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Photos of fabulous fungi observed over the last week with the wet weather in South East Queensland. Mushrooms observed on a lawn beneath a large spreading tree and in a flower bead. Orange coloured shelf fungi, with white rims observed on a fallen branch near a bus stop. I also observed a bright red lattice like fruiting body of a stinkhorn fungus, unfortunately I didn’t take any photos. At first when I saw it I thought it was as a piece of plastic. Then the next day, I noticed that the lattice like body had collapsed. And I think my suspicions were confirmed. It was a fungus.

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After the recent humid damp weather in South East Queensland, I wasn’t surprised (and had been hoping) to observe a variety of fungi (fungal fruiting bodies such as mushrooms) in the grounds of the university I work at. I don’t have any fungal identification books with me at the moment, but I think I have observed similar specimens before, especially the funnel shaped mushrooms with wrinkled gills and the delicate toadstools with conical grey caps. See links below for previous observations and attempted identification.

March 2012 – yellowish funnel shaped mushrooms with wrinkled gills – Yellow Brown Mushrooms

March 2012 – conical grey capped toadstools and other mushrooms observed – Mushrooms! Mushrooms! Everywhere!

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Lipstick On My Lab Coat

Lesbian femme scientist pin-up girl from the I Heart Brooklyn Girls Calendar 2009. Awesome! Retro styled, femme woman presenting the sexy side of science. A bit of fun, not too serious. Could this be an image to use for getting lesbian women interested in science?

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I Heart Brooklyn Girls

I Heart Brooklyn Girls Blog

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Earlier this week I observed a fascinating sight – an Oriental Darter and a turtle (probably a Brisbane River Turtle Emydura Macquarris signata) sharing a debris covered inlet pipe cover as a perch.The two animals did not seem perturbed by the other. Who would have thought you would see two such different animals in such close proximity and not perturbed by each other!

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Since first observing four to five Purple Swamp Hen chicks and their parents a few weeks ago, I have observed chicks and parents a number of times. The black chicks have grown rapidly in size and appear to be walking upon the water lily pads with greater skill. I have not observed the chicks and parents every morning, so the group my move around or remain amongst the nearby weeds. Interestingly I have also observed that the patch of water lily pads where the chicks and parents were scavenging and feeding has been affected by the birds. The water lily pads are grey in colour and flattened.

I have attached a few photos of the chicks and the parents. It is hard to make out the chicks – small black shapes near the parent birds.

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See below a selection of photos of Water Dragons observed in and around the lakes on my walk to and from work. I love the photos of the dragon perched on top of a rock, such amazing markings and colourings, and the photos of another dragon partially submerged in the waters of one of the lakes.

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I was reading some of the posts on Dear Kitty. Some Blog and clicked on the link to the Wikipedia entry on Cormorants. Fascinating reading.

Link – Cormorant entry in Wikipedia

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