Sunday, December 09, 2007
Thursday, December 06, 2007
What a life kids still live in our area. Once a pastime of most Australians, it has become a rarity in this day and age sadly. Pollution and over population take a toll on on a lifestyle of freedoms and choice.
I was, as someone brought up to hunt and catch my own food, quite impressed that hands only were used to land this large and aggressive creature...as was Denis Wilson, who was over at the time partaking in a cool beverage with me.
The girls noticed the yabbie was crawling with leech like creatures. These creatures were not interested in human flesh...like the land based leeches of my previous post, but were content with their current host.
With the help of Denis, the below closeup was taken...with fork prongs for scale.
A most educational afternoon for all.....and, yes, the kids cooked and did eat the spoils of the hunt (minus leech like creatures :) ).
Yes, the yabbie was free of eggs or young.
Long live the old days....at least for adventurous children.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
After the wet and misty weather we have had, I thought a trip to the Robbo Reserve would be a good idea.
I hadnt been there for a while, so a visit was long overdue.
The kids and I found few fungi, and a whole heap of leeches.
The area was overrun with them, not only on the forest floor but also dropping from higher branches in the canopy.
We were lucky to make it out alive....lol
Seriously though, I have never seen so many leeches in all my many walks through the environs they so love.
Most were quite small, giving the impression that they were the product of a quite successful breeding season some time recently.
The kids found the whole adventure quite educational....if a little creepy.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
As he has taken up residence with me, I will keep this site posted as to his growth if he hangs around long enough.
This little jumping spider gives an idea of his size as he peers at the camera amongst the hairs on my arm.
Monday, November 19, 2007
This piece was shot some time ago, though gives an idea what I have been up to.
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Monday, October 15, 2007
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Monday, October 01, 2007
The lady bird, pictured below, was not noticed until I processed the photo at home,
so I was not able to get a better shot.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
He asked if I would like to take a trip to see the Ant Orchids that are flowering at the moment. Even though I think he likes to push my camera skills, and my mind, to the limit trying to photograph these little tiny little flowers, I cant resist a challenge - so off we went.
We soon found a patch with the following blooms...
The pseudo insect form is quite clearly visible in the photo on the left, while the right hand shot shows well the pollen receptors.
The area was alive with insects, and I managed to get the following shots of a hover fly.
Denis, meanwhile, had found another Ant Orchid sub species. This is pictured below, again showing the pseudo insect that , along with a sexual pheromone, helps in the pollination of this plant......yes, these orchids are houses of ill repute for the wasps that visit them.
Will wonders never cease.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
As Denis had access granted to a friends property, we proceeded through paddocks surrounded by sections of old rain forest similar in nature to that of the Robertson reserve, though all large canopy trees, such as coach wood, had been removed long ago by loggers.
This old fence post giving
an idea as to the tenacity of life.
We then , after approaching the eastern boundary of the forest, descended at about 25 degrees through dry rain forest. Sounding a contradiction of terms,the place is. Dominated by large canopy trees, such as Black wood, the area was devoid of any undergrowth and was heavily leaf littered. The few tree ferns were large and ancient, pictured below with Denis for scale. The bole of the fern giving an idea of its age.
Eventually we reached the escarpment edge.
The rain forest gave way abruptly to unspoilt eucalypt forest.
Too difficult to log, the area is basically unchanged.
The picture, below, not doing justice to the size of the trees that inhabit it.
A most interesting excursion to visit true local old growth forest.
Nothing like it.
Friday, September 21, 2007
My daughters found it in the backyard, and it came in for a visit, a photo shoot, and was gone..
Insects, such as this, are out and about with the warmer weather. With brilliant colouring they are always a pleasure to shoot at such close quarters. You just have to be quick, as they will not usually stay still for long.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
I have taken some pre bloom shots, showing the unfolding of the protective coverings, revealing the flower head to be.
The timing of this blooming so close to last years effort is a wonder in its self.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
These insectivorous plants live near water on the nutrient poor sandy soils that are characteristic of their preferred environment.
Having died back for winter, they reemerge as the weather warms and supplement their needs by catching small insects with sticky droplets, pictured below.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Seriously though, this poor specimen was found dead, and seeing these creatures in such a state is common at this time of year as hibernation comes to an end.
The Copperhead is common in the Robertson area and is a quiet and a usually non aggressive species.
Having spent some time in habitats in which they reside, I have found all my encounters free from trouble as long as the snake is left be.
Wires run a service to remove snakes from areas where they are not welcome and please remember that not only are they protected under the law, they are also a valuable member of our ecosystem.
Saturday, September 08, 2007
Spring is a time of renewal and , as such, blooms are out in profusion at the moment with Robbo being no exception.
The air is heavy with pollen, as anyone with hay fever would agree.
Although we may feel that the vast number of flowers, such as this one on the left, or various grasses were responsible for this, it is in fact an older style of flowering plant that releases much of the pollen in the Robbo area.
Pictured below could arguably be one of the earliest flower forms that produces pollen, and vast amounts of it at that.
Various species of pine were among the first to use airborne dispersal, and do it in abundance, as the below closeup shows. This tactic has seen this group of plants survive, some with little change, over millions of years.
the clouds of pollen these plants release are spectacular to watch and , if necessary, take an antihistamine. Its worth it.