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Monday, 17 December

19:33

2018 Image of the Year Awards Goldfields Image Makers


The Award Winners

Image of the Year

Winner

Ron Gale

Gaze of a Child

Adrian Cook Award

Winner

Jenny Donhardt

Most Improved

Ken Lowery Award

Winner

Ron Gale

Childrens Portrait

People's Choice

Winner

Ron Gale

Gaze of a Child

Experienced Colour Print

First Place

Ron Gale

Gaze of a Child

Experienced Mono Print

First Place

Ron Gale

Stillness

Novice Colour Print

First Place

Jenny Donhardt

Balls

Novice Mono Print

First Place

Brent Fairchild

Concentration


Experienced Colour Print

First Place

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17:52

FOBIF breakup in Walmer Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forests

About 20 people gathered at Walmer last Monday for the FOBIF end of the year BBQ. It was perfect weather for a relaxed and enjoyable end of the year celebration.

Looking north-west at Walmer. Photo by Harley Parker

Lynette, Harley and Rex relaxing.

The FOBIF committee wishes all friends of our forests a happy Christmas and a great new year. Our 2018 walks program will soon be available. Well see you in the bush in the new year!

17:09

Last weekend for nature photography show at Newstead Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forests

This weekend (22-23 December) is the last one for the Nature Photography in the Goldfields exhibition by Patrick Kavanagh, Geoff Park and Bronwyn Silver at the Newstead Railway Arts Hub. The Hub will be open from 10am 4pm.

Dusky Woodswallows. Photo by Geoff Park

Echidna. Photo by Patrick Kavanagh

Emerging Yellow Gum blossom. Photo by Bronwyn Silver

07:55

Black-fronted Dotterel nesting Natural Newstead

It appears this latest burst of summer rain may have spurred on a surge of breeding before the hot weather kicks again.

This Black-fronted Dotterel found a typically risky location to lay its eggs on the edge of a driveway near Pound Lane. The two beautifully camouflaged eggs blend seamlessly into the surrounding gravel. While the location may appear unusual it enables the adults to leave the eggs safely exposed at the slightest hint of danger.

Black-fronted Dotterel, Pound Lane Newstead, 16th December 2018

Sunday, 16 December

18:00

Sweet Bursaria, Bok Choy and Leek a recipe for pollinators Natural Newstead

Sweet Bursaria (Bursaria spinosa) is a prickly bush, indigenous to our area, with sprays of white flowers in early summer. Weve had a few specimens on our place and have been lucky to augment them with plants grown by Frances Cincotta from seeds in our own lane in Strangways. The ones we planted in our front yard, free from grazing pressure, have a profusion of small, delicate flowers at present.

Sweet Bursaria (Bursaria spinosa)

Sweet Bursaria

The plant takes its name from the purse-shaped seed pods. As the plants have been flowering over some time, there are seed pods forming alongside new flowers.

Sweet Bursaria seed pod

Sweet Bursaria seed pod.

Slender Bee Flies (Geron sp.) are frequent visitors to the flowers at present and make great subjects as they dont seem bothered by the proximity of the camera.

Bee Fly - Geron sp.

Slender Bee Fly

I love the way these flies so often seem to have pollen grains on their eyes. Their long probosces are great for going deep into flowers. I am also fascinated by the intricate details of all fly species, especially around their thoraces where the wings join on.

Bee fly - Geron sp.

Slender Bee Fly up even closer

Red and Blue Beetles (Dicranolaius sp) have also been enjoying the bounty.

Red and Blue Beetle - Dicranolaius

Red and Blue Beetle

On one plant, I thought this Rhytidoponera ant was doing some pollinating, as ants are very important in this area. But on close inspection, she seemed more intent on the seed pod, from which a few bites had been taken.

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