Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Nature Walk

Some sights seen on a lunchtime walk near La Trobe University.


Students relaxing in the lovely grounds of the university:

A family of Australian Wood Ducks (Chenonetta jubata) doing much the same:
The drake is very protective of his family, so we crossed the road to avoid being chased off by him.

Bees living in a nest box which is actually designed for sugar gliders (Petaurus breviceps).

Eucalyptus with amazing spiralling bark:
I don't know what species it is.

A Meadow Argus butterfly (Junonia villida):

A huge River Red Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis). which may be up to 400 years old:
Bark of that tree:


And lastly, a very rare tree.  Do you know what it is? In Victoria there are only four known examples, this one and three smaller ones at the botanic gardens:
It is Schinus lentiscifolius, a relative of the peppercorn tree.

What a lovely way to spend the middle of the day!

3 comments:

  1. My daughter went to LaTrobe Uni, she said those ducks could be evil at times. Eveyone knew to stay clear of them. Hope your leg is a lot better.

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  2. Sounds like a good day. That bark is fantastic!

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  3. Lovely trees! Just near us, there is a baobab tree and it was a worry, when they started demolishing the house. However it had a ribbon around it and is now in solitary splendour on the block. I spoke to the wreckers and was surprised to find one of them was a baobab fancier and had one growing in his garden

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