Tuesday, 17 June 2014

ANPS DAGs go to Sutton

In John O'Grady's usually invaluable lexicon "Aussie English" he defines 'Dag" in two ways:
  1. A bloke who likes practical jokes;
  2. Dried material hanging aft of a sheep.
He opines that both should be removed.  However he fails to note a third, more desirable definition of "ANPS Daytime Activities Group" which should not be removed!  On 16 June they, including us, met at Gail's place off Sutton road to look at the development of the property around the house and tour the general environment.  Of course being ANPS a meal was also on offer including excellent salads provided by attending members, Snags à la Ron; and Tarte du Pomme au Warwick.

This first image gives an idea of the general layout of the house.  It is totally off-grid and very energy efficient, which can be achieved if one has an electrical engineer in the house!
Engineering also extends to wallaby proofing the vegie garden.
 Here is one view of the general habitat.
In hindsight this doesn't do the place justice a it emphasises an area which got burnt out in 1983 (I think) and is still recovering.  Over the whole property there are many species of eucalypt and some are rather spiffy.  Dunno why I didn't take a better photo.

Here is the mighty Yass River, with nice reflections and a good flow after the weekend's rain.
 More nice reflections in the main dam.
 I tried to take a snap of a White-throated Treecreeper  but only caught its tushie.
The most exciting bird (not Bird of the Day - a week late for that buggrit) was a Chestnut-rumped Heathwren calling in the Kunzea.

The best flower was Styphelia triflora.  Here a long and fuzzy shot  ...
 .. and now a more in-focus detail.
 Melichrus urceolatus was doing its stuff.
 In the fungal department Omphalina chromacea was everywhere.
This was the most 'interesting' - read: so far unidentified - fungus.  I am waiting to get a spore print to try to identify it to Genus at least.
 Necklace fern - Asplenium flabellifolium  I had ncluded a really crappy image of the sporangium (for some reason my camera wouldn't focus.  But follow that link and you get a good veiw.
 Here we have Cheilanthes austrotenuifolia

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