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This is one of the most unusual flowers I’ve come across yet!Screen Shot 2014-01-27 at 4.44.21 PM Screen Shot 2014-01-27 at 4.45.01 PM Screen Shot 2014-01-27 at 4.45.10 PM Screen Shot 2014-01-27 at 4.45.33 PM Screen Shot 2014-01-27 at 4.45.51 PM Screen Shot 2014-01-27 at 4.46.10 PM Screen Shot 2014-01-27 at 4.47.06 PMScreen Shot 2014-01-27 at 4.49.37 PM Screen Shot 2014-01-27 at 4.47.25 PM

He nearly hit me in the face as he flew past to be with his friends!Screen Shot 2014-01-27 at 4.47.59 PM

I’ve been out walking today, at Kings Park.  I’m utterly exhausted, but it was worth it just to see this trio of kookaburra sitting together.  What you can’t see; is the woman on the ground below feeding quite a few ducks…  These three were probably hoping she’d start handing out some meat.

Tomorrow I start my journey home.

Hopefully some of the warmth of Australia will follow me…

I promise I won’t bring any of the creepy crawlies!  xo

3 Jumping Spiders.

On one plant, I’ve found three of these jumping spiders (which all look very different).  I’m dying to get a macro lens for by dslr to get some proper macro photos.  Lucky it’s right beside our new house!!Screen Shot 2013-10-04 at 8.47.34 PM Screen Shot 2013-10-04 at 8.50.36 PMThis is a photo record of a very cute little white spider.  Hopefully I can find him again and get a better shot.

Jumping Spiders are so cute!


“Is that YOUR bird?”

A man with a gravelly hard Australian accent asked Mike on Monday.  We were standing in his store.  He might have been about 60 years old.  “Is that YOUR Bird?”  He asked whilst I was standing 5 feet away.  I cringed when I heard the word.  I thought to myself (What century is this guy living in?)  The man was now looking at me for confirmation.

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I think it’s a “Bunny Orchid” (can someone help?).  Not yet in full bloom.Screen Shot 2013-05-23 at 12.45.46 PM

It was crazy small.  I almost didn’t see it!Screen Shot 2013-05-23 at 12.45.57 PM

Another specimen of the very stunning orchid.  Screen Shot 2013-05-23 at 12.46.06 PM Screen Shot 2013-05-23 at 12.46.16 PM

Here’s one with three flowers in full bloom.Screen Shot 2013-05-23 at 12.46.28 PM Screen Shot 2013-05-23 at 12.46.41 PM Screen Shot 2013-05-23 at 12.46.50 PM

I love the colour and pattern on it’s abdomen.Screen Shot 2013-05-23 at 12.46.58 PM Screen Shot 2013-05-23 at 12.47.05 PM Screen Shot 2013-05-23 at 12.47.14 PM

Partner“.  I said firmly.

“Oh yes! Right, Is your hair naturally blonde?”  We’ve just met…really?  I guess it’s important to know if someone is “real” or not.

“Yes it is.”

It was almost as if he couldn’t fathom it.  He continued to humour us with aggressive macho lingo by dropping the F-bomb into conversation, saying Kiwi’s were idiots and insinuated that I being blonde would also be a bit of a hopeless moron.  I couldn’t believe this guy owned a store.

When we left Mike and I laughed and then had a lengthy discussion on how grossly offensive this sort of talk is.

I cannot stand that sort of talk.  Bird, Sheila, Misses…  Chauvinism really irks me.  However it’s “part of the culture” here in Australia.

It is their way.  As is racism.

I’ll note right now, that not every Australian is sexist, nor are all Australians racist.  But there’s a large number who are, or whom participate in the banter.

I spoke with someone recently who defended the talk as harmless joking.  I disagreed.  I believe it is hurtful to anyone to joke on their appearance, skin colour, orientation, or their sex.  I said these jokes were in bad taste, and as we couldnt see eye to eye we dropped the discussion.

Many times now I’ve stopped someone in mid joke (with a look of – shock/confusion/frustration).  They soon understand I won’t be laughing at the punch line.  I know some could say I need to lighten up and that this is all harmless, but this intolerance toward women, people of different skin colour or sexual orientation;  is something I wish would disappear.

It’s a bit like confronting a bully in the playground.  You can either call them out on their gross misconduct, or let it slide.

I lived in the most multicultural city in the world (that would be Toronto) for three years, it is a place where people easily work together without even thinking about differences.  I think many Canadians (but not all!) would be greatly offended if they encountered the slurs here as I have.

Have you been in this sort of situation?   

The She Wolf and Friends.

We’ve come across some pretty incredible creatures here over the past week.  The most interesting being the female huntsman that I nearly stepped on last night.  She was carrying her entire brood of spider babies on her abdomen.  At first I was weary of putting her in a glass (for the sole fear of millions of babies escaping in the house) however, she and her babies were very patient with me while I snapped many (100+) photographs.  I also took a video which shows the little ones running around her body over others who were nestled in.  If I upgrade this blog to “pro” I’ll upload the video…until then you’ll have to imagine the playfulness of it.

Nature is pretty cool isn’t it?

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This centipede was found in our house.  Mike spotted it and I froze…I’m not sure if these are poisonous so I wasn’t game to touch it.Screen Shot 2013-04-26 at 1.23.20 PM

A spider no bigger than my thumb nail.
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The lovely she wolf.Screen Shot 2013-04-26 at 1.23.36 PM

To light her, I placed a LED flashlight onto the rim of the glass and shot her with my little canon powershot.  I could have observed her for hours, but a part of me felt a little guilty keeping her from food.  Surely she’d be putting in a massive effort to feed the little ones! Screen Shot 2013-04-26 at 1.23.46 PMThis last image was taken outside where I set her free again.

ps:  I’ve been listening to these tracks as I’m sitting here watch the sunset on the horizon… It makes it feel even more epic.  The album is old news now, but I’ve got a soft spot for these tracks.  If you haven’t had a listen please hit up Youtube for samples!

M83 – Outro

M83 – Soon, my friend.


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I just jumped out of my skin.

“Hi little spider, thank you for coming out to say hello while I was writing an email.  I know you are cute and small but you frighten the shit out of me…”

She’s still here…