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Showing posts from January, 2013


Each time I visit the Rest it seems to be a fresh revelation to me how relaxing it is out there.  It's as if the busyness of life blots out the memory.  In no time my creative juices are flowing.


It looks like the mystery tree is a cypress.  I noticed the big clump of cypress trees are in flower right now and they are similar.  I don't know why the other one flowers months earlier.


The gum trees are shedding their bark. The trunks of the  trees in the forest on the drive to Clandulla are all looking fresh and yellow now their grey bark has gone.  This is something that many types of gum tree do annually.


The blackthorns are in flower at the moment.

Natures Art 2 of 2

And I found this little nest woven in the grass ... I am assuming the work of a spider.

Nature's art 1 of 2

This little nest fallen to the ground looks like something a modern artist would create ... I am assuming it's a birds nest.

Too hot and dry?

Strange things happening with this tree. It's early for its Autumn colour which happened in May last year.  I think it might be getting a bit stressed by the hot dry weather. Unlike the natives it's not built for it.


I have managed to collect a small harvest in my hat over the past few weeks.

Hot lazy days

Its been hot lately. The grass is tinder dry and everything is crunchy underfoot. The vege patch has gone to seed and the tomato plants shrivelled because we don't seem to be able to get the drip irrigation right.

Instead of slaving over weed eradication I've been sitting under the shady trees, catching the breeze while scribbling away in my journal.  The warm weather has been great, so different from the cold rainy summer we had last year.


And to finish this flower sequence, here is one of the everlasting daisies in flower.  Everything is going to seed, brittle and dry at the moment.

Open rice flower

This one surprised me.  I guess I have always thought of rice flowers being like this and didn't realise that they opened up into this attractive bouquet.

A wattle surprise

I am used to looking for wattles in winter and spring and have identified three different types  plus a mystery shrub that might be a wattle.  When I saw this smallish tree in flower I thought it would be a gum but looking closer it seems to be another wattle and there were several of them in flower that weekend.  By the next weekend the flowers were gone again.

Mistletoe flower

Not a very exciting flower but yet another example of the diversity of plants on the block.  And I've got another new flower to show you tomorrow.

More bug things

I was looking to photograph the mistletoe flower because I saw them on the ground and found these, I wonder what they will turn into.

I'll show you the mistletoe flower tomorrow.

Another bug

I don't know what it is.  Looks like it would bite if annoyed, though was placid enough for me to get quite close.

Leaf curling spider

The Australia Museum site provides the following information "Leaf-curling Spiders hoist a leaf from the ground and, using silk threads, curl it to form a protective cylinder, silked shut at the top and open at the hub.. They then sit in this cylinder with only their legs showing, feeling for the vibrations of a captured insect. The curled leaf protects them from birds and parasitic wasps. Sometimes other objects, such as snail shells (which come ready-curled), are used. In P. graeffei this leaf is suspended just above the centre of the web, but may be placed higher in other species. Juvenile spiders start off by bending over a small green leaf, but eventually graduate to larger dead leaves."

This spider has hoisted its leaf into a Blackthorn bush.  The Blackthorns are in flower at the moment.