Miranda’s Daily Blog: Day 53
I want to introduce you to a few new friends I’ve made recently.
The first day we met I woke up early in the morning to the sound of tapping. In my sleepy haze I had a moment of panic, leaning of the side of the platform to peer down below… was someone trying to climb up? No. I settled back into the swag and there it was again, a tapping sound. I looked around, couldn’t see anything, looked under the platform again… nothing. Then I saw her, peek out from behind my solar panel. Carra the Carrawong. I tried ever so quietly to reach for my camera, but she wasn’t fooled. She noticed the movement and off she went. The next morning, she was there again. And once again avoided any photography. On the third morning, she was a bit more curious and a little less timid of me. I managed to capture a few pics of her as she made her way closer and closer into my house.
This is Lizzie. We met on my very first day up here. And like Carra, Lizzie was camera shy to start with. She liked to hang out on the trunk of the tree just where the platform is. But whenever I got out my camera she’d scuttle away. Lizzie became more and more confident with me over time. And it wasn’t long before my tree sit became part of her home too. She enjoyed exploring all around my sit. Sometimes she would see me watching her and sit and watch me for awhile too. Eventually, she seemed content that I was safe and started hanging out with me more often. Then one day I had a realisation – Lizzie wasn’t always the same Lizzie! I noticed one time that her colour was a different shade to the rest of her, like she has lost her tail and it has grown back. The next time I said hello to Lizzie I saw a tail unmarked. So that is how I met Lizzie number 2. Now called Dizzie. And then, not long after I noticed another lizard, slightly smaller than Dizzie, and that is how I met Skinks. Prehaps there are actually hundreds of different lizards? I don’t know, but as time goes on I guess I begin to notice their subtle differences.
This morning Dizzie came running wildly along the inside of the gutter, hurtling towards the end…. Oh no! I cried out. But it was too late. I couldn’t believe it. I sat sitting watching the space where I had seen him plummeting to the ground… it is a very long way down for a little lizard. Not a fall he would be likely to survive. I sat there in shock and devastation. And then suddenly…. Dizzie pops his little face up from the side of the gutter!!! I have never been so happy to see a pair of little lizard eyes! I realised that he must have skidded at the end and pushed the dead leaves out from the gutter… fluttering to the ground. Ah…. I sighed with relief.
Ok, well, I’m not sure if I’d actually say we friends. I guess I’m not the best friend to these guys, because I never really want to hang out! But I feel like if I make an effort to be friendly and give them names I’ll feel a little less intimidated by them. Well, really they don’t all have names. There are far too many. Mostly I just call them all Spidey. Though there is one particular one that as his own name. Mr Scarry Legs. He lives in a little hole in the side of the tree, beside the platform. I think he really should have chosen a bigger house, to be honest, because his little legs are always sticking out! That’s all I ever see of him, these black legs poking out of the hole. He must be off on adventures during the day because his legs only appear as the sun begins to set. (I haven’t managed to get a good photo of him yet, but when I do, I’ll let you know).
Hope you enjoyed meeting some of my Observer Tree friends!
In other exciting news… my tree is beginning to flower! I took a photo the other day of the very first flower to appear on my tree.
Talk to you tomorrow,
Posted on February 4, 2012, in Daily Blog. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.
This was a really nice blog to share with my children. Thanks Miranda, we are all in awe of your stamina. Jen
When your tree really starts flowering you will have a whole new bunch of buzzy friends. Thanks for the lovely blogs Miranda. Today at Salamanca TWS stall there were just so many people stopping by to ask questions about exactly what is happening in the forests and why sawmills are closing. But more importantly everyone is amazed by your action. Sleep well.
Hey Miranda, I am getting quite aquainted with little furry friends at my house too. Mice – lots of them in my room. I’m catching and releasing them slowly. They love tahini, pumpkin seeds and walnuts but don’t care for peanuts. So far they haven’t chewed any of my stuff – that would test the friendship some what.
Congratulations on your 52 day sit. xxx
Morning (Sunday February 5) and I am looking out across Storm Bay westward towards Miranda’s tree and only see black clouds. Must be really raining hard. Blessings on your perseverance and determination to do the hard work in saving our forests. May your tree friends provide good company. Last night a pygmy possum got into bed with me. Scared me at first when he/she ran across my face, but aren’t they the cutest of creatures. Peter
thanks Miranda for sharing your adventures with new friends and so lovely that your tree is Blooming xxxx
Miranda thank you for a activism inspires
I just read about you and your tree sit in the Observer Tree, in the Earth First! Journal. I am in awe of you and so proud of you, for your courage, devotion and determination to defend and protect the forest there.
How can those of us on the ground in places far away help you?
Google: robert goldman wolves ecology
… and you’ll see some of the good stuff I do for Mother Earth.
Give my love and good wishes to your wonderful tree and all the forest creatures living with you, all the way from Portland, Maine USA.
May the great spirit be with you and the forest and every living thing there.
I hope to hear back from you.
Portland, Maine USA