We had three days of high gusty winds last week, resulting in several fallen branches. Some of these limbs looked like like small trees, towering over my head while laying on their side. The largest of them fell across a fence but thankfully it didn’t cause any lasting damage. When the weight was removed, the fence was … Continue reading Fallen Branches
For a few fleeting moments, tonight’s sunset lit up a group of trees in glorious colours. I always love the colour of the bark when it turns a deep terracotta. You can see where the birds and small mammals clutch the bark to climb up and down. Also, the trees in the background look almost … Continue reading Tonight’s Colours
In the last week I’ve noticed evidence of something nesting in a relatively low to the ground hollow – approximately 6 feet off the ground. The hollow seems to have recently been refurbished with carefully shredded pieces of bark and small sticks. I’m not sure how long this has been occurring, so I will make this one of … Continue reading What’s Nesting Here?
In Australia, regrowth forest has been in the news recently. Our conservative Government requested that an area of regrowth forest be removed from the World Heritage listing. Thankfully the request was refused because this regrowth is part of a beautiful old growth forest in Tasmania. Over the last few weeks, when I ventured into areas of local … Continue reading Regrowth Forest
In Summer, one of our Acacia trees snapped its trunk about five feet off the ground. The colour of the bark and exposed timber against the dry grasses, and the shape of the branches kept drawing my attention. Today, as I was scrolling through some old photographs, I came across this one. I like this … Continue reading A Fallen Acacia
Near the house, a previous owner has planted a row of native trees that are not necessarily native to our area, but which are both beautiful and bird attracting. Today I am going to write about the second smallest of these trees, which I am pretty sure is a Paperbark, but I can’t identify exactly which … Continue reading Bird Attracting Tree
A few days ago I wrote about the sole Corella flying with the Sulphur Crested Cockatoos. Since then, we’ve had small flocks of Corella landing in our trees. This is not common. While the Cockatoos do chew through twigs, sending a bunch of leaves falling to the ground, the Corella are much messier. They seem … Continue reading Flowering Eucalyptus Trees (and the seed for leaf exchange)
This tree is central to the view we have when we look out the window from the main rooms in the house. Each day the light is different, and each day the fork I have photographed looks slightly different in colour. It never fails to interest me. I have lost count of the number of … Continue reading My Favourite Tree
Native wildlife often rely on tree hollows for shelter and a place to raise young. We have so many interestingly shaped tree hollows, and I’ve just started to photograph them. I’ve called this post ‘Part 1″ because I’m sure there will be a follow-up with more!
Last week we experienced a heat wave in Victoria, with highest-ever temperatures being recorded in some locations. The intense heat led to many fires across the entire State, resulting in a smoke-filled atmosphere. Fanned by strong wind, the smoke drifted for hundreds of kilometers. For a few hours on Friday afternoon, while it drifted across … Continue reading An Eerie Light
What do you see in the fork of this tree? For me it could be the face of an old man or the head of a lion, but I am sure there are many more interpretations. Comment below to tell me what you see! Rorschach Rorschach Rorschach
The texture and colour of bark continues to fascinate me. Often the colour of the bark on a single tree can change, depending on the time of day, whether it is sunny or shady, and how intense the light is on a particular day. I love the contrast in colour and texture in this shot, … Continue reading Light and Shade
Over the past month we’ve had some days of very high wind. This took a toll on some of our trees, but mainly with branches falling. These old Wattles were already dead, and some of them had already snapped off, but we had a few more snap recently. I like the effect of all of … Continue reading Tree Angles
Two of the trees we can see from the house have hollows in the trunk – just about right for nesting birds. Over this first week of Spring, I’ve noticed a flurry of activity as pairs of birds try to find the perfect nest. It reminds me of house hunting. The birds will land close … Continue reading Birds in Spring: Nest Hunting
Crackle crackle… plop! Crackle crackle…. plop! This is the sound I heard around me this morning on my walk. It is a still day, and I have heard the same sound on other still days. Having investigated the noise about a month ago, I recognise it immediately and smile to myself. This is the sound … Continue reading Crackle Crackle…. Plop!
There are very few native flowers in bloom at the moment, the grasses are drying out, and the trees – always prominent in our landscape – are capturing my attention more each day. This is partly because I’m learning about bushfire habits, and partly because I received a field guide to trees as a gift … Continue reading Bark, Leaves, Buds and Fruit