Flora and Fauna (Or, Bugs and Wildflowers)

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Springtime in Western Australia!

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You might not have noticed from all our photos of beaches, but it’s winter around here. As we drive south, it’s been getting chilly at night and we’ve even had some rain (Real rain! From clouds in the sky! Things we haven’t seen in ages.) But it seems that the rain is fortuitous, because we’ve just entered wildflower country, and have been driving through pastoral fields of yellow and violet. At one point, we scrambled around the car trying to figure out what smelled like incense, only to discover that it was the air – the air outside just smelled like floral incense.
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Sturt’s Desert Pea.
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Crazy wind causes sideways trees. Also, Fauna!

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Roos munching next door.

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Joey!
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Old fauna – dinosaur footprints near Broome.
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Very old fauna – stramatolites at Hamelin Bay. Those rock-like things in the foreground are the 3.5 million year old blue-green algae structures primarily responsible for oxygenating earth before most of them died out when pesky things like plants and animals evolved. Now they exist in only a handful of places around the world with extremely salty, sheltered waters.
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Jellyfish at Greenough Beach Camp. And, for your daily dose of bugs:
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Spider the size of a beer can (tinnie) on my chair.
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Centipede, length of a beer bottle’s (stubby’s) height.

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Cute and fuzzy moth.
Love!!
C and J
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Our backyard, Cowaramup Bay. For the next 3+ months, we’ll be here in Margaret River, working at Will’s Domain Winery and Restaurant. It’s the life!

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5 thoughts on “Flora and Fauna (Or, Bugs and Wildflowers)

  1. Whoot whoot! Thank you thank you for the beautiful flowers. And ani.mals and such. Read about that prehistoric stuff in the Bill Bryson book. Let’s Skype! Ily

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