I wrote this poem back in 2000. As I had said in an earlier post; I have been going through my journals of past poetry; it has been rather interesting watching my writing techniques change and develop over time. It has been a lovely day, sunny and warm. Only one more week until winter is over here in Australia, then spring (my favourite season, followed close by summer). I am not a wintry person; some like to rug up, I like barefoot or sandals and wearing dresses, shorts and happy clothes! Western Australia also has the best wildflower show of all time! Go bush, and the amazing array of native flora and the display of colour is majestic! I have been outside to take some photos of the cloudy sky, rain is coming tomorrow. I thought I’d put this old poem to one of these photos.
Paul took this photograph in Kenya at a wildlife park; although the eagle he photographed was not in captivity; it stood atop a eucalyptus tree (ironically, an Australian icon). Africa have several eucalyptus species that were introduced, being grown for timber and fire wood. Unfortunately, the trees have become an invasive species, as most introduced species (flora and fauna) across the world have (when will we learn)?
Those who have been following my blog from the beginning know that I love walking through the nearby Yellagonga Regional Park; a protected bush land and lake (Lake Joondalup), not far from our home. Western Australia (particularly the city of Perth) has been really good at keeping protected areas of native bush land interspersed within suburbia. Therefore we get to see native wildlife, from kangaroos through to birds of all kinds, right on our doorstep (this also means getting visits from venomous snakes during the spring and summer months); which is not a problem for me, as I love seeing snakes and other reptiles in the wild. I have written and posted quite a few haiku attached to wildlife photos my husband and I have taken over the last couple of years. Here is a display of four favorites, attached to favorite photos that I have posted in the past.
We have been away for the weekend, enjoying some time with our son, daughter inlaw and little grandson in Melbourne (which happens to be on the other side of Australia). I enjoyed the chaos and noise that a young household bring; but am looking forward to some alone time, to thank our creator for everything He has done for us and given to us graciously.
The photo I have linked to my latest poem was taken, once again, in Monkey Mia, Northern Western Australia. The Dolphin Beach Resort we stayed at had resident wild emus roaming the grounds. The resort is a caravan park with areas for tents, caravans and campers and there are chalets on the beach front. The emus love roaming along the beach, so do the pelicans. The wildlife are amazing, I so enjoyed the nature in this serene place. Solitude beckoned, I answered….
I took this photograph at the Yellagonga Regional Park; as those who regularly read my blog know, this is a favourite place of mine to walk and photograph. I have been laying low this past week; believe it or not, I have a novel on the boil; although I have only recently made my way back to it, putting it on the back burner, as I often do with many things I start ( I think they call it procrastination, correct me if I’m wrong)….
I love birds, particularly Australian Cockatoos. Pink and Grey Galahs are prevalent across Australia. They are also known as the Rose-breasted Cockatoo (Eolophus roseicapilla). Unfortunately, not all of our Cockatoos are as prevalent. I have attempted to photograph the Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris); sadly this endemic, Western Australian bird is endangered. This grand bird has a wingspan of up to 110cm, and can weigh around 520 – 790g (large for a Cockatoo). It is endemic to the South-West of Western Australia, as it feeds predominantly on native proteaceous plant seeds, such as Banksia, Hakea and Grevillea, and secondarily on seeds from myrtaceous plants such as Eucalyptus and Corymbia. Major threats to Carnaby’s Cockatoo include clearing of their feeding and breeding areas for housing, destruction of nesting hollows (people using logs for firewood), competition with other species for nesting hollows, and illegal poaching (they are a big-ticket item on the black market). There are 13 species of Cockatoos in Australia.
I wrote a haiku for this photo I took of the Pink and Grey Galahs I love, although they are prevalent, they are still special.
I haven’t posted anything for ages, here is another poetry installment! A silly one at that…. 🙂 I took this photograph at Yellagonga Regional Park in spring. There is nothing deep and meaningful about this poem; I wrote it a few years ago in jest, after a mishap with a honey bee of the stinging kind. Some facts about Australian Bees: we have around 1500 native bees in Australia. Ten of these species are stingless, the rest can sting, although they are not aggressive, and relatively small, so their sting is usually not too much of a worry. Unfortunately the most commonly known bee in Australia is not native (Apis mellifera); it is the common yellow-brown commercial honey bee. European pioneers introduced this bee in 1822 to produce honey for food (these bees are aggressive and real stingers). Australian native bees don’t produce enough honey for commercial use. They pollinate particular Australian native plants; although stingless bees are efficient pollinators of macadamias and blue banded bees show potential as pollinators of greenhouse tomatoes (http://www.aussiebee.com.au/croppollination.html). These particular bees I have photographed are Australian native bees, pollinating Banksia flowers. Australian stinging bees can sting repeatedly, unlike the European honey bee, which only gets one chance at stinging before it dies.