Coal

Coal is like a butterfly of the earth in how it goes through a period of transformation from plant matter – it has different phases of development before it becomes coal. Coal is ancient and controversial – there’s issues of renewable resources and dirty fuel. Higher quality coal is called …

Perdana Botanical Garden, Kuala Lumpur

Just a quick post for today, sharing photographs of flowers and orchids I took in Malaysia! It was a sultry tropic day, the kind of  day you just wanted to drink a lot of water but had to balance it out with where the nearest toilets would possibly be(!)…. smog …

Ant – More than What’s in Ya Pants!

Ant meaning… “You’ve got ants in ya pants!” Is there a young child who hasn’t giggled and used this ‘naughty’ expression? Ants have the capacity to bring the giggles and squeals of childhood back – especially if you do get one caught in your clothes! Watching them as they struggle to …

Bandicoot

Bandicoot is one of the smallest of the pouched mammals. He always leaves conical pits where he has dug for the majority of his tucker; worms, insects, larvae and grubs. Contrary to popular belief, these creatures do not burrow, although Bilbies do. “Lousy as a bandicoot” is an old Ocker …

Bilby

Bilbies are bandicoots, one of the eight generally recognised genera.  In appearance and habit they differ from the other bandicoots; Bilbies burrow and prefer a more flesh based diet.  Dedicated meat-eaters, in other words! They were a delicacy for the Aboriginal people, and have been portrayed as an Aussie alternative …

Bush Turkey (or Brush Turkey or Scrub Turkey)

This unusual bird lays her eggs over a period of weeks in a leaf mound built by the male.  The male covers the eggs with leaves and regulates the temperature of the mound by testing it with his heat sensitive beak.  He will add or remove leaf matter as required.  …

Cormorant (or Shag)

The name cormorant comes from old French and translates as ‘sea raven.’ These plain black or black and white land birds are very fond of fish. Only one species (the Black-Faced Cormorant) of the five found here is regarded as a seabird. Lacking the natural waterproofing, and hence buoyancy, that …

Crystal

Biami’s partner is a luminous being covered in crystals. I just love this image… all the crystals forming a holographic representation of a true light being. She is a true Goddess of the Dreaming. This entity represents beauty and perfection, companionship and inspiration. Another attribute for quartz crystal is its …

Curlew

The sound of a curlew crying at night has many meanings according to Aboriginal lore.  Xavier Herbert writes in “Poor Man My Country” that curlew calls the spirits of souls wanting to be born. In the northern areas of Queensland, it is the sound of the dead returning to the …

Snake

Australia contains the highest proportion of venomous snakes in the world.  However, they are very shy of human contact and will flee before attack as first option.  For reasons unknown to modern science, (the Dreamings have an answer though!), the swift neurotoxins of the deadly taipan and tiger snakes are …