John Wilson's Closer to home Posts

Another bush walk out the back of our home in northern Sydney to help keep us in touch with nature and reality in these strange times.

In these troubled times it just seemed so apt. A restorative bush walk on the Salvation Track towards Refuge Bay. No, I'm not making it up.

Time to check out how our local bushland has responded to recent drought-breaking rain. (Yes, any excuse for a bushwalk and photos.)

Six weeks ago the Hunter Valley north of Sydney was dry as a bone and under threat from serious bushfires, but recent rains have transformed the landscape.

Over winter, the local fire services burnt the bushland behind my home to mitigate against possible larger fires in the summer. It's now regenerating before our…

My home state of New South Wales is suffering from drought and fire. Smoke haze is now constant and the setting sun each day is a red ball.

I've lived in Sydney for decades but this beautiful place was new to me. Let me share my latest discovery from my home town.

Rock pools in the clean and clear waters of the south coast of New South Wales host an amazing array of life.

These tree roots on the tidal flats at Lemon Tree Passage, NSW called out for a monochrome treatment.

The main purpose of our weekend Hunter Valley trip was to sample the local produce with friends, but there were also plenty of animal encounters.

A population of local kookaburras visits our back yard daily, hunting for worms and insects. They're remarkably sociable and will let you get very close with a…

They say love is blind and I have certainly developed a blind spot for a place I love on the east coast of New South Wales - Fingal Bay.

I have the good fortune of living adjacent to a national park in Sydney. The bushland changes markedly season to season, making it endlessly fascinating for…