Climate change appears to be a reality. In our drying climate the danger of bushfires seems to have increased not only in number but also in severity. Yarloop was a little town devastated by bushfires in the Western Australian South West region a year ago.
Prescribed burning in the cooler winter months are conducted for the safety of people, the environment and animals. Burning reduces the amount of ground vegetation to decrease risk of bushfires that could cause greater damage later in the season. There is evidence that prescribed burning also helps to maintain biodiversity and assists with vegetation management. Fire may be important to the regeneration and rejuvenation of our bushland and forests.
I came across some prescribed burning in the Great Southern Karri Forests this winter and captured some images on my iPhone to create this little soundscape story of forest rejuvenation.
Another Winter and yet another retreat to the great Karri forests of the South of WA. On the way out of a forest walk we came across two kangaroos that led us to an unexpected and dazzling display of hundreds of gnomes.
The gnomes were displayed in many different settings…..
…..and represented various local communities, families and towns….
A showcase of gnomes!
Not necessarily a natural setting, but at least it is in a natural environment and hopefully attracts people to visit the forests!
You are currently listening to Old Scruffy, a magpie that sings for his many visitors outside Canal Rocks Beach Resort.
The outdoor beach shower post provides an ideal platform for his operatic performances.
There are a variety of sea birds, local cockatoos and kangaroos that frequent the area.
Apart from the beautiful swimming beaches there are stunning ocean views a short walk away along the Cape Cape Trail
Yalingup is an easy 3 hour drive down from Perth and we spent a very pleasant few days at Smiths beach, enjoying swimming in the crystal clear waters and breath taking walks along the coast. February is usually very warm and dry but we came across some very unusual weather patterns while we were here.
Prior to our leaving Perth, this amazing cloud band (taken at Peters Pool Cottesloe) was a portend of things to come!
A low pressure tough from the humid tropics of Northern Western Australia can form cyclonic weather there. In this case it created a rain depression that traveled all the way down to the South West, causing unseasonably humid and wet weather and flooding in some places.
It also presented us with amazing sunsets as can be seen in this picture of my mother and I walking along the coastline one evening. We felt like we were on the edge of the planet Mars looking out at the universe (and everything)!