These bird silhouettes should be out in our garden, but while we decide where to put them, they are inside our lounge where we can see them every day.
This is my contribution to HeyJude’s “Life in Colour” for this month’s theme of black.
We had a visitor to our garden last weekend. I’ve seen a few Blue Tongue Lizards in the wild now, but I was able to get up close to this fellow.
This month, Jude’s monthly 2020 Photo Challenge is all about texture. I love the contrast of textures in these photos, reptile, concrete and branch. His intricate scales and colouring is also perfect for last month’s topic of pattern.
And I finally got a photo of his blue tongue.
Maria Island is a delight. An island of history, of beauty, an island with no vehicles, no shops. A place to relax and connect with nature.
The island is a thirty minute ferry off the east coast of Tasmania. The Painted Cliffs are stunning coloured sandstone sculptured by the sea and wind.
The Fossil Cliffs are limestone rocks containing numerous and varied fossils.
There are white beaches, open spaces, bush tracks.
The historic settlement of Darlington has been a convict probation station, a camp for whalers and sealers, a Victorian resort. The island has housed a cement works along with farming and fishing.
It is now a National Park and wildlife sanctuary. As well as wombats, there are wallabies and numerous bird species.
We’ve spent the day on Maria Island. An island off the east cost of Tasmania.
I’ll write about it later but I wanted to share these photos of wombats. Wild wombats on the island that are very healthy and very tolerant of walkers with cameras. In total we saw 21 wombats, on grass, in a barn, crossing the footpath, one with a youngster.
“Since the late 1960s Maria Island has become a kind of Noah’s Ark, as a number of threatened species have been introduced here in a bid to protect their kind. The very things that made the island a convict settlement, now make it an ideal refuge for plant and animal species that are elsewhere under threat.”
Over a century ago, a ship sailed into Hobart harbour. Roald Amundsen, walked up Elizabeth Street to the General Post Office and sent a telegram to the King of Norway, announcing the success of the first expedition to reach the South Pole.
Hobart has had a close association with the Antarctic ever since and this weekend, hosted the Australian Antarctic Festival, sharing information about the great southern continent and ongoing research.
Marine research ship “Investigator” was open to the public.
So was the Australian Ice Breaker ship “Aurora Australis”. It was fascinating to tour both ships, hear about their work, talk to crew and scientists who have sailed to Antarctic and lived on the ice for months at a time.Hobart is their home port and we regularly see both ships sailing in and out.
There was a photo exhibition, penguins and huskies. I loved the cut out penguins decorated by 8,000 school kids across the country.
Rather than “waking from sleep or renewal” as depicted by springtime, I am choosing the definition, “moment of awareness”.
Here in Tasmania, we share our beautiful island with lots of wildlife. This tag, on a local sculpture, reminds everyone to be aware of their driving speed. Slow down. Tasmania has the highest level of road kill in the world.
It is always a pleasure to have visitors and show them some of our favourite places in Tasmania.
My cousin arrived yesterday so I met her at Hobart airport and introduced her to this delightful sculpture of Tasmanian Devils, by local artist Ruth Waterhouse.
Later in the day we met real live Devils at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. We also saw wombats, koalas, echidna, blue tongue lizards, birds, kangaroos.
“All of our animals at Bonorong are survivors and have a story. We operate a 24 hour rescue service. Our army of hundreds of volunteers brings aid to thousands of suffering animals every year. The service is funded entirely by entry fees. Bonorong is not a zoo. All of our animals are with us for a reason. All of them undergo meticulous assessment to ensure they are happy and healthy. We never compromise on this. Many other animals are released back into the wild after their recovery.”
Since my last visit, Bonorong has opened a unique wildlife hospital, with vets on hand to operate as needed.