When is a carpet not a carpet?

Ragtag Daily Prompt: Carpet

When it is a Carpet Snake!

Carpet Snakes are Pythons and are non-venomous gentle creatures. They rely on squeezing their prey and swallow them whole. It’s not to say they don’t bite as they do. I have been bitten as I dragged a Carpet Snake backwards from my chook pen away from the baby chickens. It was a bit miffed I guess about missing out on dinner. I was probably too complacent but juggling a three meter snake and a torch with squawking chooks I took my eye off the snake and he whipped around at lightning speed and bit my hand. Just a bit of blood as they have backwards facing fangs. A short walk back into the bush well away from the chooks and I deposited him to slither away and find another place to eat.

These images are from my besties. Carpet Snakes make great biological pest controllers.

The Thief

I begin this short story which began early in July. I had been away from home for a while. When I came home I went for the customary walk about my place to see that all was well. As I headed down the paddock to the bush where the fires in December raged through, I saw a white stripe on a tree. I was hoping to see more of my place regenerating, trees recovering, plants emerging and a general rejuvenation of the land.

Instead this is what I found. Can you see that line of white?

What on earth was that white thing running from the top of the tree to the ground? Once I got closer I realised what it was. A roll of plumbing tape. But how did it get there. I do remember using the tape and putting it on a table on the verandah sometime in late June. And then the reason why echoed through the bush nearby.

Someone who has a penchant for item with a blue hue. Someone who enjoys decorating their space in the hope of attracting a female. Yes this culprit was undoubtedly a Satin Bowerbird.

Nature and me

On the Hunt for Joy Challenge Week 34: Add an Element of Nature

Around my place there is always a bit of nature popping in. May contain images of spiders and snakes. Click on the small images to see the full photo.

Sorry about the layout. The new block editor wouldn’t load a gallery of images. Spent too much time trying to work out what the *%&#$ was wrong.

Dragonflies were everywhere

Jez’s Fan of #60…..Dragonflies

As you may recall, on the weekend we had a picnic by the Clarence River. While relaxing in the shade on a rather warm March day, dragonflies seemed to be flitting about everywhere, whether near the water or right beside us on the grass.

Ready for a bit of Dragonfly action?

So many of the blue coloured dragonflies
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Red dragonflies are easy to spot20200323_blog challenge_im a fan of_dragonflies_red
First time I have seen a black dragonfly with a blue tail20200323_blog challenge_im a fan of_dragonflies_black_blue
This yellow dragonfly landed and did a series of poses and flitted off20200323_blog challenge_im a fan of_dragonflies_yellow
A ring-in. I found this wonderful dragonfly at Rocky Creek Dam20200323_blog challenge_im a fan of_dragonflies_purple_yellow
Another ring in from Rocky Creek Dam, a blue Damselfly20200323_blog challenge_im a fan of_dragonflies_damselfly_blue

The proceeds of rain and hot weather

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
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A little brown fungi that has appeared in quite a number of blogs over the years20200218_blog challenge_fungi_brown_small
A bright yellow fungi that popped up in a plant pot on the verandah over the weekend. A Leucocoprinus birnbaumii20200218_blog challenge_fungi_yellow_pot

Special Spot

The Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #78: Special Spot Shots

A special spot on my place is the waterhole.

This was in October 2018 in the middle of this three year drought. This was the lowest water level I had ever seen.
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Then in November there was rain on one day which put water into the waterholewaterhole_named_home_oct 2018
In August 2019 the water level plunged even further leaving a small puddle.190816_blog_challenge_yellow_waterhole

November 2019 another day of rain put a small amount water back into the waterhole
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I guess you want to know why this is a special spot?
When the water level is full, which used to be most of the time, life abounds from the moss and vines on the treesmoss_vine_waterhole_named_home_oct 2018
to the birds who rely on the water hole like the White-throated Honeyeaters190829_blog_challenge_reflections_white-throated_honeyeater_waterhole_jackadgery
Fuscous Honeyeatersfuscous_honeyeaters_wet_waterhole_named_home_jackadgery_august 2019
Red-browed Firetail Finchesred_browed_firetail_finch_drinking_waterhole_named_home_jackadgery_august 2019
They come in large numbers and enjoy the water hole together, Fuscous and Yellow-faced Honeyeaters181010_blog challenge_pool_pond_yellow faced honeyeater_fuscous honeyeaters
A Scarlet Honeyeater Keeps an eye on mescarlet honeyeater_home_named_sept 2014

I haven’t been down there when any animals have come to drink. My clomping through the bush or the sound of Old Smokey the farm ute alerts them and off they go. I have found fish in the water and there has been signs of Crayfish. The water usually has a variety of insects.

Always a Dragonfly or two flitting about
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Water Striders make interesting shadowswalking on water

Hope you liked a view of the Special Spot on my place

Survivors

Here
on this land
standing tall.
Proud warriors
oft with
spears aloft.
To them
fire
brings renewal.
A symbol
of hope
of strength.
Come
my friends
they say.
Let us
rebirth
these lands.
Grow
among the
blacken soil.
Take
the ashes
goodness within.
We shall
once more
be homes.
We shall
once more
be nurturers.
Standing tall
on this land
here.

In August 2018 (the Grass Tree on the left – you can just see the spear rising to the sky180828_blog challenge_water_grass trees_home_august 2018
A few days agograss trees_burnt_fire_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
In 2014 The Spotted Gum tree trunk is the same as the one in the previous photograss trees01_home_named_june 2014

Xanthorrhoea or Grass Trees

They are ancient hardy plants that survive poor soils and respond to bushfires by flowering!!
Grass Trees are slow growing. They increase in height around 25mm or one inch and in some cases, in better soils, can grow 80mm or around three inches a year!! The Grass Tree in the foreground of the burnt ones is over 2 meters or about eight feet tall.
They survive fire as the growing point is under the ground. They have a root system, where microbes called mycorrhiza surround the roots in a symbiotic relationship bring nutrients to support growth.
The trunk is a mixture of the old leaves and a resin that they exude. The length of the skirt can indicate the last time a fire went through this gully. Compare the top and bottom photos.

Ref – https://www.bushheritage.org.au