Friday, 31 August 2012

August updates

This is mainly the usual list of post-hoc adjustments and amendments.  I'll start with a couple of pix that didn't fit into other posts.  They are sunrise and moonset on 4 August: the images were within 10 seconds of each other but one facing East and the other, West.

Updates to this blog
Updates to other blogs

Kangaroos and K9

I commented in yesterday's post about daffodils that a small fence was to keep inter alia 'roos away from the daffodils.
I watched this roo (photo taken through the kitchen window) sniff at a few daffs, but totally ignore them.  I do like the colour of the fur in the morning sunlight.

Now, I might say that the title does not contain a reference to Doctor Who's mechanical offsider but to our small dog.  Shortly after the image above was captured a Great Cacophony broke out in the spare bedroom.  (That isn't Tammy in the video, but does look a lot like her.)  This image is Tammy, and a couple of interlopers.
 You want cute, this is fairly cute.
We then took Tammy for her morning walk.  Now everyone knows that kangaroos get very stressed by dogs walking by regardless of whether the dog is on a lead or not.  Taurine excreta.  Tammy walked past (on lead as always) less than 10m from this pretty young person who stayed posed to demonstrate what really cute is like!
In fact the whole mob- at least 20 of them - just carried on with the macropod business of eating grass or lying down catching a few rays.
Had Tammy deigned to notice them she would probably have barked a bit and they would probably have loped off about 50m and then looked round and carried on grazing.  Things would of course have been a bit different if she had been an unleashed pig-dog: my point is that one size doesn't fit all when looking at dogs and wildlife.

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Daffodils (and Hellebores) do the right thing

Following yesterday's glories of native flowers (or in the case of orchids, leaves) I was inspired today to take a snuffle round some of our daffodils.  In part this was inspired by the post on Nature of Robertson covering Denis's crop.

The Carwoola plantation is coming on nicely. This first bunch are at the foot of the steps leading on to the lawn.

 Another group form a good contrast with the hellebores which have kept some colour around the place through the cold murk of Winter.  There is more on hellebores later in this post.
These have a more orange trumpet
Little white ones make a change!
A later flowering more flashy variety.
This is part of our biggest bed: possibly 200 bulbs went in here.  The wire is to stop the wabbits and roos from digging in there.  It is "sort of" successful.
 I am unsure if these are daffodils or jonquils .  I am sure that I really don't care, but just enjoy them!
 The plantings down the drive are being much slower to flower as shown by this lot down by Whiskers  Creek.  In some cases this could be explained by planting into solid shale while in others it is probably a factor of elevation, so these get the cold air roll down on them.
On the Southern side of the house there are lots of hellebores,  Some are cream

 while others are purple.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

ANPS is led down various roads

Warning: there are lotsa images in this post.

Today your humble blogger led the ANPS Wednesday Walk down Touga Rd, just East of Nerriga NSW.  That is the first road.  Or perhaps it is also the second road since the 1:25k topographic map calls this highway (hah!) Tolwong Road!

Whatever: I had very good intentions (and we know what road is paved with them) in proposing this outing, and I am pleased to say they were met in spades (doubled, redoubled and made).   Another road will be referred towards the end on this monster blog - I took about 75 snaps today, but will try to keep the number of images to somewhat less than that!

To get to Nerriga we went along a number of other roads and it seemed that the Oallen Ford Rd was paved with dunnies!
I am sure that when we came past a few weeks back there were three pedestals!

This Google Earth Extract shows the modus operandi, and gives an indication of the topogaphy.
The road below 1 is the highway from Braidwood to Nowra.  We turned off there and while the group had morning tea I went and checked that the dirt road towards points 2 and 3 'went' (as we used to say in car rallies in the UK some 45 years ago).  It did indeed go - I'd suspect graded in the last 3 weeks - and I greatly enjoyed the drive (7km each way way) proving this.

When I rejoined the group they were all very busy snuffling around the sandstone ledges at the intersection finding many flowering plants.  Wot a contrast to the frosty hills of the ACT!  Herewith some images.  Hopefully the titles are not egregiously wrong!
Dillwynnia ramosissima
 Banksia ericifolia
 Banksia spinulosa
 Acacia elongata
 Leucopogon ericoides
 Hakea sericea
 Grevillea baueri
 Boronia algida
 Leucopogon fraseri
 Kunzea parvifolia!!  This flowers around November on our place!!
 Drosera sp -high!
  Drosera sp -low!
 Lomandra obliqua: what are the white structures?  Denis Wilson has advised that  "sheath margins auriculate at top at least when young, intact, white."Photo from Plantnet shows very similar structures to the objects you noticed.  http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/NSWfl.pl?page=nswfl&photo=30&file=22/241/Lomandra%20obliqua.JPG"
 Leptospermum rotundifolium
 Calytrix tetragona
 Que??? Unknown member of Fabaceae.  Now known - thanks Jo  - Bossiaea kiamensis
 Touga Rd display of Acacia elongata
 Rock shelf at point 2 in map image.
 Epacris calvertiana under rock ledge at The Jumps
 Sandstone pagoda at The Jumps
 Dampiera stricta
Conospermum taxifolium: for those who like to translate scientific names from Latin to English, this one comes out to "the plant which is impossible to get in focus".
 Isopogon anethifolius
 Mirbelia platyloboides
 Pomaderris andromedifolia
 The final road is the road to Purgatory.   I draw readers particular attention to the item about "in a non-specific sense, to mean any place or condition of suffering or torment"  After much fruitless searching for any trace of orchids at sites 1 and 2, at site 3 I found lots of traces of same.  I have very little idea - in some cases not even to genus - what they are.  But I believe suffering should be shared so here you are!  Denis has made some suggestions regarding ID in his comment on this post.

Possibly a greenhood rosette and last year's flower remnant.  Alan Stephenson, author of the "Orchid species of the Shoalhaven" has advised that "The first rosette would be Hymenochilus but the rosette with slight brown edges is probably a rufa Pterostylis."
 Possibly a Thelymitra sp leaf and  last year's flower remnant.
 Possibly an orchid leaf?  Alan Stephenson, has also advised that this is an Eriochilus.
 Possibly Microtis sp: there were a real lotta these!
Returning briefly to dicotyledons
Actinotis minor (the small flannel flower)
 A moss or fungus sporangium: this Cladonia was about 5mm high!