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About Us – Meaning of “Six Seasons”

‘Six Seasons’ is derived from the Indigenous cultures of Australia, practiced and handed down over 50,000 years of existence and occupation of the land. The six-seasons are extremely important to Indigenous people, as it is a guide to what nature is doing at every stage of the year, as well as understanding respect for the land in relation to plant and animal fertility cycles and land and animal preservation.Bunuru Flowing Gum

Each of the six seasons represents and explains the seasonal changes we see annually.

The flowering of many different plants, the hibernation of reptiles and the moulting of swans are all helpful indicators that the seasons are changing.

The seasons can be long or short and are indicated by what is happening and changing around us, rather than by dates on a calendar.

Variations to each season will be a factor depending on the region, particularly the different food sources that apply to each region and their corresponding seasons.

An example of the six seasons is presented below from the south-west region of Western Australia.

 

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Dry and Hot – Season of the young:

Sees the rains ease up and the warm weather really start to take hold
Reptiles are looking to shed their old skin for a new one.
It’s also time for the baby frogs to complete their transformation into adulthood

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Hottest part of the year – Season of the Adolescence

Is the hottest time of the year with little to no rain
A great time for living and fishing by the coast, rivers and estuaries

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Cooler weather begins – Season of the Adulthood

Sees a break in the really hot weather
Banksias start to display their flowers, ensuring there are nectar food sources

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Coldest and wettest time of the year – Season of Fertility

Sees the coldest and wettest time of the year come into full swing
A time for animals to be pairing up in preparation for breeding in the coming season

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Mixture of wet and warmer days – Season of Conception

The woodland birds will still be nest bound
We start to see and hear the first of the new borns
A transitional time of the year, cold and rainy mixed with the occasional sunny day

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Longer dry periods – Season of Birth

We see an abundance of colours and flowers exploding all around us
Reptiles start to awaken from their hibernation
Young birds will be singing out for their parents to feed them.

 

 

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