Saturday, 20 December 2014

... harsh yet beautiful ...



by Simone McPherson
It has been months and months since we have had any type of grass cover …

 … And yet for the past two years now, things have slowly been getting graver and now to the point of severe drought conditions here and in other parts of the Australian Bush.

 … sure we get all the signs of perhaps a down pour … at least? ...


… then it just passes us by without a single drop …

To date this year we have received 6 inches.  That is not much in the scale of things especially when you depend on it for Stock and pasture growth.  There are also the woodlands and the forests that are missing out as well as …


… all the Native animals, birds and reptiles who are also dependant on water.  Of course we too need water for our own existence.  It is something that we treat as very precious not being at all wasteful where every single drop counts.  I have even had to let my little gardens go for good this time.

So nowadays the country is seen like this … dry, hard, grey and rocky ...

… and it goes on and on as we walk the creek beds in search of some; any water for the stock, even the beautiful Callistemons are dying back …


… however, there is none ... even this Goanna was wandering around looking for water before we came along and he scampered up a tree …


… we have also started digging out some holes in the creeks in a vain hope that we can capture some water for our stock.  We are now down to just on 220 cows and we are taking weekly loses now.  It’s all such a shame.

... Lily and Maxi make the best out or a little seep in the dug out creek bed, which does put a smile on our faces ... 

There are signs of course that things are on their way …

 … and of course it is nature that quietly displays these signs …


… there is a lovely little native orchid that I mentioned a while back in one of my posts.  Well this particular little orchid … which is an erect epiphytic orchid – which means that it is a plant that grows on another plant though it is not parasitic.

These lovely little orchids Cymbidium suave or Snake Orchids form in large clumps on hollow logs, on dead as well as living trees … they have long linear leaves with deep yellow or even greenish flowers that are sometimes tinged with red or even brown at times on pendulous stems to about 30cm long …


The last time that these little orchids flowered was over three years ago and that was before we had a rather wet winter.  They have not flowered since and they are now out in their masses … so I do believe that there is hope yet …

… for at least some rain to break this terrible drought and to bring the country back for all the living creatures out here in this harsh yet beautiful Australian landscape.