Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Spring thinks about springing

Today is the first day it has felt warm since we left England in early July!  It has seemed a very long seven weeks.

There are a range of signs of Spring around Carwoola this morning.  I will start with the avian indications:
  • The frogmouths are still adding to their nest;
  • Pied Currawongs must be close to completing theirs, higher up the same tree;
  • A fan-tailed cuckoo calls all night - apprently this is a male advertising his presence.
A couple of insect indications:
  • The fresh 'roo poop is well attended by flies, rather than stiff with frost; and
  • the first Alpina callisto caterpillars have appeared in the top paddock.  Very convenient for the cuckoos which dine on them.
We also found the first Early Nancy flowering in the top paddock.  Around the garden we are getting quite a good array of flowers.  Herewith some pictures:
A full bed of daffodils.
Almond blossom
Prunus not quite so advanced

The first Camellia
Hellebores are still happening

Thursday, 26 August 2010

The meaning of Terrier

There is an awful warning in a review of J.R. Ackerley’s cult novel “My Dog Tulip’’about going into detail about one's pooch.  While we do keep a close eye on Tammy's bowels this is more a 'horrified fascination' than a subject I wish to write about.  So we are not competing with Tulip - even though they have made a film of it!

Her eating habits are little better: while a nice fresh bone is accepted with pleasure after a period of chomping it is buried to be dug up again in a few days - or some cases a few months - time.  Our vet is well aware of such matters as he recognised that the black bones are the ones which taste best!  I shall return to this topic in a few lines, but for the moment let us head back to the subject line of this post:

The wikipedia entry begins "A terrier is a dog of any one of many breeds or landraces of terrier type, which are typically small, wiry, very active and fearless dogs."  That covers a good bit of our beast but misses a key attribute.  The Oxford dictionary entry gets closer to the point of this post by adding "used in similes to emphasise tenacity or eagerness: she would fight like a terrier for every penny".

Going back to the past, as Tammy was recovering from snake-bite 18 months ago she found a rabbit-leg in the bush, which I did not wish her to eat.  So I grabbed a protruding bit and pulled it.  I also lifted and eventually the dog was dangling with her hind feet 30cm off the ground.  This was resolved when the ligaments in the rabbit-leg tore and she fell back to the ground hurriedly swallowing the portion at her end of proceedings. 

Fast forward to today.  Although the weather was awful (about 10 degrees, windy and drizzling) she had a newish bone which she wished to eat on the lawn so she was on the lead out there.  Then there came a loud bark implying "I am cold and want to come in.".  When I went to do this, she was standing on the verandah with a very old (past the green stage) bone in her mouth.  I explained carefully that she had Buckleys of coming indoors with that.

As I expected this did nothing so a tug of war ensued.  I didn't get her right off the ground this time but it was only because I didn't want to damage my recovering back by lifting a wriggling 3 kgs.  As shown below the front legs are well off the deck: it is a pity the blood-curdling growls can't be included in the post!
You want tenacity, I got it in spades!

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Moon images

From time to time the moon strikes me as an appealing subject for some photos.  Here is is rising above some shrubs towards a Yellow Box.

The Shoe and the 'Roo

The image to the left shows the prints left in our lawn by an Eastern Grey Kangaroo and, for comparison one of Frances's size 8 Crocs.  The depth of the prints gives some indication of the soggy state of our lawn, which I suspect getting a bit of outflow from our dam which is still brimming.

The beast in question was grazing on our lawn late one evening as I was going out to get some firewood.  My guess is that it was about 1.7m tall when it deigned to stand up and take some notice of me.  When I got within about 5m:
  1. I was beginning to wonder if it was time for me to back off; but
  2. it turned and hopped away.  
I have subsequently measured the distance between prints (aka craters) as 3m - and it wasn't going as fast as I have seen them!

This is yet another example of how the roos are pretty habituated to our presence.   When the small dog gets close to them (on the lead) she barks furiously and they usually look up and bounce a few metres away.

This morning a female and quite large (too big for the pouch) joey were in the small dog's view about 20m away and, when she commented loudly about their presence on her patch, they hopped a further 20m and resumed grazing.  I think both sides felt that the rituals had been followed sufficiently and proceeded on about their business.

It is certainly not the case that the 'roos panic at the sight of the dog.

Monday, 23 August 2010

Mosses: greyer shades of green

This post has been grouped under 'Native flowers' since it is about native vegetation, albeit not flowering vegetation.  It is some images of moss growing on the part of our property immediately above Whiskers Creek. 

