50 Responses to Happy Easter, And

  1. Ross Kelso April 6, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    Maybe Carnavon Gorge (Q’ld)?

  2. ScottyD April 6, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

    I’m guessing the Blue Mountains, if i got that much right… then its the south side of the Great Western Highway, possibly below Leura, maybe Wentworth Falls. Or…. It could be anywhere lol
    Happy Easter,

  3. Neville April 6, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

    A happy easter to everyone as well. Jen all I can say is that it’s somewhere in Qld, I think.

    BTW arctic ice extent is going gang busters. Very late winter this year it seems. Gore forecast that 2013 could see the end of arctic ice, just another bummer guess I suppose.


  4. Neville April 6, 2012 at 10:10 pm #

    Looks like Trenberth’s missing heat really is escaping to space as measured by the satellites.

    Rather stuffs up the AGW theory of a positive feedback from increased emissions of co2 . Rather looks like negative feedbacks are the go just like Lindzen, Spencer, Michaels, Christy etc have been saying for years.


  5. Tony Price April 6, 2012 at 11:12 pm #

    I haven’t a clue, but I wouldn’t mind being there right now. Those “steps” in the foreground look man-made to me, so a tourist trail of some kind through the gorge (must be a gorge). I’ll go with Ross Kelso’s guess, Carnavon Gorge, after looking at some pics on Google images. Must be a helluva job living in Oz, but somebody’s gotta do it, and it might as well be Ozzies, lucky b******s.

  6. cementafriend April 6, 2012 at 11:35 pm #

    Happy Easter Jen and all non-believers in junk science & technology.
    The rocks are sandstone, so Blue Mts could fit but they are too rounded. The vegetation is a bit dry and is unlikely to be near the coast of NSW or Qld. Can not remember the rocks at Carnavon Gorge but I think I recall thicker vegetation. I would think that it could be Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). The rocks there are sandstone same as Uluru (Ayers Rock), the rocks are rounded and there are narrow gorges in which there are ferns and some thin trees like those in the photo.

  7. Neville April 7, 2012 at 9:01 am #

    The ABCs top man of science ? is only wrong by 97 metres and several centuries. But what’s that matter to Gav and Luke? What a flipwreck.


  8. Professor Rupus Holmes April 7, 2012 at 10:08 am #

    Looks like my back yard, memo to self, sack the gardener if I can find him in that mess.

  9. spangled drongo April 7, 2012 at 10:09 am #

    Happy Easter Jen and all. That sandstone wet gully could be in a lot of places. It doesn’t look like very high rainfall country but the area obviously retains humidity. An oasis in the desert?

    Neville, Williams and Church belong to the same church, Williams is more religious.

  10. bazza April 7, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    Blackdown Tableland circuit

  11. Raredog April 7, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

    My first thought was one of the side valleys at Carnarvon Gorge but the vegetation doesn’t seem quite right (tree ferns not tall enough?) while the sandstone formations appear too rounded. Have not experienced the Blackdown Tableland but it does look a little like the cupolas found in the Monolith Valley within the Budawangs but the hand rail indicates it’s not that location. My guess, the Grand Canyon walk below Evans Lookout in the Blue Mountains – not that I’ve done that walk in thirty years!

    Can we have more of these please?

  12. jennifer April 7, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

    Someone’s guess is geographically very close: but not correct. I’ve posted another photograph see above. The walk (there and back) is only about 4 kilometres but takes about 5 hours (according to signage and my own experiences). It’s steep.

  13. cementafriend April 7, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    Jen, going by your further hint it would have to be part of Carnarvon National Parks but not the Carnarvon Gorge. At the latter I remember parking near some large Cycads down a little track off the entrance road. The camping area was too crowded and not attractive. Have not been to other parts of the national park but from an internet search Salvator Rosa and Mount Moffat seem interesting.

  14. jennifer April 7, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    Not Carnarvon. Not Queensland.

  15. Hasbeen April 7, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

    That steel hand rail looks even more man made than the steps Tony.

    My first thought was Stanthorp Qld, for the bolders, but a bit too wet for there.

