Merry creek was flowing strongly but was not high, it had previously been in flood as could easily be deducted by the amount of plastic and crap clinging to the trees on the upper banks. (I neglected to photograph the flotsum, preferring an idealist view of the creek)
The downstream part of this creek is far from clean, it was obvious that drains carry a lot of hard rubbish into the creek, the water was quite muddy and smelly in places.
I followed the creek as far north as I could before it met the the Western Ring Road.
|Merri Creek by the dam wall at Coburg lake (Opposite the notorious Pentrige Prison)|
|Little fella catching some rays|
|One of many pedestrian bridges|
|An old bluestone bridge|
|Another dam wall|
Upstream things didn't look any better, too many houses and factories.
Then I discovered this....
|Interesting graffiti - shame about the filthy crap this drain is spewing|
|Foul smelling foamy slush pouring out of a local drain!|
One of the many drains emptying into the creek was spewing some disgusting filthy sludge directly into the creek! Right beside it was the number for a water quality hotline! Must happen all the time! I called the number, there was no response just an answering machine... I left a message.
There were a few other interesting scenes. I was most impressed with the amount of food produced in the high flood plain river soil and the edible 'weeds' lining the drier banks near the industrial zone. I reckon a lot of it was planted out years ago.
|Local small holding farm|
|Black Berries (on these fairly long rides I always manage to find enough to get me through)|
|In this section there were: Blackberries, Prickly pair, Cherry Plums and Fennel|