about this blog

I started this blog in 2008. It started mainly as a way of tracking the evolution of my dry garden, and that led to an interest in photography and in the creatures that live in the garden. It's still about the garden and wildlife, but now my passion is thinking about how we humans can learn to co-exist with wild animals and plants, especially in urban areas.

Wednesday, 5 November 2008


The Banksia roses bloomed and faded in what seemed like 5 minutes. For that brief time they were achingly perfect, now they are dried and shrivelled. In this respect gardening reminds me of the sand mandalas created by Buddhist monks.

The monks spend a week or longer painstakingly construct beautiful pictures from coloured sand, then ceremonially destroy them. This symbolizes life and death, and the transitory nature of existence. Gardening for me is like a sand mandala. I work away intently, something beautiful is created, but it doesn't last and never remains the same.

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