I flopped on the sofa after house cleaning duties yesterday, rested my sore back, I decided that as I'd not had time to fit in both my gym and the house cleaning as I had intended to that day, I would go for a late afternoon walk. It took a little effort to motivate myself to move off the sofa as I felt so tired.
I said the word ‘walk’, and Indigo our dog was up at excited attention and so I could not let her down, it was ‘on’.
There is 170 Hectare of wetlands to provide heaps of fitness walks, eco-therapy and pain distraction therapy. Rivergum forests and the Goulburn and Broken River bank walks are near our summer home in the Goulburn Valley. This excellent website shows the location of many of the bushland reserves, in northern Victoria and the southern Riverina http://users.mcmedia.com.au/~stocky/parks.html
Our summer home is on a section of built up above flood level land, adjacent to the floodplain and lake, so picturesque walks are close at hand. The lake is the home of many waterbirds, Ibis, ducks, black swans, Eastern swamp hens and more.
I loved using my new camera. Australian White Ibis will not allow me to get close to their nesting location and so the zoom lenses allowed me to pry and get these photos, from a distance. Having the interest of the camera and the birds took my mind off my tiredness, the excitement of an interesting activity gave me renewed energy. I had a most enjoyable walk, I felt a lot fitter, and my back was aching a lot less when I came back. Evening walks with my new camera will become a regular fitness routine addition through the summer months.
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I'm a geeky, gray-haired, ex-health science trained, author and artist of almost seventy years. My rural, (off the map between two rivers and seven creeks) retreat is in the Goulburn Valley of Victoria, Australia. When travelling I'm researching the next.
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