Monday, July 8, 2013

The Daintree rainforest

This weekend we took a drive up into the Daintree rain-forest, about an hour north of us.  We decided we don't go often enough, as we always feel so relaxed and renewed afterwards.  There are some lovely boardwalks to wander along.
 the fallen leaves and flowers were like confetti
I love how even the rocks have ferns and moss growing on them.
 Clearly no tree is harmed in the making of the boardwalk....
My favorite plant has to be the fan palms, and these fluted fan palms in particular, especially when the sun comes out and the light filters through.


My least favorite plant is the wait-a-while - its hooks get entangled in your clothes and skin  delaying your progress in a painful way

I prefer to decide on my own when to stop and breathe in the foresty air and listen to the birds.  Do you have a lovely natural area close by you where you can go and unwind and enjoy nature?

15 comments:

  1. The Daintree is a special place. You are so fortunate to live so close to such a wonderful part of our world. and I love your photo of the light through the fan palms

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    1. Roz,
      I always feel so relaxed up there. We went to a lovely restaurant with friends as well - so blessed we are!

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  2. That's a gorgeous photo of the fan palm! What a treasure this rainforest is for you. We have a temperate rainforest here in Washington state, and we get moss and ferns growing on the rocks too.

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    1. Alison,
      I think they are my favorites! There used to be a fan palm walk, but it was closed down. "( Imagine a whole forest walk of just fan palms - it was magical. I lived in LaConner WA at one stage and loved the green all around, but the lack of sunshine was hard to take!

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  3. I've been to the Daintree forest though it was so very long ago. I remember it was a very nice place.

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    1. Joyful,
      Glad you had that experience.

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  4. We have quite a few gullies and natural areas that have been developed as tourist areas, however I prefer the rustic undeveloped kind.
    They're all a couple of miles from my house but still not more than a hour away.
    My friends and I do take advantage of the natural beauty around us by hiking and trekking every so often.
    Your Daintree rainforest reminds me of our Welchman Hall Gully.
    I've never seen boardwalks made with hole allowances for the trees to grow through.....very interesting.

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    1. Virginia,
      I must say that I like these boardwalks - you can see what you are about to step on - lol! It gives me a good feeling to see that they don't even cut the trees to put the boardwalk in!

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  5. That is so beautiful :). Are those flowers on the boardwalk from Brachychitons? The look like they are :). I would love to be able to go somewhere like that and just soak up the beauty of the Daintree. I guess we Aussies are so lucky to have so much nature left for us to wander :) Cheers for sharing this lovely post. Those wait-a-whiles are like our wild roses on steroids!

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    1. I am not sure what those little flowers are - there are tons of them, I thought they were the calyx from a flower, but you might be right. Kurrajong it is also called. When the wind blows they fall like confetti from way up high - just lovely :)

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  6. Interesting.....had not heard of Daintree before. My kind of bushwhacking...on a boardwalk. :0) Is the wait-a-while a rattan? Looks a bit like something I saw in Borneo. aloha

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    1. Stellamarina,
      Yes my daughter and I got lost bushwacking without a boardwalk in Borneo and the only things to hang onto were wait-a-whiles - nasty stuff!

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  7. It's such a beautiful area of the world isn't it! :)

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    1. Lorraine,
      Yes we are so lucky to live here.

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