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The common name of these English Wallflowers makes sense to locals.

What’s in a name – how plants are named.

.. Plants (and animals) have always been given names. From the earliest times, names would have described distinctive features of the plant. Names would have been given by,...
Created: 17 Nov 2014 02:55  BlogID: 6234  Comments: 0  Views: 127 
Often we need to put a name to things we find on our travels.

Identifying and recognising wildflowers.

.. Many of us are collectors when we travel. Rocks, pubs, minerals, wildflowers, you name it, someone will be out there collecting it. Or gathering photos of it,...
Created: 17 Nov 2014 02:47  BlogID: 6233  Comments: 1  Views: 133 
Ellis Rowan

Ellis Rowan – the Wildflower Hunter

. Now as we venture out across our country in the comfort of our modern vehicles, many of us have an interest in researching and following the tracks of explorers....
Created: 08 Aug 2014 04:19  BlogID: 6098  Comments: 2  Views: 686 
Heading south from Maralinga

Trip to Maralinga, August 2013 – 6. Maralinga to Canberra via ...

. Robin was now back from Adelaide and the final morning was taken up with refuelling and paperwork. Finally everyone was ready and with Robin leading us we made our last ...
Created: 16 Jul 2014 04:55  BlogID: 6037  Comments: 2  Views: 470 
Turning onto the BMR road

Trip to Maralinga, August 2013 – 5. Exploring mining roads in ...

. Shortly after leaving Annes Corner we turned SW onto the BMR road. Although the first section was not the anticipated highway there was no stopping the hares who shot ahead,...
Created: 06 Jul 2014 06:27  BlogID: 6003  Comments: 0  Views: 480 
On the track from Maralinga to Emu

Trip to Maralinga, August 2013 – 4. Maralinga to Emu and ...

. There was unwelcome news the next morning. Robin’s wife Della was quite unwell and had been flown to hospital in Adelaide....
Created: 06 Jul 2014 06:25  BlogID: 6002  Comments: 0  Views: 600 
Maralinga swimming pool (now filled in) and fountain in fog

Trip to Maralinga, August 2013 – 3. Exploring Maralinga

. The whole crew rose a bit late the next morning, and to our surprise we found that we were shrouded in thick fog that took a while to clear....
Created: 06 Jul 2014 06:23  BlogID: 6001  Comments: 1  Views: 689 
Convoy lined up

Trip to Maralinga, August 2013 – 2. Port Augusta to Maralinga

. (an aside - all photos may be clicked to enlarge) Finally everyone was more or less ready, and we were on the road and heading north from Port Augusta by about 10.30....
Created: 06 Jul 2014 06:15  BlogID: 6000  Comments: 0  Views: 610 
At the Maralinga atomic test site

Trip to Maralinga, August 2013 – 1. Canberra to Port Augusta

. It felt good to be driving in Troopy, heading west again. Despite showery weather, we had a good run out to Hay, clipping along happily sitting on about 100....
Created: 06 Jul 2014 06:06  BlogID: 5999  Comments: 2  Views: 430 
Tall trees

Travelling with your camera.

Digital cameras are great! In days of old, every shot on film had to wait to be processed, and if it didn’t work as you’d hoped there was often no chance to go back and try ...
Created: 22 Jun 2014 01:58  BlogID: 5964  Comments: 11  Views: 1048 
Masses of dried off Noogoora Bur beside a western river

Weeds and Travellers

Weeds are everywhere. From the city to the bush, desert to rainforest, coast to outback, wherever you go you won’t be far from a weed....
Created: 21 Jun 2014 09:00  BlogID: 5962  Comments: 6  Views: 1605 
What to look at first?

Rambling about, looking for wildflowers

. We have all heard the story. Travellers who say, when asked if they have seen wildflowers “I drove down that road two days ago and there was nothing to see”....
Created: 03 Jun 2014 04:50  BlogID: 5912  Comments: 3  Views: 1151 
Wildflowers in the Stirling Ranges NP, WA

Where and When to find wildflowers.

