More surprises in the West End are the scattered little oases, pieces of land untouched by development, reserved for whatever wild creatures there are left. And I’m not just talking about joggers. There are dozens of these wild places, some big and some small.
This is Holmes Run, a creek that winds its way through all the highrises and houses, providing a quiet place where people can walk and observe a little bit of nature. Tomorrow I’ll show you a couple of frequent visitors.
That neat that you still have some little bits of nature around you. I have to go to a completely different city if I want to find something resembling nature.
I love that my balcony overlooks this park so even though I am less than 2 minutes away from a main street, I feel as if I’m in the middle of a forest, shielded from the the sight and (for the most part) the sounds of the traffic.
You’d think it was in the middle of no where if you couldn’t see the buildings behind. What a treat for everyone that lives there.
It’s very nice to see a pocket of natural green in the midst of the developed spaces. Reminds one of how artificial (though beautiful) planned parks and such are. This has been such a fun series on african market offerings. We’ve eaten a lot of Ethiopian dishes out here on the US west coast, but I’ve not sampled any west African food. . .just lots of music from there. Great series!
Natalie, yes, we do still have parks left au naturel like this, although it’s an overwhelmingly developed urban area. One morning on the bus I saw a doe and a fawn foraging in a little strip of green next to the freeway. I was afraid for them, with all the cars, but it was nice to see that wild animals are still around.
Passante, you do indeed have the best of both worlds: a great, green view and yet close proximity to the Mediterranean Bakery!!
Susan, that’s what makes it so nice, that you can escape into nature, at least for a few hundred yards!
Kim, although I do enjoy the planned parks, these little wild areas are where all the critters are! Holmes Run brings back memories of when I was a kid, wading in the creek looking for polliwogs. Glad you enjoyed the international food series. I may do another one later, as I haven’t even touched on the Latino or Asian markets yet!
Reminds me of an urban creek by where I live…you can check it out here: http://www.arncliffesydney.blogspot.com/
Scroll down to Cooks River catchment – Wolli Creek.
Love these urban bush remnants.