I suspect as a result of the wet Winter there is a lot more moss around than I have noticed in the past and it seems to be showing a good level of diversity.  Of course with my knowledge of mosses etc it could be the same stuff at different stages of its life cycle!

With no further ado, nor commentary here are the pix.

Sunday, 22 August 2010


As a change from the Hellish bores of the election campaign.  Here are some images of a few of the hellebores that are really blooming well in our garden at the moment.  this is the first time I have really taken a good look at them, and can certainly see their appeal!


Saturday, 21 August 2010

Not quite pass the hemlock time

Saturday evening
It is now nearly 9pm and it looks as though there will be a hung Parliament.  That is better that havig the Monk in charge, although 3 of the Independents are all of the rural persuasion and thus likely to see the Monk as more likely than Ms Gillard to deal out pork to the bush.  There are also a couple of Greenish folk likely to get elected; so one has no idea what will happen. 

We have just been subject to Kevin Rudd's chat to his electorate after winning his own seat.  It was nauseous.

Fortunately everyone seems to agree that Mike Kelly has won in Eden Monaro.  As the market suggested Maxine McKew has been kicked out by the voters of Bennelong.  Her interview on ABC TV summarised a whole lot of issues  particularly the difference in mood.

Sunday morning
Given that the Coalition appears to have won more of the popular vote and more seats than Labour it is difficult to see how three of the Independents will not line up with them, so they would only need the support of the Green from Melbourne to get across the line. Since that would pander to the ego of the Greens I would say a deal could be smelt from miles off.

"Good morning, Prime Minister Abbott."    I just can't bring myself to leave those words there unedited.

There is some good news:
  • Ironbar Tuckey has been kicked out, unfortunately by a National Party person.  (I thought the Nationals had merged with the Liberals - apparently not in WA!)
  • Steve Fielding from the Family First Party has gone.  This is almost (but not quite) a pity as his evangelical fundamentalism may have kept the Monk's Catholic fundamentalism off track.

Election update: the run home.

This will cover most everything up to the close of the poll. As the market seems to be moving around a bit - to be expected as the picture should be clearer (and people begin to actually put their money where their mouths are) - I will put in more detail on the prices on offer.

Date and timeALPCoalitionKellyGazard
15 August1.263.801.283.40
16 August1.283.601.283.40
17 August1.283.621.283.40
18 August1.283.721.283.40
19 August1.273.301.204.10
20 August am1.333.301.223.85
20 August pm1.542.441.472.55
21 August 7am1.502.551.382.85
21 August 11am1.392.901.362.90
21 August 4pm1.382.921.342.95
21 August 5pm1.333.10n/an/a

I have show n/a for Eden-Monaro in the last entry as for some reason Centrebet had stopped fielding on most seats by that time.  The only NSW seat they showed was Bennelong where unfortunately Maxine McKew looks to be being done like a dinner by John Alexander who some people reckon was a reasonable tennis player and it is possible that a few folk reckoned he was a tolerable tennis commentator.  I see him as a suitable inheritor of the cloak of weasel skin.  Tough luck Maxine.

By the afternoon of 20 August, poor Catherine Moore in Eden-Monaro was out to $251.00.  On checking around some candidates were over $300 so she was far from the worst off.

I went over to Bungendore to help hand out How to Vote cards (and to vote).  The handing out went fine despite the presence, for part of the time, of the aggressive female from the second session  at the pre-polling.  She must have been back on the tablets as she didn't offend anyone today.

Voting was a schemozzle as the queue was huge (about 70 people in total) and in two parts.  I took less than a minute to vote, whereas some people seemed to be there for an eternity.  I presume they were attempting to vote for the Senate below the line, so Mr I N Formal should come in second!  I didn't hang around to see how many people from the Mudchooks game (on the opposite side of the street) subsequently came over and vo1.33ted.

Friday, 20 August 2010

The joys of ...

...  no, not Spring  nor sex but tele(non)communications.

Being a chump I lost my mobile phone.  Fortunately I was able to block it before anyone found and called all their relatives in far-off parts.  So I had to get a new one.  This turned out to be relatively easy as we are generally happy with the service and charges provided by Virgin (and as Frances was staying with Virgin wanted to be able to call her for free).  They also offered a nice 3G phone at no cost if I signed up for 2 years.

