Banksia’s Banksia’s Banksia’s!

Screen Shot 2015-05-02 at 4.23.06 PMThis Banksia is pulling out all the stops.  
Screen Shot 2015-05-02 at 4.23.23 PM Screen Shot 2015-05-02 at 4.22.41 PM Screen Shot 2015-05-02 at 4.22.33 PM Screen Shot 2015-05-02 at 4.22.06 PMThere are several variety of grevillea popping out all over Kings Park.
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These are verticordia… not quite sure of their name.

Coorow – A short trip inland.

Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 6.43.28 PM Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 6.33.22 PMScreen Shot 2015-04-27 at 6.42.07 PMThe moon was nearly half full, and so drown out the milky way, but about a week ago Mike said the stars were incredible.  I’ve left my tripod at the farm to make sure we’re ready and armed for the next trip.  This I believe is the North star. Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 6.41.32 PM Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 6.40.33 PMThis is the first orchid of the season.  A “Bunny” orchid.  This was the only one I spotted. Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 6.36.44 PM Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 6.36.37 PM Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 6.35.51 PM Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 6.35.17 PM Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 6.59.00 PM

This incredible moth was laying on the ground so I picked him up and took him to the house.  I named him Ragnar.

I just got back this afternoon from a long weekend in Coorow.  Mike has been there now for two weeks, and so naturally I took the first bus out to spend some down time with him on the farm.  Our first day was pretty relaxing, just a lot of eating and talking!  He played a game of footy with the team yesterday, and during that time I half watched and half socialised with friends whom I’ve not seen in about two years (since we were both in Coorow seeding together).

Many of the girls now have very young babies, and they are all gorgeous, plump little roley polleys.

One of the best parts about this weekend was having a house to ourself to unwind and put our feet up.  We ate loads of chocolates and enjoyed the bloodbath television program that is “Vikings”.  When I say we… I had a glass of wine yesterday after spending 5 hours outside in the sun and cool wind, and promptly feel asleep on Mikes lap. I’m fascinated by the vikings.  This show is gruesome, but at the same time I’m learning so much about a pagan culture I’d otherwise never have had the thought to do any research… If you get a chance you should at least consider watching an episode.  Ragnar Lodbrok is formidable, as is wife.  I really admire her.  Anyway…

I was very reluctant to head back to the city this morning.

Just as a note here, I’ve been only shooting with one lens since last October.  All of the images featured here have been with the Canon 5D Mark III and a 100mm macro prime lens (it’s a wonderful and versatile lens!).

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Farmers, Greens & Unions – United to Stop Anti-Protest Laws

Tuesday afternoon I found myself standing at parliaments front steps.  It was here that I began photographing the handover of a petition of over 14,600 signatures. Screen Shot 2015-04-21 at 9.03.23 PM

Farmer, Rod Copeland believes anti protest laws could hinder his ability to protect his farm from fracking.

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Mark McGowan MLA, WA Labor Leader – Publicly rejected this new bill in a speech, as did farmer Catherine Davenport.Screen Shot 2015-04-21 at 9.03.01 PM Screen Shot 2015-04-21 at 9.01.28 PM Screen Shot 2015-04-21 at 6.59.50 PMScreen Shot 2015-04-21 at 9.04.22 PM

Piers Verstegen from Conservation Council of Western Australia, also spoke against the bill.

A diverse group of organisations and individuals from across Western Australia (including: farmers, conservation groups, religious organisation and unions) were protesting the state governments vague new law that would see a protester jailed for up to two years and fined upward of $20,000 dollars.

You can view the new bill in all it’s vague glory here.

The bill is not specific and could lead to even the most passive of protester being arrested.

68AB. Preparation for physical prevention or trespass 2 (1) A person must not make, adapt or knowingly possess a 3 thing for the purpose of using it, or enabling it to be 4 used, in the commission of — 5 (a) an offence under section 68AA; or 6 (b) an offence under section 70A. 7 Penalty: imprisonment for 12 months and a fine 8 of $12 000″

You could be jailed up to two years just for holding a “thing” which could mean holding a shovel at your gate, or having a chain in your Ute or even waiving a flag.  Not only that, but you’d be presumed guilty and would have to prove your innocence in court.

Great.

If you live in Western Australia and this concerns you too, please write or email your your local MP and let them know it needs to change.

I had an “Alchemist” Moment

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Toogarr, 65 Bibbulmun Nation

This Saturday, before I walked to Heirisson Island to interview the people protesting, I was nervous.  I was looking out onto the balcony when a small honey eater bird came and perched on the rail.  It looked straight into my eyes and began to sing at me.

