Rivers know this: There is no hurry. We shall get there.
YARRA RIVER, ABBOTSFORD – Image made whilst walking along the riverside trail in the valley below my (clifftop) previous apartment in Melbourne’s inner north-east suburb of Abbotsford. I had to leave this beautiful area due to constant (false) fire alarms in my building and having to walk down 8 flights of stairs (with a bad ankle/hip and heart condition) among several other reasons. About 8-9 shrieking fire alarms over a period of 20 months. The last false fire alarm was too much for me and I caught the lift down and out the fire escape door instead of using the fire exit stairs. Too bad if the lift had broken down or there’d been a real fire. 😀
Who would have thought that wonderful ultra-modern apartment with a lift and scenic location: walking trails on both sides of the river, including nature reserve and parkland on the other side of the river, would eventually prove to have such prohibitive living conditions. I’ve moved apartments for both jobs and financial reasons over the last 40 years and at least 6 locations have been beside nature reserves, walking trails and rivers. I have been so lucky in this aspect. I still occasionally look at apartment property rentals in that area to see if there’s a ground floor apartment vacant (for rent). I think that home location was one of the best areas I’ve lived in (except for next to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne’s inner south-east next to the Yarra River leading into Melbourne city).
The oldest rocks exposed in Yarra Bend Park are marine sandstone and mudstone from over 400 million years ago. An excellent display of these sediments is at the cliff face at Dights Falls, showing faults and folds, layering and ripple beds of exposed ancient seabeds (image above).
Lava flows from volcanic activity 2.2 million years ago and again about 800, 000 years ago, introduced basalt soils to the Park allowing a wider range of vegetation.
Note: I currently live in the western suburbs of Melbourne.
I’ve been a bit under the weather with an allergic and rather painful reaction to my 2nd Moderna vaccination last Wednesday (which I didn’t get from the 1st ‘jab’ I might add), so haven’t been using that arm very much and have been offline a wee bit in the last week or so. Too many blogs I follow to catch up on, but this morning, the swelling and fiery-red rash has gone down somewhat, so hope this improvement continues…….and who could have anticipated that my whole lower body would become one mammoth ‘itching’ ground.
I don’t remember reading about this side-effect of the Moderna vaccine.
Looking at my image archives have been much more interesting than watching the latest news of virus variant outbreaks, weird weather…..snow, flood, hurricane, tornado, volcano eruption etc on TV now, hasn’t it?
I never thought I’d say this (being anti-modern technology), but have to admit it’s been a godsend after being mostly housebound for 3 years.
Here are some more images from the northeast of inner Melbourne.