The season has changed. The distinct fresh bite in the morning air is gone. The sun rises earlier. The air is more humid and it’s definitely hotter. But there remains a cooling afternoon breeze so the weather is still perfect for taking a walk.
At first glance the coastal woodlands near my home seem sparse and without colour; nothing could be further from the truth.
I headed out for my walk and my iPod went flat so I was forced to take a slower more observant pace as I headed out along the track. I have always found the patterns of nature amazing; the curvature of a leaf as it unfurls, the crackled texture of bark or the discoloration of foliage as a plant dies . . .
I was able to relish in the sight of kapok flowers, grevillea combs, turkey bush and pandanus; all bursting with colour which I struggled to capture in my photo essay. I also saw a bower bird’s nest and many green ant nests which had neatly stuck leaves together for shelter, many brightly coloured parrots and a spectacular golden orb spider . . .
This walking track which is less than a kilometre from my home is rich in colour, sound and diversity. Having my iPod working wouldn’t have meant I would have missed it but I would not have been as immersed in it. I was forced to take the time to observe and wonder. I was doing the tropical equivalent of stopping to ‘smell the roses’.
The best part was that I didn’t see another person!
What has slowed you down recently? What part of your environment caught your eye?