Christmas Bells

Christmas Bells
Christmas Bells - Blandfordia nobilis

Friday, April 29, 2011

Photos from Bermagui weekend

Here are just a few photos taken over the Easter Long Weekend which I spent at Bermagui, courtesy of David and Petra Young.

Firstly let us look at a Mosquito Orchid, Acianthus fornicatus.
A dense colony of these plants was found growing 
amongst coastal Banksia serrata trees,
and Tea Tree scrub, and Bangalay trees.
The Pacific Ocean was rolling in 
just 100 metres behind me as I took this photo.
The location was just south from Bermagui.
Acianthus fornicatus
Acianthus fornicatus- side view.
This next shot is taken through a fast-running stream,
immediately below Mumbulla Falls.
The water is dropping down a series of steep cascades (in the granite rock).
As the water falls down, it traps bubbles
which take some time to re-surface.
The mass of light colour low down in the image
is a mass of bubbles fighting to reach the surface.
This is an example of "fighting against the flow" of fast-moving water.

Bubbles temporarily buried under fast flowing water below Mumbulla Falls
This is a natural exudation from a sapling Wattle Tree.
It is probably caused by a "borer" 
(usually a large wood-boring Caterpillar of a Moth).
The Caterpillar enters the tree's bark and its chewing stimulates
the tree to produce these bubbles of sap.
It looks just like Styrofoam, but is completely natural.
The protruberance is quite small, a mere 40 mm long.
"Frozen Sap"
I believe this little cluster of young fungi are Gymnopilus junonius
They were growing in a tight group, coming from dead wood,
in a hollow Eucalypt trunk lying on the ground.
This is a small, hard Bracket Fungus
which was growing on a trunk of a medium-sized Casuarina tree.
It looks like the nose of a large dog, to me.
Does anyone else remember "Hooch" from "Turner and Hooch"?

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