Unfortunately I wasn't able to record one.Ah well,next time!
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
I love the look of the mallee here amazing to learn:The mallee display one of the most impressive adaptive features in the form of the confusingly named mallee root. The mallee root - also known as a lignotuber - is not a root at all but is essentially a very contracted underground trunk which grows just below the soil surface and from which the stems arise. It acts as both a storage and reproductive organ.
Its storage function is principally of carbohydrates, essential nutrients (such as phosphates) and some water so that the mallee, once mature, can survive long periods without rain. Its reproductive function takes the form of multiple growth points from which new shoots can rapidly develop (drawing on the carbohydrates and nutrients) should the above-ground parts of the plant be destroyed by fire or other natural catastrophes. Most other species of Eucalyptus have similar epicormic shoots on their trunks and larger branches from which new shoots can develop after fires but the mallee protects the trunk from fire and so is much more energy and water efficient.
Our guide shared some amazing wood turnings he had done with banksias
We were also lucky after the walk to spot 4 koalas in the park. Now this does not cover a large area and two of those we saw were only a tree away from each other. This puzzled us as we had always thought koalas were territorial Definitely need to do more research on this!
We seem to have more succulents in our photos than any other plant type and these were not mentioned in our guided tour at all. But we find them rather interesting, so please bear with us!
Established by Edwin Ashby in 1902, the Wittunga Botanic Garden devotes 14 hectares to indigenous and non-indigenous collections. Native birds are attracted to the garden's flowering plants and the shady lawns make Wittunga Botanic Garden a popular setting for family gatherings and lakeside picnics.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
And stopping just a few times to take a few more pictures.
These are cauliflowers growing amongst gum trees
Monday, May 14, 2012
"How are cartoons used to express opinions, issues and ideas?
How do cartoons analyse different historical interpretations?"
We started in the migration museum examining cartoons there and noting their commentary on history.
Our guide,Toby, was very enthusiastic about his theme.
Learners will explore issues that have affected South Australians from colonisation to the present
What is a cartoon:A simple drawing showing the features of its subjects in an exaggerated way, especially in a newspaper or magazine.
learn how to communicate personal perspectives about an issue via cartoons.
We started our workshop with very gentle warm-up exercises:"draw a quick sketch of a mouse. Now add some cheese" No surprises that most cheese drawn was the holey variety and triangular in shape!!
Sunday, May 06, 2012
We attended our local medieval fair on Saturday. The Fair is an annual event and many of those that attend enter into the spirit of the occasion, donning garments they deem appropriate to the time period. Of course the time period is stretched to include LOTR figures and monsters that we can only assume were ogres but lets not be too pedantic this is all about having fun and sharing in a local community event.The event is organized by a large group of volunteers and clubs give up their time too to entertain us.
There were a variety of different medieval cultures represented too including indigenous ones.
Many clubs had set up small communities of tents and around these they demonstrated an assortment of crafts, including weaving,spinning, calligraphy.
One champion fighter with her sword was also a talented artist.
This year there were no horses but we did watch with a large crowd as several watermelon sprung from the caterpolt
There was music and dancing, some of which seemed difficult to distinguish between fighting...and perhaps that is not too unrealistic either!