|Footprints from yesterday|
We said goodbye to Dave and headed towards the creek where large flat rocks spread out across the entire creek, inviting us to cross to the eastern bank. It was lovely to be on this side of the creek, away from the bike path with a view of the rocky escarpments.
The common reed was growing high and wide and we quite often found ourselves totally immersed in them. the creek arched around and became quite swampy, and as we approached Mahoneys Rd (and the Ring Rd) I began to wonder if we would find a place to cross.
We began to smell smoke and at first thought it might be the salami factory, but then we remembered that Katrina had said that Wurundjeri and MCMC would possibly be doing an ecological burn on this day.
We pressed on along the eastern bank, the blackberries increased, as did large rubbish and the closeness of the factories. Eventually we found a place to cross - Tony had assured us that we would. It was slightly hairy, with what looked like a slippery rock in the centre of the channel about 15cm below the water. Lesley thought that after yesterday's fall perhaps I was making the wrong decision! But with a large stick in our hand we managed to have extra balance and the three of us made it across without incident.
Once under the Mahoney's and Ring Rd bridges we were on the bike path proper. Where we could we kept to the creek, but already we could feel the pull of closely built housing. Backyards, and sometimes even houses spread almost down to the ascent of the bank. One imagined that in places buildings must lie well within the flood zone.
|Western Ring Road|
We wandered down to the burn after lunch and chatted with everyone about our walk. We set off again via the recently charred grass, my gaiters now reveal the traces of the burn and our walk through this patch. A little further on my friend David Nash sent me an aerial photograph with our current GPS position on it. When we got home and looked at it carefully we noticed a rhomboidal shaped burn. This is the patch they burnt last year. Today the section to the left of the rhomboid was burnt. It is interesting how the apparent accuracy of web-based aerial photography and satellite imagery can actually merge different moments creating relationships between past and present, or perhaps a new idea of time and space.
Last day tomorrow, can't believe how fast the week has gone.
|David's aerial photograph of last years burn and our location at 1.30 today.|
|Tony approaching the burn.|
|More Bidgee Widgees|
|Murray Road Bridge|
|Harding St Bridge, nearly home.|
|Gaiters - ash from the burn and Bidgee Widgee|
|Gaiters and todays collection (fennel, box thorn berries, gum leaves...)|