So I rang and spoke to a nice person who I suspect knew her way round a lamb korma (and chicken tikka marsala).  I am not saying she was in Mumbai (since they also have call centres in Chennai, Kolkata and elsewhere in the subContinent).  They also said they could send me out a SIM card that would let me keep my old number.  It appeared that would be sent 2 days after the handset and I would have to sign for both.  They were very definitie about that.

The handset arrived on Wednesday (but of course we didn't find that out until 5pm so couldn't pick the handset up unitl Thursday.  However I was really keen to have the phone operational over the weekend so On Friday rang the Post Office to see if the new SIM (which I would have to sign for) had arrived.  No records in the PO.  Drat, drat, drat!  Ring Virgin (one could almost hear the Tandoor heating up in the background) to get a tracking number to see where it was at: no, they don't have that but it was sent on Tuesday

Then our mail arrived.  With a Sim card.  No signature needed!!  Neeeaarrrggghhh!  There was a letter with it quoting a 21 character number that I had to check matched the one on my account.  But I couldn't find one on the account (and the one on the sim card was only 15 digits).  So back on the phone to Rogan Joshville and find that they recognised the sim card number (the 15 digit version) and that was linked to my old number.   No idea what the 21 character version does. 

Then wait half an hour and it works.  Now to learn how to use it: that will require some effort as I think the manual has come from Finnish to English via Hindi (and possibly Urdu en route).

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Acacias of Spring

15 August 2010

Despite there being a small gale blowing at lunchtime I took myself and the small dog off to see what members of the genus Acacia I could find flowering.  I managed to find 4 on this day: I couldn't find any A. genistifolia although I have seen it on the property, and the A. pravissima was not yet in flower.  I will try to keep this post updated as I find other species.

In the images which follow I have tried to include both the flower and leaf/phyllode, as the latter are far more reliable than the former as a guide to identification.

Acacia buxifolia: 'Box-leaf Wattle'.  On our property this is only represented in the direct seeding by Greening Australia.

Acacia Dawsonii:  Poverty Wattle.  So called because of the sparseness of the flowerheads.  This is a 'foreigner' which has escaped from someone's planting and now grows a fair bit in the area.
Acacia dealbata:  Silver Wattle.  The commonest tree on the block with many dead clumps in the top paddock surrounded by saplings growing up from the old suckers.
Acacia gunnii: Ploughshare wattle.  So called because of the shape of the leaves.  Along with A. genistifolia, one of the very early flowering wattles.
16 August 2010

I was able to track down some A. genistifolia albeit some kilometres away, between Hoskinstown and Forbes Creek.  The following image shows why the name translates as "Gorse-leaved Wattle".
The Acacia pravissima (Ovens Wattle) which lines our garden has hit it's stride on 8 Ovtober.

Election update week n-0

As well as handing out How-to-Vote cards etc I was asked to do a bit of letter boxing in a suburb of Queanbeyan.  This was quite interesting as I got to look round an area of that city which I hadn't previously seen much of.  I didn't have any interface with the local community apart from a young female person who handed back the card saying "we're voting for the Gay Rights Party".  Possibly she was trying to shock me, but she failed as I reckon she looked about 4 years too young to vote - and I was trying to recall if there is a gay rights group in the election (either Senate or the Reps).

I continued to wear my "Keep Kelly Working" tee shirt after this to see if it provoked any discussions during my other jobs in the Post Office and Woolworths.  The only one was a rather roughly attired guy (the Rooster Cogburn comment  - "reminds me of me" is applicable) in front of me at Woolies said to the effect that "Its going to be close".  The rest of our conversation suggested he would also wear a shirt like mine!  Hopefully my role as mobile billboard did a smidgeon for the cause.

I have, from time to time in these pages referred to the market run by Centrebet (if you want to gamble do so responsibly, as the twerps say in the NRL games - why don't they run a banner under these blurbs showing how much profit the bookies made last year?).  I have not kept a close watch on the market but have received advice that the Coalition got down to about $2.45at one point.  They have now moved out again, suggesting that some money is flowing on to the ALP.  Here is a log of movements over the rest of the campaign, when this market should be a good indicator of sentiment.  I have included the two possible winners for Eden-Monaro out of personal interest (as Catherine Moore is out to $141.00 I have decided that Centrebet, like the electorate, have decided she is not going to happen) !

