oncewasacreek.org is now on on facebook

oncewasacreek.org now has its own facebook page! This means you can ‘Like’ it on facebook and stay up to date with new pages and activity on the site. Even better, you can share it with your friends on facebook who might be interested. The address for the facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/OnceWasACreek.

The facebook page for oncewasacreek.org

The facebook page for oncewasacreek.org

This whole managing-a-page-on-facebook thing is new to me, so I’m still nutting bits of it out. However, to make sure that updates about the site appear in your news feed, I believe you may need to hover over the “Liked” button (after you have liked the page, that is) and select where it says “Show in News Feed”. Otherwise, you may or may not see the updates, depending on whether it is a slow news day on your news feed.

So what are you waiting for? Go and visit the page on facebook and ‘Like’ it now!

The moon, the drain and the diving bats

I haven’t found the time to do any real research recently, so I thought I’d post some photos instead. I took these back in January and they have been gathering virtual dust on my hard drive ever since. According to the SunSurveyor app on my phone, this was the last time in a while that a full moon would hover over Milton Drain at a low enough angle to catch it reflected on the water. Exactly why I felt the need to capture this event is a good question… probably something to do with seeing the beauty in an otherwise ugly piece of suburban infrastructure. At any rate it made for an interesting photographic challenge.

While I was taking these photos, I occasionally saw what looked like a flying fox (fruit bat) swoop down towards the water and emit a strange sound before skimming the water and flying back to a tree. It looked an awful lot like they the bats were fishing, but I thought that flying foxes only ate fruit. On top of that, I’m not even sure that flying foxes use echolocation (they have big, sensitive eyes instead). So, either they were doing something other than fishing, or they weren’t flying foxes at all. Any ideas???

Return to Cubberla Creek

The descent from Sir Samuel Griffith Drive, down to the tributary of Cubberla Creek

The steep descent from Sir Samuel Griffith Drive, down to the tributary of Cubberla Creek

Recently, I returned to the tributary of Cubberla Creek that I wrote about here just over a month ago. I was determined to see more of it than I did on the first visit. So this time, I approached it from the top, with the aim of working my way downstream. There is no path to this creek, so I just scrambled straight down through the scrub from the side of Sir Samuel Griffith Drive, not far from the Kuta Cafe on the top of Mount Coot-tha. I soon discovered that this was a pretty dumb idea, and for one simple reason: lantana.

The path I carved through the lantana that covered most of the stream

A path carved through the lantana that covered most of the stream

Whoever introduced this infernal weed to this country has a lot to answer for. More than a few times, I wished it was them instead of me getting scratched to pieces as I slashed my way (with a stick!) through the thickets that covered nearly the whole length of this stream. So it was tough going, but it in the end it was worth it for the pleasure of discovering the few beautiful pockets of the creek where the lantana did not intrude. In fact, pausing in these places was all the more rewarding given the work required to find them, and knowing that in all likelihood, no-one else had stood in these places for some time (surely it can’t be that often that a fool like me stumbles down here).

Anyway, this time I made a point of taking my camera, so I at least have something to show for this little adventure besides smartphone snaps. You can see some of the results above and blow, and there are more in this set on my flickr page. Something that interests me about this creek is the way that it abruptly ends when it disappears into a drain under the residential blocks at Ringway Place, Chapel Hill. On one side there is the creek in a near-natural state (if you can ignore the lantana), and on the other side is suburbia, in all its sanitized glory. They are two different worlds, and yet they were once the same.

A pond in the Cubberla Creek tributary

A pond in the Cubberla Creek tributary

Seeing the past and the present in the same view like this is not so easy in Western Creek — except perhaps up in the headwaters near Tristania Drive, but let’s face it, even here you’ve got to use your imagination here to see the creek sometimes. Wouldn’t it be nice if just a little bit more had been left for us to enjoy?