My Aussie Backyard...the Rocks & the Trees


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October 21st 2016
Published: October 21st 2016
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My Aussie Backyard...the Rocks & the Trees.

It kinda begs the question...why the rocks & the trees?

We love the birds that sing and the animalia that slither, climb and crawl.

But what images are our deepest emotional attachment to Australia as our home?

It's the rocks & trees that remind us of home when we are away...that welcome us when we return from our travels...the sap of our life blood...trunks that give us strength...evergreen branches that open like arms...that catch the wind...that perfumes the air...that shades and comfort us...that provides the oxygen we breathe.

While the flora & fauna change around them...the rocks are our constant...always there.

What reminds me of the magical places in this World we have visited?

It is the landscapes...the vistas...the people...the animal and birds...the colours...and definitely the rocks & trees.

As an Aussie...I reckon our life force is the eucalypt...our freckles the flora and fauna...the rocks the stubble.

But without the Aussie bush full of all these things...I reckon I'd never feel at home.

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The eucalypt seems to be everywhere.

I had a woman in China arguing vehemently that the eucalypts were endemic to Yunnan (they were introduced in about the 1860s as I recall).

The scaffolding in Ethiopia are skinny eucalypts introduced for building purposes that Ethiopia exports to Sudan and other surrounding countries.

Aussie eucalypts seem to dot the slopes in many countries we have visited in Africa, Asia, North & South America and places in between. Always a reminder of where they originated...our island continent home.

In the Everglades of Florida they told us of the introduction of our Aussie paperbarks, the melaleuca. Talk about not doing their homework!

They introduced them to suck up the swamps and they bred like flies. They then tried to burn them to get rid of them. But hey. They are a tree from a sunburnt country, a land of fire and floods. Fire is its catalyst of life. So instead of reducing the melaleucas by burning they encouraged their spread.

They told us the ecology of the Everglades is under threat...from the humble Aussie paperbark tree!

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We hear of the destruction of the forests in Brazil, in Borneo, all sorts of places.

Deforested areas opening up for pastoral activities...promoting hamburgers...destroying habitats for animals...resulting in erosion...seemingly changing the courses of rivers...increasing the pollution in the air we breath.

It seems people are starting to realise that the trees support the survival of humanity on this ever increasingly fragile planet.

We constantly hear of global warming.

Let me put it out there.

Are the destruction of forests a contributing factor to global warming?

I've gotta admit I haven't heard that before but I'm not a scientist...but considering the following I reckon it's a "maybe."



What do trees do?

1. They produce oxygen and suck up carbon dioxide.

2. They filter the air of pollutants.

3. They stabilise the soil thus reducing erosion.

4. They shade the ground reducing evaporation and drying.

5. They shield the land from the effect of wind, softening the impact of rain.

6. They filter pollutants from the soil.

7. They slow water runoff.

8. They store the carbon they suck up through their leaves as wood that reduces the carbon dioxide in the air.

9. They shade our houses and protect them from wind, rain, hot and cold or at least the severity of them to a significant extent.

!0. And their fallen leaves form humus that supports microbes, bugs and crawlies that fertilise the soil so plant life can spring forth again.



We back onto forested National Park in the northern suburbs of Sydney.

Because we have so many trees they say that's the reason our mobile phone access sucks.

Yet because we have so many trees, the air at our place is a pure and clean.

Time to inhale...to breathe.

We live in sandstone country...ridges of sandstone like terraces stepping down into the amphitheatre that is Galston Gorge.

A land of caves and overhangs...streams dropping into pools...tree ferns looking up...gum trees like fathers looking down...massive boulders laying like the muscles of resting giants.



Come with me for a walk...into our backyard...yep...my place.

Breathe deeply...enjoy the colours...the textures...the shade.

Aussie rocks and trees...gotta love 'em.



