators, “whilst taking a natural break.” I somehow managed to avoid a tumble from cliff edges and my first close encounter with a stinging nettle was uneventful so I don’t even have an impressive rash to show you.

Although the walk went smoothly it wasn’t devoid of excitement. I risked cardiac arrest at the sight of so many species of fungi along the track.

fungi Mt Cordeaux 1

Fungi fever had me firmly in its gilled grip. I couldn’t understand why other walkers went by without any interest in these spongy delights. Surely there are few things that can successfully compete with such mycological magnificence?

fungi Mt Cordeaux 3

We even tried to be a little “high tech” photographing them. My daughter shone the light from her mobile phone on specimens as my camera flash was too harsh at such close quarters.

fungi Mt Cordeaux 2

What often stands out for me about rainforest walks is the contrast between giant and tiny botanical life. Mt Cordeaux is part of Main Range National Park which is world heritage listed and protects many vulnerable species. On this walk you’ll find towering giants such as hoop pines, giant stinging trees, black booyong, yellow carabeen, scrub bloodwood and gap axe trees. It was difficult for me to capture the scale of these leviathans with my camera.

rainforest trees Mt Cordeaux

Rainforest trees Mt Cordeaux 4

Here are more modest sized botanical specimens, many of which can be found on the rocky exposed outcrop at the tip of Mt Cordeaux.

Tiny plants Mt Cordeaux

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lichen moss Mt Cordeaux 2 small

Early European settlers often referred to rainforest as “scrub” and it must have seemed like an impenetrable wall of green to them after coming from distant, much tamer lands to eke out a living from labouring, farming and grazing in Australia. My grandfather along with other poor German farmers used large hand saws to remove giant trees before burning or pulling out the stumps. It was part of life  and not maliciously done at the time. Thankfully many of our remaining areas of rainforest are protected now.

On a recent walk in Springbrook I came across the remains of this 1000 year old tree. A decaying stump is all that is left of this magnificent New England Blackbutt (Eucalyptus andrewsii), felled because it posed a danger to a small schoolhouse next door.

old stump Springbrook 1

These words from a Mark O’Connor poem recall how it felt for some whose job was to remove these green giants:

“I think of a patch like a cathedral floor

where I sawed all day in the cool,

never saw the sun; and we walked an hour

to find two trees the same – a world

where you worshipped what you killed

not doubting it would rise again.”

Mark O’Connor, A Queenslander Remembers the Twentieth Century, The Great Forest.

At times the Cordeaux rainforest enclosed us in darkness with only a little dappled light to guide our way.

dark rainforest Mt Cordeaux

As the track zigzagged around the side of the mountain we were treated to more light.

Rainforest light Mt Cordeaux

paths at Mt cordeaux

On many occasions we were at risk of green overdose  and it was easy for the mind to start imagining mystical tales as we passed through hanging gardens and magical mossy kingdoms.

Mossy rocks Mt Cordeaux

hanging moss on path

moss hanging from btanches and roots Mt Cordeaux

Mossy log Mt Cordeaux

In a few places, landslides or fallen trees opened up the skyline again.

open track view of rainforest

view from Mt Cordeaux track

Sometimes the track passed by cliffs giving views of distant ranges. The mountain on the right is Mt Mitchell from my very first blog post.

Mt Mitchell from Mt Cordeaux lookout

Here is Mt Greville on the right, where I had a close encounter with a bushfire.

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At the exposed rocky top, giant spear lilies clung to the sides and grass trees showed off their crazy hairstyles.

Rocky outcrops with plant growth Mt Cordeaux

Here is a shot of the tip from a previous walk, which better shows the lilies.

Cordeaux rocky peak with orchids (small)

The coastline and distant lakes and mountains on the southern side of the mountain can be viewed, before walking back down again to the carpark and braving the trucks on the highway home. Lake Moogerah can be seen in this first picture.

View from Mt Cordeaux 5

View from Mt Cordeaux 9

Mt Cordeaux view 8

Here are a few shots from earlier walks to Mt Cordeaux which show the views from the top more clearly. It was less smoky on those days.

