Tag Archive: Yellagonga Regional Park


Haiku-mix

I am really enjoying messing about with Powerpoint, making posters with past and present photos and poetry. I have another foursome. Haiku attached to photos taken by my husband Paul (the dragonfly) in the regional park and some photos I took in Bali (monkeys in a monkey forest park and an Indonesian komodo dragon), I also spotted this lizard in Kenya, when we went to Sudan and stopped in Kenya for a few days break. I posted these poems I wrote a while ago now, hope you enjoy the re-hash. I am once again experiencing lean times with my writing.
Haiku mix

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.
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Haiku: Sentinels

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.

A BEE STING

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.

Haiku: Dragonfly in Spring

Paul took some photos of several dragonflies at the Yellagonga Regional Park.  I once again, connected one of these photos to a new haiku I wrote.  I am enjoying  putting photographs to my poetry.  This was taken in spring last year (not that long ago).  Sadly it is almost the end of summer here in Australia.  Fortuneately, the seasons do not adhere to the man-made calendar.  I am hoping we can enjoy the warm sunshine for a little longer yet.  I saw a green dragonfly the other day, but unfortuneately didn’t get the camera out in time (the excuse of my life)!  So here’s another blue one that Paul caught close up.

 

 

Well, today is the final day of my 10 days of wonderful summer holidays!  I went for a lovely walk into the Yellagonga Regional Park once again, to see if I could spot some wildlife!  Sadly, no snakes, lizards or kangaroos.  But, I did see birds, dragonflies, wasps and lots of spiders, trees and beautiful bushland.  My husband (Paul) didn’t join me today, so his great photography skills were missed.  It gave me the chance to practice; unfortunately I didn’t get as good a shot of the dragonflies, but I got one in mid-flight over three photographs, hovering elegantly in the breeze.  I have another dragonfly haiku  poem to represent these photos.

DRAGONFLIES

(Sharon Hughes, 2010)

Dragonflies dance, silent;

until their wings beat upon

a summer’s day breeze.

When I arrived home from an hour of trudging through the bush with my trusty camera; I found another photographic opportunity…… My beautiful 20 year old son, Phil!  He decided to go skate boarding down a steep decline on New Years Eve, after becoming inebriated at a party!  After a major face plant on the downhill road, he came out with several fairly nasty looking grazes.  They don’t look too bad now; and best of all his face is pretty much still intact!  Thank goodness!

Here is the slide show of the bushwalk and our son’s face bash!

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