Orchids in Eneabba

Screen Shot 2018-08-02 at 9.00.32 pmScreen Shot 2018-08-02 at 9.01.26 pmScreen Shot 2018-08-02 at 9.01.15 pmScreen Shot 2018-08-02 at 9.01.37 pmScreen Shot 2018-08-02 at 9.02.59 pmScreen Shot 2018-08-02 at 9.02.36 pmScreen Shot 2018-08-02 at 9.03.12 pmScreen Shot 2018-08-02 at 9.03.24 pmScreen Shot 2018-08-02 at 9.03.41 pmScreen Shot 2018-08-02 at 9.04.00 pmScreen Shot 2018-08-02 at 9.04.07 pmScreen Shot 2018-08-02 at 9.04.14 pmScreen Shot 2018-08-02 at 9.02.21 pmScreen Shot 2018-08-02 at 9.02.06 pmScreen Shot 2018-08-02 at 9.01.02 pmScreen Shot 2018-08-02 at 9.00.47 pmThis past week has been very nature filled.  It’s been really glorious spotting the orchids now that the rains have really set in.  The winter appears to finally be here as this week we actually had the heat on!  Before Mike arrived I was wearing a tank top and shorts most days and wondered if it was going to stay in the mid 20’s for a long time.  Nope!

Wesley was not feeling the huge change in weather last night.  The tin roof of the house sort of amplifies the sound of the rain falling so it’s pretty loud.  To him the noise along with the wind and lightning were just a bit too much!  He had his mum and dad with him to cuddle to sleep.  I snuck off into his bedroom to sleep alone and woke to see Mike and our wee lamb cuddling asleep at 6.30am.  It was such a sweet moment to savour.

It’s been exciting out in the bush, as we’ve spotted 3 new species to us.  The hairy stemmed orchid, the coastal banded orchid and a Queen of Sheba (not flowering but soon to be – pictured above).  Most of the species were found in a Wandoo forest not far from the farm.

See that ant in the photos above, how unusual does it look?  I’ve never seen one with its colouring before.

Wesley has been joining Mike and I together in the bush, and Tessa and I have also spent a bit of time together looking at orchids too.

Nature here is just astoundingly diverse and surprising.  You never know what you’re going to see!

Pictured in this post:

  • Bluebeard Orchid
  • Greenbanded Orchid
  • Wandoo Forest
  • Strange Ant
  • Hairy Stemmed Snail Orchid
  • Mike hand building his new beehive boxes (he’s expanding our 5 to 20!)
  • Queen of Sheba
  • Multiple unopened mystery flowers/orchids
  • My shoes and a large fungus nestled between them

Bubbles to Make Us Smile.

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With a stick and a soft piece of string, and some soapy water he has created a space for people to pause and take life lightly. Today I stopped and enjoyed the bubbles just as much as the kids…

He has been creating happiness for adults and children alike in the hopes to help fund a trip around Australia.

Banksia’s Banksia’s Banksia’s!

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These are verticordia… not quite sure of their name.

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 farmers Catherine Davenport and Rod Copeland.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.