15 August1.263.801.283.40
16 August1.283.601.283.40
17 August1.283.621.283.40
18 August1.283.621.283.40
19 August1.273.721.204.10
20 August

21 August

I finished off my letterboxing on 17 August.  I reckon I took about 90 minutes to deliver cards to 270 dwellings.  As quite a few of them were blocks of units there wasn't a great deal of travel involved in this: as I did the second spell on (or pushing) my bike I was able to measure that as 4km, but since that took a bit less time than the first spell I'd estimate the total distance as 10km.  I'd contrast this with the 150km I did (mainly on bike) distributing material to 500 houses in the Carwoola area for the 2007 election!

It was also interesting to assess the number of houses in Karabar with various forms of no junk mail stickers on their letter boxes: I reckon less than 10% of places had these adornments, which contrasts with up to 60% in some areas I investigated many years ago. That investigation showed no correlation of proportion of mail boxes with stickers with income, average age or occupational prestige but did correlate well and positively with educational attainment (The greater the proportion of people with a degree of some sort the higher the proportion of dwellings with a no junk mail sticker.)  I will try to find the original research.

My final stint at the prepoll booth happened today.  One of the other ALP helpers was a rather excitable little Russian lady: I could certainly imagine her storming the odd barricade.  Apparently she lives at Rossi (in our neck of the woods) and has a sign out the front of her place announcing that it has got an "Abbott-proof fence"!  The episode was notable for having both Catherine Moore of the Greens and David Gazard of the Liberals front up.  The latter gent did some handing out of his material - nice to see him getting his paws grubby.  He also showed a bit of class by going out of his way to introduce himself to the rest of us and have a chat about this and that - in my case about the relative merits of native and introduced grassland.  (He was clear that the native species were more nutritious!)

Saturday, 14 August 2010

An orchid

Not a tiny-little, subtle, green, native jobbie, but a great big fat cabbage of a cymbidium!  The first of this season for us. It is here because its pretty!

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Week n-1 Election update.

The media seem to be in a frenzy over past Leaders rather than saying anything about policies.  Possibly because while policy is rare, former Leaders (possibly too many of them) are all over the place.  Lets run through a few:
  • Big Mal the First (aka Mr Fraser): usually has a different adjective, which is one way of distinguishing him from Big Mal the second (Mr Meninga, who only scores the higher number because he is younger). On this occasion Mal 1's comment that the mad Monk is not ready to be PM shows that he has some good ideas!
  • Harry Potter (sorry, I mean Kevin Rudd): the ongoing soap opera.  Hopefully will sort out the Queenslanders now he has got the shyte surgically removed from his liver.
  • Mark Latham: seems to be going all out to prove how lucky we were that he didn't win the election.
  • El comadreja (I am sorry to mix a masculine article with a feminine word but calling him a female just isn't right). I was really pleased to see the image appear in the on-line SMH: if that doesn't scare the electorate nothing will.
Well, possibly one thing might.  The Australian today ran a story about the three Independents holding the balance of power in a hung Parliament.  The concept of Bob Katter from Cape Yorke holding anything is enough to make me think of emigrating to somewhere sensible.  And, compared to somewhere run by Bob Katter, Afghanistan, Iraq and PNG would all seem sensible.

At the local level I have heard that the Greens can't afford to get their leaflets delivered by Australia Post so are seeking volunteers.  This has been worked ouut out 3 weeks into the campaign.  At least they don't rush into things!  Our letterbox has benefited from offerings by both the ALP and the Liberals:
  • the ALP offered a nice brochure with people from around the electorate saying what a good job Mike Kelly has done;
  • the Liberals had a shopping list of things Mr Gizzard will do (most of which appeared to be, traditionally, State Government responsibilities.  A more cynical person than myself might have replaced 'will' with 'might'!
I have just done my second shift of pre-poll how to vote work.  There seemed to be a bit more activity than last week, possibly reflecting people realising that there is an actually an election happening.  There seemed to be a few more folk taking just Coalition cards, which is a worry.  As usual the other people were very pleasant, with one exception.  The exception was some woman working for the Coalition who turned up after an hour and a half (replacing a very pleasant guy - also from Carwoola). 
  • She immediately went to complain about something to do with Mike kelly.  She didn't say what to me, and the AEC guy she spoke to said nothing to me either.  Since she ostentatiously went outside, perhaps she was complaining about my tee-shirt?
  • Her next move was to complain bitterly about the positioning of the table with the Greens material. It had stolen her position.  She stormed back outside screeching about 'dirty tricks" Que?
  • When she left about 40 minutes later she gave another mouthful of venom to the charming lady from the Greens so I went after her and suggested that she shouldn't abuse the woman as she hadn't set the table up, and her predecessors had been quite happy with the arrangement.   She then pulled herself up to her full 1.5m (in this case height, but it was close to her diameter also) and yelled at me that it was 'her position'.  I suggested that I could give her some advice about a suitable position (missionary being in my mind) and went back in to talk about kangaroos with her follow-up.

