We hiked thorough Horton Plains National Park yesterday. Marked by eucalypts 'introduced' by the British in the lower plains, the park eventually makes way for one of the oldest forests in the world.
We started off at 5am to avoid the crowds (and heat) and it was so peaceful! The highlight being 'Worlds End', a dramatic cliff face that kisses the clouds. Clouds are integral to this ancient ecosystem sustaining itself. They are an essential part of a cycle of evaporation and precipitation that feeds the forests, streams and wildlife in the area.
It has been a busy year, much of it has been spent in fast-paced urban environments. Walking through these ancient plains with a close friend was very restorative!