Kate’s Friday Fun: Fungi
A bit of a walk around today and I found a few fungi that have popped up.
A cup shaped one that I haven’t seen on my place before
A little brown fungi that has appeared in quite a number of blogs over the years
A bright yellow fungi that popped up in a plant pot on the verandah over the weekend. A Leucocoprinus birnbaumii
Sunshines Macro Monday #29
With the great rainfall that has happened this month, there has been many an opportunity to capture water drops.
Debbie’s Six Word Saturday
The CitySonnet February Photo a Day Challenge: Hearts
Some hearts from my archive for you……yes you, you know you want one. Happy Valentines Day
Maybe some flowers as well
I have been out and about but not far into the bush as there are limbs falling and the ground is quite wet now so some burnt trees could still topple. These are in the area around the house. This area was just burnt ground with some blackened timber. The unburnt leaves have fallen since the fire went through on the 6th December.
Some of the plants I know what they are and have named. I am going cross-eyed trying to find all the plants in my books. Many of the flowers are small some up to 10mm or half an inch. There is quite a few photos.
The start of a Native Wisteria emerging from the soil
Fungi were the first plants to appear. The Finger Fungi is small and struggling. There’s a bit of Lichen too.
The Golden Lily is showing as bright dots of yellow through the bush. The flowers are 20 to 40mm and in places they are in clumps of flowers. There are about five buds waiting to open here
The Lomandras are in clumps or individual plants and all are flowering
The Lomandra flowers are tiny balls on a tall spike emerging from the tough strappy leaves
A different Lomandra.
Not sure what this plant is
A small group of plants
I should know what this plant is but cannot remember
Some plants emerge from the roots that survived the fire. This could be a shrub to small tree a Cheese Tree possibly.
The growth surrounding the burnt trunk. A lot of Australian plants start life red then turn green as they mature.
Another hardy Eucalypt grows. They are fire hardy plants and there is a sort of root, a lignotuber at the base of the tree that conserves energy and when it’s time, the tree will commence growing. Many species can re-sprout from buds under their bark.
Another tiny flower. These are on slender stalks and in clumps of tiny white flowers.
This is a ground cover that spreads along the forest floor. Bright dots of purple catch your eye.
These yellow flowers are ones the Native Stingless Bees love. Again around 10mm across.
Almost a clover like flower but opens up as you can see in the background
There are lots of these purple flowers on tall spikes and multiple flowers.
I think this may belong to the pea family. So pretty with many flowers along the stalk
Lots of clumps of these flowers and bees buzzing around.
A close-up of the flowers in the above clump.
If anyone knows the names of any of the flowers or plants please let me know.
Yes it has been raining and raining and raining. From drought to fire to flood, welcome to Australia.
All of my water tanks are full to overflowing. This is my household water supply.
The recent rain over the weekend and yesterday and today have ensured my dams are overflowing as well. Yes I have water, water everywhere. The gullies are rushing, the sounds of water during the day and the sounds of frogs of a night.
This dam is a small dam which has a limited catchment and doesn’t fill readily. This is more of a wetland for frogs and animals to utilise. Not much of a wetland as the little vegetation that was there as the dam dried in the drought has been burnt. The vegetation will come back. A couple of water plants have emerged already.
This is the big dam that doesn’t actually hold water. The dam wall gives me access to the rest of my property. The insect and frog life here is amazing.
Here is the House Dam which you have seen many times over the past couple of years full and overflowing. The small patch of lillies was the size of the dam a few months ago
Since the fire, I have been putting out food for the Red-necked Wallabies and anyone else who was hungry. A while ago I noticed one of the females pouch was getting bigger and eventually a Joey poked their head out (Jump for Joy) and the update
This morning a Red-necked Wallaby hopped in to the garden. I have seen her before as she was one of the regulars who came for food. Today, I noticed her pouch was a bit squirmy and yes she also has a Joey.
As the Wallabies have Joeys, it points to a good season ahead. When the years are not that good as the past 2 – 3 years have been, there hasn’t been many young around. During hard times, Wallabies won’t produce young.
I’ll be keeping an eye out for others now. Having a photographic record I should be able to identify the females and those who have young.