. Australia boasts such a wonderful array of native flowering plants that in most places it’s possible to find at least some wildflowers. But it’s a big country,...
Created: 31 May 2014 07:48  BlogID: 5903  Comments: 2  Views: 1276 
heavy horses ploughing for a world record

Wooback at Yass

Wooback was a gathering today of draught horses to set a world record for the number of horses ploughing at the same time. As there was no previous record,...
Created: 04 May 2014 07:25  BlogID: 5870  Comments: 2  Views: 1455 

Photo Comp 2014

Difficult ! Australian Landscape is a very broad topic to cover in a circular format ! Here goes:
Created: 12 Dec 2013 05:51  BlogID: 5520  Comments: 3  Views: 2087 
Exploring some of the walking tracks at Cape Arid

Western Australia Trip 2012 – Part 15 : Cape Arid to Canberra

. Our first afternoon in the Cape Arid NP was spent exploring the area around the camping areas. We had a look at the older “Council” campground, that is closer to the beach,...
Created: 20 Dec 2012 05:37  BlogID: 4689  Comments: 5  Views: 9556 
Camp at Mason Bay

Western Australia Trip 2012 – Part 14 : Hopetoun to Cape Arid.

. Light rain was falling as we left Hopetoun in late September. We followed the coast road east, happy to be on bitumen for a while,...
Created: 19 Dec 2012 05:34  BlogID: 4688  Comments: 0  Views: 9601 
Normans Beach

Western Australia Trip 2012 – Part 13 : Albany to Hopetoun.

. A few overnight showers, a new HT cable, fuel tanks and fridges full – it was time to head east. Our first destination was Normans Beach on the western boundary of the ...
Created: 18 Dec 2012 04:42  BlogID: 4676  Comments: 2  Views: 10003 
On top of Jilakin Rock are flowers and great views

Western Australia Trip 2012 – Part 12 : Jilakin Rock to Albany

. Tucked in beside the vast grey wall of Jilakin Rock we made ourselves comfortable. There was a reasonable phone signal (Telstra) so by putting our awning out we could get a ...
Created: 17 Dec 2012 02:36  BlogID: 4652  Comments: 0  Views: 9405 
View from the top of Buntine Rocks

Western Australia Trip 2012 – Part 11 : Caron to Jilakin Rock

. “Round and round the rugged rocks” might have been a theme for the next few days. Sampling some half ripe quandongs made for an interesting start to the day and left our ...
Created: 16 Dec 2012 04:07  BlogID: 4637  Comments: 2  Views: 9980 
Our camp at Canna

Western Australia Trip 2012 – Part 10 : Canna to Caron

. We spent two pleasant days at Canna, exploring the many tracks around our camp, revisiting the orchid trail, and the big rock behind the village church....
Created: 15 Dec 2012 06:29  BlogID: 4616  Comments: 2  Views: 10530 
Our camp at Ellendale Pool

Western Australia Trip 2012 – Part 9 : Kalbarri to Canna

. Leaving Kalbarri we’d suffered a bad attack of Sudden-Onset-Battery-Dead syndrome. Experience sometimes teaches us useful things, and this situation was a case in point....
Created: 14 Dec 2012 06:28  BlogID: 4607  Comments: 2  Views: 10648 
Approaching Geraldton

Western Australia Trip, Aug 2012 – Part 8 : Mullewa to ...

. It was time to hit the bright lights of Geraldton and shop for a few essential items. Cooler clothes were required, and a replacement pump for our 12V shower....
Created: 13 Dec 2012 05:23  BlogID: 4592  Comments: 2  Views: 10905 
At "The Granites"

Western Australia Trip 2012 – Part 7 : Mt. Magnet to Mullewa

. Mt. Magnet looked hot and dusty in the afternoon sun. We noted that there was a caravan park, but in our search for an overnight bush camp we turned north on the Great ...
Created: 10 Dec 2012 23:11  BlogID: 4578  Comments: 1  Views: 11011 
Country around Laverton - red rocks and lots of mulga

Western Australia Trip 2012 – Part 6 : Laverton to Mt. Magnet

. A stunning sunrise brought a forecast for showers and storms, although the clouds soon cleared away to another warm day....
Created: 10 Dec 2012 02:53  BlogID: 4532  Comments: 1  Views: 11206 
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