Sunday, August 12, 2018

July and August fungi

 This one is moss, of course, also growing on burnt wood.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Trail camera near the wombat hole - solve the mystery?

So the camera was set up near the wombat hole nearest to the house. The camera has a night setting as well, but here our friendly wallaby has wandered in and is hanging around.

At some point after about three days, something pushes the camera over (which was on a tripod). Could well have been this wombat.

And here is the wombat again (I think) in daylight.

And one would think ... the wombat again. Except. Legs and tail.
What do you think? Wombat or pig?

Yes, wombat again. Camera still in the same (sideways) place. What was that other animal?

Sunday, January 28, 2018

New trail camera

This was once our trail camera, until the bushfire and then it melted. Now we have a new one at last.
 We set it up near the house and these are from the first week of photos. Meet the wallaby. She's used to the house so we often see her around. For a while we watched her joey in the pouch and then it was out, scampering around.

 Now what is that thing with the light on it? This is small (below) - a wallaby  joey? Curious!

 The wombat emerges and wanders past.

A fleeting passerby - a bird of some kind!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Spiders and things of late summer

The fire has left all kinds of burnt bizarre things behind, including this tree where a branch has gone and the inside is now hollow. Home for a possum or owl perhaps?

Not sure if this is a native geranium or pelargonium.
 If you saw us walking along, waving a large stick in front of us, you might think us mad. But this is what we are trying to avoid - walking into the web of one of these. They are St Andrews spiders (I think) and are enjoying catching all the grasshoppers bounding around at the moment.
(Note: thanks to Snail, I now know this is a golden orb weaver - see comments.)

 Same web but this spider was off to one side. Is this its back, or an egg sac?

Lots of kookaburras around at the moment. Two youngsters keeping their eyes on things.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Late December - flowers aplenty

 The array and numbers of wildflowers this spring and summer continues to astound me. Where in the past there have been small clumps of things like Blue Pincushions (above) and Vanilla-lilies, now there are swathes of them - in several places the Vanilla-lilies are in patches metres square. In past years I've had to go searching for them. Yes, the bushfire probably cleared the way for them to sprout but I suspect the huge amount of rain over winter and spring had a lot more to do with it.

 Chocolate-lily - not very many of these. (The hyphen is used in my reference book - Wildflowers of the Brisbane Ranges - Clive and Merle Trigg.)

 These fringe-lilies are my favourites, mainly because of their colour and, well, the fringing!

 I never get tired of trying to capture the perfect image of a vanilla-lily. In fact this flower is about the size of my smallest finger nail.

While slogging my way around attacking weeds, I've found some plants I've never seen before like this Everlasting.
I've been waging a huge battle over the past three months against a massive weed invasion (also an after effect of the bushfire). It seems that the bare ground was a big opportunity for the weeds to move in, especially because neither of my neighbours with paddocks seem to do any weed control. First it was a species of huge green thistle (not scotch thistle) with thick hollow stems, and now it's dandelions. Massive clumps of the things that are now starting to go to seed, so it's a fight to see who wins. I think they are! But I can't afford to give up.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

More spring wildflowers

 Showy violets - about twice the size of Ivy-leaf violets (so think five cent coin).

 The spectacular Kangaroo apple in flower.

 Can't find what these are - tiny flowers about 4-5mm across.

 An unusually large Ivy-leafed violet.

 Unable to identify this either. A lot of new plants are coming up I've never seen before.

Tall Bluebells.

Eggs? What do you think?

Friday, October 14, 2016

First spring flowers after the fire

 Such a relief to see them slowly coming back. This is the first bossiaea to flower. Small patches here and there in the north section.

 Lots and lots of Early Nancies. One of the wildflowers to come back in much greater numbers than before.

 Just a very few Common Riceflowers.

Here and there - Ivy-leafed Violet.

Prickly Starwort!
Blue-beard Caledenia. (I think.)

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