A troupe of orange-brown mushrooms on a fallen tree trunk. The tree fell in a destructive summer storm in November 2014. The fungi mycelium must have colonised the wood rather quickly (I’m presuming as 6 months seems rather quick for a fungus to infiltrate a tree trunk and produce fruiting bodies – mushrooms). 

Moorhen Chicks

Over the last few weeks I have had the wonderful opportunity to observe three Moorhen (genus Gallinulachicks as they have grown. When I first saw the three chicks they were very small and downy, with small underdeveloped wings. Almost everyday as I had my lunch break by the lake, I could hear the chicks squawking and observe them progress through not being able to feed themselves to feeding themselves, timidly approaching and getting into the water, and recently feeding alongside their parents on the grassy lake bank. The chicks have grown so much and seem to be comfortable with people around them. Hopefully over the coming weeks I can observe them grow further and develop their adult plumage.

A selection of photos of the array of fungi I spotted in late March 2015. Most fungal specimens were spotted in the grounds of the state university I work at in Queensland, Australia and in local area near my house.

On the Saturday 21st March, my girl and I took a trip to the Gold Coast – a popular coastal tourist spot in southern Queensland, to visit a former flatmate and friend of ours. After lunch at a local Mexican restaurant, we took a still on the beach at Burleigh Heads. Seaweed, algae and what looked like a type of kelp was washed up on the beach. There were a number intact specimens, where you could clearly observe the stem and roots. I love seeing nature so close to a popular surf and tourist spot. 


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