Cordeaux Rock Platform View

Jane at the top of Cordeau

At first we thought we’d have the top of the mountain to ourselves. Our hopes were short-lived when a couple arrived and a little later, a whole bushwalking group. I sometimes think we need to invent a few extra words for hiking. The Germans have a name for that feeling of pleasant solitude when walking through forest – waldeinsamkeit. I’d like a word which describes how you feel when you’ve been trudging up a mountain looking forward to the quiet rest and and a leisurely food break at the top but instead you are disappointed and  frustrated to find you’re not alone. You can  feel the vibes from other walkers who were hoping for the same experience. You are pleasant to each other, recognising that you want the same thing but also slightly annoyed by the intrusion. Inevitably you take the world’s fastest landscape shots and trudge back down again thinking, “Why do I come here? It’s too popular. I’m not doing this again!” But you will do it again because it’s such a great walk and at least you’re less likely to be murdered because there are too many witnesses.

Ferny path Mt Cordeaux

Back at the car park we watched this first truck stall a few times around the steep and perilous bend and then completely stop on the road. A small sedan following was nearly sandwiched when the second empty grain truck came hurtling behind it. The popularity and the sometimes treacherous Cunningham highway are the only aspects of this walk I don’t like.

Truck on Cunningham highway

Cunngham Highway Mt Cordeaux 1

I shared another hike with my son and daughter at Toohey’s Forest in Brisbane over the university holidays which didn’t run so smoothly so I am now back in mildly extreme mode and should completely recover from the uncharacteristically perfect Mt Cordeaux walk. Sometimes too much perfection reminds us how much we appreciate the imperfections of other people and places more, especially when trying to write an interesting blog post. 😉

For more information about Mt Cordeaux Track and other walks in Main Range  here is a detailed brochure.

Thanks for reading and for your patience as I catch up with your blogging activities. 🙂

Many fungi on log Mt Cordeaux

72 thoughts on “A Green Overdose: The Return to Mt Cordeaux, Main Range National Park

  1. It is such a pleasure to have you back and be able to look at your wonderful pictures again. I am so sorry about the arthritis attack and hope things will only get better you. My favourite photograph was the view over to Mt Mitchell with the gum tree in the foreground.

    • Thank you, Susan. How kind of you to say that. I am glad to be back and sharing my walks again. Mt Cordeaux is one of my favourites. Beautiful views, the cooler temperatures, a variety of plant life and a comfortable track make it enjoyable for people of all ages and abilities. I look forward to reading your next blog post. Have a lovely week, Susan. 🙂

    • Thanks Jenny! I look forward to your continuing adventures. You always seem to have a great deal of fun. Love the smiles. Happy hiking! 🙂

  2. I’m sorry but not surprised to hear you say that this mycological magnificence would be met by most people with mycological micro-interest. Fungi fever is no match for the Saturday Night Fever that gripped the gills of gals and guys in the Disco era, or whatever era their descendants are in now.

    Your mention of Mt. Cordeaux keeps reminding me of “Le corbeau et le renard,” La Fontaine’s fable about the crow and the fox:

    https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_Corbeau_et_le_Renard

    I wonder if any corbeaux inhabit Mt. Cordeaux.

    Thanks for the introduction to Mark O’Connor, who I see was born the same year I was.

    • Thanks Steve. You made me me laugh with the words “mycological micro-interest.” I was being a little cheeky about the excitement level of fungi. I suspect during my teens I may have had more of an interest in other pursuits although I was rather nerdy and now that I think about it, I do remember going mushroom picking when I was fourteen just for the pleasure!
      I’m sure there are crows and possibly foxes at Mt Cordeaux. Foxes are feral and do quite a lot of damage to our fragile wildlife here. Thank you for reminding me of this story. It is wise to remember the dangers of listening to a flatterer. 😉
      I only just discovered Mark O’Connor while searching for poetry about rainforests. I’m looking forward to delving further into the poetry site. It’s a great source of quotes from the Australian experience.
      Thanks for reading and commenting, Steve. I always appreciate your thoughtful responses. 🙂

        • Well, there are people called Truth, Precious, Harmony and so on. 😉 Now you are being thoughtful about being called Thoughtful. I Googled it and found someone calling themselves Thoughtful Misfit but it didn’t appear to be their legal name.

          • I was indeed thoughtful about being called Thoughtful, and I’d done a search similar to yours and found only examples of Thoughtful as a title or epithet but not as a true name. I’d say a name like Thoughtful is best adopted as an adult, because if parents chose that name for a newborn they’d run the risk that the kid might turn out not to be a thoughtful person.

