Mother Nature's bountiful offerings never fail to amaze us...It may not be what you think...

An exquisite pink rose on the grounds of the vacation home.
In a world filled with war, strife, terrorism, turbulence and heartbreaking news, we've found it important to take plenty of time away from often what's transpiring worldwide to revel in Mother Nature's endless offerings surrounding us.

More perfectly shaped  pink roses.
One may imagine that living in Australia results in a continual viewing of kangaroos, wallabies and koala bears but it's just not the case.  Although we've spent many months in Australia, mostly the only kangaroos we've seen, sadly, has been road kill.

A single dahlia.
Eighteen months ago, while living in Trinity Beach (near Cairns), we frequently visited a open vacant field inhabited by many kangaroos and wallabies. Please see this link for more photos. On a few other occasions we've visited rehab facilities where we were able to interact with them.
Our second kangaroo sighting at a nearby field in Trinity Beach, Australia in 2015.  The first, we'd seen dashing through a rainforest, unable to take a photo in time.
Arriving in Tasmania on December 3rd, we finally had an opportunity to meet the notorious Tasmanian Devils when we visited Wing's Wildlife Park and rehab center in Gunns Plains, outside of Penguin on January 6th.  Please see this link for more of our photos one of which is shown below.
This Tasmania Devil posed for our photo while at Wild Wings Wildlife Farm in Gunns Plains, Tasmania, the first we'd seen.
Its funny how we all have perceptions of what we'll see and experience in various countries throughout the world.  Typically, its very different than we imagined.  We must admit that we'd expected to see indigenous wildlife running around in the remote areas in which we've lived in Australia over this extended period.

These flowers grow from the fluffy looking blooms shown here and in the photo below.  Thanks to reader Annie is Florida, this flower is a Clematis.  Thanks, Annie!
Also, surprising at times, is the similar vegetation we've seen from country to country.  There are flowers growing in Tasmania that were also growing in Hawaii, Kenya, Europe, the US and more, all which countries have entirely unique climates.

Now in Tasmania for a total of 53 days, we're reveling in being situated directly on the Huon River where each day we observe a wide array of birds pecking at the green grass on the grounds of this lovely property.  No kangaroos.  No wallabies.  No Tasmanian Devils.  No koalas hanging onto a tree.

This will eventually become the above flower as shown.  Isn't nature amazing?
Tasmanian Devils are only seen as road kill during daylight hours based on their nocturnal feeding preferences as indicated here:

"A nocturnal scavenger and sometime hunter, the Tasmanian devil can travel long distances while looking for food. It will eat whatever is available, usually carrion (dead animals), sometimes eating spoiled or rotting meat. It will also eat fur and bones, which it crushes in its powerful jaws."

Based on its habits, its no wonder we often see them as road kill when most of the narrow highways aren't well lit at night making it difficult for cars and trucks to stop in time to avoid hitting them and other wildlife.

These pods will soon bloom to become the flower shown (near the center).
Tomorrow is Australia Day which we'll explain further in tomorrow's post.  Once we've uploaded that post, we'll be heading the to town of Franklin where a huge annual celebration is planned.

Of course, we'll be back with many photos from the event in two days.  Please check back!

Have a lovely day! 

Photo from one year ago today, January 24, 2016:
This pregnant alpaca with an adorable unusual white marking on her face on the day prior to giving birth.  We were living in New Plymouth, New Zealand, one year ago.  For more photos, please click here.


Unknown said...

Jess,The purple flower is either a clematis or a passion flower. Both grow easily here in Florida. I am enjoying your stories of your stay in Tasmania.
Annie in Florida

Jessica said...

Wow! Thanks, Annie! I looked at flower images online and it is a Clematis. The passion flower was one we saw while in Penguin. I can go back and edit that post as well. So happy you're enjoying our stories over there in FL.

Hope you're enjoying warm weather. Its a bit cool here in Tassie!

Thanks for reading our posts and be well.

Warmest regards,
Jess & Tom

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