We live on 5 acres and most of the block is still natural bush. We had not ventured down the back for at least 12 months, so went for a bit of a walk today. The result of the dry weather is very evident, Lots of young trees and bushes have died and the area is much easier to navigate.The really hardy bush grass continues to thrive The rocks have less moss on them as more sun is now getting through the canopy of the trees. We were very surprised to see the staghorn fern on the side of this rock.
It was approx. 3pm and the sun was only just touching the top fronds, so I doubt it gets any other sun all day. Plus it obviously catches any moisture that runs down the rock, so it has a good chance of surviving.
This weeks challenge is transportation and this is my first entry with the Round Robins.
TRANSPORTATION- The great adventure of 2005 was going to the UK to work for just on 9 months. We worked in Exeter (Devon ) but stayed in London a few times and during each visit we walked into London via the grand canal. The walk was just lovely and there were lots of different boats that travel along the canal. Most are lived in and serve not only as transport but as their homes.
There was a bus and the usual tour boats of the canals.
The area known as little Venice where there are moorings for the boats.
I didn't get a photo of the restaurant because there were people seated in full view of the camera and I thought it may offend.
Unlike the following fellow who seemed to enjoy having his photo taken and waved as he passed. The following photo was taken from the 21st floor of the Trellick building where we were staying with my partners brother.
They say the grass always looks greener from the other side of the fence and this seemed to be an idyllic way to spend your days, but I assume the mundane things like work and commitments also got in the way.
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There are two different types, roseicappilla and albiceps. They basically look the same except for the colour of their eye ring.
I took this from my back deck with an 80-300 canon lens. This dead tree is typical of where they build a nest. The limb he is standing on is hollow at least some of the way down. His mate is out of view and he is defending the area from other birds. This is what made me notice them as they make a terrible noise when chasing other birds.
Common name- laughing kookaburra or laughing jackass. Australia's happiest bird.
VOICE- Raucous 'laughter'
Habitat- open forest, woodlands and paperbark swamps.
This is a female (I think) because it has no blue on it's rump. I took this photo a couple of weeks ago up at Lamington National Park.
Photos taken during our recent outing to Lamington. The school of Natural and Rural Studies at the University of Queensland has a very good web site with heaps of photos, maps and information on the park.
Ferns growing in the tree.
One of the walking tracks.
Sitting on the roots of a tall tree.