On both sides of the Bowen Bridge lots of dry tall yellow grasses and other scrubby undergrowth grew next to the path. I was the only person around and the track appeared to be used rarely. The area was isolated; the closest residential area was over one kilometre away and I suspect that locals would seldom walk here. With the heat of the day and the nearness of the river, I was alert for the slither of snakes heading down for a desperate drink. However, I feel sure they would be deranged if they drank salty water – the Derwent is tidal at this point. Nevertheless I did not want to step on or corner one – all Tasmanian snakes are venomous.
Strangely, not only did I not see a snake but I also did not see a water bird. Thankfully there were a few chattering birds in the casuarina and eucalypt trees to keep me company.
Earlier in the day when I was walking around the Technopark fence line downhill nearest the Derwent River, I had watched dozens of brightly blue and red coloured beetles- I haven’t seen these before, and a website for identifying Tasmanian beetles does not include this one. Anybody any ideas?
The experience was very pleasant and I would be very happy to wander this way again.
Word of caution for others who might follow in my footsteps: the seedpods of the casuarina were liberally sprinkled along the pathway and in the light dappled by the trees, full concentration was required so that I didn’t roll on them – a sprained ankle or a fall down the slope were just two possible consequences if I did not watch where I was going.