  3. I feel like I say the same thing every time I comment, but your photographs are always stunning and I love the narrative – full of great humor. I especially enjoyed your thoughts on disappointment reaching the summit of the hike. A great day hiking only to be dismayed at the number of hikers also at the top. That sums it up for me too… or running into a noisy and boisterous group who are just ahead or just behind on a hike. So aggravating!

    I hope you are taking good care of yourself. Our bodies sure have no problem letting us know in a pronounced fashion that it’s time to take a rest. Enjoy your time laid up… it can often be a good thing! 🙂

    • Thanks for your encouraging words as usual, Lori. I’m so pleased you still enjoy my posts as I know that sometimes my foggy mind makes writing a struggle.
      I’m thinking about compiling a list of new words that describe some of my hiking experiences. I’m surprised by the existence of words in other languages that we need to explain in a few sentences or even a paragraph! It could be amusing! 🙂
      I’ve been meaning to reply to your words about the number of predators in your area. The figure for survival of fawns in your area seems rather shocking to me also, as I know our lamb and goat kid survival was much higher. We don’t have the large predators like bears and mountain lions here but many introduced species such as wild cats, pigs, and foxes cause a lot of reduction in species numbers. Feral cats in particular have seriously affected our bird, small mammal and reptile numbers. We need predators in the food chain, but sadly for a variety of reasons some have increased to cause more deaths than is sustainable. I do hope that you see a more balanced survival rate for herbivores in the future. It is frustrating and saddening.
      Yes, my physical body has different plans to my mind at the moment and I need to learn to accept the signs to slow down and take things easy. It’s an opportunity to reflect and focus my energies in other areas I may have neglected. I am a bit stubborn though!
      Thanks for your kind support again, Lori. I look forward to more beautiful writing and photographs from the farm. 🙂

  4. I might have passed a fungus by without a glance in those unregenerate days when speed was my only idol. I know better know (though I wouldn’t mind getting some of the speed back). I hope the rheumatism calms down as I enjoy reading about your walks and looking at your great pictures. You seem to gain a lot of height for a 7km walk. Was it hard work or was the path gently rising?

    • Thank you, Tom, for those kind words. The 7km walk is the total return trip and fortunately is mainly a gentle path that is not steep as it zigzags up the mountain side. Half the time we seem to be walking in the opposite direction to where we want to go due to so many switchbacks. The mountain is only about 1300m high and the walk starts partway up. It is only the last 30 metres of path that has a steep rocky path section really. My guest post for bushwalking blog went into the details more. It’s a lovely walk that I would recommend to many people, even beginners. The class 4 rating is a little deceptive as there are only a few spots that are more taxing.
      Ah yes, the speed of our younger more mobile days! We had many other things on our minds back then. I’m sure if I had the ability to go much faster I probably would. 🙂 In my slower mode I’ve been forced to enjoy the smaller things so my walks are still interesting. Like you, having a camera has helped me notice them more as I am looking for images to share. I’m making many more discoveries than I used to.
      Thanks again for reading and commenting, Tom. It’s a pleasure to share my walks with you. I do hope your knee does not continue to cause you grief. It can be very frustrating when you enjoy being so active. Looking forward to more news and pictures from Langholm. 🙂

  5. It’s said that a change is as good as a holiday Jane and you’ve had both – A smooth hike and a holiday! Well done 🙂
    I hope you’re feeling better again soon Jane.
    This looks like a lovely trail.

    • Thank you, Gail! I was getting a little overwhelmed by “life” and needed some time to sort some issues out and finish a few projects. My family needed attention as well and I do like to spend time with my children during their uni holidays.
      I think the RA flare up was due to a little extra stress. My body tells me when I need to make some adjustments.
      I have been reading your latest posts even though I haven’t commented. Thank you for continuing to promote the cause of cycling in Australia. I look forward to the time when we see more people out there on bikes like when I was a child. It should be the right of all children to be able to safely cycle to school. Have a beautiful week, Gail. 🙂

  6. Ah Jane I felt like I was walking through the forest, even though I’m sitting here in my little suburban house! Thank you for such fabulous pictures and your eye for the little things. Hope that arthritis eases soon. Cheers, Paula

