If You Go Down To The Woods : Sherbrooke Forest

I took a trip not so long ago to the beautiful Sherbrooke Forest in Mount Dandenong. This is the place I like to visit when things are getting a little too intense. Anywhere in the hills is perfect for regrouping and collecting your thoughts. It was a really crisp, fresh day when I went up there – great for taking photos.

Sherbrooke Forest Kookaburra

Can anyone else see the old woman with her arms made out of (albeit dead) trees and ivy raised as if she’s about to pounce and snatch you as you walk past? Just me?

Sherbrooke Forest Spider in Web

How lush and green is it? I love the texture of trees. And moss! So many different colours.

It’s such a special space. Everything seems so quiet at first but then, once you start listening, you can hear all sorts of different sounds – bugs buzzing, birds chirping, trees swaying, wind rustling, leaves and twigs crunching underfoot. When I breathe the cold air in, I feel so peaceful but excited at the same time. I’m so happy to be in a place that exemplifies the rustle and hum of nature, rather than the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Do you have a special place you like to go to take some time out? It doesn’t have to be as scenic as this! But it might be!

Jacquie is a 20-something maker and writer from Melbourne. She enjoys eating virtually anything that is labelled salted caramel and, contrary to popular belief, has forgotten how to ride a bike. She feels ambivalent about writing in the third person but thought it might be fun. It was.


  1. Laura

    Really lovely photos that make me want to go for a wilderness walk. I laughed SO hard when I read moss, though. The book I'm listening to, The Signature of All Things, is about a family of botanists and I just listened to most of a chapter about moss! Seriously, I like this book, but now I know more about moss than I ever thought I would. The whole time I was listening I was going MAN, she's STILL talking about moss. Moss, moss, moss. Most of the book is great though and based on this post I think you would like it!


  2. birdandfox

    Haha well that does it then! I've added The Signature of All Things to my "To Read" list on Goodreads ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks Laura – I just love taking photos in forests like these. I think it's pretty much impossible to take a bad one.

    Thanks for your comment ๐Ÿ™‚ x


  3. Joan - AZestyLife

    Fabulous photos. You have a real "eye". Thank you for the pleasure.


  4. birdandfox

    Thanks so much, Joan! How lovely of you. I'm glad you enjoyed the photos. Thanks for stopping past ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. Cat from thatbettiething

    Yes I do, but sadly we are living about 2000 km away at the moment. I have some great fallbacks and am enjoying exploring too though. I totally see the lady in the ivy. Love the pics-felt as though I was there myself.


  6. birdandfox

    Wowee! I guess that's one of the fun parts of moving around, isn't it Cat? Getting to explore different places and finding the nooks and crannies that you enjoy and make you feel at home and happy.

    Phew! Glad it wasn't just me seeing the lady in the ivy haha.

    Thanks so much, Cat – I'm so glad you enjoyed the photos. Thanks for stopping past ๐Ÿ˜€


  7. stephanie

    This makes me want to grab my camera and go for a walk in the woods. I love the fern leaf and the rosella, what a pretty bird. Luckily my family is planning a nature walk tomorrow and I might have forgotten my camera if it weren't for this post. Thank you so much!


  8. birdandfox

    Oh how lovely, Stephanie! I'm so glad you enjoyed the photos. I love the fern leaf one too ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy snapping! Thanks for stopping past x


  9. Isabel

    Wow. These photos make me SO home sick. I love them all, especially the beautiful spider in its web, and the bright red rosella in the tree. I must go to Sherbrooke Forest when I get home! x


  10. birdandfox

    Owh, I'm sorry to have made you home sick, Isabel ๐Ÿ™ But also glad to have encouraged you to visit Sherbrooke Forest when you get back! Mixed feels.

    I'm glad you enjoyed the photos. I loved taking them and am definitely not a fancy photographer so I was a tad nervous putting up a post that was entirely photo-based – I'm so glad so many people have liked them. It's lovely to get such positive feedback ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for stopping by. Hope you're well!


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