mystery

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venus pool

no rhyme or reason

where it flows

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This pond where water begins accumulating high in Gariwerd is known as The Venus Pool overflows into the beginnings of a river and trickles off towards Halls Gap. After a heavy downpour a few years ago the business centre of the town where the creek flow throughs was seriously flooded. There are lots of mysteries up here in the gap where it all begins.

This is my double contribution to RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge 111-Rhyme & Reason. You can access all the incredible poetic contributions to Ron’s challenge on his site at https://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/2016/08/22/ronovanwrites-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-111-rhymereason/

And secondly to the 52 week PHOTO CHALLENGE, with RIVER this weeks word challenging a talented group of photographers from across the globe. Visit this challenge at https://daffodilwild.wordpress.com/photo-challenge/ and find this weeks sharing on Wild Daffodil’s Home page.

paths to adventure

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risk a life

path of adventure

boys challenge

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take your time

life is everywhere

bush path

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Two paths we have recently strolled. The first is at Black Rock where a steep path leads down to the bay and branches left and right. Straight ahead is usually very wet but what a challenge for boys on bikes especially when taunted by an official sign. On a similar path  further along the coast Jill and I were chased by a Tiger snake hurling itself off the wall straight at us as we walked up.

The second is at Gariwerd / Grampians National Park. This bush track is leading out to the lake View Lookout. This young Kangaroo was enjoying a snack.

These two haiku are my offerings for RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge 92 Life&Path where all types of haiku responses can be read click here https://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/2016/04/11/ronovanwrites-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-92-lifepath/  and also to the engaging co – hosted 52 week photo challenge week 15 PATH, viewed at Wild daffodil https://daffodilwild.wordpress.com/photo-challenge/

lunchtime

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cockatoo

expecting some lunch

impatient

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Brambuk is an indigenous cultural centre on the Southern outskirts of Halls Gap. It is the best place to begin an exploration of Gariwerd national park.  Jill was participating in a national textiles forum/workshop and her workplace was at Brambuk. Every morning for a week I would drop her off and plan my morning of hikes, haiku and photography from here. Then late morning I would return for a coffee and cake . By this time the resident wild but very tame Sulphur Crested Cockatoo gang would be waiting for their share of tourist offerings. Tame, as in walking up to the plate you are eating cake from , picking up the fork and throwing it on the ground, hoping to steal some food as one bent down to retrieve the fork. I guess this friendly behaviour was encouraged by the staff who fed them bird pellets and conversed with each one according to their name. To give them credit this table in the second photo was their table and they all waited to be served there.The polite birds each had a chair, the rest lacking manners sat on the table. After their snack they would check out anyone else eating. In an earlier post featuring this species I mentioned the beak is  quite lethal, I have known people to almost lose a finger . Conversely these lovelies would delicately take pellets from cafe staff fingers. I threw my offerings onto a chair. At times there were flocks of these cockatoos  numbering in the dozens flying around Halls Gap. The drought was not impacting on their lifestyle.

past walks

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gazing down

from lakeview lookout

memories

This scene shows Lake Bellfield at the Northern end of Gariwerd. If you look carefully you will see a small settlement and caravan park on the creek below the wall of the dam.  Three years ago we stayed in a house there and each morning I would walk with Charlie up to the dam and along the top of the wall. This is where Charlie saw her first deer and I was amazed her genetic imprint immediately knew what they were and what she was supposed to do with them. IT took all my strength to restrain her.

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autumn haze 

softens the landscape

lookout views

Swinging around this scene looks down towards Halls Gap, where only a year ago Charlie enjoyed many short walks around the town and became slightly used to seeing Kangaroos up close. Legend has it 2 old blokes walk up from the town to this lookout and back down again every day. I did not see them but quite a few other walkers were struggling on fairly even surfaces.

