Sunday, 19 April 2015

the 52 project - 16/52

{the 52 project}
A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2015. 
Linking up with Jodi from Practising Simplicity.  

16/52



A shot from Easter Monday.
After a long weekend of wet weather, Monday was a cracking day with enough sunshine to make you think it was still Summer.  We headed to the coast, along with everyone else, and it was a really long wait for our fish and chips. 

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Reconnect with Nature - one photograph at a time

{reconnect with nature}

A community of like minded people who see the value in understanding and appreciating the natural world.  Each week we step outside, find some nature, photograph it and learn something about it to share with others.  Just a few sentences about the tree you’ve photographed, or the bird you've seen, or how you’re noticing the seasons change is all you need and together we'll reconnect with nature, one photograph at time. 
 Read more about the Reconnect with Nature - one photograph at a time idea here.

 
Minyon Falls

Over the Easter long weekend, we made a point of getting out and about with our visitors and did day trips to a number of local landmarks.  One such place was Minyon Falls, located within Nightcap National Park.  Amazing to think the Falls are so close by, and we'd never been before.
The Easter long weekend was wet, with fairly decent falls received, so when we got to the Falls they were pumping!  


Being the Easter long weekend, the place was packed with other day trippers who were jostling for position to take photographs, but even with the crowd of people it still was breathtaking.  There's a great lookout that's been built right next to the Falls, so you can watch as the water plummets roughly 100 meters into a deep palm-shaded gorge below.  
Nightcap National Park protects a series of ancient rainforests that herald back from days of Gondwana and was given National Heritage status in 1989.  The National Park is located on the southern rim of the Mount Warning shield volcano and is a landscape dominated by cliffs, lush gullies and spectacular waterfalls like Minyon. 
I  never cease to be amazed by what's here, almost on our door step, ready to be explored.

Hope you've all had a chance to get outside this week and reconnect with nature.  Looking forward to seeing all your photographs.

Note to readers participating in the link up.

Please use the following points as a guide:
  • Share with us something you've noticed in nature. 
  • Only share one post per week, and link to that post rather than your general blog address.
  • If you can, please include something about your find that allows us all to learn more about the world around us. Just a few sentences about the tree you’ve photographed, or the bird you've seen, or how you’re noticing the seasons change is all you need.
  • Visit as many links as you can, amazing things are shared every week.  
  • And finally, please include a link back to Living a Good North Coast Life in your post.



Sunday, 12 April 2015

the 52 project - 15/52

{the 52 project}
A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2015. 
Linking up with Jodi from Practising Simplicity.  

15/52


Oh Easter.
You and Matilda first woke up at 3:30am and discovered all the eggs that had been hidden around the house.  You were both really disappointed and a bit surprised when you were marched back to bed.  It took you another half an hour to go back to sleep you were so excited. Then you were up at 5am, to be again asked to go back to bed and then finally up at 6:20am.  Then we remembered it was the end of day light savings and we had forgotten to turn the clocks back......so it was only 5:20am.  Needless to say, Easter Sunday was a long day.....................

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Reconnect with Nature - one photograph at a time

{reconnect with nature}

A community of like minded people who see the value in understanding and appreciating the natural world.  Each week we step outside, find some nature, photograph it and learn something about it to share with others.  Just a few sentences about the tree you’ve photographed, or the bird you've seen, or how you’re noticing the seasons change is all you need and together we'll reconnect with nature, one photograph at time. 
 Read more about the Reconnect with Nature - one photograph at a time idea here.

 
Meet Dirawong - a dreaming place for the Bundjalung people  

Goanna Headland, Evans Head

We had visitors staying with us for the Easter long weekend, and during the gaps in the rain we took the chance to get out and about.  Easter Monday we drove down to Evans Head for the day.  Evans Head is probably our closest beach, and has always been one of my most favourite places to visit.  

Goanna Headland (just to the south of Evans Head) has been the mythological place of origin for the local Indigenous people, the Bundjalung Nation, for thousands of years.  The local people call it The Dirawong (goanna).  It is the spiritual centre of their culture and within its landscape there are many sacred, secret and ceremonial sites.  In the 1840's Goanna Headland was also the site of a massacre of Bundjalung people by Europeans.
 
Goanna Headland is believed to be the body of the mythical Dirawong, a goanna that was called upon by a clever man, to protect a bird from a snake.  During the chase Dirawong was bitten on the head by the snake.  Dirawong chased the snake out to sea and lay down on the coast to await its return.  In Bundjalung mythology, Dirawong is the Creator Being who gave the people those laws by which they should live. 