Relax & Enjoy,

Dancing Dave


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21st October 2016

Nice yard!
Dangerous One here......enjoyed your blog. Deforestation does lead to global warming. Need those trees in large numbers to do their thing. They are marvelous in so many ways.
21st October 2016

Nice yard!
Thanks for commenting Dave. My blog was really an expression of the warm fuzzy feeling I get when surrounded by the colours and textures of my backyard that are so distinctively Aussie. But you have caught the elephant in the room that I wondered about...the contribution of deforestation to global warming. That is a serious issue that threatens the balance of life on our planet. Well put comments Dave. Why do the powers to be ignore the obvious? How to reduce pollution is to save the trees!
21st October 2016

A walk in your backyard...
Linda, Will, and I really enjoyed our walk with you in your backyard. Thanks for this reminder.
21st October 2016

A walk in your backyard...
I remember it well too Bob. I looked at some pics of you guys on the bush track behind my place and also along the river at the bottom of the gorge when preparing this blog. I hope the textures and colours reminded you of your Aussie sojourn.
22nd October 2016
Angophera

Great blog
Amazing trees and backyard...MJ
22nd October 2016
Angophera

Great blog
Thanks MJ. When you think about it we take the trees and rocks for granted but they form the landscapes and without them we would have no air to breathe and no place to sit and watch the sunsets!
22nd October 2016

It's the rocks & trees that remind us of home when we are away
Isn't that so true, Dave! There are items that we tend to forget in our day-to-day life, but they would remind you of home when you are away. I often carry back a small piece of stone or a little bit of soil from a foreign land. They remind me of the land I visited many years ago when I nurture them in my solitary moments. People think I am crazy and I started believing so until I read your blog last night. No, I am not insane after all. I have a friend in far away Oz.
22nd October 2016

It's the rocks & trees that remind us of home when we are away
No you are not crazy Tab...certainly not as crazy as me! After all I am the one who took the photos of these rocks and trees.and many more besides! I look at them in my solitary moments and I have this overwhelming feeling that my identity is etched in therein. Not surprising if you believe home is where the heart is. Maybe you can show me your favourite rocks and trees one day if we can meet when we are in Canada again. Our son lives in Toronto so it can happen.
24th October 2016

Hey Dave, good explanation about photosynthesis cycle. I wish I was there to meet you...
24th October 2016

photosynthesis cycle
Howdy Marcos. If you are ever in Sydney you know who to call.
25th October 2016

Photos
I wish my photos would look as good as yours
25th October 2016

photos
As rocks and trees hold their poses and do not wriggle or move its gotta be determination to somehow capture their beauty that is the challenge. You would not believe how hard I find it. It's the angle of the sun (light) and persistence that I find makes the difference. I also take my time with each shot as I find if I snap and shoot I am usually always disappointed by the result as it is not properly composed. Enjoy taking photos and it will show in your pics Alan. Enjoy.
25th October 2016

Qi
You have exposed a chink of your soul in this blog & in doing so encouraged us to enter in & feel the beauty that surrounds us all wherever we are, thank you ☺️
26th October 2016

Qi
Thank you my love. Embracing the beauty around us is more pleasurable in my soul when I can share and enjoy it with you.
28th October 2016

We just need to introduce Ents
Nobody would be cutting trees if they existed ;) On another note, I have heard that Eucalyptus is good for keeping away mosquito's... Is this true or an urban legend?
28th October 2016

We just need to introduce Ents
Does that mean you spotted my pic of Treebeard, Ralf? Gotta say the Ents were my heroes...was it in the Return of the King? And oh to have more Forests of Fangorn. I wonder if you are witnessing widespread destruction of forests in your latest foray in Indonesia. Let me know.
30th October 2016

Mozzie bites
As a favourite evening meal for mozzies Ralf I can report being in a eucalypt forest with associated eucalypt vapour that reportedly gives bush a blue hue when viewed from distance does increase bushfire susceptibility but does not reduce mozzie bite susceptibility one iota. Eucalyptus oil is an antiseptic used for many things including relief from mozzie bites. I however prefer tea tree oil.
31st October 2016

Simply fabulous
That is some magic colours. /Ake
31st October 2016

Simply fabulous
A tree fern framed by a gum on the right and a casuarina on the left...with evening colours from my Aussie home. Oh to enjoy the colours of Sweden one day Ake.
22nd January 2017
Angophera

Incredible photo!
I love the perspective.
23rd January 2017
Angophera

Incredible photo!
Hi Chekeitha. There is something about the magnificence of trees, but not as easy to photograph i have found, notwithstanding they stand there gawking at you and at the most sway or wave to you. There are magnificent trees in Chile. I hope you can get among them. Thanks for commenting.

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