Sheltering Green : WPC

This week’s Photo Challenge reminded me of a Russian proverb “Everyman loves the tree that gives him shelter.” Last Fall, we had a leisurely walk around Green Lake. People were in the lake, on the lake but mainly, around the lake.


Green shade is a blessed relief in our hot Australian summers. A local family of Boobook Owls have moved to smaller trees which give denser shade, so they can sleep better.


Insects take cover where they can – under this green leaf in New Zealand.  According to friends living in Taranaki, they have had a unusually cool, windy, wet summer.


Mt Taranaki lost its permanent ice cap this month, despite the ‘weather-bomb” at the end of January which brought summer snow to 12000ft.

It’s not so easy to be green in extreme heat. This grasshopper is tough. (That’s a metal rail in full sun)


Ground-nesting birds like plovers, do the best they can. The drought here has made predatory birds more active and so this Plover’s nest was especially vulnerable.


There were four eggs here at first. Butcher birds stole one before this furious photographer chased them off. Of the three which hatched later, only one bird has survived and flies around with the parents.

When there’s not enough rain, it’s not easy being green.

Climate changes everything.


All text and photos by Meg (except the owl shot – a neighbour took it)

Story Twigs the Imagination! by Meg Philp is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License

It IS Easy Being Green!

See also Toni’s post for this challenge. She contributes to a blog I follow called Words We Women Write.

13 thoughts on “Sheltering Green : WPC

  1. Have to agree that our Australian summers can be hot. I am every bit the summer girl and am enjoying the extended summer here in Melbourne in March. But sometimes, too hot just gets frustrating. Sorry to hear one of the birds got stolen but glad you chased off the predator. Sad, but sometimes that is how some birds survive in the wild, by picking on others. Hope the remaining eggs all turned into a lovely family 🙂


    • Hi Mabel. Yes we’ve had it extremely hot recently. The Plover family fly around their territory together. Their young don’t leave their parents till they’re ‘teenagers.’ Thanks from Meg

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  3. So glad we re-connected Just today I found a box turtle nest, uncovered by crows, wildly feasting. It’s a miracle any eggs make it to maturity. On my beach, the loggerhead nests are cordoned off and monitored by the oceanographic staff. Sadly, it’s humans that put the eggs at risk. Love that owl shot, looks a little like our saw-whet owl. Sweet. Toni


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