Saturday, December 15, 2012

Early summer lilies

 Pale Vanilla-lily - Arthropodium milleflorum. These hang from their stems and tremble in the breeze.

My all-time favourites are the Fringe-lilies - Thysanotus tuberosus. This year, probably due to the amount of rain we've had, these are out everywhere.
In the open area in front of the house, we've been getting rid of dandelions and bracken on a regular basis and it's great to see now that we have a native lawn/garden instead. As well as native grasses, there are fringe-lilies, violets, rice flowers, groundsel, bears ears and fireweed. I'm watching as the previously bare bank right in front is gradually covered in all sorts as things self-seed. My kind of "gardening"!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Spring flowers November 2012

 With all the rain we've had over the past two years, the plant that has grown the most (in terms of spreading into beds in all kinds of places) is the violet. Mostly they are very small, but this is a larger plant near the house. (viola hederacea).
 The milkmaids are also out now (burchardia umbellata) and if it gets hot and dry, no doubt we'll see more orchids and lilies.
Along the north side the bossiaea has been out, but also now these common rice-flowers (pimelea linifolia). Yes, I'm adding the botanical names for a change!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Moss and Lichen

While the rain hasn't done much for the fungi, it has created some bright patches of moss here and there. If you click on some of these to enlarge, you'll see all sorts of tiny extras!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Late winter fungi

Not much in the way of fungi this year, unlike previous drier years. I would have thought more rain would have helped, but it's also been really cold. Spring flowers just emerging now in mid-September.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Wallabies and Roos

 We often see kangaroos as we arrive - they sit in the neighbour's paddock and watch us. This group (top) looks as though they want to keep a close eye on us!

While walking a few weeks ago, I heard something and stopped (always a good strategy if you want to see anything other than a disappearing bit of fur). There, just off the track, were three wallabies ... or are they roos? I confess I assumed they were wallabies because of their size. Usually if there are several roos together, at least one of them is quite large. I looked at three different websites today and none of them helped! Readers here might have an opinion?

At first I thought there was only one (we definitely have one swamp wallaby who is always on its own), but then two more heads popped up (below).
 Then they realised they weren't alone, and all three bolted - in different directions. This one below was the last to make a run for it, and didn't realise he was heading straight for me! Dodged me at the last moment and skidded on past, hence the quick photo below.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Edge of winter

 It's been some time since I last posted, for a number of reasons, but the main one was that nothing much caught my interest for photos over summer. We had a fair amount of rain, great swathes of bracken grew everywhere (which meant lots of things hiding in it!) and very few flowers or shrubs offered themselves for photos. No celebrity flora leaping forward! These two fauna examples did catch my eye, and if anyone can identify the above, I'd be grateful. It was on the trunk of a ghost gum and looks like some kind of egg sac.

 This shiny specimen was on a piece of wood - it didn't look like a March fly (and it was later than March!), so I suspect it might be a sheep blowfly.

And this, of course, is a kookaburra, nicely fluffed up against the cold. I did try to upload a clearer photo that was a png file but Blogger wouldn't have it!

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