day, flight to Cairns. Got in late to our very cute Airbnb pod, with a
view of the ocean.
entering our Jetsons-inspired rental house. We spent a week in this
delightful pod by the seashore.
The next day, with very little sleep, we
wake at 4am to drive 1˝ hours to meet our Dainetree River boat tour
Murry, who knows just where to find snakes and birds.
oriole keeps a watchful
eye on the strange people in the
saltwater crocodile. Notice the blood on the two side teeth; this
crocodile was recently in a fight with another crocodile a little ways
up the river.
heron perched on a tree limb. The other heron hid in the undergrowth.
time on the Dainetree with an
entrancing display between two Great Bill Herons
each other across the river in front
of us and then perched 10-20 feet
one we presumed to be the male (no one knew
for sure) making a
sonorous cow-like call by
stretching and then releasing his neck. We
from the idled boats for several minutes wondering
if this was a mating
river tour we ate a very
breakfast at an open-air café and watched a
spectacular olive-backed sunbird feed in a nearby mimosa
nourished, we drove to Cape Tribulation with stops
and after for short walks on boardwalks through rain forest and
ecosystems, all in the rain, sometimes lighter than other times.
beautiful rain forest at Cape Tribulation.
cassowary walking along the side of the road.
Admiring the destructive beauty
of a braided strangler fig tree. The host tree
since died and rotted away.
strolling along the shoreline of
Carrie stands in front of the
The delicate beauty of
the tropical rainforest canopy at Tribulation Point.
us mid-day. Exhausted, we returned to our home area and waited . . .
. . and waited some more. . .
. . and waited still longer for our take-out Thai dinner.