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The cool shade of trees

An occasional blog about plants, people and landscape.

Peak chlorophyll

07-Sep-2017

It’s the Nyoongar season of Djilba in the south-west just now, a time of transition between the cold rain and blustering wind of Makuru (June–July) and the wildflower season of Kambarang (September–October). Some early bloomers have already bolted: the candy-cane pink of Geraldton wax (Chamelaucium uncinatum) and sunlight yellow of acacias festoon the banked earth along the edges of the freeway, the sheer exuberance of their display enough to bewitch even the most surly of commuters.  More>>

On banksia woodlands and physics envy

26-Jun-2017

[‘Ecosystem’] is not more complex than we think; it is more complex than we can think.” Frank Egler, 1986.

Ecology isn’t rocket science — it’s much harder. Stephen Carpenter, 2002.

In the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, several prominent ecologists grappled with ‘physics envy’. The twentieth century had seen great progress in the fields of physics, chemistry and genetics. Ecology, they feared, just wasn’t keeping up, despite the adoption of the rigorous experimental methods used in these fields. More>>

The cool shade of trees

08-May-2017

The walking is slow. Every fallen twig and feather provides a distraction from sustained momentum forward. Three-year old legs move at their own pace, unhurried by cares about the UV index or getting home to get the dinner on. It is late afternoon, but the air is hot, heavy and still. The sun’s stare remains fierce and there’s been no sea breeze to take the edge off. We are headed for the deep spaces under a row of eucalypts. I take my son’s hand and, with purpose now, we step into their cool shade.    More>>

An orchid fairytale

11-Sep-2016

The clouds are lifting, the wind is easing and the sun is regaining its customary bite as Sprinter reaches its zenith.  The photographs of the fireworks of native flowers exploding throughout the mid- and south-west light up my social media feeds. It’s seemed like a wet winter, although we’ve only had average rainfall. Winters are like this now, our recent collective memory already views as normal what will become statistically average as the climate here becomes drier and drier.  More>>

Discovering the sublime in the nature on our doorstep

06-Jul-2016

When environmental scholar and writer George Seddon arrived in Perth after more than six years living overseas he wrote that he felt cheated. ‘The country was all wrong.’ This was not the Australia of his childhood memory, spent in the fern-tree gullies and on the high plains of Victoria.  More>>


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Viki Cramer   PhD BSc
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