Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Environment - by Lach­lan Turner

Bush­walk­ing means dif­fer­ent things to dif­fer­ent peo­ple. Some are quite ded­i­cated to the chal­lenge of a long and var­ied walk, whilst oth­ers may en­gage in just a short walk along their favourite track on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. Oth­ers may only en­ter bush­land re­serves on a ca­sual ba­sis. Some pre­fer to at­tend guided bush­walks.

Nev­er­the­less, all who spend time in the bush ex­press sim­i­lar feel­ings about hav­ing been there. There is a per­sonal sense of free­dom and re­lax­ation as each in­di­vid­ual en­joys an ever chang­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal scene as the sea­sons come and go.

Not all tracks are smoothly graded and eas­ily tra­versed. There­fore bush­walk­ing is not with­out un­ex­pected chal­lenges such as steep climbs, rocky terrain, wet ar­eas such as creek cross­ings as well as clam­ber­ing over the oc­ca­sional fallen log.

Ad­e­quate cloth­ing and footwear are es­sen­tial. Due to the high level of ef­fort that can be re­quired it is a good idea to take a sup­ply of water and maybe a snack bar or two. A light back pack is most useful in which to carry per­sonal items se­curely.Some bush­walk­ers also take a small first aid kit in­clud­ing sun­screen.

Look­ing at this week’s pho­tos will give you an idea of how ex­pe­ri­enced bush­walk­ers pre­pare for their ex­cur­sion into the nat­u­ral world. Most are wear­ing a hat; some wear sun­glasses; sev­eral have equipped them­selves with a walk­ing pole; all have sub­stan­tial footwear for the

occasion. Some may even take their cam­era with them to cap­ture some of the un­ex­pected beauty that is oth­er­wise hid­den in the bush­land along the track.

Tem­per­a­tures in bush­land en­vi­ron­ments can be vari­able, so it is ad­vis­able to dress ap­pro­pri­ately.

Re­mem­ber to en­joy your out­door ex­pe­ri­ence, leav­ing noth­ing but foot­prints - tak­ing noth­ing but pho­tos.

Lach­lan is pre­sent­ing a free “Ba­sic Bush­land Pho­tog­ra­phy” Work­shop at the Com­mu­nity En­vi­ron­ment Cen­tre in Cur­rie Av­enue at An­nan­grove fol­lowed by a bush walk, on Thursday, Septem­ber 21, 2017 at 10.00 am.

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