We went seeking our favourite walk in the Pinus radiata
plantation only to find the whole forest razed to the ground
and an uninspiring hill of stumps left. Somewhat daunted
we drove to our mushrooming spot only to find KEEP OUT
signs and Falling Tree warnings. There was heavy machinery
resting among the rows. Thank goodness it was the first day
of the year and even the loggers had a holiday.
Braving the prohibition signs and warnings that we were being
watched, we entered this sunlit cathedral of trees and breathed
in its warm fragrance feeling bereft that within a week or two
this too would be lost to us. There was birdsong all around us
but the trees stood silently fearful.
birds would lose their homes. An ecosystem built up over
40 years would be no more.
had surfaced and dried in the scorching sumer sun.
families of witchetty grubs, to sit and contemplate and try to
catch at least one of the multitude of butterflies in my sights.
So onward into the unknown, where will we find such places to
walk in so close to home?
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