The Great Banyan Tree, Kolkata

A Reverence for Trees – The Great Banyan of Kolkata

December 22, 2014 | Leave a comment

In countries other than Australia trees are held in high esteem, nurtured, and revered. This one in the botanic gardens in Kolkata, India, is a sheer delight. This single tree is a wonderland of trunks, a place to explore, to get lost, and to marvel in natures treasury. A cool respite from the heat and […]

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Suburban November

Jacaranda – Reminds Me of Home

November 24, 2014 | 3 comments

It is late spring in Australia and the purple haze is brightening up our cities and towns. The Jacaranda trees are a feature of much of urban Australia in the late spring and early summer, all the way from Perth in the south-west corner, through Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Here in Adelaide this year […]

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Big red, Flinders Ranges

Big Red’s Harem

October 20, 2014 | 4 comments

I’ve just been out chasing one of the more elusive kangaroos, the Yellow-footed rock wallaby, one of Australia’s threatened species, found only in some outback areas of South Australia and New South Wales. The Yellow-footed’s are rather reclusive, favouring very steep hills covered in great boulders which make for very hard stalking. They normally see […]

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Bexhill on Sea, England

Old and Beautiful

September 9, 2014 | Leave a comment

I may be old but with age comes great wisdom and enduring beauty          

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Wine Country - Coonawarra

Wine Country – The pickers hut

July 21, 2014 | 1 comment

  I live in a very beautiful part of the world, and as it happens it is “Wine Country”. Our State and country is well endowed with such wonderful landscapes, full of the elixir of life. If you haven’t tried it yet I can hopefully bring some of the joy of wine country to you […]

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Ginko 'Gold'

A Reverence for Trees – Ginko Treasure

June 22, 2014 | Leave a comment

I still remember the first time I saw a Ginko (Ginko biloba) tree. It was at the University of California, Berkeley Campus, it was autumn and the tree was resplendent in its beautiful gold frock, a glorius gilt lawn under its feet. The Ginko is a curious tree, for it is actually a giant fern! […]

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Welcome to the Googlesphere

May 24, 2014 | Leave a comment

The great mechanical auk stirred from its roost and ambled across to the end of the spit which jutted out into the ocean below Sydney. It had a little stretch and a sigh, then a gulp, before finally committing to leave for warmer climes. It lumbered straight down the spit toward the ocean,  gathering speed […]

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Liquidamber autumn-2

A Reverence for Trees – If we didn’t have trees how would we know when it was autumn?

May 14, 2014 | Leave a comment

  Maybe you could suggest some other things that remind you of autumn?  

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The ancient olive of Acharavi

A Reverence for Trees – The ancient olive of Acharavi

May 4, 2014 | Leave a comment

Trees are one of the great joys of my life but I know most people don’t give them a second look. I must confess that I do get upset when majestic trees are cut down. Why? Because their great presence and wisdom cannot easily be replaced, and also because it is usually unnecessary. I shall […]

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Dusk at the obelisk

Trembling Red-Knees at Robe

March 13, 2014 | Leave a comment

Just back from a week down south on the coast at lovely Robe. I managed to get some time chasing birds, mostly wading birds, around the Outlet Lakes on the edge of town. It’s a great spot to watch birds and there is a huge variety there, especially at this time of the year when […]

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