Six seasons in the Foothill forests

The Daylesford Nature Diary is a Nature journal on the comings and goings of life in the Wombat Forest in Central Victoria.

Local naturalist and writer Tanya Loos has produced a beautifully illustrated six seasons wheel calendar for the Central Highlands. Check the Daylesford Nature Diary for details on getting the calendar.

934015_origThe first Australians understood that this continent has more than four seasons.

Acutely observed, the Daylesford Nature Diary reintroduces the six seasons for Victoria’s southern foothill forests in all their splendour. It includes a full colour, beautifully illustrated wheel calendar by Anne Mason of wall poster size as a reference and guide (see below).

A Daylesford naturalist and local newspaper columnist, author Tanya Loos lovingly illuminates the world within and around a Wombat Forest bush block – from that mysterious bonking at the bottom of the garden to why there are suddenly so many green parrots in late summer. Part What Bird Is That?, part Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories, the 36 tales of nature contained in the Daylesford Nature Diary are insightful in the knowledge they impart, while whimsical in tone.

Starting with early spring and heading round to winter, Tanya provides a series of sketches of the birds, plants and animals putting in an appearance each season. Not simply the rare and endangered, but those you might commonly expect to catch sight of from the back door.

Gently threading her way, Tanya instructs us on how the natural order of things is attuned to the rhythm of the six indigenous seasons. Life beats to their pulse.

 

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