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With a friend, Graeme, I went for an awesome walk down to Jerusalem Bay- just north of where I live on the edge of Kuring-gai Chase- I have never seen so many glistening spider webs, catching the rays of the rising sun. And the birds at dawn in this secluded valley are just amazing: lyrebirds and thousands of small finches, wrens and honeyeaters out and about, savouring the delicacies of the dew-filled autumn flowers:


On the way down the track leads into sections of rain-forest, on the edge of which are some fantastic, huge, centuries-old Angophoras (Sydney Red-Gums). Here is one of my favourite:

We arrived down at the bay just as the sun was breaking above the thick mist rising up from the floor of the bay:

Here is friend Graeme- on our way climbing out of the Jerusalem Bay valley:

All in all an extraordinary walk into another miraculous world filled with teaming life and rich impressions. Hope to see you on the track there someday!.... Just get off at Cowan Station- the walk starts right there.
MG
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:March 21st, 2008 09:02 am (UTC)
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That walk looks fantastic! I really want to go there too. I imagine it as very much like the scenes Wordsworth describes in his poems. Did you meet a Leech-Gatherer?
Thanks for sharing.
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From:anissa_c
Date:March 21st, 2008 01:29 pm (UTC)
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Well, that walk certainly isn't for the faint hearted. The sunrise shot is spectacular. I'm afraid that I'll never be up early enough to get a shot like that myself.

I sent you an email via WEBCT earlier today and in hindsight would have been better here. I have been unable (both on Monday and today) to find the Discussion. I didn't think I was particularly techno-illiterate but perhaps I have succumbed?
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From:michaelgriffith
Date:March 21st, 2008 06:39 pm (UTC)
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Hi Anissa- the discussions are definitely there- I have just checked. The only reason you can't see it is because there is something not quite right about your enrollment - I think??? The only other reason is that maybe you have not yet put yourself into a discussion group. The process here was that you had to enroll in a discussion group.... have you done this. I suggest two things (I will be away for a few days now): one- contact the Blackboard Help Number 1800 etc... on their log-in page.... two- find the questions- they are in the Conversations portal in a pdf file... you will be able to see this... and work on the questions- write answers on them in Word... and then submit these to me in lieu of your work on the discussions. The discussion has in fact now finished!
Let me know how you go.
MG
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From:anissa_c
Date:March 29th, 2008 02:24 pm (UTC)
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Thanks Michael. I sent you an email via blackboard with my work attached. Let me know if you didn't get it etc. I have logged the problem with the Helpdesk (unfortunately I can't call 1800 numbers so I had to do it via emails) so hopefully they will resolve it soon and we can get to the bottom of it.
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From:daniel_gleeson
Date:March 28th, 2008 05:34 am (UTC)

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G'day MG!

I think that the grounding Earthiness that you incorporated into the study of Literature rubbed off on me in a good manner. I am now a bush regenerator, thus I am blessed with glistening spiderwebs and sunrises, 5 days a week. It is fantastic! Everyday I work at a different site, usually on the North side, so I get to experience and learn about a variety of flora and fauna communities. My favourite day at work consists of: meeting at Palm Beach wharf at 7am; catching a water taxi with my crew to Mackeral Beach; hacking crawl space through thickets of Lantana in order to get to the ever-menacing Asparagus Fern; watching and avoiding those dang leeches forward-march toward me; swimming in Pittwater at morning tea (mornos) in order to dislodge any unwanted passengers. For some reason, when members of my crew get tick infestations on their body, I am left without a single tick, so that is a bonus. Not sure if it is my blood that repels the ticks, or if it is the fact that I maniacally apply sandalwood oil as a natural alternative to the carcinogenic Aeroguard.

I hope all is well with you.

Daniel.
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From:michaelgriffith
Date:March 28th, 2008 06:28 am (UTC)

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Daniel- great to hear from you- that sounds absolutely bloody fantastic!!!! Half your luck. I would give anything to crawl and hack through the spaces you describe... that is just my cup of tea... believe you me... and when I retire in a couple of years or so I intend to do just that... God willing. So keep a space for me on your ship Daniel... it is kinetic art of the highest order!!
Cheers
Michael
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