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Carrion Flowered Succulents

Stapelia plant with flowers and buds

Carrion flowered succulents are blessed with ornate flowers offset by the contrasting stench of decaying corpses. This “perfume” attracts a number of carrion flies that fall into two main groups: blow flies (Caliphoridae) and flesh flies (Sarcophagidae). While the stench puts off the average gardener the unusual structural […]

An Easy to Build Wasp Hotel

Log with holes of many sizes

My homemade wasp hotel

Installing a wasp hotel to provide homes for solitary mud wasps provides several levels of enjoyment: watching their industrious comings and goings; observing their behaviour and that of the many parasitic insects that loiter with intent around their nests. The mud wasps are predatory which adds the bonus of […]

Colourful Harlequin Bugs

Colourful Harlequin Bugs were discovered feeding on the sed pods of Bachychiton bidwilli. They make attractive photoraphic subjects […]

Lichen Spotting – A Bush Walking Pleasure

Fruticose lichens and mosses coating an Acacia

Fruticose lichens and mosses coating an Acacia

Lichen spotting while bushwalking has developed as a pleasure for Judy and I when out and about. What started as a casual observation as we walked has become a more focused approach with a greater appreciation of their variety and beauty. Lichen spotting now forms one of […]

The Knoll Section – Tambourine NP

View over Canungra Valley with Wedged Tailed Eagle

View over Canungra Valley with Wedged Tailed Eagle

Recently we had a most pleasant day walking in The Knoll section of Mt Tambourine National Park. It is always wonderful to be immersed in a forest but this forest had something more. The drive up was through pastures and forests resplendently green after recent rain, […]

Clarence Headland Lighthouse – Standing Tall and Elegant

Clarence Headland Lighthouse – tall and elegant

The Clarence Point lighthouse stands tall and elegant on Pilot Hill, Clarence Headland, Yamba New South Wales. It overlooks Turners Beach to the north (see panorama below), a disused quarry to the east and Yamba Beach to the south. The quarry provides an interesting insight into the […]

Waterfalls Cascades and Rock Pools – Out and About at Cedar Creek

Upper cascades and Falls at Cedar creek

Upper cascades and Falls at Cedar creek

Waterfalls, cascades, deep rock pools and the chance of a swim on a sunny day are the attractive features of the Cedar Creek section of Tambourine National Park south of Brisbane. Picnic areas with tables and barbeques under majestic Iron Barks, Grey Gums and Brush Boxes are […]

Lenticularis – a rare lens-shaped cloud formation

Rare lens shaped clouds in New Zealnd

Lens shaped clouds

Lenticularis is a rare lens-shaped cloud formation that occurs as a result of moist air flow around mountains. The name is obviously derived from its lens shape, which not unlike the stylised figure of a flying saucer.

These clouds can occur at all levels (high, medium or low) but the most […]

Bush Walk – Bell Bird Lookout, Binna Burra

Egg Rock and Numimbah Valley

Egg Rock and Numinbah Valley

Binna Burra is part of the 20200 Hectare Lamington National Park established in 1915. The Park has an extensive system of bush walking trails each offering something different.

Bell Bird Lookout is a short easy bush walk from Binna Burra that showcases the geological history of the Lamington landscapes […]

Epiphytes – Wonderful Garden Plants

Backlit Stag Horn Fern

Backlit Stag Horn Fern

Epiphytes are remarkable plants that have evolved to grow on the branches, trunks and leaves of other plants without deriving nourishment from their host plant. They make no contact with the soil. Moisture and nutrients are absorbed from the air and from the decay of accumulated humus, which includes animal […]