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Australian Mammals – a personal connection

Charles Lamb, an English essayist, humorously suggested in the early 1800s that the newly discovered kangaroo’s short forelimbs were useful for picking pockets. It was satire, of course, a comment on Australia’s convict population, but it was quickly pounced upon by acclaimed naturalist George Bennett. He wrote that being able to pick pockets was very […]

BRAZIL – ‘AUSTRALIA NOW’ A LASTING MEMORY

Through music, circus, visual arts, dance, theatre, multi-media, fashion, gastronomy, community engagement, cinema, sport and photography, Australia is now promoting a collaboration and exchange between Australian and Brazilian artists, educators and researchers. The ‘Australia Now ‘ Festival, the most important cultural initiative Australia has ever held in South America, is aimed at bringing Brazil and Australia […]

Over Time – A Photographers Connection with Landscape

Not so very long ago the most commonly made remark I heard from photographers was, ‘I made this picture, which is sort of OK, but it does not reflect what I felt when I took it!’ “Where’s the wind in my hair? The smell of eucalyptus or desert oaks and the bird that chattered in […]

Reptiles – an early connection

In the late seventies, the Queensland National Parks and Wildlife Service, in collaboration with Ken Taylor, the senior producer of the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) natural history film unit, produced a series of five films detailing the research leading QNPWS zoologists were doing in aridlands, woodlands, rainforests, wetlands, along the coast and on reef islands. […]

Bats – making new friends

These flying mammals are a new fascination for me. I had long enjoyed encounters with megabats, the so-called flying-foxes, and had even photographed the largest microbat, the ghost bat, in its natural habitat at Mount Etna Caves National Park, Queensland. However, photographing the rest of Australia’s eighty-odd bat species was not a priority. That was […]

Wildflowers – that healing feeling

In 1964 I spent a year overseas with the Royal Australian Navy. To this day I can vividly recollect the highlight of my homecoming — the heady scent of flowering eucalyptus on the wind. Eucalypts are the signature plants of the nation. I am addicted to this genus and, with more than 700 native species, […]

Wilderness – a state of mind

Few would argue that nature has little or no place in urban areas. Even the hardest heart appreciates the poetry of falling water, the joyous blooming of wildflowers or the melodies of songbirds. “Encourage native Australian nature in suburbia!” has been my mantra ever since I emerged from my absorption in the sea and gazed […]

Connecting with Spiders and Insects

Early in 2000  I ran a workshop for wildlife photographers as the prize for a photographic competition. In doing so, I was reminded of my own mortality. One of the participants was a fourteen-year-old girl with a lot of talent. Her subject was a praying mantid sitting on a leaf and she wanted to get […]

Birds – lessons from the 70’s to last a lifetime

My introduction to bird photography occurred in the aridlands of south-western Queensland. It was 1975 and as part of my job for Queensland National Parks and Wildlife Service, I was to accompany avian researchers and photograph as many species of birds as possible. I quickly learnt that these animals were considerably harder to get close to […]

The World of Australian Possums

When I joined the Queensland National Parks and Wildlife Service (QNPWS) as a photographer in 1975, my first assignment was to photograph the Herbert River ringtail possum. The newly formed department had chosen the animal as their logo and required photographs. This species lives at high altitudes in the now World-Heritage-listed tropical rainforests west of […]

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