post Big Wet in Parachilna!

November 25th, 2008

Filed under: Earth — newseditor @ 2:00 pm


We’ve just had over half an inch of rain!! So we’ve taken the opportunity to do things we rarely get to do…

The Prairie Hotel Crew


post Downpour

November 25th, 2008

Filed under: Earth,Greening Copley — newseditor @ 9:20 am

Early morning thunder and lightning, the clouds brewing…


Ten minutes later and still rumbling…


Weather forecasting awards for this week go to Starman, MW crew and the ants!

post Market Preview: Felt & Fabric

November 21st, 2008

Filed under: Arts,Events — newseditor @ 7:25 am


The Christmas community market will a be stocked with handcrafted  goodies including these felted and beaded dowry bags, tooth fairy keepers, treasure pouches and dyed faerie’s fabric made by the nimble fingered Maynards Well guild.

Watch this space for market dates. 

post Flash!

November 19th, 2008

Filed under: Cosmos,Earth — newseditor @ 9:59 am


Lightning in all directions electrified the skies last night! What a lightshow!

Click here for a film clip taken from the Chapel bridge of lightning striking the northern horizon. The footage is slowed down to a tenth of the actual speed.

Footage by Anne-Maree Taranto

post The Last Gasp / A Breath of Fresh Air

November 17th, 2008

Filed under: Bits and Pieces,Spirit — newseditor @ 9:13 am

This week our site reached 10,000 hits and the prophetic Mayan calendar clicked up a notch to the Age of Ethics: time to get it together. Character assassination, cockfights, rumours, psychic vampirism and other outpicturing of base mammal politics is all a bit yesteryear (yaaawn) and not bringing anything useful to the table. Quite frankly, who’s got the time? If you do, that’s a bit of bad luck, here’s a clue what to do with it rather than trying to dump it in this domain. This site is dedicated to celebrating life, love and laughter in this magical part of the world. Do yourself a favour before you shuffle of the mortal coil: become alive! Release yourself from idiotic grudges! Enjoy diversity! Laugh heartily! Celebrate nature! Speak your truth and share your best. In the words of the freewheeling hobbit, BE the change you want to see in the world. If then you discover your gifts, we look forward to seeing you at the table.


post Full moon lovesong of the cactus

November 12th, 2008

Filed under: Earth — newseditor @ 11:52 am


Images: Left – amt; Right – Starman

post SA Frog Census

November 10th, 2008

Filed under: Animal Nature,Greening Copley — newseditor @ 8:13 pm


The frogs are out and about in the Flinders Ranges with the recent rains and the Frog Atlas project of the EPA and Zoos SA are inviting you to join in the SA frog census.

Take an evening out of your normal routine and get in touch with nature. Find a water source, enjoy being in nature and make a recording of the frogs calling in the area. Then come back to Frog Atlas to enter the data and help us build a better picture of where frogs are found.

Frog Atlas allows you to learn about some of Australia’s frogs, while helping to build an interactive map of frog distributions. Frog calls vary between species and provide a simple means for gaining information about where frogs are found. By learning to identify frog calls and contributing them to a central, mappable site, together we can build up a picture of what is happening to our neighbours, the frogs.

Contributing to the frog census is easy:

  • Make sure you have access to digital recording equipment that makes a clear recording and test equipment before going into the field to ensure it works.
  • Download and print a copy of the data sheet to make sure you record all the information required about the site.
  • Find places where frogs are calling such as streams, rivers, ponds, wetlands and waterways. Ideal times to hear frog call are at dusk on warm still nights before or after rain.
  • Record site and time details on the datasheet.
  • State your name and location on the recording and then make a 30 second recording of the call. If it is a complicated call or chorus you can make a slightly longer recording, although keep it to under a maximum of 2 mins.
  • Ensure the frog calls can be heard clearly in your recording before uploading it.

More information on taking part in the census, and identifying frogs and calls for our area can be found at the Frog Census Australia site.

Other links:

Image: Streambank Froglet, endemic to the Northern Flinders Ranges and Gammon Ranges. Source: Frog Census Australia

post Creative with waste

November 3rd, 2008

Filed under: Arts — newseditor @ 7:35 am

This is an image of a Thai temple built from recycled bottles. With a bit of lateral thinking, many things laid to waste could be transformed into creative projects. What resources do we have in abundance?


Link shared by Gina 

post Peaceful Coexistence: Part Five

November 3rd, 2008

Filed under: Animal Nature — newseditor @ 7:19 am


Livingstone and Tilly at Maynard’s Well

post Bring on a rainy summer!

November 3rd, 2008

Filed under: Earth — newseditor @ 7:03 am


More photos of life and times in the Flinders Ranges in the community Copley Image Gallery. If you have some photos to include, please send them in.

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