    So it’s probably Katoomba, Blue Mountains, in the 3 sisters area.

  16. John Sayers April 7, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

    Yes – I agree – Blue Mountains.

  17. Mack April 7, 2012 at 5:15 pm #

    Yep, no doubt about it, I was right all along, very obviously the Blue Mountains. 🙂

  18. ScottyD April 7, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

    Hmm, so close with the Leura guess. Giants staircase perhaps?

  19. spangled drongo April 7, 2012 at 6:07 pm #

    Yep, Blue Mountains. Those gums are E. saligna [Sydney Blues]. No gums in the previous pic.

  20. Robert April 7, 2012 at 6:10 pm #

    Happy Easter all.

    Ummm. Federal Pass?

  21. Robert April 7, 2012 at 6:15 pm #

    No, wait. Narrowneck and descent to Ruined Castle?

  22. John Sayers April 7, 2012 at 6:39 pm #

    I bet we are wrong 😉

  23. Johnathan Wilkes April 7, 2012 at 6:53 pm #

    She posted this picture soon after moving to the Blue M area, can’t remember the place though.

  24. gavin April 7, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

    Furber Steps?

  25. jennifer April 7, 2012 at 10:30 pm #

    I’ve just posted an image of the signage… for Perrys Track into the Grose River Valley, Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia. So Raredog had the correct valley, just not the correct walk/track.

  26. spangled drongo April 8, 2012 at 8:07 am #

    Thanks for that sign board Jen. I was worried that I had blued on the “Blues”.

  27. Larry Fields April 8, 2012 at 10:33 am #

    Before looking at the answer picture, I’d guessed NSW. That’s not too bad for a Californian who’s never been to Australia. Do I win a prize? 🙂 Happy Easter.

  28. Johnathan Wilkes April 8, 2012 at 3:15 pm #

    Wildly OT but I wonder if this will ever be mentioned in the MSM?

    Never had any doubts that the Chinese were clever at business given half a chance.

  29. Robert April 8, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    Smart, new, efficient coal and nuclear plants in China!

    Now, if only we Aussies had lots of coal and uranium…

  30. Raredog April 8, 2012 at 7:43 pm #

    The second pic certainly confirmed the (upper) Blue Mountains. As it is I spent a fair amount of my childhood not very far way! Never attempted Perrys Track – the descent at Govetts Leap was my favourite – spectacular; also the Evans Lookout area, Grand Canyon and Walls Cave were regular haunts.

  31. spangled drongo April 8, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

    I wouldn’t have blamed Larry for thinking it was in Califoria. All those gum trees.

    But enough of this love talk…. the biggest problem us sceptics have and the greatest weapon the Catastros have is the fact that the 20th C warming came on the heels of the LIA and we are recovering from this abnormally cold period:


  32. whyisitso April 8, 2012 at 10:18 pm #

    The usual name of this track is Perry’s Lookdown. It starts in the Blue Gum Forest on the Grose River (Blue Mountains) and ascends to Hat Hill Road (out of Blackheath). The ascent is 650 metres and the steepness increases as you near the top. The picture with the handrail is close to the top, and the height of individual steps also increases as you ascend. Fit bushwalkers (even in their sixties) do the ascent in about an hour. Near the top is a monument to four students who died in a bushfire in the nineteen-fifties.

    The Blue Gum Forest below is a bushwalkers icon. Its Eucalyptus Deanei are spectacular – an amazing place and well worth the descent and ascent.

  33. whyisitso April 8, 2012 at 10:22 pm #

    Oops, I forgot to change my Gravatar from an occasion when I was being ironic.

  34. Neville April 9, 2012 at 8:46 am #

    SD the LIA problem is covered by Lomborg in ” Cool It” and he comes to the same conclusion that it was one of the very coldest periods during the Holocene.

    He gives examples of glaciers that had the maximum growth during the LIA.

  35. Larry Fields April 9, 2012 at 11:25 am #

    After looking at Jennifer’s awesome photos, my feet started itching. Unfortunately hay fever season won’t be over until mid-June, and hiking is out of the question until then. However I did write a semi-serious article about how to avoid close encounters with extra large kitty-cats, while bushwalking in California’s Northern Sierra foothills.

