Now that I am returned and pretty well recovered from the jet lag I have been looking through my photographs and am now able to offer a retrospective diary over the next few days, capturing some of the highlights and impressions before they fade from memory.
One of the early trips that we took was a return visit to Wilson's Promontory a beautiful wilderness which was the first National Park established in Australia.
Just look at the blue of that sea.
Alongside the dreadful loss of human life in the bush fires of 2008/9 I was very sad when I heard that over 50% of this beautiful place had been destroyed. As you can see, evidence of the heat of the blazes is still very evident.
However, it would be a mistake to feel too much concern for the natural environment as fire is very much part of the cycle of life in the Australian bush with some plants requiring the passing of fire to germinate and others being able to regenerate easily once the fire had passed.
You can see here how the understory has become green and lush under these blackened shrubs.
Exotic looking grass trees thrive in this environment.
And the epicormic shoots breaking out from the trunk of this eucalypt showing that despite its blackened branches the tree still thrives and will regenerate itself.
There were one or two other pleasant surprises awaiting us. The unseasonably warm weather had confused some of the wild flowers and encouraged this epacris to burst into blossom.
The plied yarn turned out like this.