Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Tree planting

On Saturday I joined community volunteers for a morning of tree planting at Elanda Plains in the Noosa Biosphere reserve. Supported by Noosa and District Landcare, CO2 Australia, and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service; the trees planted form part of the Australian Government's national 20 Million Trees Programme. After a couple of hours it was great to look up at the green tinge and image a future forest.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Life on the edge - Noosa National Park

For me, wet days are perfect for exploring rock pools on the ocean edge. Rich earthy hues in rock plates are saturated and dense contrasting against pools of reflected light. So many patterns to explore in the lines of geology, wave action and dwellers. This vacant little crab shell, bobbing on a pool's surface was one delight.

Plein air days

I returned to Wahpunga School Park in Kin Kin this week to work plein air alongside Kin Kin creek with Helena. After the past weeks storms, the creek pools were fuller and rippled to the sounds of fish, dragon and damselflies. Spending time working in locations engages all my senses, bringing the feeling of each environment into the marks I make and final works. I'm starting to see a body of work develop for my solo show Life on the edge, on at Noosa Regional Gallery in September next year.
Thanks for a lovely day Helena.

Morning tracks

Noosa beach, early morning walk with tracks from resident creatures.

Tewantin National Park

The tiny flower of a Lomandra species.

In October I joined a 'Walk and Talk' at Tewantin National Park. I've driven past the entrance to this Park many times without venturing in, so it was great to hear Marc Russell speak about understorey growth and plants of its different ecosystems.
Hosted by Noosa and District Landcare the group included many locals with an impressive knowledge of native flora. Thanks for a lovely and informative morning.

A Spangled drongo joined us for part of the walk.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Forest thinking

Last weekend I joined NICA (Noosa Integrated Catchment Association) members, on their Excursion No.9, to a Farm Forestry property in Kin Kin. Looking at and walking in the forest areas, planted from six years ago to present, was very inspiring. My Thanks to Mark and Pam for opening their property to us and to Stephanie and NICA for organising another informative day.

In collaboration with Noosa and District Landcare (with council support, workshops, grant funding and hard work), Mark and Pam have transformed the health and viability of their property. The benefits of change extend far beyond their own land. With land slippage areas stabilised and connected wildlife corridors established, these trees contribute to healthy environment for the broader catchment community and future generations.

I've been reading Robert MacFarlane's book Landmarks; he speaks about the way we mark land and how it marks us. It's the trees I gravitate to, so his quote of Wade Davis resonates for me "Every language is an old-growth forest of the mind". My language being visual.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Noosa National Park - Headland

I feel fortunate to have spent time over the weekend in Noosa National Park - Headland section, soaking up the magnificent Hoop Pine trees and surrounding vine forest. It's a treasure to have this environment on the coast and easily accessible to residents and visitors.
The conservation of Noosa National Park has quite a story. Plaques in the parks entry visitor area give a brief account of those involved.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Redland Art Awards 2016

'Life on the edge - Synergy score (Wynnum mangroves)' ©2016 Nicola Moss. Watercolour and gouache on Stonehenge paper with cut outs. 105 x 152cm framed size. Courtesy of the artist and SGAR. Photographed by Carl Warner.

I'm delighted to be exhibiting in the Redland Art Awards 2016, along with my peers from across Australia. Now celebrating its 30th year the competition is presented at the Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland from 16th  October to 27th November 2016.
Redland Art Awards is a biennial contemporary painting competition open to all Australian artists, presented by Redland Art Gallery.

My work speaks about the value of healthy environment. Painted plein air on-site in sections, over the course of a day, and completed in my studio; Life on the edge – Synergy score acknowledges the rhythms of life experienced in a coastal habitat. Every day we engage with the natural world around us, in our breath, body and mind.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Kin Kin Creek: Re-Forest

The third stop on the NICA Catchment Excursion No.8 was for lunch and a walk at the property of Geoff and his brother Andrew at Kin Kin Creek Eastern Branch. Geoff and Andrew spoke about the history of land use on their property and their work to re-vegetate. The passion and hours invested by landholders has a significant impact on soil stabilisation and soil run-off into Kin Kin Creek, highlighting the benefits of Acting Locally. I chose the creek walk, meandering in shade cast by Blue Quandong, Foam Bark, Bunya Pine and many more trees; with the clear waters bubbling along.

Big Thanks to Geoff and Andrew for inviting us to their property and speaking about their passion.

Our final stop for the day was at Kin Kin Arboretum. The re-introduction of the site as a place of education and living history was driven by the inspiration of a few local members of the Noosa and District Landcare Group and the generosity of the previous Noosa Shire Council.

The reserve was dedicated in honour of William Douglas Francis, his family were pioneer residents of the area and he went on to become a noted botanist. The threatened species section of the arboretum is dedicated to Herb Schnitzerling who instigated the planting of this section.

We had a walk around the established tracks through re-vegetation areas and the rare and threatened species section. I'll be headed back to spend more time in this living collection and take a wander in the 50+ year old Hoop Pine plantation.

Big thanks to Phillip Moran, Noosa and District Landcare, for identifying and pointing out species of interest. And apologies for calling you Steve at the end!

And special thanks to Tony and Stephanie from NICA for driving me around for the day and organising such an informative and enjoyable excursion.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

'Keeping it in Kin Kin' - LIDAR

Our second stop on the NICA Catchment Excursion No.8 was a tree planted site along Kin Kin creek at Leggetts Loop. Steve and Phil from Noosa and District Landcare spoke about work in the area.
The 'Keeping it in Kin Kin' project aims at keeping Kin Kin's soils in place. One of the specific activities of the project is identifying areas within the Kin Kin catchment impacted by soil loss. LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) uses an aerial near infra-red laser to map landform topography. Data collected in 2009 and 2016 was superimposed and processed, to identify areas with a surface change of more than one metre in depth. Areas are then prioritised for remediation work.

We walked through part of the site planted in July this year, taking in the view of hundreds of seedlings. Each tree is propagated by the Landcare team and consists of rainforest and eucalypt regional ecosystem species. I look forward to returning to this site in future and seeing its growth.

A series of Community workshops and engagement are another specific activity of the project. A big Thank you to Steve and Phil for their informative talk.