Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in pictures.

Hello. Sorry it’s been a while I’ve been having a bit of a holiday, tis the season after all. ūüėČ

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.

It's a sign! Spend your money here.
The annual agricultural show is a tradition that is sadly dying a slow death in regional NSW. My boys and I love it however but we are the townies who don’t have much to contribute to the whole shindig. This is the wonderful sight that greeted us as we walked into the show ground in March this year. I loved the ray of sunlight falling on the clown game. It was a sign, waste money on this first. ūüôā
Do you know how difficult it is to decorate a group of six cream buns?
Do you know how difficult it is to decorate a group of six cream buns?
When the river runs.
When the river runs.
Lest we forget.
Lest we forget.
How to cuddle an alpaca.
How to cuddle an alpaca.
Termite victory 100_3464 (c) Jillian Carlon 2012
Termite wars.
Don't just stand there frog.. open the door.
Don’t just stand there frog.. open the door.
An almost forgotten craft: Hand weaving.
An almost forgotten craft: Hand weaving.
Lesson learnt:Don't try to hide from the cameraman, you look suspicious.
Lesson learnt:Don’t try to hide from the cameraman, you look suspicious.
October sunset.
October sunset.
Gone batty.
Gone batty.
The shot I thought I would never get.
The shot I thought I would never get.

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.

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A closer look at what is at the bottom of the garden.

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.

A fairytale village? In my backyard?
A fairytale village? In my backyard?

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.

100_4453 (c) Jillian Carlon 2012100_4454 (c) Jillian Carlon 2012 100_4455 (c) Jillian Carlon 2012

Creepy crawly

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.

100_4457 (c) Jillian Carlon 2012People, 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.

100_4458 (c) Jillian Carlon 2012

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)

100_4465 (c) Jillian Carlon 2012The 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.[12]

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.[13] 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.[14] 

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.

Weekly photo Challenge: Changing seasons.

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.

 

In NSW Australia we are in storm season and for a change we are actually get a bit of rain.
In NSW Australia we are in storm season and for a change we are actually get a bit of rain.

Be careful what you wish for.

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.

The temperature may have dropped but the humity is now up. This storm did all this after it dropped golf ball sized hail and wind gusts up to 95klm/h.
The temperature may have dropped but the humidity is now up. This storm did all this after it dropped golf ball sized hail and wind gusts up to 95klm/h.

Weekly travel theme – hot.

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 poor magpie sits on my cloths line trying to catch a breeze he doesn't have to work for. I've lots of water out it and all its feathered friends and I'll put the sprinkler on for them later.
This poor magpie sits on my cloths line trying to catch a breeze he doesn’t have to work for. I’ve got lots of water out for it and all its feathered friends and I’ll put the sprinkler on for them later.

The heat is really getting to the bird wildlife. Here my friendly neighbour magpie spreads his winds to catch a little bit more of a short, cool breeze.
The heat is really getting to the bird wildlife. Here my friendly neighbour magpie spreads his winds to catch a little bit more of a short, cool breeze.

I watered the garden late last night but the relentless heat of the past few day's is taking its toll. Everything is wilting.
I watered the garden late last night but the relentless heat of the past few day’s is taking its toll. Everything is wilting.