Today we are showing you a different side of cruising: coming ashore at Coasters’ Retreat, for a bush walk in the Kuringai Chase National Park, with our friend Sue.
This gave me the opportunity to test my Tamron 18-400 lens for macro photography. It has proved a great replacement to my old Tamron 18-270 which had given up. On a boat you want a versatile tool that can take you from wide angle seascapes, to powerful zoom for wildlife, and with the ability to get really close to things for macro photography without needing to change lens. I am very happy with the lens. It performs really well.
So let us show you what we we saw. Spring in the bush is a great time for beautiful wildflowers.
We walked up to the Guringai aboriginal engraving site, at the top of the escarpment overlooking Pittwater and Broken Bay. It was a steep climb, but well worth the effort. The Guringai tribe gave the national park is anglicised name.
The engravings were etched in tesselated Howkesbury sandstone which is soft. They are pecked petroplyphs – made by striking the rock surface with a pointed stone to form a groove of 5 to 10 mm depth and width of about 20mm. They depict men and women, animals such as wallabies, fish, and materials like spears and boomerangs.
We were a bit ‘bushed’ when we came back to the dinghy, but happy with our day! On the program for the next couple of days are a wander up the Hawkesbury and a dash out of Broken Bay for a tour offshore to hopefully give a chance to Sue to see some whales.