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!
Springtime in Western Australia, one always thinks of our beautiful wildflowers especially after such a good winter. However, here in Araluen one could almost imagine being in Holland with such a spectacular show of tulip. Kathy and Marcia took a trip there and this is what they found and photographed.
Araluen Botanic Park is home to many species of Australian and international flora.
Its unique micro-climate featuring loam soils and high rainfall provides an unparalleled opportunity to grow exotic cool climate plants in our desert climate.
Camellias, tea roses and tulips can all be discovered at Araluen in springtime amongst a native backdrop of Eucalyptus, Marri and Blackbutt.
The natural surroundings support a range of native wildlife, including marsupials, birds, reptiles and water creatures. After a good wet winter the frogs were particularly active and great Bio Indicator of this unique environment.
Araluen boasts of a magical journey through the Park highlighting the stunning bursts of colour from the 125,000 Tulips throughout the Park.They are not wrong and well its worth the drive there!