’When the ground is all covered with snow,
I do build a big fire, open my door, seat myself very, very quietly in front of the blazing logs,
and presently they come in one by one,
the wild animals without their usual fear of man, or one another,
and share with me in stillness,
the grateful warmth”
Gustav Weindorfer (1918)
Gustav Weindorfer (1874 – 1932) was an Austrian-born Australian amateur botanist, lodge-keeper and promoter of the Cradle Mountains National Park.
Gustav kept numerous journals describing his experiences at Cradle Mountain.
He wrote this little-known passage in 1918. The scene described at the lodge indicates his love for all creatures and his connection with the environment.
See an image of a large Mural depicting this scene.
Freedom in Words & Art – Jun 2010