Beloved Birds

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Red-tailed, black cockatoos of Western Australia, with their loud distinctive calls, are classified as a threatened species, mainly due to habitat loss. I took this photo when a small flock temporarily settled, with great noise and attitude, in the gum tree in front of our house, before they moved on to feed in another tree close by. I always find their noisy movement and chatter uplifting as they charge the air with their energy and antics. They can live to fifty years of age and there is concern that a lot of the birds we are now seeing are these older birds and not juveniles, as successfully breeding is affected dramatically by vegetation clearing and lack of tree hollows for nesting. I hope that Perth will stop expanding in the destructive urban sprawl that often forces the clear-felling of bushland, and that we will continue to be visited by these beloved birds for many years to come.

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Different Shades of Purple

 

In the middle of August, the North Yorkshire Moors transform into a sea of purple. The subtle perfume of the tiny purple flowers drifts in the wind heralding autumn.

The other side of the world, a month later, on a dusty hot roadside in the Goldfields, Western Australia,  spring flowers burst into bloom.

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Inside Australia

Just after dawn

The sculptures glow

in the early sun.

We walk

tracing lines

from figure to figure

in the waterless lake.

 

Lake Ballard, a salt lake in Western Australia’s Goldfields, is home to 51 metal figures sculpted by Antony Gormley. He’s perhaps most famous for The Angel of the North, a steel sculpture 20 metres high with a 54 metre wingspan, located in Gateshead in the North East of England.

http://www.antonygormley.com/projects/item-view/id/248

http://lakeballard.com/

The Angel of the North

http://lakeballard.com/about/antony-gormley-and-inside-australia/

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