A sublime scarp in a country of coal

posted in: Nature journaling, Writing | 8

The Blackdown Tablelands lie between Rockhampton and Emerald, in central Queensland. We stopped there on the way up to Bimblebox Nature Refuge last month, and this is what I wrote. The coal trains wind their way across the land like … Continued

New! Australian Robin Christmas cards

posted in: Wildlife illustration | 8

I’m excited to announce my new range of Australian Robin Christmas cards. I’ve always loved robin Christmas cards. But they only seem to show the European robin ‘redbreast’, often forests of pine and oak trees, and usually snow. Like many … Continued

Animals need trees

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Many people consider themselves animal-lovers. Every day, strangers in the street exclaim at how gorgeous my two dogs are, and ask for a pat. Cat videos easily go viral on social media. Baby farm animals in petting pens are often … Continued

Drawing on Queensland’s present to recreate New Zealand’s past

  This story starts and ends with a duck. It also includes volcanoes, subtropical rainforest, an idyllic lake and a team of dedicated scientists. But let’s begin with the duck. I met the duck in Germany, in 2008. The lovely … Continued

A great day at Jones Hill (near Gympie)

posted in: Events, Nature journaling | 8

Forty-two years ago, Nonie Metzler’s property at Jones Hill (near Gympie) was a cleared paddock where cattle grazed. Since that time, the eucalypt grassy woodland that once graced the site before clearing has been making a steady comeback. Firstly, through … Continued