Lake Paluma was an unexpected colourful experience in many ways. But there was a bigger surprise for me to come at Paluma State Forest. I eventually warmed up from the rising sun and was on my way to Birthday Creek Falls. The hiking trail passed through dense and lush vegetation.
Birthday Creek lid up by the early morning sun, glaring through the forest.
The colour spectrum increased significantly as Birthday Creek widened before the falls.
The greens from trees around the creek edge matched the green algae hanging on to submerged rocks.
The deep blue sky reflected of the creek surface as little cascades started to appear. Dry granite rocks added to structure of the surroundings. Just spectacular, and I started to wonder!
I don’t know where the name Birthday Creek Falls originates from.
However, who ever did name these falls had the same vivid and creative imagination as I do.
To me, these falls look like an oversized birthday cake in 5 tiers full of life, colours and decorations. I have seen many waterfalls and made quite a few birthday cakes. If you are a little confused, let me show you how detailed the similarities are.
The base is layered in 5 granite rock tiers, which gradually and smoothly combine with lower levels.
Each level has their own creative waterfall decoration. Just like icing on a cake, or flowing white chocolate in this case. Some cascades are narrow and fast flowing. Others were wider or even double up. I could only imagine what this birthday cake would look like in the wet season.
The cake base appears like a marble cake, only with oversized smooth marbles.
The bottom tier is laid with extras, garnished with fallen trees and greens on either side.
A waterfall to the left hand side acts like an excess overflow.
This overflow of this crystal clear creek has the same colour as liquid sugar at 140 degrees Celsius. The sugar flow is flanked by deep green vegetation of grass, ferns, trees and moss clinging on to boulders and fallen trees.
Around the cake is a colourful display of flowing water, small pools and granite rock.
Even reflections of the waterfalls on a still pool are included in this natural masterpiece. Who would have thought off that?
The run-in waters on top of the falls are just as stunning. Only the dry edges of the boulders give away their location above water level.
Literally see through waters in shimmering green and sky blue reflections complete this colourful spectrum.
The narrow creek widens just before the drop off and disperses like a fan tail.
Fairy floss are dotted along the edges of the upper layer, overlooking mountains a far,
just before they cascade to the next level and to the valley below.
There couldn’t be a more suitable name for this creek and it’s waterfall as I would be more then happy to celebrate my birthday here.
Or just sit quietly by the creek and listen to the thunderous sounds, as I did today.