I work all over this big State of Western Australia, so naturally, this vast land is my neighbourhood as I am rarely home and, I post pictures regularly from wherever my work takes me. It is rare for me to share pictures from my neighbourhood. I have posted these pictures some years ago and the prompt is a good reminder to explore the world closer to home more frequently.
My home adjoins Yellagonga Regional Park, some 1400 hectares of protected land of which nearly half is protected wetlands. This area is four doors down from my home. The land in this area is laden with cultural significance for the regional indigenous people and is part of their Dreaming. I only became aware of this some years ago after a walk through the park with an elder as part of my workplace cultural learning.
I love that this place teems with new life. I recall the sheer delight in discovering the black swan’s cygnet is white.
There are spaces where the Australian shelduck and I can catch our breath.
Ancient gum trees for company.
As I approach this roundabout in spring, I have to be careful about the Wood Ducks that use the pond as a nursery before taking their family across the road to the Lake.
This spring there have been many new families that have arrived over the last six weeks. This year I’ve seen school children stop and take pictures with their phone as they walk home from school. I love watching their discovery through the lens.
This is my little oasis where other birds, too, call home. Glad I could share this with you.
a dawn bird
In response to A Photo A Week Challenge – In the Neighbourhood