Journal archives for September 2017

September 02, 2017

Exploring Bushland, Perth, WA

4 months later and I am still here and really missing wandering around the whenua and moana but now my son is at the stage where he needs to balance walk and the best way to do that is walking on sand as the foot sinks and you have to compensate for that. Luckily there is bushland with sand walking tracks just down the road so we have started walking there where the sand is courser than home.

I was good and left my camera behind, but a few days later I finally cracked and took it with me as there are so many flowers out at the moment and I was surprised that I could identify what where orchids and a drosera which goes to show how much I have learnt from NW - and not forgotten *LOL*

At least I can get the genus and through a google search I found some of the species for the orchids as seen below, but not the drosera. I also put the Red and Green Kangaroo Paw (Anigozanthos manglesii) below as that is the flower emblem for WA.

Hopefully I will be back home before Labour weekend to get the tomatoes and garden planted for Christmas and then roam around the whenua and moana and get back to NW with a vengence so brace yourselves for when that happens *LOL*

Posted on September 02, 2017 15:00 by tangatawhenua tangatawhenua | 6 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment

September 29, 2017

A Common Sponge and a Lichen To Look For

Crella incrustans is a very common sponge, found all around New Zealand where it can be found in rock pools, under ledges in the intertidal or in rubble banks of boulders and attaches itself to rock. The external colour is bright rich burnt red in relatively shallow North Island specimens, orange to yellow in deeper and South Island specimens and here we have a total of 1 obs!

Collemopsidium is a genus of lichen that grows on Epopella plicata (a barnacle) and looks like black dots which we have all probably photographed and not realised it! Agian there is only 1 obs.

In the photos below the first one is the sponge washed up, the second one is the sponge in situ and the last shows the lichen on the Epopella plicata

Happy Hunting!

Posted on September 29, 2017 06:50 by tangatawhenua tangatawhenua | 0 comments | Leave a comment