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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 […]

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 […]

A Day at the Beach – a Cloudspotters Joy 2

Clouds over Crrumbin Beach

Beautiful day one at Currumbin

This summer’s wet made a stay at the beach pretty miserable and not conducive to cloud spotting. Our first day was sunny conning us into believing the worst of the wet had passed. Alas the wet returned the next day, but there were a few days of clear […]

Observations from my Study Window

Bearded Dragon lizard stretched out in the shade

Bearded Dragon resting in the shade

My study window with its view of the back yard and its wildlife can be quite a distraction. I often see Hares (up to three at once) and not long ago there was a Fox, large as life and in good condition. Both are surprising in an […]

Clouds and Fogs

Altocumulus clouds over Brisbane

Altocumulus clouds Brisbane

In an earlier Blog entitled “A Day at the Beach – a Cloud Spotter’s Joy” I waxed lyrical about the joys of looking up regularly to enjoy God’s screen saver. I followed this advice last Friday morning on my way to fill the car and saw a sky crammed full […]

A Day at the Beach – A Cloudspotter’s Joy

Clouds and rainbow over the sea at Currumbin

There are many things to enjoy at the beach: the sand; surf; long walks and fishing, but above all is the lovely expanse of sky with its ever changing cloudscapes. Something is always happening and the sky could be regarded as God’s screensaver.

Earlier this year Judy and I spent a few days at Currumbin […]

Animal Friendings

Brushtail Possum

Brushtail Possum

Judy and I live on the outskirts of Brisbane and are fortunate that the area still retains some of its original bushland. During our occupancy we have had the pleasure of many “friendings” by wild birds and other animals. Some have sought us out while others have shared accommodation in what […]