Daintree Rainforest

Daintree Rainforest
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“There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more.”

- Lord Byron

 

I spent a week in Cairns one afternoon. To borrow a line from What’s Rangoon to you is Grafton to me.   I woke up in Carnarvon Gorge about twenty five years ago.  It had been a strange day the previous day. Was my birthday and I had spent the day sitting in a waterhole escaping the heat.  A large boar walked through camp followed an hour later by a couple of dogs and a man with a gun.

He was part of the national park team removing the pigs.  But nether the less I found it highly disturbing.  When I woke up the next day I had this incredible urge to go to Cairns.   

So I got up and packed up camp.  Walked 15 kms back to the car, and had another camp to pack up.  Then start driving.  Two full days of driving later I was there.  I had no idea how far it was going to be.   

Over that week, I wandered and photographed.  Came away with five or six nice photographs.  That was using film and large format.  A fruitful trip.  Yet one I wish to revisit soon, but in winter or in the wet season.  Visit Ron and Judy, and really explore Daintree.

I must dive into the Carnarvon Gorge transparencies.  See what’s there.  Do you know I have a fridge full of exposed 4 x 5 inch film still to be processed.  

Canarvon Gorge needs a revisit too.  I can see a road trip in Queensland in my future.

Cyan and I are near Narooma now.  Wandering slowly. Reading lots.  Enjoying each day.   

Ferns at Daintree Rainforest, near Cairns.  Photograph and text copyright © Len Metcalf 2019

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