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Sunday 23 November 2014

Bad business at Mowbray Park

This morning I spoke at a rally at the East Brisbane Croquet Club lawns in Mowbray Park, opposing the appalling plan by the Bris­bane City Council to build two apartment towers in the park.

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Thursday 17 April 2014

Britannica landscape

Here’s something delightful​—​24 volumes of an Encyclopaedia Britannica transformed into a mountain landscape by the artist Guy Laramée. I have already admitted to a liking for the printed Britannica, but I know that’s outmoded. Thanks to the blog Colossal for re­veal­ing this work to me.

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Friday 12 April 2013

Zen raking

First thing in the morning. I’m on the verandah of the As­sis­tant Lightkeeper’s quarters. I can hear waves lapping the shore, sea birds calling, the wind in the palm fronds. At a distance, just audible, repeated strokes of a rake on sand.

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Tuesday 13 May 2008

Keeping up appearances

My old push bike has started to look daggy parked outside the polished granite foyers of city offices. It rides well, but the frame is rusty and the back tyre is balding. Time for a makeover and spoke-polishing.

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Thursday 2 November 2006

Still at Kangaroo Island

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Wednesday 15 June 2005

Fire scars in the desert

I enjoyed the startling calligraphy of these fire scars in the Simpson Desert.

The fire scars were produced in a recent fire, probably within the last year. The image suggests a time sequence of events. Fires first advanced into the view from the lower left​—​parallel with the major dune trend and dominant wind direction. Then the wind shifted direction by about 90 degrees so that fires advanced across the dunes in a series of frond-like tendrils. Each frond starts at some point on the earlier fire scar, and sharp tips of the fronds show where the fires burned out naturally at the end of the episode. The sharp edges of the fire scars are due to steady but probably weak southwesterly winds—weaker winds reduced sparking of additional fires in adjacent scrub on either side of the main fire pathways. Over time, the scars will become less distinct as vegetation grows back.
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Monday 7 March 2005

Okinawa Dugong v Rumsfeld

A judge has ruled that the US Defence Department must consider the fate of the dugong in plans to build a new airbase on a coral reef on the coast of Okinawa. She made the ruling under the National Historic Preservation Act, which requires US government agencies to conduct a full public process before undertaking activities outside the United States that might impact the cultural and natural resources of other nations.

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Tuesday 5 October 2004

Health versus Roads

A Sydney newspaper article reveals a piece of single-minded planning.

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Saturday 29 May 2004

Vegetable sheep

Among the many books in our temporary house I found L Cockayne’s New Zealand plants and their story. It’s the 4th edition (1967), but it still has the flavour of the 1st edition (1907). This passage, from the chapter about the vegetation of the high mountains, made me wonder: Had I really seen sheep on those mountainsides — or something else?

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Monday 15 December 2003

Crocodiles in space

From a Queensland government media release dated 11 December 2003: Environment Minister Dean Wells today launched a new Environmental Protection Agency website to highlight research involving the tracking by satellite of six large estuarine crocodiles as part of a world-first research project.

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Sunday 14 September 2003

Dutton Park

Today Margie and I took our daughters to visit the grave of their mother’s father’s mother’s father and mother. It’s in Dutton Park, the site of the proposed bus bridge that I have mentioned before.

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Monday 1 September 2003

Bamboo bicycle

On the website of the American Bamboo Society is this piece by Steen Heinsen:

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Thursday 12 June 2003

Cuban bike revolution

From the culturechange.org website: A fresh wind from the south: Cuban bike revolution:

At a time where most third world countries are trying to hit the eight- lane highway of “automobilisation,” Cuba is pres­ent­ly undergoing a real revolution in the field of sus­tain­able and efficient transport. For an island which had vir­tu­al­ly no cyclist culture until 1990, bicycling is rapidly becoming a central tool of transport….
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Tuesday 18 March 2003

Good for the environment?

An item for the ‘no, I don’t think so’ file. A silly response to a proposal for a new river bridge for walkers, bikes and buses to link the University of Queensland St Lucia campus to Dutton Park:

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Monday 24 February 2003

Reclaim the beach!

See Peter Spearitt’s piece on the Brisbane Institute website in which he reveals the liberties taken by beachside developers to lure potential customers, and why we don’t have to keep off the beach, just because they say so. Yes, assert your right to walk on the beach!

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Wednesday 12 February 2003

The earth at night

See the earth at night by the light of its cities. The image is a composite of hundreds of pictures made by US Defense Meteorological Satellites.

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Tuesday 11 February 2003

Out west

I spent last week out west — at Longreach, Ilfracombe, Isisford, Blackall, Barcaldine, Winton, Kynuna, and other places in the district. While I wait to get the photographs back from the lab I am sorting through my notes and impressions: the heat, the drought-struck land, the stoical people. And the flies.

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Monday 16 December 2002

Saving black rhinos

I read about the work of the Save the Black Rhino Trust through the aus.photo newsgroup. I followed up, and received some more information:

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Saturday 7 September 2002

Waste management in Nevada

Steel cargo containers of solid transuranic waste are being stacked for above ground storage at the Nevada Test Site Area 5 Radioactive Waste Management Site. Each con­tainer holds up to 50 drums of transuranic waste.

This is a photograph made available by the U.S. Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration Nevada Operations Office, Office of Public Affairs and Information.

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Saturday 24 August 2002

Rainforest

This saddening picture is from the rainforest site.

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Health versus Roads
Vegetable sheep
Crocodiles in space
Dutton Park
Bamboo bicycle
Cuban bike revolution
Good for the environment?
Reclaim the beach!
The earth at night
Out west
Saving black rhinos
Waste management in Nevada
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