Category Archives: Death

Dogs on the Backs of Utes 18 – Vale Mary

Terrible things happen on farms. I took these photos of my neighbour’s dog Mary, with her pup, on the back of his ute six weeks ago. Two weeks ago, Mary was killed by one of our cows. It was horrible. … Continue reading

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Small miracles: Christmas beetles saved from the allure of artifical light

The first week of January a friend and I took a road trip to Melbourne. Along the way, on the ground, outside the automatic doors of a fast food place next to a petrol station on the highway, we found … Continue reading

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Further tips for rearing poddy calves

The day the fresh came down Lagoon Creek, we found a calf sleeping next to his dead mother. It was impossible to tell why she died. There were no marks on the damp ground, no signs of a struggle. Though … Continue reading

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Dogs on the backs of Utes 9

I think you can tell that this beautiful dog is actually profoundly sad. I know some people think it is unwarranted anthropomorphism to believe that animals like dogs feel emotions, but they obviously haven’t lived with and loved a dog. … Continue reading

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Culvert this side of Scone

A memento mori on the way to town. As if I needed one…

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Everything alive is fragile

I know this to be true. Everything alive is fragile. Extremely fragile. This beautiful young female kangaroo dropped dead, from fright, last Monday morning. She was with her mother when Ellie started chasing their mob. In the confusion of the … Continue reading

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It never looks right when something is wrong

On Saturday afternoon I looked up the hill behind the house and saw this. When someone is dead you know immediately. Death is unlike anything else. Sometimes animals lie very still, and even as you ask yourself the question “is … Continue reading

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