Wednesday, September 9, 2009

After the Rain

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After the Rain...







After the rain
the air is full of life,
the dust is washed away












and the park sparkles
in the early morning sun












the plants speak
their secret language of green











and the world
that I walk in
listens












both below











and above
are clear and bright











Hello
who have we here












up in the tree












an athletic young fellow
climbs through the gum tree
on the ocean's edge












hungry after
a noisy wet night












when feeding usually occurs













he is keen
to sample leaves











and goes out on a limb











climbing higher











do you think the juicy ones
are way up here...











maybe even higher...











he launches himself











through the tree












in search
of fresh green leaves











newly blessed
by the night's rain






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43 comments:

  1. Lovely koala shots, Delwyn. He looks very healthy too.

    I enjoyed your walk along Sunshine Beach. I would love to have the sea so close by; unfortunately we're about 2 1/2 hours away. I'll look forward to our next trip to the Gold Coast!

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  2. WOW! a koala?!! Oh I would LOVE to go on that walk with you Delwyn.

    It's good to hear you got some much needed rain.

    wow, a koala...

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  3. This post is full of a particular sparkling feeling that would make feel jealous if it wasn't for the fact that we've had very good weather lately. I loved the koala photos. Many thanks.

    Greetings from London.

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  4. Hi there Lori Ann

    Oh please come one day...there is so much to see...Yes it was good to get the first rain in 3 months...I will be watching the plants closely now for changes...
    I'm glad you loved this fellow. I have been waiting for him or his relative for 6 months now...

    Happy days

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  5. Hi Mr C

    I hope that you had good weather in Spain, it sounded like it...and good in the UK too...you have struck the jackpot...

    Happy days

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  6. Hi Alaine

    I thought he looked very healthy too, quite young I would think...with a lovely coat...

    Why don't you venture up to Noosa next time you come to the Goldie...It's only another 2.5 hours away...

    I'll take you back to Sunshine Beach soon...for another breath of salty sea air...

    Happy days

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  7. Many thanks for sharing glimpses of your world. The koala shots are wonderful. Certainly looks like a creature as ease.

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  8. So sweet, such human like qualities...his plumpness makes me want to hug him. Glad the rain came!

    Smiles,
    Wanda

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  9. Oh my a darling Koala. How lucky are you!!!? He certainly kept one eye on you the whole time. You captured great shots of his movements which allow us to see different parts of his chubby, little body. It would be so nice to snuggle with a tame one - if there is such a thing.

    That was just a delight for me Delwyn. Thank you.

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  10. Finding a Koala in a tree sure beats finding squirrels. Beautiful fresh pictures and just the perfect amount of text!

    I wonder what Lindsay would make of a Koala?

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  11. Hello Martin

    This koala was very relaxed and intent on finding some good breakfast. Being nocturnal they are usually asleep high in the trees in the daytime...that's when you can find them...

    Happy days

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  12. Hello Wanda

    the rain was heavy and so good to hear. Already the grass and gardens look brighter...

    Aren't they cute animals - you can see why they are so loved...

    Happy days

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  13. Hello Bonnie

    I have been hoping for an accommodating koala like this since I began blogging...
    Yes there are semi tame ones in the wild life parks that you can handle...

    I thought he would be appreciated...

    Happy days

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  14. Hi Barry

    well maybe the koala has a little more character...he did put on a fine show and attracted a good audience of walkers...
    thanks for popping in today Barry...

    Happy days

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  15. When I was a girl I collected Koala things! I had posters and an album of pictures, and stuffed animals. I just loved them! They are so unique and so cute!

    P.S. coriander..the leaves are cilantro up here! :) Your salsa sounds amazing!

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  16. I never see Koala's, and what with the signs that say Koalas next 10km's because I still don't see them and in the zoo they are usually sleeping.

    However kangaroo's are a different story, there are number of paddocks kangaroos hang out in near me.

    Your koala here is an active one.

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  17. I would love to see a koala live! When I was a kid, I had lots of plush koala toys sent by cousins in Australia and I loved them. Plus, no other kid around me had them, of course--they were very unique and special.

