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Last friday morning while walking to work, I observed a flock of Little Black Cormorants flying, landing on the waters of the lake, and ducking and diving to find found. I counted approximately twenty birds. I have previously observed a flock of Little Black Cormorants on and around the lake area, and I wondered if this is the same flock.

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Over the last few weeks I have observed numerous specimens of Slime Mould on newly mulched flower beds. Most the specimens I observed were of a beige-brown colour, but some were the distinct bright yellow as described in fungal identification books and online.

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Lipstick On My Lab Coat

Following on from my post Femme Identity, I am curious to know the opinions of other lesbians (femme, butch and non-identified) about this gender identity and how this is perceived.

I have a very positive view. And I particularly admire when femme identified lesbians state that their gender identification has little to do with who they attracted to, but rather how they wish to express their sexuality. Personally I think the femme identity is empowered femininity, a form of femininity (expressed through feminine dress, hair and make-up) expressed along with a strong statement regarding sexuality, and an embracing of and power over their own body, image and sexuality, which is feminist.

I find the neo-burlesque and a neo-pin up movements expressions of empowered femininity. These are subcultures, lifestyles and fashions where modern women, feminist women, can embrace their femaleness and express their female (and lesbian) sexuality in a way…

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I was thinking about Dana Scully this morning while getting ready for work, and what an inspiration she was to me when I was a teenager. I was reminiscing about my teenage years and my daily bus ride home from the coast to my home in a small town among rainforest on a mountain. And thinking about those times, Scully popped into my head. Her character on the X-Files inspired me to pursue science, and specifically forensic science (and forensic pathology) as a career. My career path took an alternative path and headed towards microbiology, research and now administration in scientific and university environments. But I still credit the figure of Scully – analytical, scientific and strong, for me being a scientist. And as a teenage girl who knew she didn’t look like and was not like everyone else, she was an inspiration – a pretty redhead who wore suits, carried a gun and used her intelligence and knowledge, and not her looks and sexuality, to succeed.

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As an amateur fungi spotted I was thrilled to spot a myriad of different fungi last Friday, including a fungi I had been wishing to see for a long time – the red star shaped Aseroë rubra, a stinkhorn fungus. A picture of this species is on the back cover of A Field Guide to the Fungi of Australia by A. M. Young, which I borrowed from the university last year to help identify fungal species I has observed. I had thought, “how cool would it be if I could see a specimen of this species.” And last week, I had the opportunity to observe about four specimens in a flower bed at my work. When photographing the specimens and other fungi in the same flower bed, I noticed a strong unpleasant odour, likely to be from the fungi. I also observed flies on and around the specimen, presumably attracted by the foul smell.

Reference – Young, A. M. (2005) A Field Guide to the Fungi of Australia, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney, NSW, Australia

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See photos below for the fascinating fungi observed on the 7th March on my walk to work – these specimens were in a flower out the front of the building next to mine. Such delicate Chantelles. I will try and determine what species these are.

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A selection of fungi and mushrooms observed on my walk to work on March 6th, 2013. I think the Chantelles specimens and the delicate grey ribbed mushrooms/toadstools are quiet beautiful and delicate.
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