    • Thanks Paula, for the encouraging words. I’m glad I could take you with me on my walk. 🙂 I’m very much enjoying your lessons on forest sketching and hope to try a little soon. I used to draw a great deal in my youth. While I am not talented, it’s a very rewarding and relaxing experience. Hopefully the RA will depart soon and my fingers will be back to working normally again. I’ve always wanted to write some children’s books about small adventures in the Australian forests as my children enjoyed those books. I am sure you would be successful at such a venture with your nature art. Best wishes. 🙂

  7. Thanks Jane, for more beautiful pictures from a beautiful part of the world! I empathise with your arthritis – I suffer from it too, and it can be no fun at all. Hope you feel better soon! 🙂

    • Thanks, Manu! I’m pleased you enjoy the walk. It is a beautiful part of the world. It’s just a shame it’s so popular. It’s getting more difficult to spot wildlife these days. It makes me happy that people are discovering the delights of Main Range though. Usually it’s the coastline that gets most of the attention. Yes, the old arthritis likes to visit from time to time. Not a great deal we can do but enjoy the slower pace, I guess. I’m not very good at doing that! Keep writing your thought-provoking and entertaining posts about the science world, Manu. I always look forward to them. Have a great week. 🙂

  8. Wow! Jane your rainforest photos are so good, and make me want to come up there sooner than later! You have captured the essence of the forests so well, and the fungus and lichens so much better then I have, I really love what you have posted, and the views from your walk. I did notice your abcence and wondered if life was going well for you, but you certainly made up for it with this excellent post. 🙂

    • Thank you for those very encouraging words about my photos. You are kind. I must disagree with you about capturing the essence of the forests better than you though. Your albums are wonderful and showcase the beauty our country has to offer. I really admire your bird shots and videos. That is something I hope to get better at one day.
      It is easy to write about Mt Cordeaux as it is one of those walks that can be enjoyed again and again. That was the first time I had seen so many fungi specimens though. I was surprised as I don’t expect to see them in winter. It has actually been a fantastic season for fungi up here. I keep saying to people that I’ve seen more species in the last few months than I have in the six years I’ve lived in this area. I have yet to see a blue mushroom though. I may have to venture south for that treat! Thanks again for reading and supporting my blog. it’s much appreciated. Have a lovely week. 🙂

  9. Hi Jane, nice to have you back in the blogging world. Looks like a wonderful walk, full of such magical green scenery reminiscent of LOTR. I envy your close proximity to lush semi-tropical forests: something that requires much travel for me to access. Non the less, I know Victoria has a broad range of enviable landscapes, and they are much easier for me to get to. Isn’t funny how irritable we can feel when we escape into the wilds only to find other human intruders on ‘our turf’. I know just how frustrated you must have felt. Lovely photos and a great write-up. Thanks Jane 🙂 Leah

    • Thanks very much, Leah. The rainforests are wonderful here but I also admire the country you have down there, some of which is quite different to Queensland. I’ve never been to Victoria or Tasmania so I look forward to checking out all the wonderful natural and cultural attractions one day.
      I notice you’ve been “away” too. I hope you had a good break away from blogging and are well.
      Yes, it is amusing to me that I can feel a little annoyed by the presence of others who are just trying to escape for some peace and quiet too. They probably feel the same way about me!
      Thanks for your encouragement and kind words. I look forward to reading your next post, Leah. Have a beautiful week. 🙂

  10. It’s good to see another post from you, I’ve been missing the views from the land down under! Sorry to hear of your recent bout with Rheumatiod arthritis, there’s nothing worse than joint pain.

    I’m glad that you’re not one of those who rush past fungi without even pausing to admire their often bright colors. People look at me strange as I’m laying on the ground shooting fungi and lichens, but they’re all part of the experience of a place.

    I also loved the views from the top of the mountain, being from the flatlands, I never see views like that around here.

    I hope that you’ll be able to post on a regular basis again.

