Recently, my family went to the property. We hadn’t had the opportunity to go there in months so I was really keen to check out the regrowth. Multiple people had emphasized that there would be good fungi and possible orchids coming up so I was incredibly excited.
We didn’t have much luck with either fungi or orchids. If anything, the ground was mostly dirt. Normally, this would be fine. Except it was incredibly windy and I was spending most of my time protecting the camera from dust instead of documenting.
The regrowth was phenomenal and quite fascinating to see up close. Large branches of new regrowth was forming on some of the trees. It wasn’t little bursts of growth here and there, it was growing right up to the top.
We didn’t have much luck with wildlife on this trip. In the past, we had seen kangaroos. I did find these interesting scratches on a tree between the burnt shed and the dam.
I’ve tried to document the insects with each trip. I know I saw some stuff flying around on the ground however I didn’t try to document it. The above photo shows just how annoying the wind was. I did look closer to the trees for some insects. Saw some young leafhoppers.
Above shows the trees near the dam. We actually went yabbying this day, as usual. Mum was saying how it would be unlikely to find yabbies at this time of year. I’d been reading about how this autumn was warming then usual and thinking we may have some luck.
We did find a fair few yabbies, and Seth was able to find a skink. I swear, that kid should work in wildlife conservation. If something is rare he’ll be able to find it!
The above photo reminded me of the style of photos we took after watching Blair Witch.
I took the above photo of the cleaned up destruction as it very much reminded me of a piece I saw in Wye River, as part of the Lorne Sculpture festival.
I did find the above fungi which was pretty awesome. Mum and I were both pretty disappointed not to find any. Then I saw this and it was one of those fist pump moments.
I got it identified on Bowerbird. It apparently belongs to the Laetiporus genus, possibly L. portentosus. I’ve decided that I’m not even going to try and get into fungi and will give my fungi book to mum/Seth. I have too many obsessions going on as it is! I will try to document what I see, and will submit observations to Bowerbird,
I don’t know if the above plant is relevant. Suspect it is a weed. We did see some sundew starting to grow back though, which is awesome.
Keen to return again soon, on a better day, to properly document any changes. I don’t miss that place in winter though, brr!
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