If you happen to come across a Stinkhorn Fungus, Aseroe rubra, at first you may not notice anything strange. Then perhaps there could be some flies buzzing about. They are the fungi pollinators.
A Stinkhorn or Starfish fungi, starts out like an egg shaped thing which is the fruit emerging from the ground and then gradually opens up. After it bursts its way through the ground, the fruiting body also oozes out a gelatinous goop known as gleba, which contains the Stinkhorn’s spores. Apparently the gleba smells like the dead, rotting flesh of animals or dung. These smelly mucus mass are full of spores at the base of their arms.
Instead of a music video here is one of the Stinkhorn Fungi opening in time lapse plus a bit of history
These chooks were no help when chopping wood. As soon as they heard me at the chopping block, they would appear hoping for white ants, which were fed to them readily. They really like the white grubs that burrow into the wood sometimes called Witchetty Grubs, a larvae of a Ghost Moth or Giant Wood Moth. They are a delicacy mostly eaten raw but when cooked “it is said the roasted grubs taste like a cross between chicken and prawns. The flesh will firm up with cooking, but the inside retains a soft texture much like an uncooked egg yolk.” *From Gardening Know How
After I had an accident and hurt my back, I took my firewood blocks down the road to my mates place. He had a hydraulic block splitter. It took less than an hour to split a ute load which probably would have taken me a day at least.
And the Winner is……. Earlier this month the Grafton Show was on. It was a bit wet and muddy but I managed to get over to the wood chop event to an Australian champion compete. He didn’t win his heat but this bloke did.
So glad to have Weekend Sky back after an April break Hammad. I didn’t take any Saturday morning photos from the usual spot as they would have all looked much like these. I have had quite a wet few months and this morning was no exception. The sky is grey and I am not sure why the photos have a sepia look about them. All my weekend sky photos are untouched with post photo editing, apart from naming and now resizing.
The usual looking east photo
And looking north. The sun will soon be rising to the right hand side of the photo
Todays bonus photo is a Pied Currawong who came to sticky-beak at what I was doing, from the tree in the bottom right of the first photo, and about to make a fast getaway.