One last glimpse of the creek – the turquoise water, the rich vegetation, the abundant bird and fish life, the serenity…
I saw a few canoeists along this stretch of water. Some of them took it very easy indeed.
The pontoon was generally bereft of swimmers, because Queenslanders are chickens when it comes to swimming in cool water.
It was so serene and pretty that I had to get out my sketch book.
Walking through the bamboo grove, you could pretend that you were in China.
A few more steps takes you beneath the palms, and you could be in some Saharan oasis.
A few steps further takes you to the creek and the lilypads. Could this be a tropical version of Monet’s garden?
But once you step out of the grove, and see the strands of white gums, you know exactly where you are.
Even though it was a bright and brilliant day, it’s always cool and dark in the grove.
The strands of bamboo in the grove had been put to good use.
The creek itself looked very inviting.
But there were also interesting things to look at beside the creek. This flower looks to be a weed, but it was pretty nonetheless.
And in the shade, I saw what seemed to be an old midden, going by the buried shells. The creek looked to be a resting place from way back.
We are going to revisit the creek at Adels Grove, this time in daylight.
As you can see, on a sunny day it’s a gorgeous place to be.
Those termite mounds are amazing. I can’t get enough of them.
But the sun was quickly setting, as it does in mid-winter, even this far north.
The shadows encroached further.
Until the sun disappeared over the horizon.
And sunlight disappeared from the plains.
The termite mounds really come into their own at this time of the day.
In this light, they remind me both of ancient standing stones, or a Martian landscape.
The moon rising behind made it an extra special sight.
Aside from termite mounds, there were some unusual grevilleas growing there.
These grevilleas seemed to only grow on rocky, sandy hillsides. We didn’t find them on the plains. They were certainly wild and pretty in the golden light.
One evening, we ventured out to Sunset Hill, just a kilometre from Adels Grove, to watch the sunset.
From the hill top, we could the termite mounds like sentinels, scrub, trees, and the sandstone escarpment in the distance.