Author Archives: Joy Window

In the Arctic circle

After a couple of days in Oslo, we flew to Longyearbyen in Svalbard (aka Spitsbergen, the island of pointy mountains, halfway between the north of Norway and Greenland) via Tromso, but I will leave talk of Longyearbyen, Tromso, Bergen and … Continue reading

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Arctic plants, puffins and polar bears

I follow Jerry Coleby-Williams on Facebook, mainly because he lives in the same climate as me and gives out useful food-growing tips. (He is probably best known as a presenter on ABC TV’s ‘Gardening Australia’.) Jerry takes people on overseas … Continue reading

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A pretty moth

Last Saturday at a landcare meeting on biocontrol of vines (from which I concluded that the beetles are useful but not a silver bullet – one more thing to add to the tools against feral vines), this moth (Amerila crokeri) … Continue reading

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Earthstar

I’ve been wanting to see an earthstar ever since I saw photos in a field guide. What a romantic name! And this one was on my property last week during the rain. Earthstars are in the same taxonomic group as … Continue reading

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Christa’s picks

Christa is fond of fungi, too, and generously sent me some pics of fungal fruiting bodies. (The last two pics are not fungi but they are fun.) Thanks, Christa! (All photos by Christa Schwoebel.) Location and/or IDs are in the … Continue reading

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Native bees

Out in the paddock last night, Andrew was mowing and noticed these little guys (yes, they are guys) on several grass stems. They were very placid, despite the vibrations of the ride-on mower. Each bee was less than 1 cm … Continue reading

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Christmas nudibranchs at Woody Head

Peter and Linda have been snorkelling at Woody again. Here are some of Peter’s pics of their latest discoveries. Doriprismatica atromarginata   Not a nudibranch, but the sea hare Dolabella auricularia

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