Verticorida, Pink, Red and Yellow

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It’s been a whirlwind week being home – and the past 24 hours particular were social, busy and brought many creatures into our travels.

Whilst I did not have my camera, I did manage to spot whilst driving:

  • 1 ornate dragon lizard
  • 1 thorny devil
  • 1 yellow pale snake that I’m not sure of what it’s called
  • 1 other new lizard that I have never seen before soaking up sun on the way to Coorow.  Next time I’ll stop and see what it actually is!  It sat near the edge of the road doing what in yoga is called cobra pose.

Did you see the scorpion above?  This is the first ever live one I’ve seen, and it was using it’s stinger to keep me away!  It was just underneath a box that was left in the sun.  I was getting ready to clear away some rubbish when I saw this strange form moving in the dirt.  Yuck!  I’ve always been afraid of them but this one being only 2 inches wasn’t very intimidating.  Note to self though – keep your eyes on the ground for Wesley will certainly try and mush it or eat it.

We met Mike in Coorow yesterday for his cricket game, and then travelled onward to our friends farm to have a little hang out in front of the lake.  The kids were all entertained by the water and dogs.  They had a huge sail put up for shade and a fake lawn with a boat to play in and a bbq for us all to enjoy.  We didn’t stay as long as we would have liked, but did travel back home before the sun got too low.

There is one type of verticordia in this batch that I’ve not yet spotted before.  It almost looks like a cross between a tea tree plant and a larger verticordia.  The colours out in this patch of bush are incredible at the moment.  The yellows, pinks, deep reds and creamy pale flowers stand out amongst the thick shrubs and deep blue sky.

There hasn’t been a cloud in sight the past couple of days, and yet again the temperatures are beginning to rise.  Summer… is almost here.

The jumping spider is one of the larger that I’ve spotted.  It had a glossy almost waxy spot on it’s back – I chose this photo because of the aqua thread coming out it’s rear…looks like a star trek beam for teleportation ahah.

Well – it’s been an epic week back, and nature has also not disappointed!

Found these in the leaves today…

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Beautiful drosera.

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Drosera, commonly known as the sundews, comprise one of the largest genera of carnivorous plants, with at least 194 species.  These members of the family Droseraceae lure, capture, and digest insects using stalked mucilaginous glands covering their leaf surfaces. The insects are used to supplement the poor mineral nutrition of the soil in which they grow. Various species, which vary greatly in size and form, can be found growing natively on every continent except Antarctica. – Wikipedia

Screen Shot 2014-05-25 at 7.37.19 PM Screen Shot 2014-05-25 at 7.36.37 PM Screen Shot 2014-05-25 at 7.36.28 PM Screen Shot 2014-05-25 at 7.36.20 PM       Screen Shot 2014-05-25 at 7.34.22 PM Screen Shot 2014-05-25 at 7.34.15 PM Screen Shot 2014-05-25 at 7.34.08 PM Screen Shot 2014-05-25 at 7.33.45 PM Screen Shot 2014-05-25 at 7.33.33 PM Screen Shot 2014-05-25 at 7.33.27 PM Screen Shot 2014-05-25 at 7.33.09 PMWe’ve just returned from a very relaxing weekend with Brian and Tessa on the farm.  We were fed very well, and had a very peaceful sleep on Saturday.  Tessa also hosted me in the bush around the property as we hunted for the first wildflowers blooming in the autumn rains.  It’s quite so far in terms of flowers, though we did find a few varieties that were unusual and the drosera particularly were on full display.

Tessie was looking really well, and was so happy to see us.  She has been really lucky to have three friends to spend time with in the country.

Before we left I was able to catch up with Wuzza, whom upon hearing me call his name…came thundering over and wanted loads and loads of cuddles.  I was really glad he was happy to see me, even without bread and that he stayed for ages to get a cuddle.  Mike had visited him earlier, and seeing Wuzza’s reaction to me said:

“Wow, he really loves you…he knows exactly who you are”

We discussed his superior intelligence later on the way home…  I always feel sad returning to the city leaving it all behind but we both know it’s going to get us where we need to be.

Not only are we returning with memories and photos, I’ve been absolutely attacked all over my neck and ankles by some kind of biting insect.  The kind of welts that swell up and itch enough to drive a person mad.  Should be looking TIP TOP tomorrow at work…with what look like red hickies on my neck.  Cannot wait!!!

Done. Almost…

Last night it rained. So we didn’t finish up, but we’ll be done tonight!  Mike and I (and Tessie!) will be wrapping up our 2 year journey over the next few days.  Farming in Western Australia has been a real experience, the experience of a lifetime.  I’ve done so many things out here I never imagined possible.

Have you been to Western Australia?  Where was your favourite place?

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I’ve had a really nice drive to work!Screen Shot 2013-05-28 at 3.06.40 PM

They call these things “white ants”.  I’d call it a “termite”.Screen Shot 2013-05-28 at 3.06.47 PM

The sun rise struggling over some heavy fog.Screen Shot 2013-05-28 at 3.06.56 PM

It was a white knuckle drive this morning…Screen Shot 2013-05-28 at 3.07.03 PM Screen Shot 2013-05-28 at 3.07.20 PM

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These beetles are still kicking it on that nice smelling plant.Screen Shot 2013-05-28 at 3.07.49 PM Screen Shot 2013-05-28 at 3.08.11 PM Screen Shot 2013-05-28 at 3.08.21 PM Screen Shot 2013-05-28 at 3.08.31 PMScreen Shot 2013-05-28 at 3.17.42 PM

Yesterday.

I’ve gotta keep this short.  It’s 6am and I’ve got to leave for work.  I took these photos on the drive home yesterday.  This bush I’ve been eyeballing since we started working in Perenjori.  I stopped the first day to take a look at the flowers… not only are they delicate and pretty, they have the most beautiful scent!  A mixture of lilac, roses and peony.  I wish I could plant some of this in our future garden.

The scent attracted many interesting visitors as well, take a look!

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This bush I mean…  It would appear there are two types of flower on the same bush.  Perhaps male and female?  Je’n cest pas.Screen Shot 2013-05-26 at 7.33.24 PM Screen Shot 2013-05-26 at 7.33.33 PM Screen Shot 2013-05-26 at 7.33.45 PM Screen Shot 2013-05-26 at 7.34.00 PM Screen Shot 2013-05-26 at 7.35.06 PM

Can you guess what type of birds these are?  Hint: Common as pets in Canada!

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This truck is filled with fertiliser and seed.  Our boss brought it to the new farm which is 1 hour away.

ps: Tomorrow is our last DAY SEEDING!!!!!!!!!!!  PERTH WATCH OUT!