Ringlands Rainforest Track – Narooma 25 October 2020
Forest bathing or “Shinrin Yoku” is all about being in the presence of trees and incorporating gentle mindfulness exercises. I find forest bathing lowers my heart rate and blood pressure, reduces my stress levels as well as adding some good chi to my immune system.
The Ringland Bay rainforest track is an excellent short walk to get your senses back in tune with nature. The walk follows the shore of the Wagonga Inlet, it is not a loop walk so can be started at either the Shell Point or Flying Fox Bay end. The rainforest is located at the Flying Fox Bay end. This is also a dog-friendly walk.
These masked lapwings nest in the yard next door every year. Hopefully, their second attempt at parenthood this spring will have a better outcome. The earlier brood fell victim to the neighbor’s cat. Mr. takes parenting seriously starting work on the new family the day after the massacre.
Foxglove and Co is located in the pituresque village Central Tilba, on the far south coast of NSW, just south of Narooma.
Spring was in full swing when I visited, azalias, camilias, bearded irisus and wisteria were all in bloom. Dozens of Lewins honey eaters perched on the pergolas and drank from the irrigation hoses. This garden has a wimisical old English feel to it, with lots of hidden treasures. The pathways are wheelchair friendly well graded and not too steep. I spent a delightful hour and a half wandering around taking photos and chatting to the owners.
I had last visited this garden about 20 years ago when it was called Foxglove Spires and owned by the Southam family. Now, the cafe and gift shops have been converted into luxury accommodation, a sign of the times I suppose. Foxglove and Co like many other local businesses, were just getting over the drought, summer bushfires when Covid-19 impacted tourism numbers in the area.
Connecting with the natural world, helps me through difficult times.
I have had a Canon Macro 100mm 1:28 lens in the cupboard for several years and hardly used it. Previous attempts to master it were disappointing. So the challenge for the coming weeks is to improve my photography using this lens. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
We have been on level 3 of the Coronavirus lockdown for a few weeks now. In NSW, Australia this means only going out to exercise, to shop for food and working from home, if you still have a job. Like everyone else I often get the feeling that each day is merging into the next. I walk my dog every morning, this exercise walk usually takes 2 hours and we get going at around 6:30 am.
This early start means its just coming on light when we set off and there is next to no traffic. Lots of off leash time for Queenie my 8 month old Groodle and a meditative, quiet time for me. Giving me some grounding and a sense of accomplishment ahead of my day. I usually walk with my iPhone, but have taken to including my SLR two lenses and a pair of binoculars.
The challenge is to not think too far into the future at the moment. I would love to hear how everyone else is coping.