The Dirawong continues to be an influential place biding the Bundjalung people to their culture.  In 1985, a 16 hectare section of the southern part of Goanna Headland become the first Aboriginal land grant in NSW.  

And this is why l continue to enjoy these posts.  The Reconnect with Nature series has been a massive prompt to be more aware of the natural world around me.  I've been to Goanna Headland many times, and whilst l knew of the Dirawong and its importance to the local Aboriginal people, l didn't appreciate the finer details.  Writing this post, prompted me to learn about the massacre and that the land grant to the Aboriginal people was for the first in our state.  So much to see, so much to learn and its a privilege to share those discoveries with you here.
 
Hope you've all had a chance to get outside this week and reconnect with nature.  Looking forward to seeing all your photographs.  

Note to readers participating in the link up.

Please use the following points as a guide: 
  • Share with us something you've noticed in nature.  
  • Only share one post per week, and link to that post rather than your general blog address. 
  • If you can, please include something about your find that allows us all to learn more about the world around us. Just a few sentences about the tree you’ve photographed, or the bird you've seen, or how you’re noticing the seasons change is all you need.
  • Visit as many links as you can, amazing things are shared every week.   
  • And finally, please include a link back to Living a Good North Coast Life in your post.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

the 52 project - 14/52

{the 52 project}
A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2015. 
Linking up with Jodi from Practising Simplicity.  

14/52

Being the daughter of a wildlife carer, means that at age six you've already had a lot of contact with wild animals.  You were born into a house where it is normal to have an echidna downstairs or possums in the aviary.  How excited you were when Dad found a fully-intact 2 meter Carpet Python skin in our roof cavity! You have an understanding and appreciation for wildlife, that most adults don't attain.  It's a marvel to behold and makes my heart burst with pride. 

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Reconnect with Nature - one photograph at a time

{reconnect with nature}

A community of like minded people who see the value in understanding and appreciating the natural world.  Each week we step outside, find some nature, photograph it and learn something about it to share with others.  Just a few sentences about the tree you’ve photographed, or the bird you've seen, or how you’re noticing the seasons change is all you need and together we'll reconnect with nature, one photograph at time. 
 Read more about the Reconnect with Nature - one photograph at a time idea here.

 
Connecting with nature in all different places - finding a Carpet Python skin in our roof!

With the cooler weather upon us, we've had to arm ourselves against mice and rats seeking shelter in the house.  The other weekend we resorted to laying some (wildlife friendly) baits and Dan thought it a good idea to place some in our roof cavity.
Up a ladder, with his head peaking through the manhole, didn't he get a shock when he saw a fully intact, 2 meter Carpet Python skin close by.  At first in the dim light he thought it was an actual snake but then quickly realised it was just a skin.  Bella and l were standing underneath and knew he had found something interesting from his facial expressions.
As he lowered it down through the manhole, Bella (bless her wildlife loving soul) starting chanting "News, news ,news" - meaning that she wanted to take the snake skin to school for news.

Carpet Python Skin

And what a great find it was.
Often when snakes shed their skins, they don't come off intact.  But with this one you could see every little detail.....and it was long. 

Carpet Python Skin

It's really common for Carpet Pythons to live in and around houses.  They feed primarily on warm bodied prey, so are attracted to the mice and rats that like to also live near humans.  Considering that they are non-venomous, many people actually view them as helpful in keeping the local rodent population down and will happily allow them to live in their roof or on their veranda. 
 
Carpet Python Skin

Carpet Python Skin

We were all really impressed and spent time observing and touching the skin.  The head was wonderful, you could see both the top and bottom jaw and even where the snakes eyes were.   
Apparently it was a hit at news time too.

Hope you've all had a chance to get outside (or possibly even inside!) this week and reconnect with nature.  Looking forward to seeing all your photographs.  

Note to readers participating in the link up.

Please use the following points as a guide: 

  • Share with us something you've noticed in nature.  
  • Only share one post per week, and link to that post rather than your general blog address. 
  • If you can, please include something about your find that allows us all to learn more about the world around us. Just a few sentences about the tree you’ve photographed, or the bird you've seen, or how you’re noticing the seasons change is all you need.
  • Visit as many links as you can, amazing things are shared every week.   
  • And finally, please include a link back to Living a Good North Coast Life in your post.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

the 52 project - 13/52

{the 52 project}
A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2015. 
Linking up with Jodi from Practising Simplicity.  

13/52


Some more photos from our recent stay at the Clarence Wilderness Lodge.  You were so excited to use the canoes, and rightly explained that it was something you've never done before. So here you are paddling with your Dad in the Upper Clarence, making memories that hopefully will last a lifetime.