relaxing

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feral stag

interrupted dream

safe for now

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Deer are not native to Australia. Along with many other birds, animals and insects they were introduced by the British invaders mainly for nostalgia, hunting or to eradicate some other introduced species. The first deer were brought from India early in the C19th and released for hunting. Unfortunately they moved quickly into mountainous areas  like the Alps in North East and East Victoria and NSW and at Gariwerd in Western Victoria and bred like rabbits. This is a real Monarch of the Glen scene  ironical that it is in the Grampians,        ( Gariwerd) as named by the early Scottish explorer Mitchell . Deer do quite a deal of damage to the foliage and topsoil in the mountains. However cattle and sheep have destroyed much more of the country since their introduction. Usually deer  are timid and flee as they are not guaranteed longevity in national parks. I was amazed at the apparent tameness of this one only about 10 metres from us on a walking track. It was difficult to see him against the foliage, other people walked past us and did not see the deer. He was in the creek and enjoying a rub down against the tree. I think he is beautiful and do hope he is safe.

kookaburra

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no laughing

kookaburra sits

just watching

The Laughing Kookaburra is a large kingfisher. They are renowned for catching and eating snakes and other reptiles as well as other bird fledglings. They have a loud and slightly chilling call that sounds like a mad person cackling, hence the name. They are quite fearless of people , security coming from being near the top of the food chain. This bird was sitting beside a walking track in the national park I took early one morning. I suspect it was watching for breakfast.

kangaroo

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kangaroo

seeking tasty ferns

dawn breakfast

A certain indicator of the drought was the small number of kangaroos around Halls Gap township at the northern end of Gariwerd national park. We were up here at the same time last year and there were mobs of kangaroos everywhere. On the property where we stayed there were over 100 roos. Walking Charlie was challenging then as her hunting instincts were aroused everywhere we went. This year I saw 6 roos at the same property. At Halls Gap the kangaroos have come into the town to eat watered grass and for drinking.  This large male was beside a bush track  and ignored me. People have to always be wary of large males especially in the mating season.

lost in time

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mountain plan

lifted from the earth

eroding

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This is my contribution to  RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge  88 Lift & Plan. See many more creative interpretations of these challenge words as haiku at https://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/2016/03/14/ronovanwrites-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-88-liftplan/

Last week I was able to walk  in the these ancient mountains and will post more haiku/images in the next couple of days.

 Gariwerd  to the Djab warring and Jardwadjali people for thousands of years, named The Grampians by a C19th Scottish explorer, now a Victorian national park and again known as  Gariwerd. This mountain range was formed  around 500 million years ago in a tectonic collision and then re shaped in another  about 400 million years later.

See my post from an earlier visit to Gariwerd at https://haikuhound.wordpress.com/2015/07/05/gariwerd/

charming feathers

springtime look

bird like charm

contagious

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the charm of springtime

is the look of affection 

birds have for each other

Image 1 is a pair of Crested Pigeons that arrive in our yard every morning to be fed before they explore the neighbourhood. These birds pair up and seem to stay together for life. They rarely leave each other’s sight. Very charming.

Image 2 A pair of endangered Swift parrots who regularly adopt this charming pose  for photographic workshops held by the renowned Ecologist and Nature Photographer Chris Tzaros. An Australian version of the Norwegian Blue made famous by Monty Python.

Image 3 Three of the infamous Lorne naughty pack. The Victorian seaside resort of Lorne is well known for the overfamiliar, overfed, demanding Sulphur Crested Cockatoos who terrorise  and destroy property if they are not treated kindly.

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charming bird

beak cuts to the bone

looks can fool

Another Sulphur Crested Cockatoo at the Grampians, (Gariwerd) National Park. This bird and its mates had similar characteristics to the Lorne mob. They expect humans to feed them and chew up buildings, furniture, fittings and anything else if not appeased. The beaks are incredibly strong and one needs to be careful not to get too friendly. These birds were once very popular pets in Australia even given the tendency to mutilate hands. They were often used as watchdogs, (birds) on rural properties as they are easy to be trained to talk and could scream abuse that would scare off intruders . One big disadvantage is they can live to 70-90 years and relatives would often inherit a bird with provisos in the will.

These are my  3 contributions to  RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge 75 Charm&Look. To experience the artistic interpretations of this challenge in its various forms from an international array of poets visit
https://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/2015/12/14/ronovanwrites-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-74-charmlook/