Seasonal Almanac

Cold dew: Sparrows enter the water and turn into clams (4 of 5)

April 14th, 2009

Cold dew 9 of 15Bibbulmun Track is a 956km walking trail that stretches from Kalamunda, in East of Perth, to Albany, in the South-west corner of the state. Along the walk trail, huts and rain-water tanks are placed roughly every 20km (every 10km for the first 160km from Kalamunda), where hikers can camp overnight and refresh their water supplies.

Sullivan Rock is situated at the edge of the Monadnocks Conservation Park. It is accessed from the Albany about 30km outside of Armadale. A ‘monadnock’ is an isolated rock formation of high terrain surrounded by relatively level surrounds, but these Monadnocks are actually part of the Darling Range (in reality – a low escarpment).

Sullivan Rock rises from a relatively flat area and intersects with the Bibblumun about 1km from the road. The vegetation changes dramatically from lichen on rocks to open forests. Crevice dragon lizards (Ctenophorus oranus) of a range of sizes can be seen darting about on the warm rocks. The gradient of the track increases rapidly as we ascend Mount Vincent. The trail then descends 100m into a forested saddle before rising again to Mount Cuthbert. The first time we walked this trail with Margaret, we camped just outside the Monadnocks campsite (as the site itself was filled with boy scouts), which is 4km beyond the summit of Mount Cuthbert.

The daywalk today took us to top of Mount Vincent where we enjoyed the encompassing views of the range with our tuna-mayo sandwiches, fruit, chocolate biscuits and, of course, cups of tea made with Margaret’s pocket rocket.

One Response to “Cold dew: Sparrows enter the water and turn into clams (4 of 5)”

  1. 1 Lucas
    April 26th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    beautiful photo jo. it looks like an old “magenta-damaged” 16mm film from the 1970s!