Monday, August 18, 2014

A Special Visitor





This has to be a brief post but I thought my friends and visitors to my blog from overseas would enjoy seeing the close up shot of this beautiful young koala who climbed down from a very tall gum tree into a much smaller tree. So low he came that we were able to make eye contact! Isn't he just the most beautiful creature?  He was not at all alarmed by our presence and when I stepped forward to take this shot with my phone he actually leaned forward and tried to grab the leather cord attached to the case. We joked that he wanted to take a selfie! It was all very exciting for the younger children who have seen koalas high up in the boughs of trees before but never this close. I think we spent about an hour in his company.

Enccounters like these help me realize what a beautiful country our family are blessed to live in with its unique wildlife. Not many people get to meet a koala in the wild though so we are extra blessed at Eight Acres of Eden. Of course whenever we have people from other countries come out to our home we never see a koala! It's always the way. A few years ago a group of young Canadians came out for the day. They went right into the bush straining their necks in the hope of seeing a grey bulge in the tree tops. No koalas obliged but would you believe the very next day a koala put in an appearance at the bottom of the drive!

Spring is just weeks again and September is the month when we expect to see and hear the koalas again.
Hope you have enjoyed seeing the picture of our koala visitor. I do have a close up shot from late summer of a red belly black snake but it's not on my phone and I'm mobile blogging. I hear the collective sigh of relief across the blogosphere!
Until next time.

7 comments:

Camille said...

Thank you, Ann...it is fun to see your wildlife! :) Snakes...now those I can do without. Hugs to you! Camille

A Bite of Country Cupcakes said...

We too get koalas as special visitors but not that close up!!!...I had a girlfiend I had not seen for 15 years visit two weeks ago with her lil girl hoping to see kangaroos...well we have up to 17 a day on our lawn...but that day none...til 4pm when she left at 3pm!!!....

Pam Phelps said...

Hi Ann,
I just got done e-mailing you, got back on the blog and realized that you had posted two days ago. I love the Koala. It seems very special to me to think of you getting to be so close to him and enjoy his personality as well as some pictures. He is truly a delightful creation. Love seeing glimpses into your world this way. Thanks for the post.
Hugs and Blessings,
Pam

Suzanne said...

Hello Ann,
Lydia and I were just admiring your shot of this beautiful creature. How enchanting to have one so close, but we wonder, are you able to touch it or is caution used with these creatures?
Your USA friend,
Suzanne

Ann at eightacresofeden said...

Hi Suzanne,
Koalas have very sharp claws so yes, you would not want to alarm them. This koala was not at all apprehensive though! When we needed to rescue a koala that had fallen from a tree when its branch snapped and was on the road and in danger of being bowled by a car we threw a thick jacket around him before attempting to pick him up.
Lovely to know you are still visiting me here. I will have to stop by Blueberry Cottage soon and say hi!

living from glory to glory said...

Hello Anne, What a fun and special day that must of been! Those bears always look so funny and cute! Yes, You do live in a very special place in the world! Sometimes we forget that He alone sets us in our boarders! I thank you for sharing this delightful picture!
Yours, Roxy

Tante Mali said...

Ann, how wonderful. What an exotic visiter to me and so cute!
All my best from Austria and a happy happy time
Elisabeth

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