The Outdoor Hour Blog Challenge has been focused on trees this month.
Here are two trees we\’ve observed around here:
This one is a large gum tree with a bees\’ nest in it – you can see three of them up towards the top of the hole.
A termite nest in a tree you can from one of our windows. They are very common around here and other areas where sandstone rock is predominant.
We\’ve recently returned from a week away on the coast about 3 hours north of us where we had a look at the largest tree in New South Wales. It\’s a flooded gum and is known as the Grandis. It\’s cordoned off so we didn\’t get to try & join arms around its base. We weren\’t able get a great picture either, unfortunately.
This is a close up of one of the trees nearby – a type of palm, we thought.
Our biggest nature adventure while we were away was exploring the lake and beach area where we were staying. It was a great opportunity to read Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome to our 7 year old.
I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.
I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.
I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.
By John Masefield
White-headed Pigeons (Columba leucomela)
I\’d been trying all week to get a photo of the two kingfishers in a dead gum tree and just managed to snap this one. I think it is either a Sacred Kingfisher or a Collared Kingfisher.
New Holland Honeyeater ( Phylidonyris novaehollaniae)
When we left for our week away we had one rose on our one and only rose bush which is in a pot. When we returned it was flush with flowers. I can\’t remember what the name of it is but it has the most beautiful fragrance and I\’ve managed to keep it alive over about 10 years of neglect.