my view of the natural world

Appila Springs

Just a mere 900 million years ago this area was covered by the sea but today it is a beautiful freshwater spring, home to many species of wildlife.

Fred and I sat on rocks about 500million years old, and soaked in the wonderful ambiance, totally undisturbed.  Recent summer rains had replenished the waterhole, and the Dragonflies were making the most of the conditions.  We watched birds having their afternoon bath in the shallows, and listened to the croaking of frogs.  All delicious food for the soul.

In the driest state of the driest continent, waterholes and springs are never to be taken for granted.

Appila Springs is a few kilometers from the township of Appila, and locals have done a fantastic job of putting picnic facilities here without impinging on the peace and tranquility of the area.  A great deal of revegetation has been accomplished also, thanks to assistance from government grants.  My heartfelt thanks to those who have shown this respect to the land.

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9 responses

  1. A real oasis of peace and the local wildlife must really depend on it. Nice picture and a cute dog. :)

    February 9, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    • eremophila

      Yes, I’d love to be there at dawn, to see who arrives. Camping is allowed between April and November, when the fire danger is less, so if I’m still around by then, I’ll do another trip.

      February 10, 2011 at 12:32 am

  2. “so if I’m still around by then” :(
    such a sad expression bearing a sense of finality.

    February 10, 2011 at 3:27 am

    • eremophila

      Sorry Francis, it has a couple of meanings. I’m trying to find another place to live, further away from toxic farmland, hence ‘if I’m still around by then’.

      February 10, 2011 at 10:43 am

  3. Wow, very good composition with Fred in the foreground!

    What do you mean with “if I’m still around by then”?

    February 10, 2011 at 10:37 am

    • eremophila

      Well, I may have flown off to the Pleiades:-) See reply to Francis:-)

      February 10, 2011 at 10:45 am

      • OK, I see. Now I’m relieved…

        February 10, 2011 at 1:42 pm

      • eremophila

        Thanks Timo:-)

        February 11, 2011 at 1:35 am

  4. Pingback: Then and now « Eremophila’s Musings

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