friendly native

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the real kanga and baby roo

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p1140334Kanga and her baby Roo, from the infamous Winnie-the-Pooh books by A.A. Milne, lived with Pooh in the Hundred Acre Woods. kangaThe appearance of a home-grown native animal in an English story book, while being raised on the English Canon, served to reinforce my love for these Australian animals (as a city-bred child I rarely encountered  them myself outside of Sydney’s Taronga Zoo). Kanga’s character in the book reflects the characters of the wallabies/kangaroos that now surround my house at all hours of the day/night. Like Kanga they are pretty, observant, loyal and unequivocally devoted parents. Also like Kanga their one Dislike is … Any Threat to Roo! 

whose calling me baby now

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P1180999.jpgThis Sottish Mod (aka Highland Steer) has the mod fringe down pat, take a second look and check out the single eye under those beautiful bangs. The horns may look scary but in reality Highland Steers are docile, good natured animals, and often house cows. The coats vary from black to white, red to silver and in between all thanks to a gene. I met this fellow when touring the Isle of Skye in north west Scotland last October. With the car window down I was only inches away from his lovely snout. These fringes were made famous when  Corb Lund (Canada’s country music singer) released his song ‘Hair in My Eyes Like A Highland Steer’.  

Is this edible? (car side mirror)

the fashionista

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P1180972.jpgYes, I admit it, I’m a fan of sheep. They are so sweet and docile and when you get to know them they have such interesting personalities. This Scottish Blackface, a resident of the Isle of Skye, seems to be displaying quite a sense of humour and could be saying, ‘hey just because I’m rural, doesn’t mean I’m not a fashionista’. You have to admit that those spotty legs, mix-matched ‘earrings’ and the ‘head gear’ are pretty darn cute.

bo peep’s sheep

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p1180919On the Isle of Skye visitors soon learn that the Scottish Blackface considers the narrow roads their own. This mountain sheep is particularly well suited to Skye as it is tough, adaptable ,and bestowed with a long coarse wool coat that protects it from the biting winds that roar over the exposed landscape.

red deer

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P1180537.jpgThe Isle of Skye in north west Scotland is known for its abundant wildlife. The Red Deer are the largest mammal in the UK and the largest population is on Skye. While I wasn’t able to photograph the male as they prefer the higher ground, this lovely female and two others were browsing under a tree near the road. October was a lovely time to visit Scotland, with trees, grasses and animals all colour complementing each other in an abundance of autumn hues. p1180763