Migrating Whales

Monday, October 15th, 2007

The humpback whales are heading south. I followed several, from headland to headland, this afternoon. Every couple of minutes they'd breach. I guess that tells other whales where they are. I tell you what, whales don't half move. The two white canoes paddling after them started slowing down after a while. ...

First cicada

Monday, October 15th, 2007

While sitting here working at my desk, I've just realised that the regular sound I can hear outside is the chirping of the first cicada. Late September is the earliest I've ever heard one. But that was in the bush, where you get a bigger range of species, including the tiny ...

Lunar Eclipse August 2007

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

Lunar Eclipse August 2007 Originally uploaded by c.j.b. c.j.b's lunar eclipse sequence. Being out of Sydney, he gets to see astronomical events without light pollution.

Eclipse Of The Moon

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

Eclipse Of The Moon Originally uploaded by travellingcharl. Went down to the beach to watch the total eclipse of the moon over the Pacific Ocean. Unfortunately, this was the best shot my point and shoot camera could manage. This shot was ...

Aplysia sydneyensis

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

Aplysia sydneyensis Originally uploaded by mc_tr. First swim of the season today at lunchtime. It was about 24 degrees and the sea animals were out in force. A fist-sized common octopus slithered over the damp sand between two rock pools. The sea ...

World Clock

Monday, August 20th, 2007

A friend sent me a link to the World Clock, which live counts the AIDS infections, suicides, forest loss and various other depressing stats world wide. Check it out and it will destroy your cheerful mood.


Saturday, August 18th, 2007

The feral freesias are all budded out but not yet opened. This is the latest I can remember them appearing. The very cold winter has taken its toll. In 2005 they were out by the 28th of July, but that was a warm winter. In 2004, they were out by ...

2108 Again

Monday, July 30th, 2007

Silhouette Of Lion Island Originally uploaded by travellingcharl. Yewenyi, Belinda, c.j.b. and I walked down from West Head, down Resolute Track, to my geocache 2108 on Sunday. We took lots of photos. Here is Lion Island, from West Head. The sun ...

Miniature Garden

Wednesday, July 4th, 2007

minature garden Originally uploaded by yewenyi. While geocaching on Sunday, in Berowra, c.j.b. noticed a tiny garden growing in a tree stump. I've never seen such minute flowering plants. They were only 1cm tall. Edit: They may not be flowering plants but lichens. ...

Mackerel Beach Box Jellyfish

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

West Head Box Jellyfish Originally uploaded by c.j.b. We thought this was a killer tropical jellyfish - in Pittwater, Sydney! We were waiting on Mackerel Beach wharf for the next ferry back, on Sunday, and c.j.b. mentioned he'd seen a strange jellyfish and ...

Feed me!

Friday, June 15th, 2007

Cheeky Chappy Originally uploaded by travellingcharl. I was working on my computer, when one of these guys flew up against my window, drawing my attention to the fact there was a whole flock of Rainbow Lorikeets waiting to be fed. I suppose ...

Way To Ruin A Joke

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

Strange Sign Originally uploaded by travellingcharl. While the Australians are giggling at a sign in Melbourne warning about 'attack seagulls', and lining up to have their photo taken next to it, unfortunately the British aren't getting the joke. That's because instead of ...

Seen On A Stem

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

Seen On A Stem Originally uploaded by travellingcharl. This photo was accepted into "The Secret Life Of Plants" pool on Flickr. I still think that fungus looks like testicles...

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Sunday, May 6th, 2007

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Originally uploaded by travellingcharl. I'm too exhausted to blog properly, but this is one of the photos I took of Sulphur-crested Cockatoos at Audley in the Royal National Park today. They were very tame and as cheeky as feathered monkeys.

Ice-cream bean

Saturday, April 28th, 2007

I've got to get me one of these: Ice-cream bean (Inga edulis) A large nitrogen fixing tree which produces bean pods up to 1 metre long which contain sweet, juicy, white pulp that has a soft cotton wool texture and tastes of vanilla ice-cream. Comes from Central and Southern America. I wonder ...

Drowned world

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

Here's a fascinating site which shows how the world will look if sea levels rise. Kinda puts the cost of lowering carbon emissions into perspective, doesn't it? All those multi-million dollar seaside properties - underwater.

Kew Gardens

Tuesday, July 4th, 2006

Apologies about the delay in getting this up. There are more photos in this post than any other post I've made and they took some time to upload and organize. A whole week, in fact. I went to Kew Gardens last Sunday. *** In hindsight it wasn't a good idea to go ...

Spring Watch

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

Goodies fans may like to know that Bill Oddie has his own program, called Spring Watch on the BBC at the moment, which follows the passage of Spring through Britain. It gives you an idea of how cold it is here that it's nearly Summer but they're still talking about Spring. ...


Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

The days are drawing out longer than I would have believed, coming from a lower latitude. The sun is rising at 5am and setting at 9am. Solstice is around the 20th of June, so the days will get even longer.

Pretty things

Monday, May 1st, 2006

The Victoria and Albert Museum was so fantastic and so colossal I didn't end up going to the other museums nearby. I didn't have time. Five hours I spent wandering the confusing halls and passages, nearly all of them undergoing reconstruction work, and I still didn't see it all. I ...