After we posted some stories of Pinniger Cairns in the Strathbogie Ranges, Daryl got in touch, telling us he knew of another cairn, this one in the Garden Range, east of Euroa. Here’s Daryl’s account of his recent visits to the Garden Range and some earlier photos of the cairn.
Walking in the Garden Range yesterday was just beautiful, but it’s surprising to see so little water at this time of the year; it’s a real sign that farmers should take note of.
The hills presently are just dazzling with a sea of small growth golden blooming wattle, nodding blue lily, various pink and purple wildflowers, happy wanderer and even a dozen or more of what I reckoned were (10 cm high light green) delicate species of the sundew – aka carnivorous insect trap plants.
Observed a very old degraded stone wall part way up on the way in – obviously made by man. Bonzer day with just perfect weather for walkabout. Only about 8 kms rambling but at times hilly and occasionally thick scrub.
No snake or koala sighted. A few small lizards and one good sized echidna, (it looked to be tick free.) Much deer sign, rubs, scat and prints (sāmbhar and fallow,) many roos and a few wallabies sighted.
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The deer population is exploding and a major factor is the fires of 2009. Observed numerous wallows yesterday, they can do quite a bit of damage in water ways. Deer are in the goat family and I reckon largely should be treated as the feral species they are. I reckon they should be treated like foxes and wild pigs except, of course, that they’re good tasting; hunted meat should never be wasted. Deer taken and not wanted should be like road killed deer, moose and elk in America; it’s donated to prisons and community programs.
[Thanks Daryl, for sharing your story]