Dalrymple Creek

Around 24 million years ago a giant shield volcano dominated much of South-east Queensland, Australia. Over millions of years most of it has eroded away, though some of the remaining  slopes can be found on the western flank. Here a mixture of rainforest and Sclerophyll forests can be found depending on altitude and topography. Several national parks including World Heritage areas help protect this landscape.

Access is limited to established walking trails, though at times these are little more than a thread of a beaten path through the vegetation. The region is drained by several creeks, including Dalrymple Creek, which is timelessly cutting its way through the ancient basalt at the start of its journey that will end with its waters emptying into the Southern Ocean, 2,000 km away.

This bend in the creek is highlighted by shafts of Autumn sunlight .

Dalrymple Creek, Queensland

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Coral Tooth Fungi

This delicate and rare Coral Tooth Fungi Or Comb Tooth (Hericium coralloides) has only been recorded in 24 places in Australia. This magnificent specimen was found in Queensland’s Main Range World Heritage Area after a long and arduous walk.

Evidently the young fungus is edible, but it would be a shame to damage such a delicate organism. Each ‘tooth’ is is less than a centimetre long.

Coral tooth fungi

 

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Rainforest pool

An island of remnant forest nestles securely high above the surrounding plain. This is the Bunya Mountains, home to the Bunya Pine, a mighty tree that has links back to the Jurassic Period.

The mountains, more hills to those familiar with true mountains, provides a safe refuge for a wide variety of plant and animal species and owing to their place within otherwise flat country, attracts clouds and rainfall significantly higher than that nearby at lower altitudes.

This allows year-round streams to flow and provides delightful and restful scenes such as this.

mountain pool

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Three orange stones

From the starting point atop the Great Dividing Range on Australia’s Eastern fringe, the location of this photograph is close to civilisation, yet quite inaccessible. The three kilometre walk  descends around 350 metres and the decline traverses remnant layers of volcanic basalt and tuft rock that was deposited by a giant shield volcano. The walk  culminates in a creek bed that cuts through  sandstone that was deposited over 200 million years ago, or well before the age of the great dinosaurs.

Hidden under a moist overhang, these three colourful  rocks, oddly coloured and emerging from an overhang within the watercourse made a striking contrast to the surrounding dark rock gravel. The stones are based on clay, the result of millions of years of breakdown in the granite.

three orange rocks in stream bed

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Orange mushroom – part opened

Thrusting its way through straw mulch, this determined tiny mushroom makes a statement about reaching its goal. Short-lived, the cap will open and turn dark brown before the sun sets. The next rain will see more orange fungi emerge for their brief exposure to the ‘topside’ world.

This image provides a delicate yet striking glow suitable for many hanging opportunities around the home or office.

photogragraph of cute small orange mushroom

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Orange mushroom

Emerging after rain and lasting only a day, these small mushrooms are found in the garden beds of the parks near my home. Even though this image was captured just a few hours after sun-up, already the cap is showing signs of age, which adds to the feeling of delicacy.

Delicate orange mushroom photo

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Pandanas fruit on beach

The iconic tree for beaches north from the mid-north coast of NSW, Australia and across the northern tropical coastline, the pandanas is a hardy tree that tolerates beachfront locations.

Providing a basic food source when specially prepared, the seeds of the tree are equally hardy. Turning a glowing orange when ripe, they drop to the ground where in many locations this is close enough for high tides to take the seeds for potential colonisation in far-flung places.

This particular fruit segment is washed by the high tide in Pumicestone Passage, Queensland.

Pandanas fruit on beach

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Sentinals and the boardwalk

These four sentinels rise from the water to offer protection for the the pond-side boardwalk. The image features a pleasing grain effect and makes an amazing feature when framed with white mat and black frame. Perfect for creating a strong visual element in any room.

Photos of boardwalk trees in black and white

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Barnacle on a beach

Creatures of wild and exposed rocks and also known to adhere to ships and whales, the discovery of of a barnacle ‘shell’ is an uncommon find.

This example exhibits a pleasing range of pastel purples. It is the first in a  series of Foreshore images.

Photo of a barnacle on a beach

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Kookaburra in tree

Almost as iconic of Australia as the kangaroo, the kookaburra forms a close link to the bush even in urban areas. At times, if you get close, they seem to connect with you, even across space and time through the magic of photography. If you want to connect, no matter where you are, now you can.

kookaburra photo

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