The Most dangerous Species on Earth.

Nothing else needs saying.

Java – Tropical forests, volcanoes and paddy fields – Photos

We set off at early dawn to cover the miles to arrive at Borobudur. Java felt big. There were hillsides still covered with tropical jungle but vast areas of fertile plains heavily cultivated and terraced growing a number of crops, but mainly rice. In the distance, we could see the looming volcanoes.

I took these photos through the window of our coach.

Poetry – The Last Tree

The Last Tree


The last tree

Shed its last leaf

On to the poisoned ground.


For the last time

The sap flowed

Weakly through its veins.


No longer would

It donate oxygen

To the atmosphere.


No longer would

It absorb

Carbon from the air.


Its roots dormant

In the soil.


Its branches

Still waved.


Its trunk stood tall.


Its skeleton

A reminder

Of what was lost.


Opher – 15.6.2020

Poetry – Global Change

Global Change


The wettest February followed by the sunniest May

As the Indian Ocean fuels the jet stream.

We’re going too slowly, with feet of clay;

We’re moving as if in a dream.


The bleaching of the coral reef.

The clearance of the forest tree.

Defies the psychology of disbelief

As levels of carbon rise upon the breeze.


The rising of the oceans,

The changing patterns of weather

Should focus all our notions.

We need to act all together!


Opher – 5.6.2020

My Photos of Australian animals pt. 2

This is all the wondrous life that is being destroyed by climate change, big business and corrupt politicians.

No!! The economy is not more important than this fabulous wildlife. We have to make room for both us and them!!



My Photos of Australian animals pt. 1

Being a zoologist who just loves animals having the opportunity to go to Australia was paradise. I was able to see a whole range of Australian animals before the politicians in cahoots with big business kills them all off.

I saw some spectacular wildlife. A big thank you to Pete and Trudy who made that possible. I’m forever in your debt!

Today’s Music to keep me SANE during Isolation – the Eels

Today the sun is shining but I’m feeling a bit jaded still, so I wanted something appropriate to my mood!

I settled for the Eels!!

a friend of mine called Dave introduced me to the Eels many moons ago. It was in the days of Novocaine for the Soul. That pretty much sums up how I feel about this lousy destructive, greed-ridden society we’ve constructed.

So today I will be blasting out a bit of Eels!!

Poetry – Something’s Gotta Change

Something’s Gotta Change


Two swallows chuntering on the wire.

Five swifts screeching in the sky.

Once so many, now so few.

Remnants – for us to question why.


When insects were plentiful

They fed their hungry brood.

Now the times are tough

There’s a shortage of food.


One thing cascades into another

As we spray with insecticide,

Fill in ponds and streams.

Populations tumble while we decide.


Something has got to change

If we are to stop the rot.

Unless we want a sterile world

With a temperature far too hot.


Opher – 22.5.2020