Hormosira banksii, a seaweed native to New Zealand and Australia, growing in a New South Wales south coast rockpool. This seaweed is also known as also known as Neptune’s necklace, Neptune’s pearls and – my favourite name for it – bubbleweed.
The sea snails are Black Nerite Nerita atramentosa, commonly known as black periwinkles.
This photo of Great Oyster Bay was taken at Swansea, Tasmania, the day before we ventured over to the Freycinet Peninsula (seen here across the bay) for a hike down to iconic Wineglass Bay. Tasmania is a huge source of inspiration for my fantasy fiction writing, with its beautiful, fierce wilderness and even fiercer convict history.
I took this photo on a remote cattle station in the pastoral country between Broken Hill and Wilcannia, far west New South Wales. The bright little flowers are such a stark contrast to the red dirt in this semi-arid part of Australia. It’s one of the reasons I’m so fascinated with Australia and using it as inspiration for my writing. It opens up so many possibilities for worldbuilding and unique settings in fantasy fiction – I feel so lucky that I’m in a position to explore it.
So, please share with me, what inspires you? If you write, where do you get ideas for your stories and settings?
Swamp Wallaby at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Australian Capital Territory. Tidbinbilla undertakes important wildlife management and breeding programs to help with the conservation of endangered species. Although the swamp wallaby isn’t endangered, this is just one of the many animals in the reserve.