The fragility of life.
The fragility of life. Next installment! Our beautiful Tasmanian Masked Owl (Tyto novaehollandiae castenops) was once described by John Gould (biologist) as '...a species distinguished from all other members of its genus by its great size and powerful form. Probably few of the Raptorial birds, with the exception of the Eagles, are more formidable or more sanguinary (causing much bloodshed) in disposition.' After this beauty flew up to the tree tops, I packed up & walked back down to the house to close windows, feed dog & cat, stoke the woodheater...and go collect more wood in barrow. It was dark. I had a torch. Whilst at woodpile I heard our chooks cry out. I had not yet closed their door for the night. Rushing in...there she was...looking perplexed...on the floor of the chook house...what's all the noise about...I'm just after my chicken dinner! I walked in between the terrified chickens and the owl...shining my torch on the ground so she could still see. Slowly we turned around and together we left the chook house...both walking in a nonchalant manner. She then flew up to the fence. I stood next to her...about a rulers length away. We had a quiet moment. I told her it's not ok to eat the chooks. She let me pat her briefly. We parted company. I had tears of wonderment.
Rainbow summer colours Published 19 Jan 2017. Girards Hill NSW 2480
The struggle of rural work, patchy service! Published 05 May 2016. Brewarrina NSW 2839
Our orchid finally bloomed
Ross Female Factory is one of four female factories built in Tasmania. Between 1847 and 1854 it operated as a probation station for female convicts and their babies. The buildings were converted from a chain gang station and extended to include a chapel, dining rooms, hospital, nursery, solitary cells, dormitories and an outer courtyard. The women were taught how to sew, clean, cook, launder and care for their children.
Blends in with the background.