I haven’t written much about where I live, but it is a big influence on my art. I was born in the Pacific Northwest of the United States and it took a long time for me to feel like the Australian bush was as much a part of me as the pine forests where I was born.
When we first moved onto this land I wanted a garden of the plants that I had grown up with: azaleas and crocuses, roses and daffodils. I do have two rosebushes and an azalea but other than that there isn’t much tended garden. Our ‘natural look’ is perfect for all the wildlife that we live with every day. Amazing birds, reptiles, wallabies, echidnas, bandecoots, and of course various beetles, ants and spiders.
This is the dam on our property. We share 80 acres of land with 5 other households. The land goes over that hill you can see in the distance. It is wild rainforest, jungle-like and difficult to get through. I have only been over there a couple of times as you basically have to hack your way through.
We live inside the forest, so we have lots of wildlife neighbours. Here is a wallaby couple in our front yard. They aren’t tame, but after 17 years they are pretty used to us.
Enough so that they will go most anyplace they can get to. This is outside our compost toilet, across from the back door – and the only loo we have.
These two have been out in the back garden most mornings. The mother seems very unconcerned about us so the joey is learning not to fear us either.
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Here the baby is on his own, out of the pouch. Mama isn’t far away.
We have a variety of wildlife. This monitor lizard is shyer than most. It was tricky getting his photo.
He had visited before though and knew exactly where he was headed. The compost bucket.
He is been coming by most days at noon for lunch. My husband said that the goanna made the hole in the top for himself.
Do you have any wildlife around your place?