The fallow period between Christmas and the New Year has often been a good time for revisiting my websites and tidying them up. In some ways the process is analogous to making one’s home presentable for the beginning of a new year, and perhaps that is a subconscious motivation.
Whatever the reason, that’s what I have been doing recently. Regular readers may notice some new header images, and random visitors will encounter fewer broken links, even in very old posts.
On the way home from the trip which took me to the Dalrymple Track and elsewhere I stopped off at Jourama Falls. I didn’t walk up to the falls themselves because I saw from the creek – still flowing, but only just over the camping ground causeways – that the effort would not be well rewarded.
This photo, however, confirms just how dry the country is now.
Townsville is the same, but we know Townsville is in the Dry Tropics; Jourama is not far from Townsville, so we shouldn’t be too surprised that it’s dry; but both are drier than usual, and Cardwell, definitely in the Wet Tropics, was nearly as bad.
The last six months have been full of house renovations and a move – still in Mundingburra, still between Ross River Road and the river, but the garden is quite different and I foresee a number of blog posts about the difference the vegetation makes to the small wildlife.
Other than that, it will be business as usual for the blog although there may be more emphasis on climate change because the outlook has been going from bad to worse, even as the technology to ameliorate the situation has been improving. All is not lost, but time is running out.
My first post after the interregnum, Townsville’s 2019 floods, connects with many environmental issues and I expect to take them up in more detail during the next few months, but I also have a backlog of wildlife and wilderness stories to share.
When I began the blog, at the beginning of 2011, it quickly settled into a loose pattern of about six updates each month. That rate has dropped off recently because I have been busier than usual with other activities, and all I can do is apologise.
I will get back on track as soon as I can; meanwhile, the blog’s facebook page (see sidebar) will help to keep you up to date with environmental news.