the warrumbungles revisited

In January 2013 the Warrumbungles was devastated by severe bush fires.  The landscape was in tatters.  Visiting there in July 2013 was sad indeed, although there were signs of recovery as this earlier post shows.

In going to the Warrumbungles in July this year there was indeed a changing, growing post fire landscape.  Sadly it will never be the same as before the fires.  One thing which is noticeable two years on is the quiet.  There are a few birds singing their way through the day, but not as many as you would expect in this once diverse landscape.

Nevertheless the Warrumbungles are not going to give up!


appreciating life’s gifts & rewards

The appreciation of life’s simple gifts and rewards will last you all year, unlike the gifts you may find under your tree today.

Here are 10 reflections on life’s gifts I have captured during the year.

1  Enjoying the company of your best friend

waiting for the waves to pick up

2  Soaking up the fresh air at the Hillbilly Hilton on the Noosa River

living on the noosa river

3  Falling in love again when you never thought you would 

falling in love again

4  Caring for someone or something who has lost their way and needs your helping hand

caring for something less fortunate

5  Strolling down a country backroad with a favourite person in your life

strolling down quiet country roads

6  Feeling the rush of the cool fresh water wash over your body from the Kondalilla Falls

feeling the spill of a waterfall

7  Blowing an air kiss across the room to someone you love

blowing a kiss to someone you love

8  Building a swing to share with others near Lake Weyba

building your own swing













9 Standing back and admiring your Mum and being grateful for all she has done for you

standing back and admiring your Mum

10   Staying strong and recovering from adversity, no matter how harsh

recovery in the Warrumbungles

warrumbungles healing

you thought you could destroy me

in this January just gone

your licking flames and searing heat

panting for the signal of defeat

I did not surrender to your call

my strength is now returning

green tips are young and eager

birds upon my branches as yet so meagre

silence lingers in the ‘Bungles

no chirping chomping or chatter

no hikers campers or forest friends

until the day our nature mends

The Warrumbungles in north west New South Wales  (this map will help you locate the Warrumbungles) suffered devastating bushfires in January 2013. You can learn more about the bushfires  at this site.

Rains have come to the rescue and recovery is happening.  The silence on the walks is eerie, awaiting the return of the creatures to the Warrumbungles.

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