The dizzy chute, its guttural roar, is fifty metres yonder where the cheeks of boulders define the flow - the supple dragon tongue of froth and liquid anguish untamed. But here behind the jagged green-streaked protection of “Iceberg Rock”, the river is wide and so serene that in the shallows the surface trembles with the shadows of dragon flies and the ticklish feet of floating bugs. Seduction glistens in the hewn green clarity of the water, the lip biting cold and the wild tangle of the national park - ti trees, and rough-barked apple clambering upright against Merricumbene’s steep feet. Here, remote and clean as pre-history, among kingfisher poise, cuckoo shrike gurgle, and whip bird crack, it’s hard to believe we've made such a mess.
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