Claimed by time and the wild

Kookaburra, Brandon's Sawmill, Bellthorpe NP

There may not be any such thing as the perfect ‘wildnerness’. Every (or almost every) habitat in Australia has seen humans and been changed in some way by their presence, over many thousands of years or over a short and relatively recent time.

Sometimes that activity brought equipment and structures, which are gradually claimed by the landscape when left behind.

Brandon's Sawmill, Bellthorpe NP

Such places are always irresistable for photographers, or those with a keen eye for history and change. Bellthorpe, to the west of the Glasshouse Mountains in southern Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, is such a place.

Bellthorpe NP

I recently rediscovered some Fuji Velvia slides taken there on a weekend twelve years ago and enjoyed the contrast and saturation of this slide film, still a staple of many photographers.

Bellthorpe garage

Bellthorpe bowser

Bellthorpe reflections

Hyacinth Orchid, Dipodium sp., Bellthorpe

 Hyacinth orchid (Dipodium variegatum)

Lichens, Bellthorpe

Bellthorpe reflections

Pseudophryne raveni, Bellthorpe

Brood frog (Pseudophryne raveni)

Kookaburra, Brandons Sawmill, Bellthorpe

Human endeavour is often part of the story of many wild areas, but nothing stays the same. Evidence of the past can be ephemeral, and nature moves back in to claim it all.

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