Category Archives: Nature

Will The Real Christmas Tree Please Stand Up!

Dear Friends, Once upon a time I would have said, “Seen one Christmas tree, seen ‘em all.” But that was before I noticed a strange phenomenon in the shops this year – a whole new variety of trees. I’ve been doing some research  on decorated trees and found out that these ones belong to the same species as the usual …

Continue reading

Mellow Yellow – Weekly Photo Challenge – Yellow

Dear Friends, Yellow is one of the most beautiful colours in the world. In nature, it is the most easily seen of all the colours and is found in every form – animal, vegetable and mineral. Yellow is the colour of delicate blooms, wild dogs, and even stripy, layered cliffs of sand. At sunset the sky glows golden-yellow. All …

Continue reading

Too Much Monkey Business

Dear Friends, Sometimes other people’s travel stories can influence the choices we make when travelling. For example, my personal assistant The Eternal Traveller told me once, in graphic detail, about the time she saw a tourist being chased by a monkey in Thailand. I have a mental image of this aggressive animal stalking the poor …

Continue reading

Brilliant Disguise

Dear Friends, Did you know there are some clever plants out there? I’m not thinking of Triffids though – they had very unpleasant personalities. I found three plants at the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore which were much nicer than triffids and far more intelligent. Meet Sansevieria kirkii ‘Coppertone’ from Africa. The coppery tinge …

Continue reading

Nice To Meet You!

Dear Friends, Did you read The Eternal Traveller’s story this week about the Tree Top Walk in the Valley of the Giants? In her role as my personal assistant, Mrs ET comes with me on some wonderful adventures. We both loved seeing the giant red tingle trees from the top of the  walk, and being an alpine beaver I wasn’t scared …

Continue reading

Don’t Look At Me!

Dear Friends, Look at this bird…he’s trying to hide and hoping that if he can’t see you, you can’t see him. He’s hiding because he is very rude! I know I’ve had issues with birds in the past, but this bird took things to a whole new level. His behaviour was disgraceful and his manners…well they …

Continue reading

Thorn Tree In The Garden

Dear Friends, When I think of cactus, this type usually comes to mind. It’s like the ones you see in the desert. Now look at these thorny barrel cacti I found at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. Who would have thought they grew in such amazing shapes? This snake cactus gave me the creeps – I kept imagining …

Continue reading

The Heat Is On

Dear Friends, Strange things have been happening in Kuirau Park in the centre of Rotorua. First I saw this sign. What’s so dangerous about thermals? I wear my thermal underwear all the time in winter! Then I noticed steam rising from the water of this lake. The water looked so inviting, like a giant hot tub. It was crystal clear …

Continue reading

Giants – Weekly Photo Challenge – Relic

Dear Friends, I met a giant this week at Mammoth Cave, in the Margaret River region of Western Australia. Zygomaturus trilobus is just one of the Megafauna who lived in this place long ago. He was a friendly creature and very sprightly for his age. I wouldn’t like to run into him on a dark …

Continue reading

Weird Science

Dear Friends, One of my favourite places in Brisbane is the boardwalk along the river from Southbank to the Queensland Museum and Art Gallery precinct. Every time I go there I see some of the local wildlife. Have you ever seen a spoon-snake? This one was in the garden near the Queensland Art Gallery Café. …

Continue reading