There’s no better way to start a new year than a walk in nature. It’s calming and soothing. I started the new year with a walk in Allen’s Rivulet, Tasmania, Australia.
On the way to the track, I came across this comical character.
The track takes you through Tasmanian bush, passed a large hollow living tree, to a rivulet and back onto the street.
It reminded me of the most famous and photographed tree in Vancouver, Canada, the Hollow Tree in Stanley Park, which I have played in many times as a child.
It is arguably the most famous tourist attraction in Vancouver for over 100 years. There are many historical photos of this tree.
Unlike Allen’s Rivulet’s hollow tree, which is a living tree, the Stanley Park one is a 600 to 800 year old Western Red Cedar tree that died, but left a huge hollow stump. In 2006, there was a severe windstorm that caused significant damage to many trees, including the famous Hollow Tree, causing it to lean precariously. The Vancouver Parks Board considered taking it down but there was a massive public outcry resulting in some ingenuity to save the tree.
I spotted this most unique little nest too!
The nest is really small, the size of a tiny cup and it had the mum bird, a Grey fantail, sitting in it. Most of her body is outside the nest because the nest is so small. A bird book describes the nest as looking “like a wine glass without a base – a tiny cup of plant fibres liberally bound with cobweb.”
Thanks for stopping by. I wish one and all an awesome upcoming new year!