I thought I had already contributed to Lisa’s photo challenge and looking through my posts I can see that I have written quite a number of posts with a similar theme. I will have to dig into the archives for this one so sorry if you have seen some of these before
Here’s a short song that I discovered many many years ago. I hope you can enjoy it as much as I do.
These two photo challenges are quite pertinent at the moment. There has been so much rain south of my place and now it has hit my bit of the East Coast of Australia. So many places are flooded and the rain is going to continue until Wednesday. At my place I have recorded 252mls of rain in the past week and that is what some of the Cities further south of me recorded in one day!!! And it is still raining.
I would love to show you some recent photos but it’s too wet and I also have had car troubles so you will have to make do with some old photos from past inundations.
My House Dam has been overflowing for days.
A bit of an Aussie song to scroll to
This is the Clarence River up the road from my place. Yes there is a bridge under there somewhere. The bridge was built as a low level bridge so debris and large trees up rooted wouldn’t slam into it causing damage.
The floodwater bubble and boil. Bottlebrush trees are riverine species and the bend with the flow. The more rigid trees will snap and break with the force of the water.
On the beaches the floodwaters stir up a foamy mess
Even if it’s flooded, Cattle Egrets know how to stay high and dry.
Meanwhile in Grafton the river is rising but I don’t think it will reach this height this time
I was intending to write about some of the trees on my place this year. Waiting for trees to flower, produce gum nuts and being there when they do, has been a failure on my part. I put some Pink Bloodwood nuts, which I photographed a while ago, in a post and a few people were interested about the nuts and the trees. Here is the gum nut photo I posted of the urn shaped nut which are10 – 20mm in length and 8 – 16mm wide.
Here is one of the many Pink Bloodwood trees, Corymbia intermedia, which grows on my property. This one is just down the hill from my house. Pink Bloodwood trees can reach 20–30 m (65–100 ft) in height with a 10–20 m (35–65 ft) spread. The scent from the blossoms is quite strong when the Bloodwood trees flower between December and March.
As you can see, Pink Bloodwood trees have a distinctive bark when compared to the other trees in the bush behind.
Why are the called Bloodwood trees did you say? When there is a change in weather or damage to the bark or growth of the tree, particularly when the tree is flowering, they exude sap which can look similar to blood.
This sap is a food source for Gliders, Squirrel Gliders, Yellow-bellied Gliders and the Gliders I know I have here, Sugar Gliders and Feather Tail Gliders. Gliders have been seen by researchers biting and chewing the bark to get the sap to run out and licking the sap. I am sure other possums, insects and animals would enjoy the sap as well.
The sap running down the tree can resemble globules of blood. The sap hardens in the sun and sticks to the bark. The First Nations people of Australia are said to have used the sap to treat wounds, burns and sores.
I have not seen the sap do this before. A series of strings clinging to the bark was a fascinating find.
The flowers have a distinct habit where the flowers are in bunches of seven on the end of the branchlet. The flowers are 20mm in diameter and mainly occur on the top and higher branches of the tree.
Often the bees can be heard buzzing away attracted by the flowers scent as are many of the Honeyeaters. The Blue-faced Honeyeaters came in numbers to feast on the flowers nectar.
Then, almost just like that, the flowers die leaving the fruits behind which have closed valves encasing the seeds which open after a short while to spread and drop to the forest floor.
This is not before seed eating birds come to eat the seeds from the nuts in the tree like this Silvereye.
Then the gum nuts fall to the forest floor and you can now go back to the start of the post where this story began.
As we are travelling a bit, let’s take some music with us. This is an Aussie band called Fraternity. You may recognised the singer playing the recorder. It’s Bon Scott, the lead singer of ACDC when they first started out, before his time in ACDC.