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A Blue Mountain? What’s in a name?

by Edgardo Gubelin on August 5, 2016
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The Blue Mountains are one of Sydney’s most popular tourist attractions … and are just over an hours drive from the city. Sydneysiders love to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city to enjoy some of the many “off the beaten track escapes” where they can find solitude in an environment surrounded with beautiful eucalyptus forests, crystal clear streams and starry, starry nights.

How many of these nature lovers have stopped to ponder … why the BLUE MOUNTAINS are so named? As there is nothing blue about the mountains themselves, except for the blue haze, blanketing the mountains.

It is believed that this haze is created by the atmosphere where dispersed droplets of Eucalyptus oil, dust particles and water vapour are combined to scatter refracted rays of sunlight which are largely blue in colour.

Join us for a terrific day as we explore one of the worlds most popular heritage sites.

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What? A Wombat?

by Edgardo Gubelin on May 4, 2016
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On a recent trip to the Jenolan Caves with a German client, I was heartbroken to pass a dead wombat lying on the side of the road that had been been knocked over by a car. And then sadly, another one within a short period of time. One normally never sees wombats during the day, as they are nocturnal and come out to graze after dusk. And seems like they nibble on the grass verges alongside the roads.

So, when I got home that evening, I decided to investigate what the Wombat’s dietary needs were. Australian native grasses and the roots of some shrubs, seems to be their staple diet. Wombats dig underground burrows, to set up home. What fascinated me was that the wombat’s pouch (being marsupial) was back to front which prevents it from filling up with sand, when digging its burrow. I was blown away, when I realized how mother nature had thought of everything!

Reading on, I was more fascinated to find out that the Koala was its closest relative and for a moment, I tried to visualise a wombat climbing a tree. A weird thought then went through my mind. Surely, that despite these two marsupials, being so closely related, there was no doubt in my mind that the Koala, which spends its entire life in the canopies of the eucalyptus trees, would no doubt have its pouch facing upwards to avoid its young joey from falling out…

Mother nature, yes back to her. It seems that when she created the Koala, it must have been at the end of a very busy week, as she sewed the pouch on back to front. I have never seen a baby Koala falling out of a tree, maybe thats because mother nature quickly recovered and slipped a strong “sphincter muscle” at the opening of the pouch to prevent the joey from falling out!

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