Tuesday, 12 July 2011

From the orchard


Fallow. This orchard at Jiggi has been allowed to transition to fallow. Less kindly,it has been abandoned. Twenty years ago when first established, it had macadamia nuts, and grape vines twirling through the wire netting that separates the orchard from the creek paddock; the paddock where wallabies graze.

The orchard is currently undergoing metamorphosis.


They have planted figs, and persimmon; mandarin, and limes. There is space for more, and they have grand ideas. And as I showed you yesterday, they have tonnes of fertiliser. I am keen to see the orchard this time next year. With wallabies nibbling across the way, and a family of Superb Wrens living in the surrounding thickets, it is an oasis of tranquility.

16 comments:

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

So glad to see that this place will be reclaimed and cultivated. Although we know our lands are thousands of miles apart, it is when I see a kangaroo that it really hits me. Your shot of the Superb Wren is in perfect focus with a splash of red for delight!

Bises,
Genie

Rae Walter said...

Looks like a wonderful place to visit and enjoy renewal and reconnection with nature and the land. Will be interesting to see one year from now. Love the photo of the farm gate and fence line.

Speedway said...

Beautiful pictures! I especially like the ones with the gate and of the . And the packets show the promise of goodies to come.

Speedway said...

"Wren." I left out, or accidently omitted the word.

freefalling said...

How did you get that photo of the wren?
They are way too quick for me.

J Bar said...

I like that bright red in the middle of winter.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Ann said...

Beautiful spot. You are really coming along well with your bird shots. They are usually too fast for me as well. You probably have a lot more patience.

Kay L. Davies said...

Your photos are beautiful, Julie, and that little wren is one of the cutest things I've ever seen.
What is that beautiful tuft of red? I am so ignorant of all things Oz.
Luv — K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

RedPat said...

Love that shot of the Superb Wren - a very suitable name!

Virginia said...

OH leave it to you Julie, to give us a taste of it all. At last a roo from yooo! :)
V

Thérèse said...

Quite a nice summary of the place and luckily we will get more...

Dianne said...

Lovely shots from the orchard Julie - that little bird is gorgeous - looks like he's singing his heart out!

Julie said...

This is what is commonly known as a Jenny Wren: the female of the Superb Blue Wren. I saw the pair together later, but no shot is good enough to show. But yes, it takes a lot of patience, and quiet. And a most steady hand ...

Joan Elizabeth said...

Oh yes the pesky little wrens are such a delight but also such a problem to photograph. It's it great they way you got the red into the shot.

You are painting the type of idyllic life I would like to emulate but I also realise there is work, much work behind it, so I might settle for going to the supermarket for food and sit around and take photos of the birds instead.

brattcat said...

I feel calmer just looking at these.

Alan said...

I only saw one kangaroo/wallaby in the wild (near Apollo Bay) during my year in Aus. Lovely set of photos, Julie.