It felt like a song of encouragement.

A few days later I woke in the morning and began mulling over the traction of the interviews, and wondered if people would care about the issues and also be compelled to share the story too.

As I sat contemplating this, I noticed the small bird had returned.  But this time it was not alone.  It had brought two others with him.  I had three little birds watching me from the balcony.

I smiled to myself, and my eyes watered with happiness.

Last night the story of the protesters camping at Heirisson Island were tweeted out to over 30,000 people on Twitter.

The West Australian Government plans to close 100+ Aboriginal Communities.

On April 19th 2015, I met with Aboriginal citizens whom have been camping in protest on traditional Nyoongar land (Heirisson Island) here in Perth, Western Australia.

The people who live at the Matagarup Aboriginal Refugee Camp are protesting the impending forced closure of over 100 remote aboriginal communities throughout Western Australia.  Currently there are 60 people from several tribes and organisations showing solidarity together over the uncertainty that these remote communities face.Screen Shot 2015-04-19 at 1.43.56 PM Vivianne, 48 Manjidar – “We need our communities. If they are closed down, we will lose everything. Our connection to the land could be lost.” Screen Shot 2015-04-19 at 1.45.02 PM Ruthie, 52  Nyoongah “To be pushed off the land we’ve been living on for thousands of years, it’s very sad” Screen Shot 2015-04-19 at 1.44.52 PM Bella, 54 Nyoongah “We are making a stand for those who will be forced into homelessness. Everybody has to stand up and make noise. These closures have got to stop.” Screen Shot 2015-04-19 at 1.44.33 PM Herbert, 49 Nyoongah – “I am an activist and elder. Colin Barnett needs to stop closing down these communities.  He is creating more homelessness with this decision.” Screen Shot 2015-04-19 at 1.44.27 PM Trevor, 55 – “Western Australia is the most mineral rich state in Australia.  The Pilbara and Kimberly have the greatest deposits. In just one year (2012-2013), the government collected five billion dollars in royalties.  This is what people don’t see.  Mining in these areas could affect heritage and cultural sites.” Screen Shot 2015-04-19 at 1.44.19 PM Clinton, 25 Nyoongah – “I am a young teacher, keeping the language alive. Our culture is in peril, the land holds our stories.  Mother nature needs our protection.” Screen Shot 2015-04-19 at 1.44.12 PM Toogarr, 65 Bibbulmun Nation – “We are here because we want to be in contact again with the Mother Earth.  This is our mother.  The stars and moon are inside of us all.”

In November 2014, the State of Western Australia announced it has been forced to close between 100-150 regional Aboriginal communities. This was a reactive response as the Federal Government declared it would no longer be funding these remote regions (it had been previously supporting 2/3rd of the funding).

Many of these small communities were established in the 1970’s when aboriginal people began to relocate from urban regions back to their traditional homeland.  This relocation was due to a lack of employment and a great need to reconnect with the land.  This migration was a supported by the Common Wealth in 1976 through the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which the Federal government agreed to pay for utilities such as water and electricity.

On March 11th of this year, The Prime Minister, Tony Abbott revealed publicly that he thought these communities were “a lifestyle choice” and in stating this, he single handily undermined the necessity of Aboriginal people to have their communities connected with the land.

In determining which communities will close, the state government of Western Australia (led by Premier Colin Barnett) has proposed that it will review and implement the closure of communities that are not financially self-sustainable.  This has the potential to displace approximately 1300 people whom live in 274 of WA’s smaller communities.

Across the nation many people, political leaders and community organisations (including Greens Senators: Scott Ludlam and Rachel Seiwert, Senator Sue Lines (WA Labor), Terry Redman MLA (Nationals WA) and Ben Wyatt MLA) have spoken out and questioned the decision made by both the State and Federal Government.  In Melbourne and Perth, thousands of people stood in protest in March when the media showed footage of the protesters at Heirrison Island being moved along by police.

Outside of Western Australia there has been progress for a number of other states who were in a similar position.  South Australia recently reached an agreement with the Federal Government worth $15 million dollars of support for their remote communities.  The Northern Territories had previously also been promised funding by the Federal Government, totalling $206 million over the next 10 years.

