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Leader – Julie

2012-08-11 West Canungra CreekOur nominated Leader, Colin was sick today so I (Julie) sort of got nominated to take his place place but I had help from Paul and Tristan and others as well.

There were 11 of us walking today and we left from O’Reillys just on 9am. We had some visitors and a new walker and some of our usual walkers who have been away joined us today and so conversation was running hot, catching up on all that had happened since they last walked.

We had morning tea at Yerralahla (Blue Pool) It was lovely sitting on the rocks in the sun but was a bit cramped with another group down below us.  This is a lovely walk that follows Canungra Creek for part of it and so we hear the water a lot and see a lot of beautiful waterfalls.

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We had lunch at Yanbacoochie Falls which was another beautiful spot for sitting on the rocks in the sun. Didn’t see any good Fungi today as not the time of the year but we saw a lot on this walk when I led it in November 2010 when we also saw some Blue Crayfish. It was very wet on that walk and very slippery and so we had to go quite slowly in parts.  The track was a lot different this time and so we made good time. Saw and heard quite a few birds today. Saw some lovely little Yellow Eastern Robins and heard some Lyrebirds.

We had our refreshments at The Outpost Café at Canungra and another chat. We’d had another good day, a lovely walk, walking with good company and in good weather, even if it was a bit chilly - Julie

 

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Why does attentiveness to nature matter? In a very fundamental sense, we are what we pay attention to. Paying heed to beauty, grace, and everyday miracles promotes a sense of possibility and coherence that runs deeper and truer than the often illusory commercial, social "realities" advanced by mainstream contemporary culture. ... Our attention is precious, and what we choose to focus it on has enormous consequences. What we choose to look at, and to listen to--these choices change the world. As Thich Nhat Hanh has pointed out, we become the bad television programs that we watch. A society that expends its energies tracking the latest doings of the celebrity couple is fundamentally distinct from one that watches for the first arriving spring migrant birds, or takes a weekend to check out insects in a mountain stream, or looks inside flowers to admire the marvelous ingenuities involved in pollination. The former tends to drag culture down to its lowest commonalities; the latter can lift us up in a sense of unity with all life. The Way of Natural History, edited by Thomas Lowe Fleischner and published by Trinity University Press (Texas)