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Merrill Crescent, Warranwood

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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 August 13th 2022
Look for faces on the birdbath
I knew this was going to be an enjoyable walk the moment I stepped out of the car. I was greeted with a cacophony of raucous laughter by many kookaburras. They were not visible, but one kindly landed in a nearby tree.

kookaburra
First impression.


kookaburras
A quiet kookaburra.

This just over one-kilometre meandering and undulating crescent begins as a continuation of Bemboka Road and ends at Croydon Hills Drive.

Merrill Crescent.
Merrill Crescent has many bends.

It appears to be a well-established area of large blocks. There was only a paved footpath on a small section, although a short dirt path had a country walk feel about it. Along this path, many wattle trees were in full bloom.

Wattle path.
A wattle lined path.


Wattle trees.
Wattle trees in full bloom.

It is a very treed area and even on a dull day, large displays of wattle give a very warm Australian feel.

Bee on wattle.
Bees love wattles.

Grevilleas and banksias also give the walk an Australian feel.

Grevilleas
Grevilleas.


banksia
Banksia.

A rainbow lorikeet was seen sitting atop a flowering gum tree and as I approached, it kindly started to feed on the gum blossoms. It's sights like this that make street walks more enjoyable.

rainbow lorikeet
Rainbow lorikeet.

It was only at the Croydon Hills Drive end that more formal gardens were evident. This is when most of the flowers were seen. Only saw a couple of daisies and one polygala bush. Many aloe plants were in flower, as were a couple of correa plants.

Daisy & polygala.
Daisy & polygala.


Aloe & correa.
Aloe & correa.

Along most of the crescent, you would be forgiven if you thought you were in the bush. No footpaths with foliage to road's edge. There were large sections, which appear to be bushland, rather than residential.

Significant Roadside Area.
Protecting the bush.

One large front garden had two nesting boxes attached to trees. An eagle is depicted on the front, indicating that the boxes provided a safe haven for small birds from large birds of prey.

Nesting boxes.
A brilliant idea.

A red sage plant was in full bloom. Only one camellia was sighted as was a solitary bird of paradise. The owner of the bird of paradise was in his garden and lamented that it wasn't a good specimen, despite the TLC that he gave it.

sage bush.
Sage bush.


Camellia & bird of paradise.
Camellia & bird of paradise.

A variety of garden seats were in many of the gardens offering a peaceful setting for the owners.

Garden seats.
Resting place to admire your garden.

Few fences were evident, with many properties utilising the natural bush as a barrier. However, a picket fence and a wire fence protected two properties. A lychgate was almost hidden within a high hedge.

Fences
Wood and wire.


lych gate
The hidden lych gate.

Large blocks seem to attract large garden ornaments, such as wagon wheels, and a country look was a small portion of a post and rail fence.

wagon wheels.
Wagon wheels.


post and rail fence
Post and rail fence.

A creeping mirror plant and a sunshine bush were an unusual sighting. Pig's ears, rosemary and an iris were more common flowers seen.

Creeping mirror plant.
Creeping mirror plant.
Sunshine bush.
Sunshine bush.


Pigs ears, rosemary & iris.
Pigs ears, rosemary & iris.

Only one dog walker and a baby walker were seen.

walkers
Walking the dog and walking the baby.

Other birds seen were a noisy miner, a distant magpie and two rooftop spotted doves.

Noisy miner, magpie & spotted dove.
Noisy miner, magpie & spotted dove.

An interesting bird bath had faces around its bowl. Only one garden sported a garden lamp and a small statue was almost hidden.

bird bath.
Many faces, garden lamp and statue.

Several colourful, but unidentified, flowers were photographed.



flowers
All unidentified.

The crescent is crossed at one point by the Croydon Hills Walking Trail.

Croydon Hills Walk.
You can take a walk in both directions.

Merrill Crescent is a very quiet and picturesque walk.

Street sign
Where to see it all.
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Why? It's an unique experience
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Where: Merrill Crescent, Warranwood. Melway map: 36. D.8.
Cost: free
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