Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Kaurna Wetlands Park
I only managed to get out for an hour on Sunday, so I walked around the wetlands. We have had a lot of rain recently so I was keen to see what the water levels are like. The first channel wads really full, so I started taking photos trying to remember where I'd taken them in the heat of last summer for comparison. After a while I realised I had taken all scenic shots, and no birds, (a first for me!!) So here they are, preceded by a screen capture courtesy of google maps, showing the location and direction of each shot. Shot 1 shows my house, (Red roof with the silver Subaru Forester parked on the road), taken from the entry way to the park. The next two show the first part of the outer path (2) and the closest water channel (3). The areas closest to my house have been planted with indigenous trees that are still to reach maturity (4). There are two paths that cross the park, making a shorter loop possible. (5). To the east is the largest feeder pond, (6) and (7), and this was the first time I had seen water flowing into the wetlands here. The park is well used by locals, and I always see joggers (8) and dog-walkers here. The Eastern side is bordered by some agricultural holdings including an olive orchard (9) The northern path goes through more mature woodland (10) and holds a number of smaller ponds (11) and the main wetland area (12) which held water for the first time this winter. As you head around the wetland and turn towards the South-east, the path runs along a raised embankment, parallel to a main road (13), and you get views into the centre of the park (14). The inner paths are not so wide, as they get less use (15). Finally it's time to turn back eastwards towards home. This is the path I use each day to get to the bus stop for work (16) which takes me behind the old folks home (17) Hopefully this has given you a taste of the wetland park close to my home.