What an aggressive, rude, stupid pain.

    Wednesday, 11 August 2010

    How to meet your neighbours

    A few minutes ago I was driving home, in the dark, and got to our drive, which we share with our neighbours who I will call Dan and Dot.  To my surprise Dan was walking up the drive with a torch which he flashed at me, so i stopped and he opened the door of the car and said "G'day mumble.  I was just checking the creek crossing so thought I'd walk up the top and get a lift".

    Funny, I thought, how did he know I was coming?  He then gave me some instructions about which way the drive twisted and which drive was his.  Funny I thought.

    I said "Shall I take you to the door or is the new gate locked?" to which I got the response "You can take me round the back and we'll unload and you can meet the wife and have a cuppa."  Funny I thought, he knows I have met his wife many times.

    But I said "What are we going to unload?  At which point he turned on his torch again and said "Strewth its you Martin.  Why did you say G'day when I said Gday Phil?"  I explained that I had heard the 'G'day' but not the 'Phil'.  He'd spoken to Phil, who was bringing some stuff, a few minutes previously so knew he was on the way, which is why he'd thought he might get a lift.

    I went back down the drive chuckling and have had a beer rather than a cuppa!  After compsing this post I sent a copy to Dan, who subsequently sent an update:
    • "It was indeed a bizarre meeting.
    • "To add to the comedy while we were meeting each other in the dark, Phil, who I had mistaken you for, had entered a driveway of another of our neighbours on the other side of Whiskers Creek Road and when challenged he greeted the resident as 'Dan?' Thanks to that neighbour for pointing Phil in the right direction."

    Wow, heavy, man

    Since this post is about heavy flow in Whiskers Creek I couldn't resist making the title a reference back to the 1960s.  I had thought to ut in some informative links about the derivation of the term but ran into two issues:
    • WoW appears to be most used these days as an acronym for "World of Warcraft" a militaristic computer game, of limited interest to me; or
    • putting quotes around the phrase got me links to pages that appeared to be written by people who really truly meant the term.
    In neither case was I particularly interested in linking to the sites.

    Over the last 2 days we have had 24.8mm of rain.  Given that everywhere was still quite damp from what has gone on earlier in the year there is a fair bit of runoff and, I hope, trickle down into the ground water.  By 9:46am on 11August we are 6.6mm above the total rainfall for 2009.  Applying the average proportion of annual rainfall to this I end up with a projected total rainfall of 880mm.

    Dams in the ACT are now at 59% of capacity (and even poor old Googong is staggering towards 50%).  Such a pity the new Cotter Dam wasn't finished last year!

    Friday, 6 August 2010

    Electoral matters update 6 August

    I had thought that by the time I published this post I would  have completed my first session handing out how to vote cards for Mike Kelly.  However there are a few other things worthy of mention and the post was getting too long.  So there will be another outburst this afternoon at the foot of this!

    At the national level it was really good to see John Howard joining the fray.  People really need to be reminded what a bad lot the Liberals really are, and until now no-one has reflected back on that fact. This should get history into play.

    I swung by Mike Kelly's office on Tuesday to sort out some details about my duties and picked up a bumper sticker (not yet attached to our car).  It is not bad: I don't think it has the humour of "No No Gary, this is Kelly Country' which was used in 2007, but does have a lot of nuance.
    The Liberal dude Mr Gazard (I have to keep refraining from replacing the first 'a' with an 'i') sent us a large letter with the Liberals Contract with Australia (or something like that: what else are shredders for?).  I thought a contract was something discussed and agreed, not imposed by one party.  What else does one expect from the Liberals except authoritarian bulldust.

    There appear to be 8 candidates for the House of Representatives. Fortunately Mike is 2nd on the ballot while Gazard is 3rd.  Poor Cath Moore for the Greens is number 8.  (But as we have heard NOTHING from them so far I suspect the Greens have given up any support for her!)  She is participating in a 'Meet the Candidates session put on by Queanbeyan Council so that will be good.

