Tuesday, April 01, 2008

A drive in the country

Lately we've felt a bit stuck in a fairly predictable routine so on Sunday we decided to just get in the Car and go for a drive... (sometimes it just has to be done)

We headed down the track to Howard Springs to visit the nature reserve and had quite a nice time showing the kids all the fish and turtles that live in the spring fed pool. For a while we were the only ones there and could watch the giant Barramundi cruising the slightly turbid water. This place used to be packed with people by 11:00 am but since a dangerous bacteria has been found in the water and people can't swim it has been mainly left to the fish.

fish ?
A fish

While leaning over the pool to get a better shot through my polarizing filter I accidentally unscrewed it and dropped it in the water! I could see it but was forbidden from jumping in because of the health risk. So we spent about fifteen minutes trying unsuccessfully to fish it out with a pool scoop. "Oh the cleverness of me".

Thankfully the Ranger was very kind and persisted scouring the murky bottom of the pool and caught us as we were leaving. What a girl! I didn't want to bother her because she had her hands full shooing people out of the water, (nobody reads the signs you know) but she was determined to reunite me with my gear.

Hibiscus, 2 species
Two wild Hibiscus
(Native Hibiscus meraukensis and the introduced Hibiscus sabdariffa)

On the way back to town we saw some beautiful native Hibiscus meraukensis flowers and caught a great shot of a Yellow-spotted monitor. All up it was a pretty cool trip, although I'm still trying to get the grit out of my lens filter...

Yellow-spotted Monitor
Yellow spotted monitor


Meu Jardim said...

I have a question for you about Hibiscus meraukensis. Please contact me.

David J said...

Sorry Meu but your profile is hidden. I can't see your contact info.