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Tasmania – Mount Arthur

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On the Saturday before last we decided to climb Mt Arthur — one of the peaks visible from our window, and about half an hours drive from Launceston. It was a lovely walk — about 8 hours. We explored a side trail that led to one side of the peak, and then backtracked and went on the regular track to the top. We had our lunch sitting on the verandah of a small fire-spotting station. The vegetation on the way up was magical — a real enchanted forest feel with lichen and moss covering almost every branch and stone, and the sun lit it up all gold and green. Fantastic!

A striking feature for me was mounds of lichen growing along the ground, quite large, like alien ground coral reefs. Very interesting to see.

Fiddleheads - Ferns on Mt Arthur

Fiddleheads - Ferns on Mt Arthur

Fungi (about 2.5cm long) - Mount Arthur

Fungi (about 2.5cm long) - Mount Arthur

Lichen on Mt Arthur

Lichen on Mt Arthur

View from the East Side of Mt Arthur

View from the East Side of Mt Arthur

Brett standing near the Cairn at the top of Mt Arthur

Brett standing near the Cairn at the top of Mt Arthur

All pictures taken with our new camera.

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November 5th, 2009 at 8:28 am

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Mt Magog to Mt Talyuberlup

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Mt Magog on the left, Mt Talyuberlup on the RightThe day after my birthday we decided to revist a hike we did around the same time in 2007: climb Mt. Magog in the Stirling Ranges, and then trek across the ridge to Mt. Talyuberlup, and then down to the road, and back along to the Mt. Magog carpark.

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July 25th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

Porongorups – Nancy Peak Circuit

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Brett on the peak, leaning nochalantly against a rock

Brett on the peak, leaning nochalantly against a rock

Out and about again on Sunday; this time returning to the Porongurups (small mountain range between Albany and the Stirling Range), and doing the Nancy Peak circuit. You can go either direction; this time we opted to start in the East-ish side, which climbs into forest with tall trees and healthy looking regrowth since a fire a few years ago. There were strong gusty winds on the the peak, which has the common granite boulders typical of the area. We enjoyed a cup of tea and watched twin banks of heavy cloud roll over the Albany township to the South, and the Stirling Ranges to the North. Then we were off again, down again and around onto a wide track large enough to accomodate vehicles. Walk took about two hours.

Quite a lot of fungi about, but didn’t go mad photographing them this time … sometimes it is nice just to walk!

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June 29th, 2009 at 9:23 am

Little Grove to Sandpatch Loop

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Brett and a fungusStaying at home during severe weather and enjoying hot chocolate while relaxing in front of a heater would be the sensible thing to do, so we decided to venture out and revisit the Little Grove to Sandpatch walk we did in June of last year (the write up is yet another victim of the Server Crash of ‘09).

The walk takes us round from Little Grove (on the harbour) across the Torndirrup Peninsula to Sandpatch (the location of the Albany wind farm), and around in a loop. Most of it is comprised of the Bibbulumun track, which is well signposted and maintained. We started the walk at 10:00 and finished about 14:30; and it’s about 20 km all told.

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June 26th, 2009 at 11:50 am

Kalgan River

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The Kalgan RiverOn Saturday we decided to do the Luke Pen Walk along the Kalgan River. Every time I’ve been to the Kalgan, I’ve been struck by how beautiful it is. The water is often clear and very reflective, and the bushland appears relatively unspoiled (bar some weed encroachment from neighboring farmland).

April and June are fantastic if you’re interested in fungi. Last year I uploaded photographs of Honey Fungus, Scotsmans Beard, a violet bolete, and some small fungi with bright red caps. One of those photographs placed in the Albany Show in the “plants” category. Unfortunately, the server crash in February wiped that post. However, the Kalgan River once again did not dissapoint, and we chanced across some interesting specimens …

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June 17th, 2009 at 12:47 pm