So... I'm a bit of a nerd about wildflowers. In my defence, our home town of Esperance, in Western Australia, is located between the Fitzgerald Biosphere and the Great Western Woodlands so that puts us right in the thick of some exciting wildflower action. A few of my wildflower snaps in this blog were taken in Mount Barker and in my garden (all WA natives) but most are from the wild and wonderful bushland in and around Esperance.
As we wave goodbye to Springtime, I wanted to share these images from our wildflower hunts during 2015. And this is just a glimpse of the incredible biodiversity in our neck o' the woods!
A note to the nomenclature purists - I've done my best to name each flower but there were still a few that escaped me. If you can help name or re-name any species, please feel free to chime in with a comment or send us an email and I'll stand corrected!
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To eat meat or not eat meat, that is the question. People have different reasons for eating the way they do: culture, taste and habit are all contributors. Sometimes we understand one another more if we just ask why people have made the choices they make. Some people may not eat meat because of the impact livestock production is having on the planet, others because they are concerned about animal welfare, and others for health reasons...or because they simply don't like it! My friend Asta simply likes animals too much to eat them.
Efforts to save tonnes of strawberries from being dumped in the wake of the needle scare, including the sharing of strawberry recipes on social media and strawberry picking outings to pick your own farms, show that we can use our power as consumers to great effect. But this is not the first time we have used our clout to save something we value, as the SPC Ardomona story reveals.