Fluffy Bums?

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A few months back I saw this creature online and I wondered if I’d ever be lucky enough to see something similar here in Western Australia.

Well, today was that day.  I went out with my camera hoping to find something new and discovered a large crop of these “fluffy bums”.  Techinically called “scolypopa australis” they are found all over the planet – and at this stage they are teenagers yet to morph into their adult form.  In New Zealand they can secret nectar when feeding on a specific type of plant – which in turn is actually quite toxic.  Bee’s collect the nectar and unfortunately can poison the honey…which has lead to some illness.  These little creatures – oddly are not native to New Zealand but come from Australia.

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This I believe is a fly – but what type exactly I’m not quite sure.  There are ‘bee flies’ but they are a bit hairier…Screen Shot 2015-11-07 at 6.21.47 PMScreen Shot 2015-11-07 at 6.23.51 PMScreen Shot 2015-11-07 at 6.21.40 PM

I know I had promised it would be a little wait until I revealed my big secret…but we must wait just a little longer.  I should be able to tell you when Mike is back in just under two weeks time.  For the time being I hope these dainty flowers will suffice.

xo Holly

ps: totally unrelated – I’m looking to do a Canadian/Australian “treat” swap – If you’re in Canada and would like to receive some amazing Australian goods… please let me know and I’d be happy to ship some over.  I have a couple of items that have been front of mind the past couple of months… and I’m so (desperate) keen to get my hands on a couple of inexpensive yet classically Canadian items.

Treasures and Horrors found in Kings Park

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I’ve not a clue what that first thing will morph into… perhaps a dragonfly of some kind?

Found these in the leaves today…

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Sunshine, the beach, and Fremantle.

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We found this new type of jumping spider, I’ve not yet identified it.  

Today we slept in.  It’s continuing the trend, as I’ve been resting this week when I’ve not been working.  Mike returned home to me on Tuesday evening and we’ve not been apart since.

It’s been a hard week, emotionally I’m up and down and often feel very exhausted.  Though I will note, that I do have some things to smile about…and I should remember these things.

Mike wanted to cheer me up today so suggested we head to Fremantle and get outside to the beach.

We decided in the spur of the moment while we were there to go to an open house at a cute little beach home we walked past as it was really lovely.  With a large front deck and an ocean view… The home was small, but we loved the yard and the charm of the space.  It was a short stroll from the beach.  Whomever lives there will be very lucky!

Mike then took me to a dog beach to watch the little furry friends run around.  He was right, it did make me happy.  I loved how enthusiastic and carefree they were chasing each other.

We decided to get some battered fish and chips at a popular joint Cicerello’s (hundreds of people were with us!) which has been recommended to us a few times…  We ate some really good sea food (though I gagged when I saw my scallop had some green poop in the roe!) and enjoyed some beer and cider in the sunshine, while we watched the puffer fish (also in the hundreds) eat the japanese tourists fish pellets.

Mike and I got some desert to go, which tipped our bellies over the edge…but it was soooo good.  We did a lot of walking and browsing shops before we took ourselves home.

Sun Orchids & Black Cockatoo

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This is a Scented Sun Orchid.  We found many in the woods today.

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Going through all my photos and came across this one… From a trip we had last year down south in Margaret River.

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This is a “Bee fly” which I actually mistook for a hummingbird at first!  Screen Shot 2014-11-01 at 7.13.52 PM

This is Mike’s photo!  I just love the colours and the cool calming effect it gives.

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Horrors of all horror.  We saw this wasp find this massive (4 inch) spider in the bark of a tree.  It paralysed it, waited for it to fall down and then drug it by it’s face across many feet to it’s den (hopefully!).  I was horrified that a spider that big was just in the crack of the tree we were sitting next to.  One minute he was on top of his game, and the next….being drug to a horrible fate.Screen Shot 2014-11-01 at 7.15.27 PM Screen Shot 2014-11-01 at 7.15.40 PM Screen Shot 2014-11-01 at 7.15.50 PM Screen Shot 2014-11-01 at 7.15.58 PM Screen Shot 2014-11-01 at 7.16.05 PM

This morning we got up really early, and drove into the Perth hills for a bit of a wander.  Mike suggested we try looking at the place we went to a few weeks ago to see if there were anymore orchids.  There were so many out today!  They were small dainty, large and vibrant.  Some were as tall as my waist…

Oddly they pop up in clusters at random, and then are sparse for miles.  They really are extraordinary.

Mike hands down took the best shot today, I really enjoyed watching him take images and helping search out some new flowers for him to take photos of.  It was so nice to see him getting excited and interested about the flowers too.

On the drive back we both exclaimed we weren’t ready to head to the city when we noticed a conservation sign.  It was for black cockatoo particularly.  We swiftly stopped in, and signed up for the next tour.  We found out quickly that this place only opens at random several times a year and we were lucky to have gotten in!  The birds…were beautiful.  They breed and release them in large numbers in the surrounding region.  It was a relief to see Carnaby, Red Tailed black cockatoo and white tails all being well looked after.

Unfortunately, but fortunately for us we were able to experience a few of the tame birds up close…they would fly down on us at random and perch on our shoulders awaiting an almond treat.  We were advised to take our earrings out, and take our rings off…as they can be very cheeky and will crush your jewellery rather easily.

Seeing the colours and their eyes up close was quite thrilling.

Such a good time.

Note – Today I started archiving some photos…and my computer said it needed to update my image library  of 130k images. I gasped in horror when I saw the figure.  In 2.5 years I’ve amassed a ridiculous number of photos.  Redonculous!