NOTE: I’m not sure if everyone knows, but if you click on one of my images, you’ll get the full size version.
EDIT: Added full resolution night sky image. Yep, great for wallpapers and stuff.
I’ve been indulgent. For a few years now I’ve been saying to myself that I will take photos of the things in nature around here that surprise, intrigue, and educate my head. I rarely do, but decided a few days ago to do it now. That’s why I’m posting more often as well. A blog is a good place to store memories and stories. The Greenbus has taught me that. Here is some random stuff from around the yard (the paddock you can see from the loo).
This tree has produced seed and it seems the ants like the idea:
The garden closest to the house produced an amazing flower last week. This plant shot this stem up, and over the course of 4 days, it bloomed. It didn’t have any leaves above ground. When the flower wilted, it produced leaves at the base. Anyone know what this is?
I will take a photo of the leaves and add to this post (slips out and comers back inside):
Down the paddock we have a few tall Bloodwoods, and in 4 out of 5 trees, there is a Celerywood growing from close to the base of the tree. I am searching for reasons, but common sense tells me a bird has carried the seed in its droppings. Sometimes their trunk get invasive enough to compete with the host tree for nutrients:
For those of you who don’t live in the tropics, you may not have heard of Sensitive Weed. This stuff is so called, because when you touch it, the leaves instantly close. The nasty thing about these plants is that they have spines on the stems, and they can be a minefield to walk through. In some places there is a pest called giant Sensitive Weed, and it grows in large, tangled patches, sometimes nearly 2 metres high. It completely chokes the land. I will post a video here showing how quick these plants close, but in the meantime, check these before and after shots out.
Down in the back corner is an old tree that has been through some hard times. It is still pretty solid though. Up in the tree is a huge basket fern. The basket itself is 2 metres at least at its widest point. The fronds add another 1.5 to 2 metres. I reckon you could get a swag and a mattress and some pillows, and make an awesome cosy puppy pile up there. Potentially…
Here is the husk of a Cicada after it morphed and broke out. You can see the split in the back of the exoskeleton:
My camera is showing its age, and is a little ‘clunky’. Taking movement free shots of stars is problematic, especially since I don’t have a tripod anymore. Besides that, even the apparent short time of 30 seconds is enough to capture movement in the skies. Here is an effort from tonight. I’ll play again later and try to shorten the exposure and still capture the light
This is the final one I got. The original is a big 7MB file, ideal for wallpapers and stuff: