It's nearly midnight and Blogger just swallowed my first attempt at a post. I've been dragging the chain a bit lately when it comes to blogging (that was an Aussie expression, hopefully not too obtuse) but I'm definitely going to make a better effort next year. As the new year is almost upon me I thought I'd just show you some favourite photos of the past month or so, with a little bit of commentary. First up is Christmas, the 80 year old tree from Vienna and the very modern children with some of their loot.
This is beautiful Luther, an old black cat turning bronze with age. About 16 or so, he is a loving companion, very much enjoying his life in the sun, especially now that the chooks are no longer able to harass him. Considering his age he is amazingly sweet and patient when the children want to carry him around.
I am of course a bit potty about natural history and got very excited about this spider's web that I saw hanging from our roof. It was about 3 ft wide and nearly as high, way up in the air and only visible when the wind blew it the right way. I couldn't resist taking a photo and I'm only sorry the owner wasn't visible, though I know quite a few of my readers will be grateful for that omission.
This wonderful tree is a prickly pear and when I was last out on the road, mainly in Queensland, the prickly pears were in flower. They are a terrible weed in many places but the orange flowers do develop into a fruit that is sweet and juicy and highly valued in many parts of the world. Sometimes to be found in fruit shops but certainly not a common fruit.
At the moment we are experiencing terrible floods in the state of Queensland. Over a third of the state, an area the size of Germany and France combined, is in flood - and the water is expected to be there for weeks if not months. It is heart rending to see streets, houses, farm lands under water. Just three weeks ago I was in some of the towns now flooded, thousands of people evacuated, property ruined. There was a lot of water lying around when I was in Queensland and this next photo shows a puddle we drove through. This same place, the road, the trees, and the paddocks behind, are now several metres deep in muddy water.
I'll end with a sunset taken in Gloucester, New South Wales, on a day of torrential rain. I was at a friend's wedding and as the sun set the sky just lit up with this amazing golden light.
I wish you all a most wonderful 2011, a year of peace, happiness, good health and prosperity. Thank you for your support and encouragement over the past year, I really do appreciate your comments and emails.
As a book binder trained in Sydney and Auckland, I am currently interested in drawing, print making, and all aspects of the artist’s book. My lifelong passions have always revolved around books, both making and reading, and natural history. From 1980 until retirement in 2004 (and later on contract)I worked in the Research Library of the Australian Museum and was privileged to work with the Rare Book Collection. My interest in the marine animals depicted in the 16th and 17th century natural history books has led to a series of hand made books I am working on, featuring my re-drawings of these animals. Wamberal, on the beautiful NSW Central Coast, is where I live and work, in easy reach of 7 beaches and lagoons.