March Onwards

…as in the month. Like, …from March onwards…

I’m going to hunt back through my memory and my photos and see what I can find in amongst the stuff I’ve been shooting since the Third month. A lot has happened in 4 months. We’ve had a *LOT* of rain, plus Tropical Cyclone Ita crossed the coast and gave us all a bit of a touch up. The roadworks have been hampered by the rain, and I have the distinction of being the driver of the first vehicle stuck in the grease (read: bogged) after the rain started in earnest. We’ve had three pythons take up semi-residence around the house (all Mottled Pythons), plus three Kookaburras hanging around, some Rainbow Bee-Eaters and the usual Sunbirds, various Honeyeaters, Pigeons, Doves, Scrub Fowl…phew, and many others. The temps have dropped to the low 13s at night (that’s Celsius for you Fahrenheit people), but the days still rise to the mid to high 20s. We are burning wood in the Fatso Pot Belly every night now. There is a lot of fallen Bloodwood around that will otherwise rot. Better it keep us warm at night :).

The nights are just stunning now that the clouds have cleared. The Milky Way sweeps across the sky, as do the constellations. I often see ‘shooting stars’ when I’m outside looking up. On rarer occasions I see satellites reflecting the Sun, shining as they speed across the sky, eventually fading away as they disappear towards the horizon. Anyway, I’ll find these photos and stop boring you with plain old text.

First up, some random photos post TC Ita:

A large tree dropped over these power lines, blocking the road to Wujal Wujal for days.

A large tree dropped over these power lines, blocking the road to Wujal Wujal for days.

A radical detour was required to avoid power lines on our road.

A radical detour was required to avoid power lines on our road.

Another huge gum was toppled by the wind and sodden ground, taking the top of this power pole with it.

Another huge gum was toppled by the wind and sodden ground, taking the top of this power pole with it.

Driving under lines that have been stretched taut by another fallen tree

Driving under lines that have been stretched taut by another fallen tree

On the beach at Weary Bay. No more shady tables.

On the beach at Weary Bay. No more shady tables.

Our home faired very well

Our home fared very well

The trees on the mountainsides up the gap didn't do too well. Steep hills, shallow roots, waterlogging, and lotsa wind

The trees on the mountainsides up the gap didn’t do too well. Steep hills, shallow roots, waterlogging, and lotsa wind

A mate's car got kinda squashed

A mate’s car got kinda squashed

In Cooktown, the most obvious damage was the West Coast Hotel (middle distance) that lost its roof.

In Cooktown, the most obvious damage was the West Coast Hotel (middle distance) that lost its roof.

OK, on to some random wildlife:

This Trapdoor has just moulted (it’s a Male)
trapdoor02This is a Gold-naped, or Yellow Nape snake:
Yellow-nape01This one is one of our resident pythons. It’s small too:
python001

Last, a fairly average shot of one of the Rainbow Bee Eaters that likes to hang around in Winter:
BeeEater01

I’ll throw another post up tomorrow night. I’m aiming to get a little more regular from now on :).

 

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One thought on “March Onwards

  1. I’m very familiar with scenes like these and delighted that your home came through it OK….sorry about your mate’s car. Cyclones are the only downside I can find to living in FNQ, and we too have had a gutfull of this years wet season (140″ so far) and really appreciating the winter sunshine.

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