landscapes

North of Mudgee, Wollar village is littered with evidence of the progress and prosperity that original owner Excel promised would come to the community once the Wilpinjong mine was under way. Peabody, ’The Big American’, bought it, the mine began in 2006, and Wollar soon felt the impact indeed… Noise, both audible and low frequency, […]

As at my old Mountain, the sky here is as important for my visual delectation as the land. And I am as fanciful about what it offers. Like this sunrise, where the billowing white foreground cloud looked so like bushfire smoke, unlikely as that was, that I had to go out and sniff the air […]

When you move to a new area, life is busy setting up your own place and you only take time off for regional sightseeing when you have visitors. Tapin Tops National Park near Wingham is one regional sight I’ve been meaning … and meaning…to see. Last week I did. It’s high, with the access a […]

The coal train rumbled past behind Tarwyn Park, as it often does on its route to and from Newcastle’s coal port and the Western Coalfields, where the Ulan, Moolarben and Wilpinjong mines are busy trashing other valleys, other villages. But on this last day of July 2016, it seemed an unwarranted rubbing in of salt […]

On the creek flat paddock both birds and beasts feed together amicably. Clancy the horse is the boss and keeps the two dairy steers, Salt and Pepper, in line. As usual there is a pecking order, so the smaller steer, Pepper, comes last. Why do Cattle Egrets prefer cattle to horses? Clancy does often have […]

As I’ve never been one for expensive jewellery, the ephemeral gems that nature offers now and then are quite enough to send me into raptures. They are only visible when the night dew has been caught by them, the sun’s light catches them in turn, and I awake in time to catch the sight of […]

Visiting the Brisbane Water National Park on the NSW Central Coast, I was struck by the determination of trees to survive. The acrobatic and colourful trunks of Angophora Costata (Sydney Blue Gum) caught my eye most, forcing their way out between slabs of sandstone and twisting their way upwards as needed — or fancied. I […]

I had treated myself to a plain terracotta bird bath for my 2015 birthday; then I was given a green glazed one for this year’s birthday. I couldn’t resist adding some bling with these iridescent stick-on glass beads. They didn’t all stick but nevertheless look pretty. Not sure yet whether the birds like their bathing […]

I have always envied people who have butcher-bIrds in their environs. I never have, despite them being distributed over most of Australia. My magpies are handsome and dapper enough to cover the visual advantages of black and white birds, and I do love their songs… But they cannot compete with the songs of butcher-birds. And […]

One of the reasons I just have to live near mountains is that they never look the same. Sunlit or moonglowed, gaily golden, broodingly black or morning misted, their interaction with the sky and the light makes for a perpetually changing visual feast. As at my old Mountain home, I can never decide which I […]

Stormy subtropical weather does not suit me. I am pining for drier, higher climes… However, this climate does have its special effects that only happen here. Like this week.  A brief storm and shower, then the mountain lowered its clouds into the valley. But the day wasn’t over and the sun exerted its supremacy. As […]

September was wet enough, but appropriately gentle. October is delivering its rain in tropical tantrums, with sunshowers and rainbows and start-stop deluges. This double rainbow appeared on the very first day of the month, to announce how things were going to be. A week later and we were treated to another fulsome beauty. Sadly, no […]

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