Hello. Sorry it’s been a while I’ve been having a bit of a holiday, tis the season after all. 😉
This weeks challenge is a challenge as there is no way I can sum up my year in a maximum of 12 photos – sorry I’ve been doing far too much for that. I have tried however and I hope you like my offering.
I hope you all enjoyed these few shots. I’ve only got a few more hours left and its 2013 here in Australia so… Happy New Year.
It has been incredibly hot in my little place in the world and I was very surprised to find mushrooms sprouting in my “lawn”. It’s not unusual to have the occasional one pop up when we have had a lot rain but as I trudged to the cloths line this morning, looking at my feet with the drudgery of the task, I thought I spied a tiny little fairy village of mushrooms.
On closer inspection I was totally amazed at the variety of weeds that are powering ahead in my “lawn” area while the grass is struggling with the heat. It has been very humid here of late and we have had a number of storms roll through as a result but, call me silly, I thought this looked way better than a green patch of buffalo grass. Okay, the lawn needs work and I did sit down on a bur patch to take these shots but …
I hope your imagination works as mine did with these.
Hi, sorry it’s been a while. Too many things happening and not enough time to do them.
Anyway… this is a creep out shot for me and considering I had the camera on close up and just free hand took them (without lining it up at all) I was amazed I even got the subject in the frame.
People, please meet one of Australia’s many mean spider boys or girl as this case is with this specimen – a redback. Apparently only 14 deaths have been recorded as a result of redback bites in Australian history – none since the introduction of an anti-venom in the 1950’s. Still, I don’t like them and this girl was building up a nice little stock of food right near my front door. I say was because there may have been a slight tragedy shortly after these photos were taken.
The beetle in the picture is what I call a Christmas beetle. It’s about averaged sized of about 2cm in length if that helps to give you an idea on how big the spider is/was. I found it interesting the number of ants she had woven with the beetle for later. I couldn’t see any egg sacks so hopefully I got her before she made more of her kind, redbacks can lay between 40 and 300 eggs in one sack according to Wikipedia. It also says it’s a good and bad life for the males but I’ll let you be the judge of that and read directly from them.(reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redback_spider)
The redback spider is one of only two animals to date where the male has been found to actively assist the female in sexual cannibalism. In the process of mating, the much smaller male somersaults to place his abdomen over the female’s mouthparts. In about two of three cases, the female fully consumes the male while mating continues. Males which are not eaten die of their injuries soon after mating.
Sacrifice during mating is thought to confer two advantages to the males. The first is the eating process allows for a longer period of copulation and thus fertilisation of more eggs. The second is females which have eaten a male are more likely to reject subsequent males. Although this prohibits the possibility of future mating for the males, this is not a serious disadvantage, because the spiders are sufficiently sparse that only 20% of males ever find a potential mate during their lifetimes.
It does refer to the spider as one of two “animals” as well as saying they are sparse even thou there seems to be more and more around my place so maybe it doesn’t tell the whole truth – who knows.
Hello. If I wasn’t already obsessed with the weather I got a reason to take more photos of it. Thank you Weekly Photo Challenge.
We are in our storm season here in NSW Australia and we are actually getting a bit, not too much, but a bit of rain. We had a rather nasty storm earlier this week however one has just gone through and I captured my first lightning shot on my beloved Kodak. I’m so impressed it can do it, especially now I’ve tossed away my fears of changing settings in its PASM mode.
I know there is a lot of you out there that have been there and done that but this is my first, and I hope to always to remember the moment my poor man’s camera captured it. I hope you like it.
Hi, a quick post that continues on from the “hot” challenge.
During the three days of heat wave temperatures all I wished for was for it to be a bit cooler. Well it is now but the weather broke with a bang this afternoon. I was lucky at my house and the worse damage was a very upset cat who wouldn’t come out from under my son’s bed but parts of Tamworth were hit with golf ball sized hail after this opened up on us.
Roofs are damaged, trees blown down, cars peppered with dents and with windows broken, fences blown over and damaged and the power is cut to around 3,000 homes on my last check. But… it’s cooler. A gentle reminder that we should always be careful of what you wish for.
This weeks weekly travel theme should be an easy one for me as here in my part on NSW Australia we are in our third day of temperatures topping at 39 celsius. I can honestly say – I’m hot – along with the rest of the population of most of this state , South Australia and I think even the usually cold Victoria.
However, capturing “hot” wasn’t as easy as I originally thought. I hope some of these get the message across – maybe these is more of a “dry”. What do you think?
This weeks challenge had me stumped for a while as I wondered how I was going to get a water reflection. As is always the case I just needed to step back and not think about it. That is when it came to me that glass reflects too – okay I’m slow but I catch up sooner or later 🙂
Anyway, here is my offering for this weeks challenge and it is my favourite model, my cat. He spends most of his days sleeping or gazing out the bay window at the front of the house at the best of times. In this photo the fact I hadn’t cleaned the window worked to my advantage. Well I think it did anyway. Hope you like it.