My eldest son is so tall now. Yet, in him I will always see the tiny tot, looking up at me, asking ‘Are we there yet?’
Yet, I look up at him now! He is surrounded by green lights of the rainforest. I can see all the music in him around him, just for a moment.
We went walking through a butterfly rainforest at Tully Gorge recently. Everyone else was at the BBQ, getting it ready for the 23rd anniversary of me and David and so my eldest came with his photography mad Mum. I found the Licuala, which is such an emblem of the Cassowary Coast.
This was a plant I didn’t know before living here, but now will forever be in my vocabulary and metaphorical reach.
Yet, the most butterflies we saw were back near the BBQ, while our walk turned up mostly licuala plants (as above) and greenery with sunbursts.
I trust manual focus and my telescopic lens for butterfly pics. Even though they can be flighty, if they are busy eating, they almost forget a photographer is lurking.
Even though the water was tempting we didn’t go swimming as there were crocodile signs up, very unusual to see that in this commonly rafted river. I was happy because I photographed the butterflies.
The children enjoyed their sausages, steak, salad and chocolates.
My hubby did a grand cooking job.
We met a family from Mackay camping at the Falls, and somehow shared cyclone stories with them – and all of us wondered about people in the bush fire affected areas in Tasmania.
The rain sprinkled, and the sun began to go down.
My eldest son, didn’t once ask, ‘When are we leaving?’ which often teenagers longing for their friends and computer screens tend to do. Instead he was in the moment, with us his family; listening to cyclone stories, in the greening rain, laughing with his siblings and noticing things like toy gorillas hidden in the hills.
(Account of our January 6th Visit to Tully Gorge, for Anniversary BBQ)
In my web wanderings today I found some wonderful educational work on Rainforests.
The Wet Tropics Management Authority on their website have had permission to put PDF of fact sheets on many topics, such as bats, butterflies, foodchains, plants- and on top of this there is a teacher and students resource with units for Prep through to year 8 which make use of many creative teaching and thinking strategies, just as thinking hats, bloom gardeners matrix, the multiple intelligences, games, composing poetry, and role plays to explore issues of caring for the rainforest and the nature of the wildlife and fauna there.
If you are a teacher or parent wanting to educate your children about the Rainforest in Australia this is a great site for supporting you in your in efforts. If you want to also see creative teaching methods applied to a particular teaching unit this is a very interesting site that demonstrates this. I can’t wait to encourage my own kids to explore this site and do some of the activities on it, particularly as they are studying plants and food chains at the moment. There is also in the rainforest explorer units a consideration of Aboriginal people living in the wet tropics environment.