Author Archives: Joy Window

“We’re made of star stuff”

… said astronomer Carl Sagan. And so “Star Stuff” was an appropriate name for the “festival of the cosmos” in Byron Bay last weekend. It was a beauty, with top-name astronomers, and astrophysicists, astrophotographers and science media personalities on the … Continue reading

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Sharpes Beach fungi

The rain continues on and off. Lismorons (and I mean that in an affectionate way) are a bit over it, but ducks, frogs and fungi are loving it. There’s a newish walking/cycling/jogging/dog- and/or child-walking path through the heath on the … Continue reading

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“In South Australia I was born, heave away, haul away”

… so goes the old sea shanty. My favourite version (which you can hear if you click on the name of the group at right) is that of The Pogues. Last week I was in one of my old stamping … Continue reading

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Red-legged pademelon

We see red-necked pademelons (Thylogale thetis), usually alone but sometimes two or three together, in our backyard in early morning and twilight. They are very shy and bolt at the slightest disturbance. The joeys are tiny and very cute. Up … Continue reading

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Sometimes the spider wins

I often see a wasp in summer, dragging around a spider larger than itself, whose legs it has have ripped off the spider’s paralysed body. The wasp places the body in its egg chamber, all nice and fresh for the … Continue reading

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Are we having fun(gi) yet?

What a week! Or at least the last few days. Thankfully the water has drained out of Lismore and the authorities are inspecting to give the all-clear for businesses to start the big clean-up. The mud on the roads and … Continue reading

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Big Scrub Landcare fungal foray (Part 2)

This is the second part of my fungi photos from the Nightcap National Park foray last weekend. Part 1 is here. These beauties … … come from these ‘babies’ …     Non-fungi finds The giant panda snail (Hedleyella falconeri) … Continue reading

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