Someone nearby has planted a hazelnut tree of flowering age, because for the first time in four or five years I have many clusters of hazelnuts. Then again, this fruiting may be a response to the very aggressive pruning I did last winter. I’ll have to do some research to find out why.
I did prune the apple tree as well, and this happened:
As I watched a slightly larger than average spider toddling around on its seven legs, Gimpy the skink burst out of cover and snapped the hapless arachnid up in his(?) mouth. I was almost hoping to hear the juicy succulent noises that accompany close-up scenes of contented chewage in TV documentaries but alas, there was nothing. The spider legs stopped wriggling only after the rest of the body was out of sight.
I’m leaning towards the idea of planting a muscadine (Vitis rotundifolia). Closely related to the more commonly known European grape (Vitis vinifera), this species is an American native and is resistant to many fungal diseases. Muscadines are hard to find in Australia, but a nursery in Queensland does have a bronze-green cultivar in production. I’d prefer a black one but don’t really want to wait several more years, so bronze-green it will have to be: Muscadine Grape (Achilles) from Daleys Fruit Tree Nursery.
Camera: Pentax K100D Super with Pentax DA 50-200mm f/4-5.6 ED zoom lens. Ambient light (late morning) only. Cropping and resizing in Irfanview.