    • Thanks very much, Jerry. It is always a nice feeling to know you’ve been missed, even if it’s just for the pictures. 😉
      It’s been a long while since I had my last flare up of RA. I am hoping this is just temporary as well. It’s usually a sign that I have to make some changes in my life. Sometimes that is difficult to achieve when you have responsibilities though. 🙂
      Well, I am glad you are a fungi lover like me, Jerry. I do get some very strange looks, usually from people sprinting along the path as fast as possible. Sometimes I try to show them what is holding my fascination. Occasionally they are interested, but often they just try to escape from the loony middle aged woman as quickly as possible. Heheh You are much taller than me so I imagine it takes more effort for you to get down to ground level. The pictures you share make all that ground slithering worth it though. I am very impressed by your dedication to improving your photography and the lengths you will go to to track down a bird. You must be a very patient person.
      I remember you telling me how flat Michigan is. Given my joint problems, maybe I am more suited to that country these days! This was an easy walk though along a gradual incline so the views did not require much suffering to obtain.
      I have a couple of walks I’ll be writing up soon so there is more to come for a while yet. Thanks for your kind support and encouragement, Jerry. Keep enjoying your very beautiful Michigan summer! 🙂

  11. Hi Jane, I am glad this walk provided you with an opportunity to take pleasure in your surrounds rather than worrying about getting lost or some other disaster such as losing your keys or ‘phone down a pit toilet. (It pays to make sure there is nothing in your pockets when using these facilities.)
    So much green lushness is a feast for the eyes. I was particularly impressed by the hanging mosses. I can see this was an ideal environment to indulge your passion for fungus and lichen.
    I wish you many more happy hikes.

    • Thanks very much, Margaret. Yes, it does indeed pay to take everything out of your pockets while using those toilets. On a previous walk I heard a young woman most upset as she’d lost her phone down one, hence my concerns this time. I had a friend lose her expensive professional quality camera down a pit latrine overseas. She went down and retrieved it. I’m not sure I would go that far! 🙂
      Yes, it was a very relaxing wander this time and I enjoyed the great fungi and other interesting botanical specimens. I couldn’t really capture the atmosphere of the hanging moss as we experienced it but I am glad you appreciated what I offered anyway. I think you would enjoy sketching on this walk, Margaret. There were many interesting textures and shapes, although the colour was predominantly green though, apart from the fungi and a few bright berries on the path.
      I do hope you are experiencing less chilly weather again now. It’s been an interesting winter so far. We even had snow in Queensland at Stanthorpe! Best wishes. 🙂

    • Well it’s always wonderful to receive your comments. Thanks, John! I am sure I will be feeling better soon. I enjoy my regular dose of “Brevity” wisdom from your blog. Best wishes to you! 🙂

  12. It is a very enthusiastic post Jane. I laughed my way through it and at the same time I enjoyed the fungus and the wonderful forest. I do understand why the place is popular. The pictures are exquisite with the most beautiful light. It appears you did yourselves trouble with light settings 🙂
    Thanks for sharing ❤
    All the best,
    Hanna

    • Thanks Hanna. I’m glad it gave you a laugh. Yes, it is a very popular spot. The Mt Mitchell track just across the road is also fantastic and has wonderful views but it has less rainforest and the paths are more overgrown. I got lots of ticks on me the last time I went there. It is however, much quieter than Mt Cordeaux for those reasons. The light in the rainforest is very changeable and I find it a challenge to take photographs so the blog doesn’t really show exactly what it looks like. Thanks for reading and your kind words of encouragement as usual, Hanna. Your blog is a visual delight. 🙂

  13. I also hope the RA is easing up for you. There is much to be said about listening to what your body is trying to tell you.

    It’s so lovely to have you back to blogging. I admire your ingenuity in lighting by cellphone. Had to crack up at your comment about it being less likely to be murdered. I’ve thought much the same about some of my beach walks. The lovely empty beaches can be a bit intimidating in that respect (and, yes… we’ve had a woman killed on one of those lonelier stretches), but they do offer a place without the annoyance of some too boisterous folks or misbehaving dogs. I think I worry more about a dog attacking my little pup than I do about me. Hope you are reasonably cautious in your hikes. It sounds like you know what you’re doing. But do keep enjoying them.

