About the Blog

The Flora and Fauna Weekly Report is my attempt to wake up to my immediate environment.  I’ve spent more than three decades of sleep-walking around “the weeds and the bugs,” while married to a really enthusiastic environmentalist.

The FFWR is meant to be

– a source of enjoyment to friends and family who have visited our farm in Fiji

– an idea of what people might look for if they come to our area of Fiji or stay at my kids’ planned homestay, and

–  a break from thinking about people and people-created things.   Plenty of other places to go for that.

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10 thoughts on “About the Blog

  1. There is nothing like living in a different country to make you more aware of your environment. I took my small camera everywhere in Singapore but unlike you my interest was mainly animals, birds and buildings. One of the things that fascinated me was the similarity but differences between the plants and animals of tropical Australia and Singapore. Being in the same region there are a lot of relationships between the flora and fauna of the countries. However, there are no squirrels in Singapore. I think we were like people from overseas are in Australia with regards to possums. We squealed with delight about the squirrels and tried to photograph them. The locals ignored them and I think they thought we were a bit odd for raving about them.

    There is something quite meditative about focussing on the non-human environment. It is very good for one’s soul. All power to your blog for bringing this sensibility to the fore!

    • Hello my new Aussie friend! I agree about it being quite meditative to get my minds off humans for awhile, and am happy you enjoyed poking around my blog a bit. As for different cultures having different sensibilities to creatures – that was brought home to me by a Tongan friend going to USP in Suva. She would freak out when she saw a gecko, but thought cockroaches were kind of cute. We each thought the other one was a bit crazy. But I actually do not understand how anyone who lives with squirrel could not adore them. I was raised in the US with lots of squirrels and never got tired of seeing them play. I think I have to go visit Singapore!

      • Reading your comment made me think of frogs. I have decided that frogs are my totem. I’ll eat anything (she says with eyes shut and nose blocked) but not frogs because they are my favourite animal. We had loads of them in North Queensland. My favourite are the green tree frogs.

        If we didn’t have our screen doors shut frogs would come into our house when it rained. Then we would wake up the next morning with dehydrated and dying frogs in the house. I would then give them froggy first aid. This entails unwinding the hair around their legs (they seem to be a magnet for every human hair on the floor) and then put them outside in a flat dish with water. They would all disappear after a few minutes.

        What reminded me of them was your comment about someone not liking gekkos. I was astonished to find some people get freaked out by frogs. I can understand a dislike of cane toads, but frogs are adorable.

        You do not have enough frog stories on your blog. Could you photograph some and write about them please?

  2. Squirrels are my totem! So funny you used that word when I was avoiding it in my last response (since I’m not Native American I was afraid it would sound pretentious – though squirrels have really been my totem forever). I would have said I’d eat anything but squirrel – but in real life, I won’t eat horse either – and I’ve been faced with that.

    Anyhow – frogs….. all I’ve seen around here are cane toads. I don’t know if we do have any frogs here or not. I will try to find some though and do what I can. (You would have ADORED the coquies – singing tree frogs – in Puerto Rico … and I definitely could have gotten a coqui or two if we still lived there.)

    • I am sure you will find some frogs somewhere in Fiji, but not in places where insecticide and other poisons are used. I don’t like cane toads and haven’t met anyone who does. We had a cane toad stuck under our bed once. We turned off the light and lay down only to be annoyed by a periodic thumping coming from under our bed. We looked under and found a cane toad totally stuck. It needed more height to move but our bed was too low so all it succeeded in doing was thump the bed. We moved it pronto!

      I did the second best thing and looked up coquies on Youtube. I don’t think the tinny speakers on my laptop did the sound justice but it was interesting to see the place that frog has in national culture. What other country has a saying that demonstrates a person’s national roots in terms of a frog? Soy de aquí como el coquí (I’m as Puerto Rican as a coquí).

  3. I’m so happy you got to hear the coqui song – even if a tinny replica. Coqui music is lovely if there is just a bit of distance, (it is ear-splitting up close). I am keeping my eyes peeled for real frogs here in Nadroga (my area of Fiji). When I find some, they will be blogged.

  4. Kim, I would be so honored to use two of your pictures (with credits of course) in a book I am publishing on Micronesia. I am requesting your permission to use these two: /Users/jillianshort/Desktop/2014-11-10-ylang-ylang-under-cottage-cr.jpg (and) /Users/jillianshort/Desktop/2014-11-10-six-leaf-plumeria-cr.jpg

    Thank you for your consideration. Your photos and your blog are beautiful.

    Have a blessed new year!

    Jillian Short

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