Friday, September 25, 2009

Fire on Fraser Island

As dusk fell today, the glow magically appeared from this fire that has been burning on Fraser Island for a couple of days.    The air has been heavy with the smoke all day, but it was not until evening that we could actually see the fire.  The tiny light across on the right of the fire is car headlights way up along the coast of Fraser Island.

Aborigines used fire to manage vegetation on Fraser Island for thousands of years.  According to the Fraser Island Defenders Organisation (FIDO): "We know that Fraser Island Aborigines used fire by the comments of Captain Cook, who passed along the main beach in the hours of darkness on 18 May 1770. He said, "Our course at night was guided by the great number of fires on the shore". Thus Fraser Island would have had relatively frequent, low intensity burns which would have resulted in a landscape with "a park like appearance". That is the description most early explorers gave to describe the lack of a dense understorey in the Australian bush."

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Paraglide at Rainbow Beach


The thermals must be good at the moment, because we had a parade of paragliders passing the house.  One photo shows someone just taking off from Carlo Sand Blow with Double Island Point in the background.  From the sand blow they drift up and down, riding the thermals back along to Rainbow Beach.   We are all convinced that we would like to try paragliding because they look so relaxed, literally just having a little sit down in their floating seats.

On the sand dunes today there were three paragliders doing circuits over the beach - one you can see above was "sand surfing", being dragged along the dunes by the sail.   The haze in the sky is from the fire on Fraser Island.

Footprints on Carlo Sand Blow

Not ant trails, but the footprints of people busy investigating the sand blow cliffs.