I’ve often seen photo challenges posted and for various reasons have never become involved, until last week. I finally took the plunge with my first post in an on-going series of Friendly Friday photo prompts. Looking though my existing photos for something that resonated with me for the theme turned out to be a great trip down memory lane.
I enjoyed re-living experiences from recent years as I searched for photos relevant to the prompt. In fact I enjoyed it so much that I think it’s quite likely that I’m going to be a frequent participant in these Friday Friendly photo challenges.
This weeks photo prompt from Snow at
DESIGN:I found the inspiration for my entry in nature.
The great Bower bird – a master of design
We were camped in Katherine in the Northern Territory in 2016 where a Great Bower Bird had set up his bower towards the rear of our caravan.
The male of the species builds his mating platform, a twin-walled avenue type bower approximately 1 metre long and 45 centres high. The entrances, both front and rear, of the bower are decorated meticulously with white, green, grey and silver objects. Only a male with a successful bower will attract mates, so he’s vigilant about his house keeping and his decor.
He forages for items daily to add to the entrances of his bower, and spends hour upon hour adding to, and re-arranging everything into some new design. It’s not unusual to spot a particular item has been moved to a different position several times in a single day. Sometimes he’ll group an item with similar objects, and sometimes he’ll select one item from a group and display it singularly in a position of prominence all on its own.
He must get bored with his design quickly as he’s forever re-arranging everything. One thing that remains a constant though is his colour scheme. We were intrigued and tried putting a pink item into his arrangement when he was out. On his return he quickly removed the offending colour. We also placed little items, buttons, clothes pegs, stones etc nearby in what we thought were his chosen colours. He picked up some to add to his decor, but other items obviously didn’t figure in his grand design and were completely ignored.
It was while we were in his presence that we put our trust in the universe and bought our existing house in Busselton, nearly 4000 kms away. We put our unconditional offer on the house, sight unseen, which seemed like a moment of madness at the time.
The tiny house had been vacant for over a year, and there had been little in the way of maintenance and decorating done since it had been built 16 years previously. Decorating and furnishing such a small house has been a challenge. Through persistence, a lot of drafting and design, and a lot of trial and error, our little house is turning into a quaint little beach cottage that we’re happy with. I think if we were Bower birds, our little Bower would be intriguing enough now to attract a mate.
I wonder if that little Bower bird, with his diligent attention to decorating, wasn’t somehow inspirational in our own return to being home owners, and the abrupt ending of our Nomadic life travelling around the country like gypsies. Perhaps that little bird has something to answer for…..
Postscript: if that little Bower bird did influence our decision to settle down in one place again – he did good! Living in our little beach cottage on the doorstep of the Margaret River Wine region, with the best neighbours anyone could hope for – what a pleasure life is turning out to be.