Into the woods

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Woodland

AS you may or may not know, I live in the Australian bush. To many of the overseas readers it can be to you a forest or perhaps a woodland. Maybe you would like a bit of a scroll around bits of my place known as Durranbah.

This is looking up the driveway from my house

Durranbah is an aboriginal word for small jumping ant. I cannot remember the dialect where I found the name but it is not a local word. My property is on the border with the Gumbainggir Nation to the south and Bundjalung Nation to the north.

I purchased the property on the 24th February 1984 for a whopping $26,000 and all it had on it was the bush. It also had nests of small jumping ants that made you jump when they stung you.

They also have a habit of jumping towards you once they have been disturbed. I always tell visitors to look at the ground around them if they decide to stop walking.

One of the reasons I bought here was the trees. They are tall and straight and there are some that are the mother trees that have been here for a hundred year I am guessing as it would take at least three people holding hands to encircle the trunk.

I cannot find all of the big tree photos. I did find a view up an Apple Gum

This Ironbark is across the road from my place

Here is a selection of trees. A Red Bloodwood showing why it’s called a Bloodwood

A Grey Gum shedding its bark

One of the mother trees, a Tallowwood

My favourite place. A permanent waterhole where all manner of birds and animals come to drink

Looking from the doorway of my shed

Heading down a track

Gum blossom and nuts

I love Grass trees that are in the gullies. I lost many during the fire of 2019 but I have some reminders

I could go on for ages with many photos of flowers, moss, ferns, birds and animals but this is supposed to be about the woodland. I hope you enjoyed a scroll through Durranbah.

The Life of a Ginger Flower

Continuing in my series of The life of……… this post is an Ornamental Ginger flower. I have a few plants scattered around the garden and this Summer is the best flowering I have ever seen. The plants I have are Hedychium gardnerianum or Kahili Ginger which are native to the Eastern Himalayas. They grow from rhizomes and enjoy a shady moist area although I have some that grow in partial shade and do well. In the evening their scent is intoxicating.

So enjoy my garden and The Life of Ginger Flowers.

The flowers start with a spike that comes from the main stalk

If the stalk isn’t straight, the flower spike will come out at right angles

After a while the flower starts to open

Gradually they separate into their individual bracts waiting for the flower to form

Opening more, the colours start to develop

The flower tips start to emerge

Eventually the flowers appear from the bottom up

A view from the top down

A few macros or close-ups of the flowers

After a few weeks the flowers start to fade

The stamen and anthers start to droop and lose their shape

The petals colour fades

After a while, the flowers have dropped off altogether and the stems become a brown woody structure

and that is the Life of a Ginger Flower

Also for Cees FOTD

5 Minutes ago – 26 February

Hammad’s Weekend Sky #57

It has been a week of non-stop rain, 256mls (over 10 inches) since last Sunday. My weekend skies aren’t the fabulous blues that everyone commented on last Saturday before the rain came.

I have difficulty in picking a rainy weekend sky song for you. I hope you enjoy this one.