The cat that featured in one of my recent paintings is now a very regular visitor.
A ladybird thought it was beautiful too!
The flower below is a native trigger plant (Stylidium) that my mum and dad bought for me recently. You can see some smaller varieties at the base of the larger plant. If you prod the flowers a little hammer is triggered and springs across your fingernail. Of course the hammer wasn't designed with fingernails in mind but instead for visiting insects as a heavy handed tactic to ensure pollination .
I had only ever seen smaller varieties before I was given this larger specimen. It was in bud at the time and I waited with baited breath to see what the flowers would look like. It seemed they would be huge, with hammers big enough to bruise grown men. In the end they were smaller than anticipated but still beautiful. I feel a bit cruel when I trigger them off because they have to reset themselves. It must take up a bit of energy - particularly after having already expended energy by being cross that it wasn't an insect that had triggered them off in the first place.
See the tiny little trigger flowers at the base.
We were pleased to have our resident bob-tail goanna visit a couple of days ago. We only see it once or twice a year - usually with its mate. Hopefully its mate is still hale and hearty somewhere in the garden.
They blend in so well with the sand and leaf litter it's no wonder we don't see them more often.
We have a nest with two Wattle bird chicks in it. Huge chicks about the same size as the mother.
I haven't seen them for the past day or so, so maybe they are already fully fledged!