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Early Winter in Our Bit of Bush.

It's early winter here & this is just a glimpse in our bit of bush (yard).

Jake on our 'Camel Rock'.


"Hello Jake".


A Micro Cave! Under a small rock overhang. :\


A grove of Turpentine trees (Syncarpia glomulifera). They can explode in severe bush fires.


Banksia spinulosa


Casuarina (I'd have to do some more looking up to know which one though).


Acacia (wattle, one of many species). In bud to flower later in the year.


Some exposed rock showing the layers, tilted & then layered again


And lastly, a bit of blue sky above Pittosporum undulatum, more Casurina, Banksia integrifolia & a leaning Eucalypt


I hope you liked these (& more in my Four Thirds User gallery)

All taken with E-M1 & (with MMF-3) ZD14-54 II lens.

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Re: Early Winter in Our Bit of Bush.

Thanks for showing what is Jakes pedigree?
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Re: Early Winter in Our Bit of Bush.

Wish we had winters like that, or summers even!
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Re: Early Winter in Our Bit of Bush.

Nice set Ross. Very striking new growth on the "Casuarina"
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Re: Early Winter in Our Bit of Bush.

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Thanks for showing what is Jakes pedigree?
Thanks Ed. Jake is a (13 year old) Cocker Spoodle (I believe, English Cocker Spaniel X Miniature Poodle).

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Wish we had winters like that, or summers even!
Thanks. Sometimes the summers make me wish I was over there. We got up to 44.7 degrees on one particular day (18/1/2013) here, but SA & northern VIC got up 50 degrees.

Tonight is blowing a little with the temperature dropping & tomorrow will bring (according to the forecast) some snow down to 1000m in the Central Tablelands (of which the Blue Mountains is part of) & down to 600m over the Snowy Mountains (NSW & VIC) (Southern Tablelands).

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Nice set Ross. Very striking new growth on the "Casuarina"
Thanks Conor. That Casuarina I've shown here is correctly known as an Allocasuarina & commonly known as 'She-oak'. That new growth is actually the female flower & usually a plant is either male or female. I think one of our plants has both flowers on it, but I will have to double check.

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The family Casuarinaceae extends from Australia to the islands of the Pacific and to Southeast Asia. Formerly, all species were included in a single genus, Casuarina, but accumulated evidence from morphology, anatomy, cytology, and biogeography resulted in the recognition of four genera: Allocasuarina, Casuarina, Ceuthostoma, and Gynznostoma.
It appears we only have a few Allocasuarina species growing across the Blue Mountains.
I have more photos which I will put into a new thread as I get time & I will place a link to it from here as there are more details I'd like to share about these plants.

Thanks for all the replies.

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Re: Early Winter in Our Bit of Bush.

We've had some gale force winds yesterday & are expecting more today & the leaning tree in the above last photo (seen in bottom right corner) Has leaned too far.





Thankfully we can cut this one up ourselves & no real damage is done (apart from a bent wire fence & broken Allocasuarina), with this much hanging over in our neighbours place.



We also have to clean our house up for visiting family etc.

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Re: Early Winter in Our Bit of Bush.

Ross - We drove from Tooleybuc to home in those gale force winds yesterday. We hung on tight! I was very glad the road on the whole, wasn't through trees! It is lovely to live amongst trees but scary when strong winds blow. We were away for 4 days and have 74 mls of rain in the gauge, so winter has arrived.
I hope your damage isn't too bad.
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Ross - We drove from Tooleybuc to home in those gale force winds yesterday. We hung on tight! I was very glad the road on the whole, wasn't through trees! It is lovely to live amongst trees but scary when strong winds blow. We were away for 4 days and have 74 mls of rain in the gauge, so winter has arrived.
I hope your damage isn't too bad.
That's a bit scary driving in those conditions & my wife had to stay up the Mountains a couple of hours longer yesterday because the highway was closed with a tree fallen on a car (& power lines), so she went to the pub & ordered a steak & glass of wine until it was cleared. The long way around is Bells Line of Road & that is dark & winding (in spots) with trees & not a good choice in those conditions & it also was blocked later with a fallen tree too.

Not much damage here. It just means there is another tree to cut up & more reason for our old neighbours to panic & complain (about leaves & twigs) again.

I keep checking the large tree (Eucalyptus scoparia) in our front yard we planted over 20 years ago which has grown much larger than it should have. I use my camera with the level to check its lean. It is going to 'cost a bit' when it eventually has to come down. And then, what to do with all the wood.....? I have enough for a few years already, with more dead trees to come down as well.
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That's a bit scary driving in those conditions & my wife had to stay up the Mountains a couple of hours longer yesterday because the highway was closed with a tree fallen on a car (& power lines), so she went to the pub & ordered a steak & glass of wine until it was cleared. The long way around is Bells Line of Road & that is dark & winding (in spots) with trees & not a good choice in those conditions & it also was blocked later with a fallen tree too.

Not much damage here. It just means there is another tree to cut up & more reason for our old neighbours to panic & complain (about leaves & twigs) again.

I keep checking the large tree (Eucalyptus scoparia) in our front yard we planted over 20 years ago which has grown much larger than it should have. I use my camera with the level to check its lean. It is going to 'cost a bit' when it eventually has to come down. And then, what to do with all the wood.....? I have enough for a few years already, with more dead trees to come down as well.

I like your wife's style!
We have a E. Sideroxylon on our front boundary, close to power lines and with many forked branches. Something has to give one day and we will probably wipe out power to the neighbourhood. I have shown it to the power people when they do their trimming, but they are hopeless and usually take off branches that are quite ok!
I am glad the tree missed your pretty little pink Kangaroo Paw.
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Re: Early Winter in Our Bit of Bush.

Nice images but you call that winter Ross!!
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Nice images but you call that winter Ross!!
Thanks, but it is an Australian winter. At least they're getting snow on the Snowy Mountains which makes the skiers happy (& the ski resorts being able to make some money) without resorting to patches of snow from a snow machine.

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Re: Early Winter in Our Bit of Bush.

You've shown your bit of bushland in its winter garb superbly, Ross. The she oak tree in bloom is quite amazing - I've sween many a she oak in my time but never in flower as you've shown one here.

The first shot scared me at first, I thought is was a huge Croc from the Mary River - I had to have a double brandy to settle me down, mate!
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