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
Red dragonflies are easy to spot
First time I have seen a black dragonfly with a blue tail
This yellow dragonfly landed and did a series of poses and flitted off
A ring-in. I found this wonderful dragonfly at Rocky Creek Dam
Another ring in from Rocky Creek Dam, a blue Damselfly
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
The Ragtag Daily Prompt: New Beginnings
on this land
on this land
In August 2018 (the Grass Tree on the left – you can just see the spear rising to the sky
A few days ago
In 2014 The Spotted Gum tree trunk is the same as the one in the previous photo
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
Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #76: On Display
A bit of variety on display…….
In the shops
At the markets
In the window
In the art gallery
In the sky