Values. Voices. Action.

The artists’ response to the Mosses and Marshes International Panel Discussion In early November 2021, an international panel was convened to discuss the entangled in alternative ways of thinking about, understanding and valuing special environments. The goal was to determine if we needed to consider different ways to inform and shape the future of theContinue reading “Values. Voices. Action.”

Hearing the unheard

I recently observed the thread of a conversation on a Twitter post[1] by Professor Euan Ritchie[2] of Deakin University suggesting the ecological and conservation community needed to reflect deeply on ideas and narratives that had questionable outcomes for biodiversity. You could hear the frustration in the tone of Ritchie’s tweet and responses. His post andContinue reading “Hearing the unheard”

The power of the abstract

Taking concrete ideas and making them abstract, or tangible values and pulling them apart to find the intangible, are processes my Mosses + Marshes partner Andrew Howe and I have been working through for the past two years. Research and reading copious pages of factual historical and scientific information on our respective wetland landscapes fuels the ideasContinue reading “The power of the abstract”

12 months on

On a warm weekend at the end of February 2021, I returned to the Macquarie Marshes to spend a night on “Burrima” – almost 12 months to the weekend since I made my first field recording trip. READ Silent symphony: the “Burrima” baseline, February 2020 I have a sharp memory of that first visit, campingContinue reading “12 months on”

The land that sustains us has more than one language (updated)

UPDATED 23 JUNE The English language dominates the world with its constantly evolving collection of words and phrases in the form of slang, hashtags, incoherent phrases complicated by jargon, acronyms and clichés, and words of the year shaped by world events and culture. It’s a universal language used by business, governments, tourism, international relations, entertainmentContinue reading “The land that sustains us has more than one language (updated)”

Finding common ground

…it’s very pretty – one of the words that (with) landscapes we don’t use enough of… ERIC FISHER, FORMER MARSH GRAZIER, “Wilgara” Quambone Over the past six months of working on Pulse of the Wetland, I’ve been collecting stories from people who have a connection to the Marshes. It’s been a mix of identifying individualsContinue reading “Finding common ground”

Q&A with Of the Mosses’ Andrew Howe

I’ve been working collaboratively over the past 18 months with Andrew Howe (UK) on our Mosses and Marshes project, documenting my part of the project here. I share what I’ve been doing in a Q&A with Andrew on his website, Of the Mosses. READ IT HERE Read more about how Andrew is working on the raisedContinue reading “Q&A with Of the Mosses’ Andrew Howe”

Hidden sounds of the Marshes

When water returns to a wetland, you expect it to bring the sounds of life — insects, frogs and birds in full song, the trickle of water, wind in the treetops and shuffling through the reeds. You hear these things as soon as you step into the landscape. And so it was on my recentContinue reading “Hidden sounds of the Marshes”

Stories can shape the future

I’ve been telling and sharing people’s stories since my uni days of the late 1980s when I became a reporter, then editor, of the student newspaper. During my time as an ABC Radio Rural Reporter in the 1990s, I saw the radio connect people across a vast area of inland NSW; it was the storiesContinue reading “Stories can shape the future”

The autumnal crescendo

As the chill of winter touched the Western Plains, I headed north again for another weekend in the Macquarie Marshes. It was early May. This was to be a quick, overnight trip to document another stage in what I hoped to be the wetland’s recovery from years of drought. …the silence of the cold autumnContinue reading “The autumnal crescendo”