It’s All New

I had been in Western Australia for 26 years, and to be honest although I hadn’t seen everything in WA things were starting to feel a little stale. Now I’m in Tasmania and everything is brand new. A change in the environment has suddenly got the creative juices flowing.

Yesterday I went unto Woodvine Reserve. It is a farm that has been held by one family since colonial times and has now been gifted to the Crown as a reserve. To me it is interesting to see how nature is reclaiming the land and gradually traces of human settlement are disappearing. The farm building are largely intact as they show the changes that occurred for the owners over the life of the farm. But the fields, the boundary fences, the farm tracks are all being over grown.

 

Woodvine Reserve
The comforting warning sign on the entrance to the reserve.

 

Woodvine Reserve
Woodvine Farm was gifted to the Crown on the condition that it was to be made a reserve in order to protect the animals that lived there. Prior to proclamation, the property had belonged to his family since it was first settled in 1861.

 

Woodvine Reserve
The back garden of the third house to be built on the farm.

 

Woodvine Reserve
Daffodils growing in what used to be the front garden of the second dwelling to be built at Woodvine.

 

Woodvine Reserve
The first building on the farm was this slab timber structure which provided the first home. When a new dwelling was built it was converted into a sheering shed.

 

Woodvine Reserve
Peat soils support wetlands, button grass moorland and fern fields. Woodvine Reserve.

 

Woodvine Reserve
Waxlip orchid (Glossodia major) found in Woodvine Reserve. Tasmania, Australia.

 

Small Duck Orchid
Small Duck Orchid or Paracaleana minor. Also called Caleana minor in some reference books. Woodvine Reserve, Tasmania.

 

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