The Billai Dhagun track at Boondall wetlands

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are respectfully advised that this post contains the name of a deceased individual.

tree down after storm

A large storm came through parts of the state’s south-east on Wednesday night. Something prompted me, despite the continuing humidity, to make my first visit to the Boondall Wetlands** with the camera. It’s fair to say that the prospect of any shore bird activity mid-morning was nil-to-slight. It was hot and sticky and, if I’d asked them, I’m sure the mosquitoes could have lifted me along the path.

In a landscape like this, though, the Billai Dhagun Track didn’t disappoint. Casuarinas, tea-trees, and mangroves. Butcher birds and ibises. As a bonus, along the track, there are eighteen cast aluminium totems (the Nurri Millen totems) created in 1996 by artist Ron Hurley in a shared public sculpture program.

Here’s some of the camera play.

Billai dhagun track 2 - green strokeBillai dhargun track 5pigface in flowerRon Hurley - Nurri Millen totemsbutterfly #1billai dhargun track 3bush flower

** Before these wetlands were designated, in a land and time long ago, my 14 year old self (and a friend who I will not out here) did spend the odd afternoon after school in this vicinity. It’s possible that cigarettes may be an element of that story.

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