Around the Bluff

Day two of my two hour walk plan. Where to today? I set off, again towards Bellerive Village but this time passing down closer to the waters’ edge of Kangaroo Bay.  From there I plodded casually around Bellerive Bluff until I reached Howrah Beach, then I turned inland and walked along suburban streets. So what did I see and what did I think?

I started out on an overcast day. From Kangaroo Bay I looked towards the mountain and then back towards the bay shoreline.

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I looked down into the Bay at the clear water with its surface dimples, and wondered if I would be lucky enough to see dolphins. Alas not today.

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The fresh growth on a wattle and a casuarina tree arrested my attention.  Must have been caused by the recent rains followed by occasional warm days.

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The painterly quality of the bark strips on a few of the eucalypt trees were particularly colourful in the range of browns and siennas.

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In the grass, I passed a marker indicating I reached Bellerive Bluff.

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Soon after I looked across a weathered sandstone terrace and noted the empty mussel shells clustered in depressions within the rock surface.

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Somebody had thoughtfully reminded me I was walking where once the eminent scientist Charles Darwin had walked. He was in the vicinity during February 1836.

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I was impressed with the activity of the Landcare team for Bellerive Bluff. A considerable number of trees and shrubs have been planted to stabilise the soil after thickets of weeds and exotic plants had been removed.

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As I neared the Howrah Beach, while still atop a hill, I looked down and loved the simplicity of the land meeting the water of the Derwent River.

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Finally the length of Howrah Beach showed itself edged with lacy waves still moving in and out.

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As I returned home via the Bellerive Boardwalk I surprised a gathering of ducks, before moving on to pass by the Bellerive Marina.

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This was a soft, gentle walk that fitted appropriately with the soft grey skies.  Naturally pleasant.  A series of wonderful calming moments.

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