Archive for August, 2012
Over the past couple of weeks I have been seeing a curious-looking spider hanging horizontally and upside-down, paralleling a branch and suspended along a single line of silk. This posture is exclusively nocturnal and suggests the spider is hoping to attract insects that rest upon silken threads. With legs flexed , the overfall appearance (under torchlight) was like a piece of exfoliated lichen.
The celebrated Cooper Creek Wilderness Experience (CCW3) has dominated these past 17-years as the most popular activity from the Cooper Creek Wilderness product range. Designed to showcase the richer diversity of natural and cultural heritage values within the prestigious Cooper Creek catchment by day, discerning eco-travellers immerse themselves into a 5 to 6 hour odyssey, comprising a 2-hour Grand Fan Palm Gallery day tour, a 1-hour cruise through the world’s most diverse mangrove community in search of elusive estuarine crocodiles, a delicious lunch in a rainforest setting and a cup of tea or coffee in a rainforest picnic setting alongside Cooper Creek.
Yesterday, the Wet Tropics National Landscape was officially launched by Federal Environment Minister, the Hon. Tony Burke MP, at Skyrail’s Barron Falls Station. This is a very important milestone for the people who reside within the rainforests of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area (and surrounds), as it aspires to optimise the value of the relationship between international experience-seeking travllers and the inhabitants of National Landscapes whose lives and livelihoods are so inter-dependent.
Over the past two years, our winters have been long and cold, sometimes plunging to less than 10 degrees Celsius. In August, we note changes. Increases in temperature, new leaves appearing on our fruit trees in the orchard and with the arrival of the new leaves, the hatching out of the stick insects, but only on the early leafing trees. How is it, we asked, that the stick insects remain on the first trees, while the later leafing trees are allowed to flourish without stick insects?
A brand new DAINTREE GATEWAY WEBSITE has been launched and partitioned into four localities, PORT DOUGLAS, MOSSMAN, DAINTREE VILLAGE & DAINTREE RAINFOREST. Each product has been positioned precisely as it exists on the landscape. Accommodation, attractions, restaurants, services and tours further specify products into navigable conformity with their actual place on the planet.