With a wet winter about to end the first of the native wildflowers & Orchids are appearing. This is a rewarding personal time for me with years of no domestic stock and the efforts to encourage more wildflowers beginning to show.
There are quite a few Euros & Kangaroos who seem intent on damaging some of the young tree seedlings but overall they seem to leave the wildflowers alone. Apart from jumping on them. Lots of visible ant activity at ground level, there is always the falling of branches & sometime trees, just those ongoing bushland cycles.
The main highlight in October was the annual wildflower display. I missed getting any photos of the range of native orchids this year but was able to get some of the flowers. More of those photos will be displayed in the 'Images' section of this site at a later date.
For info, each year I try and grab a few seeds from some of the easier plants and scatter them. Bit by bit the volume of wildflowers has been increasing.
JX 15th November 2020
As is normal this time of year weather fluctuations have resulted in both reasonable rainfalls & strong winds at times.
General observations have been that there is a bit more Salvation Jane than previously, new tree & shrub plantings have gotten off to a good start, a slight overall decline in Rabbit numbers & some of the 2-3 year old trees being damaged by male Kangaroos. Seems to be much more birdlife, a few younger Kangaroos & the first snake for Spring. Plus that constant variety of clouds.
It was a balmy evening tonight. There was some drizzle, areas of fog or mist, about 15 degrees C and getting dark as I drove around the back of my block ie YackaYacka. There were glimpses of the Freeway Interchange at Totness, the top track, the misty fog on the Ridgeline, a weird reflection of a tree in my rear vision mirror - thanks brake lights. There is also another image which shows some patches of white & a large tree in the background. The white patches are actually shredded scrap paper from our office. I use it to try and help revegetation on an area of water repellant soil.
Over the last 6 months I have seen & photographed quite a range of unusual cloud formations. Straight lines? Smoke signals? Fascinator Style?
Why should this be the case? There does not seem to be a common theme to them apart from the fact that they were not rain clouds? As always they are nature on display.
JX 4th May 2020