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  18. When I go for a walk, I may see a squirrel or two, you get to see a Koala! He looks so cuddly.
    Thanks for sharing such wonderful pictures.
    Sunny :)

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  19. How wonderful, flora and fauna to enjoy and appreciate. Lovely pictures.

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  20. I am sitting here with the biggest smile on my face. Thank you for sharing that Koala!

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  21. I was so lulled by your beautiful descriptions and photos of the green plants after the rain and then WOW - a Koala! Isn't he like us all - thinking there is something better just out of reach? Amazing shots, Delwyn - I'm enjoying your new camera!

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  22. Adorable! Now I want to move to Australia. Or at least visit your dear neighbor. You are making good use of that new zoom. The beach below is lovely too.

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  23. Hi Betsy

    Of course cilantro...

    Koalas do make lovely pin ups and toys for kids...I has one too...

    Happy days

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  24. Hello Liss

    we don't see them as much as we used to either , their population has shrunk greatly with fewer trees for food and also diseases. They say that SE Qld will have none left within 10 years...

    we have kangaroos on the edge of town too...

    Happy days

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  25. Hi Jelica

    we knew this one was about - you can smell their urine and also see their pellet droppings on the ground...

    I too had a koala sent to NZ from an Aunt in Au.

    Happy days

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  26. Hello Ellen

    you can see how they have that cuddly appeal...

    Happy days

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  27. Hi Sunny

    I don't see them that often these days, the population has dwindled greatly...
    I have been waiting 6 months for a good show like this that I could photograph to share with you...

    Happy days

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  28. Hi Rosaria

    lovely for me first hand and then to be able to pass on to you...

    Happy days

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  29. Hi Cook

    He is adorable isn't he, and so active and quite conscious of his audience too...

    Happy days

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  30. Hi Barb

    I wondered whether to begin with the koala and then decided he was a great reward for those who came and read my missive today...

    'The gum tips are always greener theory...'seems to be a good description for his behaviour...

    Barb, I'm glad you are appreciating the powers of Canon...me too...

    Happy days

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  31. Hi Sarah

    this National Park is outstanding in its beauty: forest, wallum, rainforest, eucalyptus forest, natural bush, all above and alongside the ocean...

    There is so much beauty in this vast diverse land...

    Yes the camera is proving very amenable to walks...


    Happy days

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  32. You do live in an enchanting land!

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  33. Oh, Delwyn, he's adorable! And your captions are so perfect! Let's see, are the leaves better up there? And off he goes! So cute!
    I also like the multi-colored fern. New growth? (Ours is fading away.) xx

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  34. Verry cute.

    You must have had your new camera along on this walk because the photos are so good. You bring us right up close, but I imagine you were some distance away. Sometimes on walks when I want to see something close up, I use the camera and photograph it with the telephoto lens.

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  35. Hi Lynne

    I would have to agree

    Happy days

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  36. Hello Margaret

    Some of the bracken fern died back in the dry spell while other pieces survived. It will all get going again now for a while at least...it is getting a lot warmer...25* or more now...

    Happy days

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  37. Hi Dan

    I wasn't as far away as the tree shot would have you believe...but the camera certainly brings it up close and personal...I love the zoom lens...

    Happy days

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  38. hi Delwyn,
    i just had to come back for another look at your koala. i read all the comments and i heard you say there is a family around? so they live in families? i need to learn more, this one has capitivated me. you are so interesting. I saw your profile and see we have much in common (hawaii, standup paddleboarding, music, oh, alot!) that's fun. I'm off to read about your grandfather now...

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  39. Hi Lori ann

    I looked back through the comments to see where I may have misled you but other than the word relative I can't see how I gave the idea that koalas travel in families because they are usually seen in isolation unless you are lucky enough to see a mother with baby on her back...
    One such mother climbed down off a ocean side railing and walked across the footpath in front of me early one morning, with a baby about the size of your hand on her back...what a treat to see...

    Oh, and I'm glad to hear we have lots in common...that means lots more happy chats with you...

    Happy days Lori ann

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  40. How amazing from this side of the world to see a koala in the try, happy to let you snap photos!! All I see in the trees here are squirrels and raccoons and all they do is make holes in the lawns and the roof tops for nests...a bit of a menace to be sure.

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  41. looks like a lovely walk, nice to see things so bright after rain. Gorgeous koala photos!

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