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Science Rhymes eNewsletter #10 January 2016
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Time to grow: is a great catch-phrase for the start of 2016.  It is also the name of a two-panelled painting by Sharon Davson (featured above).  I love its uplifting spaciousness and learning about the Australian creatures it portrays. Let's start with the rosella, found middle-right on the left-hand panel:


Rosella's Dilemma
by Celia Berrell

At five-to-eleven Rosella flew in
to a magical garden where time stands still.
With five giant statues of fairytale folk
and two silver fountains that sang and then spoke.

Eleven big books that could read for themselves
surrounded by flowers and mischievous elves.
Eleven days later he flew out again
and found that the time was exactly the same!

"Still ten fifty-five?" he said with a grin.
"In that case, I may as well do it again!"



Smallest of the Rosellas this Western Rosella (Platycercus icterotis) has yellow-to-beige cheeks.  They eat grass seeds, flowers, fruit, berries and insects and live in Eucalypt forests in south-west Western Australia.  Groups of around 20 birds hang out together and are less noisy than other raucous Rosella species.

This poem was inspired by a visit to the Hunter Valley Gardens in NSW which has a Story Book Garden of statues. This poem is one of a series, displaying different clock-face times.

Can you write a poem about
and Australian animal?

On Thursday 22nd January at about 4.50pm Adam Stephen interviewed me on his DRIVE programme at the ABC Far North radio station.

I shared the latest CSIRO's Double Helix magazine poem Eric the Pliosaur about this exceptional opal-fossil which resides at the Australian Museum in Sydney. 

I then gave Adam a copy of the book Celia Berrell's Science Rhymes as a thank-you present for inviting me on his programme. 

Thanks Adam!

 

GROWING BRIGHTER is the current free PDF download on the Science Rhymes website.  Each poem about light is accompanied by relevant links to expand learning and interest.  It has minimal colour for printout suitability.

A colourful version is available here.
 

Science Rhymes & ABC Open

Local writer Jan Lahney features Science Rhymes in her latest post Pic of the Week about girls, science and robots.  Celia and Science Rhymes have featured on ABC Open before:

Talking of birthdays ... Mars Rover Opportunity celebrated its twelfth anniversary on the red planet last Sunday on 24th January.

The rover has exceeded all NASA's expectations and travelled further than a marathon race.  Many happy returns Opportunity!

To help celebrate all things about our neighbouring planet, below is Millie's Mind-Blowing Mars poem.

Mind-Blowing Mars
by Millie (Trinity Anglican School, White Rock)

Next-door is a planet called Mars
with the highest mountain of all.
It has caverns and craters and more
with a volcano, silent and tall.

A year there is longer than ours.
A day lasts for just a bit more.
Add thirty-odd minutes to twenty-four hours
to balance our day-time scores.

Mars has two moons: Phobos and Demios
named after two Greek mythical men.
Mars is named after a Roman god
and looks like it's coloured in red pen.

Mars has two polar ice caps
so water on Mars has not gone.
And now we believe that life was there.
But living here wouldn't be fun.

Mars has the largest deep canyon.
You can see it from far out in space.
Although Mars is Earth's planet-neighbour
it can still be a very cold place.

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Would you like to see your own poem on the internet?
If you have written a short poem about science, nature or the environment, send it to feedback@sciencerhymes.com.au for consideration to be posted on the Your Poems page on the Science Rhymes website.
Previous eNewsletters: Best Wishes,
Celia
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