For us coconut nuts ....
On holidays still (great feeling!) and managed a 5 day trekking trip on Hinchinbrook Island. Only got back the other day but thought a few of these photos might be interesting to "coconut nuts".
Coconuts are a bit of a funny issue in this region. Some people believe they don't belong whilst others say they were naturally spreading through the area long before the coming of Europeans to the region. Amongst those who belong to the "don't-belong" camp are the national parks people. So every now and then they go out along the coastal islands with chainsaws and "right" what they see as wrong.
Because the area involved is immense, and coconuts are always drifting out from non-national park areas, there's still a lot of them around on the islands. Last year there was a massive cyclone (Yasi) a lot of coconuts got washed further inland into the thick coastal jungles where it's more difficult to get into with a chainsaw.
This is Ramsay Bay where quite a lot of coconuts were over looked by the parks people (perhaps too busy cleaning up after the cyclone).
The first day of the trek the weather was great, the scene from Nina Bay across to Mt Bowen.
Overnight is poured rain, the same view in the morning.
That night I'd put my tent amongst the coconuts, but not where the nuts could fall.
Looking from the beach it seemed quite snug (tent looks blue).
Some more at Zoe Bay.
Southern end of the island, back of the shoreline, lots of nuts were sprouting. Apart from the danger from park rangers armed with chainsaws, there were feral pigs which sometimes dug out the sprouting nuts, and also large native rodents that chew into the nuts killing them. But lots still survive.
Hope you've enjoyed your 'fix' of coconuts.