It's the beginning of a new year and a new decade and while we may be generously distributing happy wishes to our nearest and dearest, we cannot help but be "engulfed" by the devastating news of the wild bushfires tearing through communities, wildlife and peoples lives.
Wherever you might be in Australia the news is bleak and often dangerous, though it may not touch us all in the same way.
So this is to remind us all of the joys that nature does hold, and how precarious our hold over her really is. We cannot delay our action and our words in her defence. We need to take meaningful action to protect her in any way we can.
One of the ways to do so is to make sure that we take the opportunity to get close to her again, where we can and when we can. Never at the cost of our lives or those of our pets but Australia is a vast land and while millions of hectares have been destroyed and will take years to regenerate, there are millions more which have been spared and which continue to offer us so much. This is a small reminder of those parts.
We escaped to Lamington National Park. It was not far from this park in Canungra that the bushfires started in September of 2019. The cost of that was the complete destruction of Binna Burra lodge, which sits on the edge of the Scenic Rim. On another plateau lies O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat.
A haven of tall trees and beautiful vistas, of many species of bird and wildlife. Here you can walk among the Antarctic Beeches, age-old trees, gnarled and mossed up with crevices and epiphytes thriving. These trees are an important Gondwana relict of the rainforests of the southern hemisphere and some of them can be thousands of years old.
Check out the Red Cedars whose girths are astounding and the brush boxes whose colours are eye popping.