After this climatically difficult start to our summer here in Oz, the stories of bushfires, loss of vegetation and native animal lives abound.
On Monday morning, after weeks of drought, and then two days of refreshing rain a visitor came to our property.
He was the largest kangaroo I have ever seen. I was born in this state, yet, It was the first time I have seen a massive gray animal like this one. He stood looking at the house from 1/2 way up the hill behind it.. Occasionally, he would graze on the shoots of new green grass.
I was not quick enough to get a photo so had to do some on line research. This animal I saw was not only massive but had one completely pure white shoulder and paw and his stomach area was also pure white.
What I discovered was encouraging and brought Hope to my heart for the survival of this unique animal. He was beautiful!
It is an EASTERN GRAY KANGAROO. (its coat can vary from a rich deep gray to lighter tones and even patches of pure white.) Apparently through the years some folk have reported viewing pure white marsupials.
Although the photo above is not mine, it may give some small idea of what I actually saw. His white patches shone in the sunlight and I gave thanks to God for renewed Hope that perhaps our small property here can still be a refuge for many animal species.
Have a great day in all you are planning.
I m a wife, mother and grandmother. I have always enjoyed writing even from an early age. My book Beyond the Ashes has been written as a labour of love. All the characters are real to me and their story needed to be told. As a Christian my desire is to write General Fiction stories about real people but Hope and a desire for 'better' will always be part of the journey. I have had several short stories published over the years and moderate success in writing competitions.
I realized as I was thinking today (30/01/15) that perhaps I should add here that I have had life experiences of many valley times but also many mountain top experiences. I can understand and be beside anyone who finds their life in tatters because I have 'been' there. Of course as I have got older as well there have been the added sorrows of losing not only older family members but also one by one finding the dearest of friends and the ones of greatest support and care also dying. On the site of rich mountains has been my certainty of the value of marriage and how grateful I am that after loss and sadness I made a happy and long-lasting marriage commitment. The one who was my best friend back then is still my best friend 45 years later. Beyond the Ashes touches upon the POWER of LOVE when folk can forget about their own personal 'feelings' and reach out in LOVE to a desperate and broken person.
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I have thought and prayed for you often Faye with the news updates of the fires. I am so grateful to read of your safety – and continued prayers that this remains the same.
Thank you. Prayers during hard times are felt spiritually.
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