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"...On September 16, 2016, I am camping with my partner in the Pilliga. We walk to the Salt Cave where I read about the colonists who mined the salt from here. Suddenly I feel the urge to climb the rocky outcrop behind the cave, and to record the insects and birds, and a flute that I can hear, played by a girl I cannot see but know is camping nearby. I want to remember this moment of timeless warmth and connection.
Early next morning the temperature drops. Dark clouds fill the sky and strong winds bring heavy rain. Everyone quickly packs up and leaves.
In January 2020 fire sweeps through and destroys plants and animals in nearby regions.
In March 2020 the corona virus sweeps around the world.
In 2005 the Pilliga Forest is identified on the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service website as '...the largest remaining native forest on the Australian continent... and home to birds, reptiles and koalas'."
Human reflections by Lisa Roberts