  36. jennifer April 9, 2012 at 11:44 am #

    Sorry to hear a fear of hay fever is keeping you inside. Enjoyed your article about avoiding being eaten alive while hiking. Nothing like that to worry about here in Australia. Just the odd snake.

    I noted one of your tips:

    “Wear a full mask with a human face painted on it, on the back of your head. A mountain lion behind you will think that you see him, and this may prevent an ambush. People who live in tiger country in India use this approach.”

    The same trick is/was used in Sumatra, Indonesia, to stop tigers from attacking.

  37. spangled drongo April 9, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

    Whyisitso, the blue gum in Jen’s second photo doesn’t look like E. deanei looking at the leaf. They have a quite rounded leaf and were classed by Deane as E. saligna var. parviflora. No doubt the E. deanei are nearby.

    Neville, I’m with Lomborg.

    Larry, as a daily bushwalker I’m pleased we don’t have those purring pussycats here.

  38. koalabear April 9, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

    I would like to see some photos of koalas sitting in the trees in the Noosa National Park.

  39. jennifer April 9, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

    I’m just off to the Noosa National Park now. For the third day in a row for an afternoon stroll. I will take my camera.

  40. spangled drongo April 9, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

    KB, like Tru Blu they’re just another dyin’ race. We have a couple left here that the dogs haven’t eaten yet but give them time…

    The greenies want to turn North Stradbroke into another Fraser Is, IOW have uncontrolled feral dogs chew up the last of the koalas on NSI like they did on Fraser.

    When we have these wonderful refuges like Fraser and NSI we could preserve colonies of koalas like they have on Kangaroo Is etc and solve all our koala problems but Qld would rather have feral Malaysian dog nurseries.

  41. spangled drongo April 9, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

    Jen, while you’re there, see if there are any Glossy Blacks left. Last time I was there I saw seven but I think you’d have to be lucky.

  42. Peter Templeton April 10, 2012 at 12:05 am #

    Make the climb down from Govett’s Leap and there you are !Now tell me about the pic on your homepage.It looks to me like the steps down from Fitzroy Falls.Am I right ?

  43. whyisitso April 10, 2012 at 8:16 am #

    spangled drongo, I was referring to the trees in the Blue Gum Forest at the base of Perrys. Jennifer’s photo was taken near the top of Perrys. I don’t think she descended down to the Blue Gum Forest, which incidentally has recovered strongly from bushfires some years ago, when the SMH reported that it had been “destroyed”.

  44. whyisitso April 10, 2012 at 8:19 am #


  45. jennifer April 10, 2012 at 10:19 am #


    Pictures of Blue Gum Forest from a 2008 visit here: http://jennifermarohasy.com/2008/02/blue-gums-in-grose-valley-healthy-after-back-burning/

    Including comment on rubbish reporting of the same by (not my) ABC.


    The banner on the home page is from a photograph I took looking back at the escarpment below Govett’s Leap, from within the Grose Valley. Photograph taken in December 2007 with evidence of vegetation recovering from 2006 bushfire.

    And Perry’s Track begins at Perry’s Lookdown, not from Govett’s Leap.


    I looked and looked for some Koalas in the Noosa National park yesterday but didn’t see any yesterday.

  46. koalabear April 10, 2012 at 10:30 pm #

    Perhaps I am the last one.


  47. Richard111 April 11, 2012 at 1:00 am #

    Told my wife how she must dress for hiking in tiger country. “I wouldn’t like to test that!”, she says. 🙂

  48. Peter Templeton. April 11, 2012 at 2:25 am #

    I stand corrected,pleading only that it’s fifty years since I was there and made that climb.Best wishes.

  49. Simon April 11, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

    It looks like maybe near Mt Warning NSW

  50. Peter Sommerville April 13, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

    Glad to hear the track is open – I presume it has been for quite some time. The last time I did it was 18 years ago, with my children, then ranging from 10 to 18 years old. It was closed later for some reason which I can’t remember. Was in NSW then, back in Victoria now.

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