Showing posts from November, 2020

Davis Lookout 2020

 Tuesday 24 November 2020 Richea scoparia  one of the few bushes out in flower most were just at bud stage It had been 10 years since I went to Davis Lookout and I fancied going there again. The route was over Windy Moor on the boardwalk then on to moorland and woodland, with several nice open sections that are found there. The highest part of the final snowgum woodland is traversed towards Davis Lookout.  However, from this direction the actual summit cannot be seen, and one highpoint gave every appearance of being the top, but Davis Lookout  was a bit further on.  Two went over the top of this false summit and two of us sidled around it.  In hindsight keeping more northerly may have been the best option.     Return was on a route to the west of the approach way and went through more woodland and  over part of Windy Moor to another belt of forested land,  The intention was to cross but the exit was off a south facing slope and beyond looked to have copious thick scrub, including s

Mike Howes Lookout

Friday  13 November 2020 Ozothamnus scutellifolius This walk in the Midlands was organised with Shirley from Oatlands and it left from Bowhill Road and Mike Howes Lookout was roughly 3.5k away from there.   It was not a particularly hard walk, that followed vehicle tracks through farmland and bush until heading up over open country to the summit. The return took the western side of Mike Howes making it a circuit walk. In all it was a pleasant outing; there were many Pardalotes singing and during the climb   we encountered and impressive patch of Ozothamnus (thought to be O scutellifolius) and also prostrate Baeckea (now known as Euryomyrtus ramosissima).  One of the highlights was seeing two eagles above us whilst we were on the summit. The lookout is named after the bushranger Mike Howe who was quite notorious and violent, even knocking off several of his fellow bushrangers.    There are several websites with details of his history.   Tasmanian Geographic Australian Dictionary o