Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Mudflats

It is not always a "pretty" sight - the mudflats at low tide. I find them fascinating and each day it is different.

At low tide there are often worm gatherers hunting for worms for the fishermen. They wade out throught the mudflats wearing long rubber boots, carrying a garden fork, and a bucket. They must obey some strict rules about turning the sods to find the worms, and returning the sod to the area they took it from.

These worms are highly prized by fishermen - so fetch a good price.

When the tide comes it, and goes out again, there should be little sign that the wormers have been although they know not to harvest from the same area constantly.

wynnum at low tide

Mangroves

Along the foreshore and the creeks in the Wynnum Manly area many mangroves grow. They are an important part of the ecology here.

At Wynnum North there is a wonderful walk through the mangrove forests - including a timber boardwalk. It is a good idea to walk with company on this walks, but a walk right along the foreshore from Wynnum North to Lota will bring you face to face with many mangrove trees.

the mangroves

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

The Foreshore Redevelopment Continues

The Lord Mayor of Brisbane's plans for the Wynnum Manly Foreshore are proceeding and the whole area looks like a construction zone. At the Manly end the huge development is only weeks away from completion. Already there are new trees and a new roadway into Trafalgar Street. One can get a picture of the what it is likely to be.

The Manly Wading pool is being redeveloped - and when it is re-opened, the water will be filtered, and quite a lot cleaner than it is now. There will be more trees and more shelters.

Later in the year it will be opened so we are hoping that most of us will be happy with the end result.