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The Knoll Section – Tambourine NP

View over Canungra Valley with Wedged Tailed Eagle

View over Canungra Valley with Wedged Tailed Eagle

Recently we had a most pleasant day walking in The Knoll section of Mt Tambourine National Park. It is always wonderful to be immersed in a forest but this forest had something more. The drive up was through pastures and forests resplendently green after recent rain, […]

Clarence Headland Lighthouse – Standing Tall and Elegant

Clarence Headland Lighthouse – tall and elegant

The Clarence Point lighthouse stands tall and elegant on Pilot Hill, Clarence Headland, Yamba New South Wales. It overlooks Turners Beach to the north (see panorama below), a disused quarry to the east and Yamba Beach to the south. The quarry provides an interesting insight into the […]

Waterfalls Cascades and Rock Pools – Out and About at Cedar Creek

Upper cascades and Falls at Cedar creek

Upper cascades and Falls at Cedar creek

Waterfalls, cascades, deep rock pools and the chance of a swim on a sunny day are the attractive features of the Cedar Creek section of Tambourine National Park south of Brisbane. Picnic areas with tables and barbeques under majestic Iron Barks, Grey Gums and Brush Boxes are […]

Lenticularis – a rare lens-shaped cloud formation

Rare lens shaped clouds in New Zealnd

Lens shaped clouds

Lenticularis is a rare lens-shaped cloud formation that occurs as a result of moist air flow around mountains. The name is obviously derived from its lens shape, which not unlike the stylised figure of a flying saucer.

These clouds can occur at all levels (high, medium or low) but the most […]

Epiphytes – Wonderful Garden Plants

Backlit Stag Horn Fern

Backlit Stag Horn Fern

Epiphytes are remarkable plants that have evolved to grow on the branches, trunks and leaves of other plants without deriving nourishment from their host plant. They make no contact with the soil. Moisture and nutrients are absorbed from the air and from the decay of accumulated humus, which includes animal […]

Volcanoes, Rivers and Landscapes

Mt Warning and Tweed Valley

The scenic landscapes of the Queensland New South Wales border region are the result of mountain building by volcanoes and erosion by several major river systems (rock cycle).

National parks gazetted over these landscapes with their graded walking tracks allow easy access to these scenic landscapes.

The Landscapes

Mt Warning and Tweed Valley

Duplicatus – A Rare Cloud Formation

Cirrostratus Duplicatus cloud

Cirrostratus Duplicatus cloud

Duplicatus is one of the rare clouds listed in the Cloud Collectors Handbook and is assigned 25 points + 15 bonus points in the collector’s scoring table. The name Duplicatus refers to a cloud formation of different layers.

The rarity of Duplicatus clouds is not due to occurence but to visibility.

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Possum on the Menu – Powerful Owls

Powerful Owl in tree

Powerful Owl

Powerful Owls (Ninox strenua) belong to the hawk owl group whose face is more hawk-like than the broad, rounded face traditionally associated with owls. It is large at 60-65 cm in length and adorned by stripped feathers. This species is an uncommon resident in eucalypt forests from the Dawson River in Queensland […]

Magnificent Trees – Figs

Ficus benjamina Anzac Park

Judy with a huge, spreading Ficus benjamina Anzac Park

Judy and I have met a lot of magnificent trees in our travels and it is difficult to choose a favourite group. I guess eucalypts are top of our list, but the one that takes the prize for a combination of tenacity and majesty are […]

A Day at the Beach – a Cloudspotters Joy 2

Clouds over Crrumbin Beach

Beautiful day one at Currumbin

This summer’s wet made a stay at the beach pretty miserable and not conducive to cloud spotting. Our first day was sunny conning us into believing the worst of the wet had passed. Alas the wet returned the next day, but there were a few days of clear weather […]