Updated: Feb 13
The young forest is cool. The swamp turpentine and the flooded gums fight for the light forming a protective canopy. The forest ferns love the shade too, flourishing this close to the creek. The path winds through the trees following the creek.
After the 2012 fire the whole area has regrown. You can see here the aftermath of the fire in the same forest.
The white-necked heron, here with wings outstretched, arrived after some much needed rain put water in the wetland a day after the fire.
The forest ferns recover quickly if there is rain. The poison peach is fast growing and copes well in the dappled light, quickly filling the intermediate heights under the larger trees.