Earlier this year, I paid a visit to Marengo Conservation Nature Reserve. I didn’t take my camera that time but saw an echidna, so was very keen to return. The theory was that there would be more flora showing in Spring and, hopefully, more invertebrates. Mum was reluctant to go anywhere where there may be leeches so I was keen to go to a drier, coastal forest.
I was wrong. It was very muddy and damp. Mum didn’t want to go in but we persevered, partially due to my confidence about there being no leeches.
As you can see from above, the plants were pretty cool. We didn’t make it very far around the reserve though as mum found this leech when walking across a ditch. Mum HATES leeches whereas I think they can be fascinating. I stopped to take a quick photo before taking it off when mum sternly told me to get it off NOW. In retrospect, it was funny, but I really should have taken it off and then gotten the photo.
We also saw this person painting by the river while walking back to Apollo Bay. I tried not to be obvious when photographing him, so this was the best photo I got. It is something of a cliche, but a happy one.
I’m thinking of giving up hope of visiting the reserve and just focusing on coastal woodlands closer to Geelong. I’m keen to explore other forest areas along the Great Ocean Road but need my licence – and a car – first.