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Furness Park

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published February 22nd 2020
You Could be in the Country, But you're Not
This is the third of three parks collectively called the Blackburn Creeklands.

Furness Park entrance
Furness Park entrance.

Although Gardiners Creek flows through it, the creek is rarely sighted although a bridge crosses the creek which does give some water views.

Creek bridge
The bridge across Gardiners Creek.

The wide compacted gravel paths are level and would present no problems for wheelchairs.

pathway
We meet them coming and going.

Maybe it was just timing, but in this park I encountered several cyclists who rode very sedately, mindful of sharing the path with others. Dedicated cyclists are rarely sighted in small parks.

cyclists
The sedate cyclists.

Also on this walk, I encountered two groups of joggers who seemed very determined to get to where they were going. At one end of the park it widens out and the path takes you through a peaceful bush area with many mature gum trees and lots of bushes and undergrowth.

running group
The jogging group.


jogger
Solo jogger.

Birds were almost completely absent as the only one I saw in a tree was a spotted dove perched high above on a dead branch. I did see one duck while crossing the bridge, but it was swimming faster than my trigger finger.

dove silhouette
Silhouette of spotted dove.

A few yellow daisy type flowers caught my eye and I think they were one of the everlasting variety. They certainly stood out against their background.

daisy
An everlasting daisy.

A white flowering bush was the only other floral contribution to the flora scenery.

flowering bush
White flowering bush.

A couple of other interesting flora specimens were a dense stand of reeds, no doubt along the hidden creek and a bush with small blueish berries.

reeds
A very healthy group of reeds.


berries
A multitude of little berries.

The park is also very popular with dogs and their owners with many encountered. It is amazing how many different breeds of dogs there are, so a walk in the park can be very educational in the dog recognition department.

group of dog walkers
A group walk.

Without the attention grabbing colour of spring wildflowers, native grasses stand out and make a good item of interest as you wander along the paths.

native grasses
Verdant splendor.


native grass
Past its prime.

There are many areas of dense bush which gives the impression of being a long way from civilisation, but you're not.

bush
Very nice.

Just inside the park from the Main Street entrance is a most unusual gum tree. Its trunk is covered with large burls. They look like the tree has a terrible disease but I believe they are not particularly detrimental to the tree's health.

burly tree
A trunk full of burls.

It's only a short walk but you can take time if you stop to admire what nature has provided.

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