We descended from the wet forest into the sunlight and the vegetation changed. We moved out from a forest of large trees.
We moved into a lower scrubby vegetation and occasional pools of water. Clearly there was a great deal of ground water everywhere so having a track was something to be thankful for.
Then we continued onto the occasional length of duckboards and into comparatively open country.
The variations, in the way the vegetation seemed to sculpt the landscape, were surprising. I had not thought previously that the hills and dales of a landscape are flattened or made more extreme by the type of plants, the thickness or openness of their structures, heights, textures and colours. The shape and nature of the underlying geology is transformed by the living organisms that grow from within and above it.We stepped over wombat droppings.Our little trek was incredibly pleasant with the sun on our shoulders.
Eventually we turned and retraced our steps. All the hard 5 days of walking to Port Davey were much further ahead, and we were not equipped to take that trip.