Spring time

Celebrating Spring! Here are few shots of my jasmine plant and some photos of flowers given to me recently by some friends visiting from Perth. I nearly always take photos of flowers so that I can enjoy them for much longer! The water feature looks a bit grotty but last time I cleaned it I found two big frogs and lots of tadpoles. I decided they have permission to stay!

How close is too close?

***I watched the above video about a pride of African lions and cubs that accepted a man into their space. He plays with them like they are kittens or playful puppies. It almost goes wrong when a hyena gate-crashes the party. The lions start to get cranky and the man has to make a hasty exit.

I think most of us like to have some connection with other species – dogs and cats tend to be the most popular. What is it that drives some people beyond the safety barrier and put themselves at risk? Australia’s Steve Irwin is a good example of someone who died doing what he loved most – getting up close and personal with wild creatures.

We domesticate animals and yet sometimes we forget that they are still animals. There are awful cases where a family dog has turned on its owner or a member of the family, with disastrous impact for all concerned.

On the other hand, we use other species to our benefit. I think of farm dogs trained to round-up the sheep or cattle. They are working dogs and not pandered to like pets. They have a role and it generally doesn’t include sitting on the couch!

There are people who collect reptiles and yet others who are fascinated with dangerous spiders. People try to outsmart the bulls at rodeos and horses and grey hounds are used for our sporting pleasure.

I have experienced some amazing encounters with creatures who are just as curious about us as we are about them. For example I once found a bird on the ground and I thought it couldn’t fly so I picked it up, sat it on my car seat, and drove home with it. On the way it must have tired of car travel and flew out of the open window. It was quite a special experience.

*** For my creative writing group, I was finding it difficult to come up something on the designated topic – it had to include something about African wildlife – so here it is 🙂

Flowers

I am very grateful for my family every day, but today was extra special. Wonderful to speak to each of my three sons and two grandsons, great lunch with Andrew and Rachelle and Rogue. And here are the flowers I got too …

 

Weekly photo challenge: Perspective

I have examined these frogs from all perspectives and I am still unsure if they are all the same frog. The one in the bottom right hand corner was discovered in December 2013 but the others were taken on 9 March 2014 🙂

A pleasant time spent in the garden

The vegetable garden needs watering at least once a day at present. It is quite warm and there is no sign of rain. It is lovely to spend some time out-of-doors.

The tomatoes are looking good, however I have to pick them soon as we have some ring-tail possums living beyond our back fence and they pop over to our place for a snack now and again :-).

As well as tomatoes, there are silver-beet plants, rocket, basil, mint, oregano, rosemary, parsley and rock-melon. I just need to harvest them before the possums eat them :-).

My fridge magnets

Actually they are on my filing cabinet really 🙂

1. One day as a TIGER is worth thousands as a SHEEP

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2. Chill out!

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3. God grant me the SERENITY to accept the things I cannot change

Courage to CHANGE the things I can

And WISDOM to know the difference

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4. DANCE as though no-one is watching you

LOVE as though you have never been hurt

SING as though no-one can hear you

LIVE as though heaven is on earth

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5. Go confidentially in the direction of your dreams

Live the life you have imagined (Thoreau)

On the look out for whales in Geographe Bay in October

On the look out for whales in Geographe Bay in October 2013