    • Thanks very much, Gunta. I appreciate your encouraging words. I am hoping that the RA will settle down soon. It has in the past.
      I’m glad my words made you laugh. 🙂
      I remember spending many, many hours walking along lonely beaches as a teenage girl when I lived by the coast for a few years but now I’d probably be more nervous about going to the same areas on my own. I’m not sure if the danger has increased now or I’ve just been more affected by the constant warnings not to go alone. I do get a bit nervous on other walks as well. I tend to avoid walking in city reserves. Perhaps one day I will get a large dog for protection and company! 🙂
      One day perhaps I will make it over to your coastlines and experience those wonderful empty beaches. Have a great week and keep sharing your beautiful pics and quotes. 🙂

  14. Hi Jane,
    The snow in southern QLD has been in the news down here so I was thinking that maybe you had headed south again in search of it. Mt Cordeaux is a great walk, we have finally both done the same walk, even if it was 5 years apart:) I’m with you regarding crowds too, nothing worse than setting up camp in a beautiful spot only to have a group turn up just before sunset, I’m a bit of a loner!
    I hope your health issues resolve themselves alright.
    Cheers Kevin

    • Hi Kevin,
      I did try to persuade my grown up kids to make a dash to visit Stanthorpe with me when the snow appeared but they were not quite as enthusiastic about the cold wet stuff. 😉
      Finally we’ve shared a walk, albeit 5 years apart! It is a lovely spot. Not really challenging but great views and plenty of interesting plants to check out. I love the area.
      Yes, I’m afraid I am not one of those extremely sociable hikers. I go on these walks to be alone so I do get disappointed when there’s a noisy crowd.
      Thanks for your kind support and for your well wishes regarding my health. I believe I have a few of your latest adventures to catch up on! Best wishes. 🙂

  15. Gorgeous pictures both large and small scale. Beautiful fungus pics and beautiful views. I think my Scottish pal would definitely find himself suffering from “wood psychosis” at the time you had your green overload moment…. Great to have you back, Jane!

    • Haha…Yes, I can imagine him being afflicted by “wood psychosis” on that walk! Rainforest is vastly different to his home country! Thank you for those encouraging words about my photographs. I find rainforests one of the most difficult settings to take photos in. I am not good at getting the settings right for dappled light. I’ll keep practising though! Keep up the great blog posts and have a lovely week. 🙂

  16. So glad you are on the mend Jane, well so’s to speak anywho. You have tantelised with the fungi. You are so much better at capturing the little bits and pieces, along with the mosses. Had me in a fungal heaven. Another lovely adventure discovering the wonderful world around us from the huge to the small. 🙂

    • You are generous with your support, Brian, and that helps me keep blogging even when I don’t feel I have much to share. Thanks for your kind words about my photography. I’m glad you enjoyed the fungi too. Sometimes I get myself in a bit of danger because I am too focused on those little things and I miss the big things that might hurt me…like a cliff edge! I hope you’ll be posting again soon so I can see what you’ve been up to lately, but perhaps you’ve not had a chance to get out with the camera much. I think your photos are great so keep them coming! The cold spell was interesting. I hope you didn’t freeze. 🙂

  17. Hi Jane. I remembered you are a bush walker, a lover of nature, and see you get about – more widely than I do lately. So I thought I’d drop by and maybe note some locations to visit for the coming spring – I think I need to extend my horizon and google-maps is only so useful.

    I see you are feeling the effects of time in the body, it gets older. The good news is the spirit remains untouched by it, if one is careful …

    Keep up the good work. M

    • Hi Mark,
      Thanks very much for the follow and for your supportive comments. I hope you find some places that interest you in my blog. I don’t get out as much as I used to, partly because it is safer to have a hiking partner when visiting certain areas. My body has started complaining a bit as well. I’m currently having some more tests done to work out what the next step will be for my joint management. I’m hoping for some good news. Wise words about the spirit remaining untouched. Thank you, Mark. I’m looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful photo essays of the macro world. Best wishes! 🙂

      • Thanks Jane.

        Sounds like some of your walks are in isolated places, that I enjoy. I don’t know where you are but if you ever want company somewhere between us (I’m 4165) let me know. I’m free and available for the new, before and after traffic times – of course … 🙂

        I have slowed the pace and reduced my distances, which the macro work makes up for. Since I was a boy nature has been essential medicine. Time spent in the senses there is never wasted.

        Good luck with the physical, careful of those meds. Take time to look up at the stars on a cold night … and the beautiful moon is coming – a healer in truth, though often seems otherwise.

