Trees of the outback South Australia come in all kinds of interesting shapes and sizes. Whenever I drive through these lands, I always stop somewhere and just walk around, looking for all kinds of arrangements and patterns. And if the day is calm and cloudy - like this one - it’s even better!
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I can almost forgive winter if it throws out days like today. Yes, it was very cold, but the sun pounded across the sky taking a smidge of chill from my bones. And still. Not any breeze. At lunch my music was the percussive sound of two giant black cockatoos cracking nuts in the casuarina trees. And just as a I bit into my perfectly sticky fried egg a wedgetail eagle silently slid across the sky and disappeared down into the valley. Now as the sunk sun stains the horizon pink the rhythm has changed to the crack and hiss of the fire.
Oh, and perfect land management weather. Me and my hoe and fernhook on the undergrowth and special expertise from a local fella on the massive tree fall on the emergency exit path. #australianbush#winterdays#outsidework#bushblock#aussiebush#naturalbeauty#sunnydays#sunset#eucalyptus
Divide and conquer! The Madigan line is GAR's next great challenge. Departing Birdsville - Fri 9th Aug.
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This map of Antarctica is a type of lichen. This crusty-looking growth form is known as crustose, and those little black research station markers are it's fruiting bodies.
I just discovered this fun fact while writing: crustose lichens are sometimes called map lichen.
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We walk through fields of grass trees and wildflowers, both appeal. Traversing a ridgeline, we follow it until it ends with a short, sharp descent, roughly 2km from the gate.There's a clearing at the top, where the valley drops away steeply on each side and there's a line of sight through the trees. A thick gum tree, far older than its neighbours, sits at one end. There's slate in areas - easily broken with the right tools. Harder rocks too, but there's a few patches of earth we think we can dig into for the foundations.
Standing there, we get a prickle of a feeling - a faint familiarity. But it's too early to decide; we go home and ruminate.
The bottle of wine tonight was My Other Self, and it reminds me of when women show up to our events, my accent usually sparks a conversation leading with the question: how did you come to live in Australia? My answer is and always has been the same: I met my partner Declan in Italy, and a year ago, I moved to Canberra to be here with him. I think this surprises a lot of people to see a woman move across the world for a man and then turn around and start a movement on women’s empowerment. But people are multi-faceted, and multidimensional. There’s so much to each person you meet and you really can’t know a person’s motives just based on the first story you hear. We know this, but it’s harder in practice. And usually, the story of how you get somewhere is really different to the story of where you’re going and why. I don’t think it’s about how you get to where you are, but what you do about it when you arrive.
Nut grass (Cyperus rotundas) is a difficult to eradicate, exotic perennial weed in the sedge family, but how attractive is it! Here it has colonised a crack in an old pond and looks especially pretty framed by the reflection of winter clouds.
Also known as Java grass, musta, mustaka, xiang fu and nagarmotha, nut grass can be a serious pest, especially in damp areas, but it has some redeeming features if one cares to go looking. Firstly, one would have to admit that nut grass has an agreeable smell, even if it is only noticed during an eradication procedure. Additionally, it is not only edible but also has great medicinal properties, and has long been used in some cultures for the treatment of stomach and bowl disorders, gynaecological disorders, skin conditions, diabetes and for body fat reduction. The roots, in particular, are valued by Ayurvedic practitioners. Its underground 'nuts' (tubers) are consumed as food in various parts of the world, both in their own right and as almond substitutes.
I take comfort from knowing that I need never starve here on a property that nut grass also calls home.