Long-term readers, don’t get excited on my behalf. The mud in the picture below is the result of a burst pipe and not the longed-for rain. Still, it provides an interesting record of what has passed along this way:

A vehicle, a dog and a person. Seeing these prints in the now dry mud made me think of prints that have been preserved of dinosaurs for example – all a snapshot of an ordinary day. Imagine what future generations might make of these – if they too were preserved like that.


My first thought was to show you a few different zebras grazing on what looks like very dry grass to greener grass. Putting these photographs together, however, provides a marvellous opportunity to showcase just how different the facial markings between zebras can be.

This zebra has bold facial markings – and a dusty nose!

Note the very fine lines on this one – which also has a dusty nose.

The facial markings on this one are very bold – more stereotypical of the way zebras are depicted in children’s books.

This zebra has firm, clear lines – and much greener grass to eat!


The trees shown in these photographs are remnants of what used to be a thriving grove of Eucalyptus. The first is the burnt skeleton of what was once a magnificent tree until a hot fire ravaged through the area some years ago. The bare, blackened branches retain a beauty of form at least.

The survivor in the foreground has since grown clumps of leaves – nothing like the rich foliage that used to adorn it. In the background is another tree that is struggling to recover from both fire and years of drought.