Thursday, 28 July 2016

Winter, Wonder, Walk & Wild

It's winter in our part of the world. We hadn't walked our favourite trail for a few months and I was interested to see what wildflowers were out compared to the last walk we took that way. Well, there weren't that many in flower but it was a lovely walk regardless.

A piece of termite's nest that had fallen from one of the eucalypts

This book has proven to be very useful...

I was able to identify a couple of wildflowers I found - the Woollsia pungens, which was flowering, and the spiny-head mat-rush which wasn't...

 The Charm of Nature Study

Nature study as a subject is one which should be approached with great reverence, for in dealing with birds, animals, flower and all other forms of natural life, we are perhaps, nearer to the Creator than in any other branch of science; for the natural world is the expression of God's personality in a form that is within the reach of all of us to comprehend in some measure. And is not the natural world one of the greatest proofs that there is a God?

Years hence when children are old enough to understand that science itself is in a sense sacred, and demands some sacrifice, all the common information they have been gathering until then, and the habits of observation they have acquired, will form an excellent ground work for a scientific education. In the meantime let them consider the lilies of the field and fowls of the air.

 Wonder - Benj when he was 3 years of age delighting in the rainbow lorikeets

Wonder 13 years later - Benj came home late one night with his brother and they both called out to me to come downstairs. When I got there they took me outside to see this creature climbing along the wall of the carport.

It was bitterly cold outside and we stood shivering while Benj climbed on the back of his brother's ute to get some closer kept moving so the photo is a bit blurred, unfortunately. Then we all argued about what we thought it was - a baby brush-tailed possum or sugar glider?? Whatever it was, everyone thought it was really cute.

Update: it looks like this litte creature is a Feather Tail Glider  Acrobates aculeatus. They are related to the Pygmy Possum and I think this one would have been an adult.


To see the World in a Grain of Sand
And Heaven in a Wildflower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour

William Blake
Moozle's nature notebook

Another great find. It's out of print but I've seen it on ebay for under $10...

Linking up with Celeste at Keeping Company


Silvia said...

How nice to see the wonder pics.

We'll be going camping next week, so some nature study will happen. I love this aspect of education.

Carol said...

Enjoy your camping trip. I wonder what creatures you'll be seeing in your part of the world.

Amber said...

I love seeing your pictures - and that last little critter is really interesting! I've never seen something with a tail like that.

Anonymous said...

We have the fragrance of wattle drifting into our yard and it is delightful. It reminds me of Amy Mack's quote for August,
“ACCORDING to the official calendar it is still winter, but out in the bush all the world knows it is spring.”
Even though of late some days have been freezing.
I love your picture of the glider... sigh... I wish I could see a live one.
My mother has seen some on the farm but then she has seen a koala there as well... one day!


Carol said...

No koalas here that we've seen, nor wombats - probably too rugged for them but I'd love to see one. I'm not really enjoying the cold - I'm sure last winter wasn't as chilly??

Carol said...

The tail certainly narrows the identification process. So out of proportion to the rest of it.

Unknown said...

What a fascinating glimpse into Australian wild life! I especially enjoyed the one of Benj delighting in the rainbow lorikeets. Thank you for sharing. :-)

Carol said...

Thanks Sara. That photo is one of my favourites.