    Centrebet are fielding:
    • Kelly at $1.36;
    • Gazard at $2.90; and 
    • Cath Moore at $29.00
    With respect to the Senate the situation is appalling.  Fortunately the Australian Electoral Commission have a downloadable list of candidates.  There are 84 candidates of which 79 are grouped into 32 groups with 5 'ungrouped' optimists making up the numbers.  It is tempting to go for 'above the line' voting in which one ticks a party and preferences follow their declared ticket.  However there is always a lot of fun in making group (or person) x the last and working up to the ones you really like.  The trouble is that it takes a lot of time to put in 84 numbers and if you get any of them wrong your vote doesn't count!

    I shall hope to spend some time with EXCEL and create a list before the Big Day.  It still looks like the Fred Nile Group are last with Family First immediately above them.  In fact I tried to compile the Excel list and found that I made mistakes sitting comfortably at home: trying to do it better standing in an election booth is a no-win situation. So I think above the line is the shot: it was difficult to get details of the ALP allocation of preferences, but I found it eventually.  Apart from the fact that I know nothing about a huge proportion of the candidates I noted:
    1. the last (37th) party listed is One Nation (close to where I would put them);
    2. the Communist Party is at 33rd - immediately  after the Liberal/Nationals party.  As usual socialists (if one can attach that label to the ALP these days) fight other socialists rather than the real enemy!;
    3. the Family First group are at 29th - I'd have put them lower than that, but probably above the Climate Sceptics who the ALP list at 25th;
    4. The Fred Nile group (also known as Bigots of Australia) are inexplicably at position 7 while the Sex Party are only 12th.  Strange priorities!
    While not perfect, see points 3 and 4 above, I think I can live with this.

    It was rather quiet at Morrisset House this afternoon.  I think about 20 voters appeared - some 5 of them for electorates other than Eden Monaro!  Most took material from myself and the Liberal folk, but some 3 only partook of the Liberal material.  It was really nice that Shelly Kelly visited the booth to offer support: a very charming lady.  On her second trip she carried a very spiffy tee shirt for me!

    Ponzi demographics

    This will possibly be the shortest post I have made. It is really just a link to an article in the Drum from the ABC,about sustainable population which I think really good.  Here is a link to the original article by Joe Chamie.

    The only fault with it is that it sinks the boot into Kevin Rudd but not to Peter Costello who espoused similar disastrous views in the previous (mal)Adminstration.  And if anyone thinks that the staunchly Catholic Tony Abbott really disagrees with population growth ...

    Thursday, 5 August 2010

    Kangaroos also do cute

    I have posted, in the past, about the local frogmouths doing cute poses.  This afternoon Frances came up from the sun-room and acquired the camera to capture a mum and joey 'roo in a really nice pose.

    I presume there is a nipple down there somewhere.  A little later they were both grazing on the weeds growing in the area (over the drainage line from the septic tank - I am pleased they like what we ate a few weeks ago) so the joey was just enjoying a slurp while he could.

    Frances took this un-zoomed shot to show how close they were.  The nearest part of the lattice is no more than 2m from the window of the sun-room.  They were quite undisturbed by Frances playing the tin whistle or her (much louder) accordion.  While they didn't bopp to the whistle (as did an Australian King Parrot when we lived in Bruce) they suggested a fair degree of habituation to our activities.

    (I will briefly revert to the frogmouths.  One of their popular roosts this year is a small eucalypt beside our cattle grid.  When I returned from an outing today the male was perched there, vigorously scratching his head with his talon.  This was about as un-cute as could be imagined.  But I didn't snap it.)

    Wednesday, 4 August 2010

    Fungi from Sutton Road

    These are some of the photos taken from the ANPS Wednesday Walk to Gail's place off Sutton Road on 4 August.
    The star attraction was undoubtedly the Hairy Trumpets (Panus fasciatus) found lurking on a small fallen Branch.  They are a Fungimap target species, and in their publication 'Fungi Down Under ' they report only 49 records as against several hundred records for some other species.  So, very well done to spot them!

    Next come the two commonest species.  The small orange inverted cones of Omphalina Chromea (the 'Yellow Navel') and the brown Laccaria (possibly) canaliculata.  While Laccaria grows everywhere, the species of Omphalina is nearly always in a damp spot, associated with green algae.
    We also came across several clumps of coral fungus.  As it has blunt 'twigs' I will take a punt that it is a species of Ramaria but not try to guess the species.