Early morning in The Pinnacle Nature Reserve

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:

Low-lying fog over Canberra

As the sun came up the fog quickly rose up the slopes to me. This is a Scribbly Gum (Eucalyptus rossii):

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:

Roos

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:

The Pinnacle

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:

Bottom Pinnacle

Solitary

I spent some time with this Yellow Box (E. melliodora, height: 18 metres, girth: 3.7 metres) photographing the beautiful swirly patterns and texture:

Scraggly Yellow Box

Yellow box bark

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):

Sap

Dew-laden cobweb:

Cobweb

I think this is a stand of young Blakely’s Red Gum (E. blakelyi) in the Bottom Pinnacle:

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:

Moss

Inverted tripod

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