We had two good lots of heavy rain that stimulated a lot of bracken growth and sprouting from the gum trees (about 60% of them are now showing signs of sprouting to various degrees). We've now had no really good rain for a few weeks, and things are either slowing down a lot or, in some cases, dying off.
Fascinating to see how the bark is forced open and the green springs out.
With the new growth, as well as bracken I'm seeing some of the native vegetation coming back more - lots of rushes, some heath, some bosseia, and very occasionally a bluebell or a vanilla orchid. A fair few grasshoppers and dragonflies. However butterfly numbers are very low. At this time of year there would normally be dozens everywhere I walk, but I'm lucky to see a couple at the moment.
A lot of the ground looks greenish with the bracken, but when I look closer, there is no leaf litter and it's all still bare. With the heavy rain, a lot of the ash has washed down into hollows.
Sunday, January 3, 2016
This is, I think, a forest kingfisher, and I don't remember ever seeing one here before.
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Sunday, November 15, 2015
Saturday, November 7, 2015
It doesn't matter how optimistic I try to be, when I go for a walk and all I see is this, it's hard.
Not sure if this is normal after a bush fire?
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Good rain this weekend so we'll see what effect it has.