This video features the elders and community currently living on Heirrison Island

To show your support for the traditional owners and custodians of this land here in Western Australia, please share this video, blog or sign up for this petition.  Alternately, this hashtag is bringing awareness and is arranging a march here in Perth through Instagram & Twitter:  

Holly Martin Copyright – Redterrain 2015  For all enquires please email: redterrain@hotmail.com

Long Weekend – Eneabba & Greenhead

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 This weekend I traveled North to Eneabba to spend the long weekend with Brian and Tessa on the farm.  We headed to the coast our first few days to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere to beach always brings  During this time, we socialised for a few nights, enjoyed the local art scene and also got to witness the rare blood moon.  Tessie (our dog) warmly greeted us when we returned to the farm and I spent several hours taking her and the 3 other’s into the bush.  It was so nice to enjoy the quiet and company this weekend.

Mike will be headed to Coorow this Thursday to begin a seeding season, which will have him back on farm soil for about three months.  I’m happy that he’ll get a chance to get back onto the land, but also deeply sad that he’ll be away for 3 months (I’m trying not to think about it too much!).  I’m going to either pass my driving test in a few weeks time (fingers and toes crossed) or take a bus to visit him, depending on how I go.

Anyway, this Easter long weekend was really just great.  It would have been made even better if Mike were with us too.

Hoping you all enjoying your breaks too.  What did you get up to?  Did you eat buckets of chocolate?

Found these in the leaves today…

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Macro Photography @ Kings Park, Perth


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This is a new jumping spider – it might be called a “Opisthoncus mordax” but I’m not 100%.  In this photo you can see the markings on his abdomen are unusual to the jumpers I normally photograph.  He has a distinctive white x pattern.Screen Shot 2015-03-19 at 9.11.19 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-19 at 9.11.42 PM

Stunning Verticordia – Also currently unidentified
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Today after lunch with a friend I took a long walk to Kings Park.  There were some flowers (and plenty of bees!) despite the fact that we’re just beginning our autumn season here in Western Australia.  There is always some colour and activity when I head to the park, I’m always surprised by what I encounter.

I’m looking forward to this winter season (wildflower season!!) when we can get out and hunt for new flower species in the hills and other areas of the state.

It was very pleasing to spot the black and white jumping spider near the end of my day today…

Such a distinguished little spider.

ps:  I’ve had a lot of free this week because I’m starting a new role next Monday!  Incase you were wondering why I was able to walk about and have long lunches…  Things are changing here for me work wise, and I’m quite thrilled for this new opportunity.  Change is good!

Perth, you’re beautiful.

Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 6.56.54 PMSometimes I forget how easy going and pretty this little city is.

Today the weather is perfect for strolling the streets and enjoying the autumn temperatures (not roasting hot).

I’m feeling on top of the world at the moment, as there are some changes in my life that are currently underway.

I also got to spend a few hours on the phone with my sisters today, which was an awesome way to start the day.

I may have overdone it with the monkeys.

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I feel like that kid, that’s had access to all the candy on halloween…and has eaten so much sugar that my body reacts in a lethargic, sickly way. Yesterday I was completely exhausted by 7:00pm.  I had a fever, and was glowing red in the face.  I decided to walk in a literal blizzard to the grocery store (which is 10 minutes from our hotel) to get some food.  The freezing temperature cooled me down, but I was feeling achey and tired even still when I returned home carrying dinner (fresh fruit and microwave pizza – which was actually a terrible choice!).

Mike joked with me the other day that I was on a “dizzy – high from the monkeys” and I actually think he might have been onto something. Over the evening I slept through the rest of the snow blizzard and woke with Mike to the discovery that quite a bit of snow had fallen while we were dreaming.

Today is the come down.  I’m resting in a collapsed heap.  I’ve eaten little, and moved even less.  I am a literal blob.

Tomorrow, is our last day in Hakuba before we travel back to Tokyo for one more night.  We’ll then rise early and fly back to the hot state of Western Australia, Saturday morning.

I feel oddly torn.   Japan is an amazing country, and yet there are familiar things in Australia that I am also looking forward to as well. Number one thing?  Without a doubt our amazing bed.

When you travel, what is it that you look forward to when you return home?  

It turns out, I’m the type that like’s to know there is a home to come home to.  To appreciate the unfamiliar, and bring those stories and memories back…that’s what I enjoy.  Mike and I will have many special memories to take home with us. Obviously also I love to photograph it all too.

Until next time… Sending Love, Holly & Mike

ps:  Mike may also be posting his set of photos… keep an eye out.  His images feature the monkeys in action, playing!