Monthly Archives: February 2016

The generosity of the Buddha

Even mundane chores can bring surprises. After setting up the washing machine, I became aware I had a companion – a baby brown tree snake or night tiger, Boiga irregularis. I’ve posted about these before here; they are so pretty. … Continue reading

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Romance among the roses

A couple of posts back, I mentioned the two female Macleay’s spectres (giant spiny stick insects, Extatosoma tiaratum tiaratum) in my rose bush. They’re still there and I enjoy trying to find them every day. I don’t always succeed first … Continue reading

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Another stick insect

Brigitte, who lives not far from me, saw my previous post on MacLeay’s spectre stick insects and sent me this photo, taken in 2005.                                 … Continue reading

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A different thorn on the roses

I am never pruning my rose bush again! I am an indifferent gardener, anyway – I see my garden as “habitat” rather than a garden, so don’t do much with it. That’s my excuse, and I’m sticking to it. 🙂 … Continue reading

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Consorting with the devil

Tasmanian devils have a big problem in the form of devil facial tumour disease (DFTD). The population of the already endangered species has plummeted. This heart-breaking photo says it all. [Update: To protect the squeamish, I’ve put the confronting photo … Continue reading

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