Hello lovely people, and welcome to the very end of 2017.
In keeping with my trend over the last few months, this month’s field visit was once again someplace I could squish into my schedule at the last minute, because I ran out of time to do it sooner. I will work on fixing that approach next year.
I needed to go to Barellan yesterday, so I decided to look for likely spots to stop and poke around whilst there.
I decided not to take this detour.
At the first place I stopped I was struck by the variation in leaf shapes in the immediate vicinity of my car, so I decided to play a game of ‘How Many Leaf Types Are There’ along a 100m stretch of road. It turned out there were a lot. I didn’t include grasses (which largely look the same leaf-wise, to me anyway) or things that I knew were exotic weeds, and I ended up with the following gallery of distinctively different leaves.
On the way home I stopped very briefly to get a couple of photos of Lake Coolah, an ephemeral wetland depression that currently has some water in it, located along the Narrandera-Barellan road. I shall have to head back out to Lake Coolah another day, a little closer to sunset, to see what birds may be using it at the moment; perhaps that can be a January visit.
In the meanwhile, I shall leave you with this message from a queer Santa family I spotted hanging out by someone’s farm gate:
Happy New Year everyone, see you in 2018.