Forest Rejuvenation

Climate change appears to be a reality. In our drying climate the danger of bushfires seems to have increased not only in number but also in severity.  Yarloop was a little town devastated by bushfires in the Western Australian South West region a year ago.

Prescribed burning in the cooler winter months are conducted for the safety of people, the environment and animals. Burning reduces the amount of ground vegetation to decrease risk of bushfires that could cause greater damage later in the season. There is evidence that prescribed burning also helps to maintain biodiversity and assists with vegetation management. Fire may be important to the regeneration and rejuvenation of our bushland and forests.

I came across some prescribed burning in the Great Southern Karri Forests this winter and captured some images on my iPhone to create this little soundscape story of forest rejuvenation.

 

 

A Gnome Among the Gum Trees

RATING: 150 Frequent Bio Points *

Quinninup Eco Tourist Park

Great Southern Forests of Western Australia

Another Winter and yet another retreat to the great Karri forests of the South of WA. On the way out of a forest walk we came across two kangaroos that led us to an unexpected and dazzling display of hundreds of gnomes.

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The gnomes were displayed in many different settings…..

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…..and represented various local communities, families and towns….

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…and nationalties.

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A showcase of gnomes!

  • Not necessarily a natural setting, but at least it is in a natural environment and hopefully attracts people to visit the forests! 

Bibbulmun Track

Rating:  2000 Frequent Bio Points*

South West__0605The Bibbulmun Track is  world famous. It is a  long distance walk trail (one of the longest in the world), stretching 1000km from  the Perth Hills all the way down to Albany on the south coast.

The track winds through the scenic South West of Western Australia.

For the more seasoned and adventurous walkers there are shelters along the trail for overnight camping.

For the more casual walker  (who may prefer to stroll for an hour or two in scenic surroundings) the track is easily accessible in many places along the way.

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The track starts in the Darling Ranges and finishes at Albany on the south coast.

It passes through many towns such as Dwellingup, Collie, Balingup, Donnelly River, Pemberton, Northcliffe, Walpole and Denmark.

I spent a week or two exploring different sections of the trail starting at the picturesque Donnelly River and finishing up just past Walpole on the southern coast.

 

 

The Karri forests past Walpole were particularly pristine!

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Along the way I captured many different sounds of the forests.

I put these sounds together to create a Soundscape depicting a day in the forest from dawn to dusk. It is called Bibbulmun Cathedral and attempts to capture the spirit of the forest.

The bush walk is ever changing and at times breath taking, for example when you reach cliff-tops above the  Southern Ocean.

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This magnificent trail winds its way through diverse areas of natural and wild beauty; from jarrah forests to the giant karri and tingle trees.

 

 

You will come across a variety of flowers and trees, low-lying scrub heath lands, lakes and rivers.  There are very many mammals, reptiles and birds that thrive in these areas.

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Even just an hour or two on this track will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Highly Recommended!

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Smiths Beach

Magpie, cockatoos and surfSmiths Beach, Yalingup

Rating:  300 Frequent Bio Points*

Yalingup is a coastal surfing town located in the south west coast of Western Australia. 01e30d20a7267d6f84650c77942799acf46dd07eeb

It is along the Cape to Cape Walk  which starts at Cape Naturaliste near the magnificent coastline of Geographe Bay.

Smiths beach is a popular swimming spot with Resort style accommodation right on the beach.
Yalingup is part of the Margaret River’s famous wine making region.
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You are currently listening to Old Scruffy, a magpie that sings for his many visitors outside Canal Rocks Beach Resort.
The outdoor beach shower post provides an ideal platform for his operatic performances.
There are a variety of sea birds, local cockatoos and kangaroos that frequent the area.
Apart from the beautiful swimming beaches there are stunning ocean views a short walk away along the Cape Cape Trail
Yalingup is an easy 3 hour drive down from Perth and we spent a very pleasant few days at Smiths beach, enjoying swimming in the crystal clear waters and breath taking walks along the coast. February is usually very warm and dry but we came across some very unusual weather patterns while we were here.
Prior to our leaving Perth, this amazing cloud band (taken  at Peters Pool Cottesloe) was a portend of things to come!
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A low pressure tough from the humid tropics of Northern Western Australia can form cyclonic weather there. In this case it created a rain depression that traveled all the way down to the South West, causing unseasonably humid and wet weather and flooding in some places.
It also presented us with amazing sunsets as can be seen in this picture of my mother and I walking along the coastline one evening. We felt like we were on the edge of the planet Mars looking out at the universe (and everything)!
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