A blogging facelift

Faces in the Trees 2They say one dog year equals seven human years. If so, one internet year must equal half a dozen dog years, everything changes so fast. After two and a half years of blogging, and over 30,000 page hits – a day in the life of a Gangnam YouTube clip – it’s time to spruce up my blog site with a new template (or theme) from WordPress.

If you are reading on a smart phone or tablet, you probably won’t see the change, but for those reading at a PC or laptop, I hope you like the new look. I’ve used a simpler theme, so it’s less cluttered and shows off the text and photos better than the old style did. Hopefully it’ll still look fresh in another year or two on internet time. Continue reading

It’s the end of the year as we know it…

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.The view from Bush Heritage Australia’s superb Nardoo Hills Reserve near Inglewood in western Victoria.
[This picture looks awesome if you click on it to make it larger and then keep zooming in]

Dear readers, thanks once again for supporting another year of ecology blogs. I’ve been consumed with writing talks and papers this month, which is why I’ve posted just one, rather rushed, blog in December. If you’ve been hanging out for yet another enthralling, wise, perceptive, entertaining essay this month, my apologies. Hopefully I can make up for it next year.

To end the year, I’ve compiled some of my best photos from 2012. A cheap Christmas stocking filler I know (and no where near the quality of others), but I’ll kick off the new year with a return to essay writing in January. Meanwhile, I’m very grateful to those of you who regularly read my blogs, send in comments and share links on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other sites. Please come back next year. Continue reading

On restoration, old photos and provenance

Veteran White Cypress-pine (Callitris glaucophylla) at Terrick Terrick National Park.

Apologies for the delay in posting another blog, but I’ve been away in the field enjoying old-growth ironbark forests, long-unburnt box forests, grassland grazing exclosures, regrowth mallee and more. All of which have prompted lots of ideas for future posts.

In the interim, here are three ‘must read’ links from two fantastic vegetation bloggers, which you are sure to enjoy. All three posts highlight the importance of the way we think when we talk about ‘grasslands’, ‘restoration’, ‘conservation’ and ‘functionality’. Continue reading

It’s carnival time

In blog world, ‘carnival’ has a special meaning. A blog carnival is a regular blog that features links to blogs on a particular theme. Each ‘issue’ of the carnival is hosted by a different blogger. Blog carnivals are a great way to sample lots of writers. There’s a great description of nature blog carnivals at the Nature Blog Network.

Berry Go Round is a blog carnival ‘devoted to highlighting recent posts about any aspect of plant life from the blogosphere’. Each month, bloggers submit a story to the Berry Go Round web site, and a host blogger then links all of the submitted blogs into one post. Berry Go Round has hosted my blogs in the past, and this month it’s my turn to host the carnival. This month’s carnival is shorter than most, as only three bloggers submitted posts this time. Come on, all you plant, ecology and nature bloggers, submit a blog for next month’s carnival, at the Berry Go Round web site.

The first blog on the Berry Go Round list is one my regular readers will absolutely love. Make sure you read this, as all my efforts (in blogging and conservation) fade into insignificance by comparison. Continue reading