I woke up around 5:30 AM and looked outside through the window. There was no cover of fog but the trees across the road had a light umbrella of fog which looked promising. Checked the humidity, dew point and temperature, all looked optimal, so I headed out and drove to our local nature reserve The Pinnacle that I also volunteer looking after with the ParkCare group FOTPIN.
When I arrived there was very little fog in the reserve but once I got a view of lower elevations down in central Canberra I could see a thick blanket of fog:
As the sun came up the fog quickly rose up the slopes to me. This is a Scribbly Gum (Eucalyptus rossii):
It was nice to see some kangaroos around and that they didn’t go running scared after the recent roo cull that targeted 200 animals in this reserve alone:
My favourite pic of the photo excursion was this sunrise-backlit foggy shot of what I believe are some young Red Stringybark (E. macrorhyncha) trees:
I then headed into the Bottom Pinnacle, an unleased paddock south of The Pinnacle Nature Reserve that is currently under consideration for inclusion in The Pinnacle:
I spent some time with this Yellow Box (E. melliodora, height: 18 metres, girth: 3.7 metres) photographing the beautiful swirly patterns and texture:
This is a macro photo of a Scribbly Gum (E. rossii) that had been savaged by borer insects or perhaps sugar gliders. I also placed a cache here called “All Gummed Up” but unfortunately it’s about 10 metres too close to another cache so I have to go back and move it (and rename it):
I think this is a stand of young Blakely’s Red Gum (E. blakelyi) in the Bottom Pinnacle:
Some nice moss on a rock-strewn slope leading down into a swampy gully, taken with a macro lens with the camera upside down on an inverted tripod:
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