        All the best. M

        • Thanks, Mark, it’s kind of you to offer your company. I’m SW of Brisbane but there are places I like to visit close to your area so I’ll let you know ahead of time and see if you are interested.
          Macro photography is certainly a great way to enjoy shorter walks. The more slowly you go, the more you discover that is so often missed on a fast hike. Yes, nature can certainly be a place of healing – a place to relax and let go of negative thought patterns.
          Thanks for your kind support. 🙂

  18. can one overdose on green? I never get tired of it! really enjoyed looking at your fungi photos – I too found them fascinating. had it been me on the walk, there wouldn’t have been a walk! I’d’ve just stayed and photographed and written about such delightful plants…

    • Heheh…I’m glad you enjoyed the heavy dose of greenery! Also, it sounds like if we went on a walk together in a fungi-filled area we may never finish it! On the rare chance you visit Brisbane and have time to spare perhaps we can test this out. Thank you very much for reading and for your lovely comments. I appreciate your feedback. Have a great week. Your haiku blog is a delight. 🙂

  19. Wow, great photos Jane! I love Main Range but haven’t done many walks out there. Hopefully I will rectify that in the coming years. Its been a really green winter up this way hasn’t it? My parents live out near Beaudesert and I have never seen their place so green in Winter for the whole 30+ years they have lived out there. There is even moss growing beside the house on the grass! Very weird. But great for walking and photos at Mt Cordeaux 🙂

    • Thanks Amanda! Cordeaux is a great walk at the best of times but this winter it was even better. Yes, it’s been so green up this way. Many of the plants in my backyard in shady areas have actually grown a sort of sooty mould thing over them. It’s sort of greasy and doesn’t come off easily with water. I’ve never seen it before and think it is due to the wet conditions that have continued into winter. I’ve seen so many different species of fungi in many locations this year. More than in the years I have lived here. We are getting moss growth in all sorts of places and keeping my bathroom mould free is proving a challenge! I am also seeing fewer bird species in my yard which I attribute partly to the wetter conditions. They don’t need to use my yard as an oasis in winter. It’s been an amazing and also weird autumn and winter. Thanks for reading and for your supportive comments as always, Amanda. I hope you’ve had a chance for a few walks. I look forward to reading more of your adventure blog posts. 🙂

  20. Ah-HA! Somehow I’d missed this one. Sorry to hear about your hand(s). I hope they’re well on the mend.
    I know well the feeling you describe; having interlopers intrude on your private communion/contemplation can really ruffle the feathers (metaphorically). I guess that’s one reason why the search for ‘wilderness’ is so prized – and why it’s so perplexing to me that the Tasmania State Government is so keen to stop using the word in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
    It’s a great walk – I love your fungi photos – I’m looking forward to the day that I take Stephen. Yes, I’ll be careful of the traffic. 🙂

    • Thanks, Dayna. The hands are an ongoing annoyance. They flare up from time to time. I am trying to avoid the mild chemotherapy type drugs that control it but sometimes it’s not possible as they are needed to also stop the damage done to other organs from the RA. There’s a promising RA vaccine that uses the patient’s own cells to more specifically target the problem that UQ is testing at the moment. I’m very hopeful about that.
      I also find it perplexing that the Tasmanian government wants to remove “wilderness” from the title. I thought that was the biggest selling point! Perhaps they think it sounds too rugged and daunting for people? Maybe they think something more civilised will be attractive. Seems a bit silly. I wonder if they have done any research about it.
      The traffic at Cordeaux is crazy these days. That is the most dangerous part of the walk I think! I hope you get to show Stephen one day and it’s not completely fogged over like last time you went (and heard creepy sounds as though someone was following you!)
      Thanks for reading and commenting. Happy hiking and cycling! 🙂

  21. A wonderful location well-photographed! Very sorry to hear about the arthritis- and I know exactly what you mean, expecting a bit of solitude but not finding it in such settings…perhaps there could be a 10-minute waiting timer at the top 🙂

    • Thank you for the lovely feedback. It’s very encouraging. I’m glad you enjoyed the photographs. A ten minute waiting timer actually sounds like a nice idea. At least you are assured of a little time to enjoy the top alone! Have a lovely weekend and thanks for visiting my blog. 🙂

  22. Love your photos; as I am also an avid hiker….when I move through your photos and read what you have written, I can imagine that I am on the hike, there in your beautiful land, where I have never been! I hope to visit there some day!

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