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2019-09-28 BurleighWalkers: Julie C, Joy, Paul

Distance: circa 10.0k

Only 3 walkers today but it was a lovely day for "walking and talking"!

We set off from Kevin Gates Park at 8 am and walked out to the rock wall. We then walked around past the Caravan park and did our walk the opposite way to what we usually did so as to get the open bit over and done with before it got too hot.

We did the Wetland Trail and the Coastal Forest Loop at the Elanora Wetlands Reserve and Paul spotted a lovely Kingfisher that flew high up in a tree. I did manage to get a good photo of it. We then walked over the foot bridge and decided to have a coffee at the cafe and Joy and I also had a yummy muffin.

We walked through the boardwalk that goes past David Fleays and then along Tallebudgera Creek and back down to where Paul and I had parked our cars. We had our lunch near the creek at Kevin Gates Park and enjoyed watching what was going on around us. A storm was brewing and we left just in time to go to our cars as it then bucketed down for a short time. Was a good day with good company! Sorry don't know how far we walked but it was "just right" anyway. Julie Cullen

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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)