When I started this blog 10 months ago, I looked at overseas models and found some excellent ones. I wanted a vehicle to record my natural history and other adventures, with photos, to share with my friends and interested others (who might become friends). And to find like-minded individuals and get help with identification of creatures. I’d been keeping a natural history field note book for years, and a blog seemed a natural extension of that.
I found that the blogging community is huge. In general, bloggers are very supportive of each other. I discovered such things as blog carnivals, where one blog collates the posts of others on a particular topic. It’s always fun to see what people overseas come up with.
Natural history blog carnivals that I am aware of are Festival of the Trees (for tree lovers), Circus of the Spineless (for insect and other crawly/fluttery critter enthusiasts) and International Rock-flipping Day (no prizes for guessing what that involves). I’m sure there are others. Some are regular, some irregular.
This is the list of blogs that participated in this year’s IRFD on 11 September. It was hosted this year (the fifth) by Wanderin’ Weeta on the west coast of Canada.
http://bit.ly/qJCU4D A Roving I will Go
http://bit.ly/r3miZE Outside my Window
http://bit.ly/p76Jdc Rebecca in the Woods
http://fertanish.net/wp2011/?p=121 Fertanish Chatter
http://bit.ly/nAinPh Bug Safari
http://bit.ly/qpxEFd Growing with Science Blog
http://bit.ly/nJXPHa Wild About Ants
http://bit.ly/pDtpWl Powell River Books Blog
http://bit.ly/p2vQhc Meandering Washington
http://bit.ly/nYnjWm Cicero Sings
http://bit.ly/odH0Yf Via Negativa
http://bit.ly/n6Q6v9 Mainly Mongoose
http://bit.ly/qbf9iI Chicken Spaghetti
http://bit.ly/owdJev Wanderin’ Weeta
http://bit.ly/qQjEVI Rock, Paper, Lizard
http://bit.ly/qx1Be5 Cabin Girl
http://yfrog.com/kjnd9exj At Rattan Creek ff. From @gjesse on Twitter
And the http://bit.ly/rftHSR Flickr group.
The more delving I’ve done, the more I realise there really are an awful lot of Aussie nature bloggers. Hooray!
Talking nature is about “the ecology of the Australasian landscape and the conservation efforts being made to maintain it”.
Further south we have, at Robertson in the Southern Highlands south of Sydney, The nature of Robertson. Denis has a big blogroll of Aussie nature blogs on the right-hand side of his page. While I would like to list all 44 (!), he does a better job than I, so head on over and check out any that take your fancy.
One not on Denis’s list is Robert Rath, a photographer and diver in South Australia. I look in on him from time to time as South Australia is one of my old stamping grounds, and I have dived in some of the same places he has, but without a camera. Some fine underwater shots there.
Some I haven’t had time to investigate yet: Nature Web lists many Australian nature blogs, with an update here. Kathie’s photos has Kathie Thomas’s excellent Australian wildlife and landscape photos, and there are more photos and commentary at Mark David’s blog. There’s also Garden guests at Kuranda in far north Queensland.
Apologies to the many others I haven’t found yet – would love to find more.
These folks are from all over Australia, and a fine job they are doing to share information with like-minded souls. Keep up the good work, folks!