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.)

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Mid-September and lots of rain

 More fungi growing in odd places.

 This is at the front of the house in between the pavers. I have to say I have never noticed moss "flowering" like this before. But then maybe I have only started looking down at small plants since I've been doing this blog!

 In twelve years, we've never seen so much water on the property. This is one of the tracks, where the water is now 6-8cm deep in places. Water is running everywhere, from high points all the way down to the creek. Quite amazing.

 This is the creek - running fast. Larger ponds of water to the left. If I ever get the video below the limit I will post it!

Did you say something?

Friday, September 9, 2016

Spring on the way

 Amazing how much rain we have had. There is a stream running down the central track, and it's growing algae and duckweed! This is the creek, which has probably even more water in it now, since we've had rain all day today.
This creek is dry three years out of four.

Scented sundew out in flower. Several big patches of this near the house but nowhere else.

We often see this wallaby mother near the house. Recently she's had a joey hanging out of her pouch as she eats. Now the joey is out and about, running in wide circles around her (father was present today for the first time) like a mad toddler finding its bearings!

 Here he/she has run in the widest circle all the way up the slope and suddenly stopped as if to say, "Er, hang on, where am I? Where's Mum?" !!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Winter fungi after the fire

It's amazing how so many fungi have come up, especially those growing on burnt/dead trees. Also dozens of puffballs in the ground everywhere.

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