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With summer comes a host of these Australian Garden Orb Weaver spiders. They weave their very large webs at night and go hide during the day until alerted to the presence of prey.
This big cutie built its web on the hills hoist on a hot windless day in March 2013. That was nice.
One of its relatives has decided that the main entrance to my house is an appropriate place for its home, and I keep walking into it. That is annoying.
Ísland farsælda frón is set to the famous poem Ísland (Iceland) by Jónas Hallgrímsson. The poem was published in 1835; I haven’t been able to find out who created the music (click the link above for a detailed translation and discussion).
Voces Thules (0:47)
The Voces Thules version was my first encounter with this piece.
This last version is really fun, wacky and out there. The band has little or no internet presence and may no longer exist.
Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park is a lovely place to visit, with its large grounds, sense of quiet, and the opportunity to mingle with some of its native and farmyard/domestic animal collections.
For some years the property had been in danger of being swallowed up by a Rockla sand quarry project, but in December 2015 the wildlife park won its case and is now expected to remain in existence for a good while.
Some changes have taken place — the parrot tours have been stopped due to a lack of rangers comfortable with handling the birds (some of which are quite aggressive, having been rescued from abusive situations) and the quoll has died of cancer. There are now two wombats, Ally and Hippo.
So here are some of the photos from the latest trip.
Ever wondered what Australian Brush Turkeys do when they are not walking around, wrecking your garden or setting up pitfall traps so they can mate with your head?