Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The end of summer

It's been a non-event summer this year, which is both good and bad. Actually, wonderful in that there have been no bush fires in our area, and very few across the state (compared to other years). But a non-event in that we have had hardly any butterflies (quite a few dragonflies)and hardly any wildflowers. Most times I have been for walks with my camera, there has been nothing to photograph. So those I'm including in this post are from the past two months.

 A cluster of ... insect eggs? On a gum leaf.


Parrot parading on the grass out the front of the house.


Been seeing a few kangaroos and this wallaby is often around.


Some experimenting with the panorama function on the camera.

Monday, December 29, 2014

December 2014


This echidna climbed all over our woodpile on the other side of the track, presumably looking for breakfast snacks.


Yellow rush-lily - the tufted stamens are unusual and I only noticed them on the full-sized photo!


An unwelcome sight from the kitchen window...

Sunday, November 2, 2014

New flowers out and an echidna

 It's always interesting to discover something new. Even after ten years, I can still find plants I haven't noticed before (or perhaps a bird has brought in seeds?)
It took me a while to identify this but it turns out to be an Appleberry.

 At this time of year these Milkmaids appear. Thanks to reasonable rain, there are dozens of them.

 Often when there is a rustle in the bracken, you can never see what it is (if it's a roo, it will bolt away at high speed). This time it was an echidna, trying very hard to "disappear".

Twining Fringe Lilies. Won't be long before the common fringe lilies (my favourites) will start blooming.

Monday, October 20, 2014

It's spring!


The first thing that always flowers and provides bright points of yellow and red everywhere is the Creeping Bossiaea.


This spring, thanks to Jo from Trust for Nature, I have discovered our small bird orchids. The one above is just coming out, the one below is darker and has been out for a while.



Also this year we have rice flowers again, after a couple of springs with hardly any. Below is Twining Glycine (I think). It always grows up and around the bracken.


These bright red flowers are commonly called Running Postman. They only grow in one place, in the middle of the track, and you can't miss them!

 And here is our sign at the front gate (and down the other end where our property meets the neighbour's with no fence) which says we are proud Trust for Nature people!


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Miniature winter gardens


I keep finding these tiny "gardens" of fungi in odd spots on fallen trees - and upright ones, too.


Might explain why I'm currently writing science fiction...


These fungi amaze me - there were several on the one fallen tree.


And these were popping out of the top.


Visitors near my window. Hard to photograph as they move so fast.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Kangaroos and joey


Filmed these roos early morning (sneaking up on them) and only when I started looking closely at the footage did I realise that one had a joey in her pocket. A lazy-looking joey, too!
 
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