Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Down by the pool

The Wynnum Pool is a local icon, and last week received much more interest than is usual. During the previous night car thieves stole a car from a neighbouring suburb and then drover or pushed the car into the wading pool.

Early morning walkers were surprised to find the car almost submerved in the pool. I wish I had been there with my camera - but you can see photographic evidence at
WynnumManly Online

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Batty


On Lytton Road there is a colony of fruit bats or flying foxes. Most people driving by don't see them, but thousands of them make their daytime roost in the mangroves near Dougboy Creek. It is hard to get a photo of them but two can be seen quite clearly hanging from one of the branches. When you drive by, you are likely to miss the sight, except on dusk. If you do stop your car (best to do on weekends when the traffic is quieter), you can hear the screetching and squabbling, and see them occasionally fly from one branch to another. The smell is something to hehold as well.
On dusk the sky is full - it is like a black cloud that ascends from the mangroves, does a few circuits and then they set out for the night in search of food. They love fruit trees and anyone with bananas or pawpaw will find traces of them the following day - bites taken out of the fruit, damaged beyond use, and their chewed remains on the ground below.
They also have trouble with their anal spincters - in fact they have none, so great trails of bat poo (guano) is left on houses, cars, paths etc.
For all that they are a protected species and for all the damage and inconvenience they cause, for the most part they are left alone.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Rivergate under the Bridge


Rivergate is a new entity in the region. Moreton Bay and the Brisbane River praovide wonderful opportunities for all boating communities, and this area is a popular visiting place for boaties from around the world.

The major marinas in the region complain that there the berths are often booked out, making it difficult for newcomers, so the Rivergate complex is great for the region. It is on the river mouth side of the great Gateway Bridge which spans the river and is the main arterial road from the south (Gold Coast etc) to the north (Sunshine Coast and northern Brisbane suburbs).

The bridge celebrated 20 years this year, and already it is being double due to the popularity of the bridge.

Wattle blooms


Along Lytton Road, Hemmant there are wattle bushes blooming. Great clumps of brilliant yellow blossoms at dotted alonside the road especially in the vicinity of the bridge over Doboy Creek. I think they are a bit early as it is something that I would expect later in the year, not in mid July, but I might be wrong.

Friday, July 14, 2006

On a clear day


On a clear day......... One of the "distractions" of the Wynnum Manly foreshore are the "mudflats" - once, many years ago, it was white sandy beaches but a number of changes to the area have resulted in the foreshore being silted up. Twice a day on high tide the mudflats are not visible. I guess it is just now part of the character of the area. This photo was taken around 10.30 am on Sunday July 9th, 2006. It shows the islands in the background, and the clear still waters of a breezless bay.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Pandanus


Only a few remain, but once upon a time the waterfront of Wynnum had a number of these pandanus trees which were very popular with the local indigenous people. Pandanus Beach, where these pandanus trees remain is undergoing some revegetation (hence the ugly plastic barriers!), and is one of the few white sandy beaches of the Wynnum area. It is believed that the local indigenous (aboriginals) called the pandanus winnam, from which the name Wynnum was derived.

Wellington Point

Wellington Point is visible from the foreshores of Wynnum and Manly. On a clear day at low tide you can see King Island - still attached by a spit of sand which becomes a popular walking trail before the tide changes and comes over the spit.
On one side of Wellington Point is the jetty and boat ramp - both popular. The jetty for those who want to fish and have no boat, and boat ramp is the setting of point for all sorts of small boats. In the distance is North Stradbroke Island and on any good day the white sails of yachts can be seen plying this very busy recreational waterway.