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Nick Houghton 2004

Walton Bridge Reserve

Walton Bridge Reserve
This is where we work, at the junction of Fish Creek and Enoggera Creek. That patch of weed on the far bank is gone now. It's been planted up with... 

Offical photographer

Official photographer
These pictures you are looking at now have been taken from a movie about Save Our Waterways Now (SOWN) that Nick helped shoot. This frame shows the... 

Aliens

Aliens
This could be an alien invasion or a lens flare. What do you think? 

Rob explaining camera operation

Rob explaining camera operation
Rob is showing Nick how to work the digital movie camera.  

Nick cracking up

Nick cracking up
Rob is telling Nick some pretty stupid stuff as a way of explaining how it's always better not to talk about stuff that you can't get a picture of... 

Nick really cracking up

Nick really cracking up
Nick is now crying, he's laughing so hard. Either what Rob is saying is really funny or Nick just thinks Rob's stories are, like, really crap.  

Graceful water bird

Graceful water bird
This is Rob trying to show how an elegant water bird like a white heron might land on the creek bed.  

Here's Rob throwing a rock

Here's Rob throwing a rock
Rob likes rocks. And he likes throwing them. He throws them towards the bank to prevent erosion so his trees don't get washed away.  

Here's a rock being thrown by Rob

Here's a rock being thrown by Rob
Rocks like Rob. They like being thrown by Rob. They like where they get thrown to. They like preventing erosion. They care about trees.  

Rob pretending to be Steve Irwin

Look at that little beauty!
Here's Rob pretending to be Steve Irwin. Don't give up your day job, Rob.  

What we plant

What we plant
We planted a lot of these matrush (Lomandra hystrix) during the time Nick was with us. In fact Nick planted most of them. Nick is now an expert... 

Anne the watering expert

Water girl
Here's Anne Jones watering the Lomandras that Nick planted. Anne's watering skills are second to none. Anne is a watering expert. She'd like to train... 

Our gear

Our gear
This is some of the gear we use down the creek. When we weed woody shrubs we use the cut-stump method. All it involves is cutting the plant below the... 

Synchronised rock throwing

More rocks
Here are three people doing a bit of synchronised rock throwing.  

Mutant weed pile

Mutant weed pile
This monument to weeding is slowly mutating into mutant compost. It could be home to mutant worms.  

Mutant rubbish pile

Mutant rubbish pile
This rubbish pile has already mutated into a pile of really old rubbish.  

The rock thing's still happening

Whatever
Looks like the rock thing is still happening.  

A mutant bush creature

Mutant bush creature
This is kinda scarey.  

Nick's shoe - very scarey

Shoe
This is a closeup of Nick's shoe. It's scarey too.  

Hi Rob - Nick is joining in the rock-throwing fun.

Hi Rob
Now Nick is going to throw rocks. What fun. Yippee. We know how to have a good time, eh!  

Duck invasion

Ducks
Quite suddenly, the ducks invaded. Lucky they weren't mutant. They look like normal ducks. Except for the one top left whose head is missing and has... 

Red Kamala

Red Kamala
This local rainforest species is red kamala (Mallotus philippensis). It grows quickly. This one has some strange insects, or eggs, attached to the... 

wattle

Wattle
This is Brisbane wattle (Acacia fimbriata). It is used extensively in Enoggera catchment revegetation. It grows quickly and establishes a favourable... 

Native holly

Native holly
This is Alchornea ilicifolia. Ilicifolia from Latin ilex the great scarlet (holly) or Holm oak, Quercus ilex, and folium leaf because of the... 

Stink bug

Stink bug
Nick believes this to be a stink bug but Rob isn't sure. Not all bugs like this stink. Some smell quite nice, like lemons. This one was living under... 

Plant or weed?

Plant or weed?
Rob always manages to look like he knows what he is talking about. But he doesn't really.  

Hi Rob - Operation Crow's Nest

Hi Rob - Operation Crow's Nest
On Anzac day we gathered outside the police station on Waterworks Road to walk up to May Grimes' place to take care of two crow's nest ferns which... 

Crow's nest removal

Crow's nest removal
The crow's nest fern was being relocated to the creek. Here is Rob digging it out of May's garden.  

Mark and fern

Mark and fern
The fern is out and being wheeled away by barrow.  

Mark the fern creature

Mark the fern creature
Mark appears to have a fern instead of a body. This could be a mutation.  

Into the reserve

Into the reserve
Here Nick and Rob are approaching the footbridge near the junction of Fish and Enoggera Creeks. 

Destination in sight

Destination in sight
The crow's nest ferns are going into the riparian area - a nice spot where it's shady and moist, but gets partial sun. 

Plant attacks man

Plant attacks man
The fern put up a struggle, but eventually Rob got it into the ground. 

Habitat
And this is what it's all about, encouraging the native wildlife by planting local species and removing noxious garden pests like ochna, balloon...