Sunday, 30 September 2018

Cosmophosis


Sitting at the beach after breakfast today a small jumping spider crawled across my tablet as I browsed the internet. I picked it up and let it run around my hands for a while, wondering why I can let a jumping spider do this but wouldn't do it with any other type of spider. There is something different about them, almost pet-like. Unfortunately the photos of this one on my hand didn't come out terribly well, but here it is on the table.

I didn't expect to be able to identify the species using my copy of a Guide to the Spiders of Australia. There are, it says, 385 species of jumping spider in Australia and covers them in just 14 pages and 32 photos. On opening the book and flicking through to the jumping spiders, I was surprised to see what looks very much like this individual photographed and described as an "unidentified Cosmophosis female from north Queensland".

New Holland Publishers really should have a more specialised Guide to the Jumping Spiders of Australia. I would buy it without hesitation.

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Just a little further away than usual on a Sunday

Palm Cove's beach with Trinity Beach at far left
It's quite a long walk from Trinity Beach to Palm Cove, but it's always worth the effort. It's a very nice walk and then you get to crash at a nice spot for a late breakfast. For me it's usually the Chill Cafe, which I heartily recommend.

After breakfast I wandered out along the Palm Cove Jetty to get a photo looking south. I also rested my camera on a cabinet at the end, and zoomed in a bit on a boat I could see on Double Island. I didn't notice until I got home and loaded the photo up on the computer, but it seems someone may have had an even nicer walk.

Lucky bugger

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

The Dry Season has been really, really dry

The ninth at Babinda on Sunday
On Sunday I decided it would be nice to play 18 holes of golf. Weekends can be rather busy on the Cairns courses, so I headed further afield and played nine holes at Babinda and nine holes at Millaa Millaa. I didn't play too well at Babinda, perhaps partly due to falling into the burn on the first hole while trying to retrieve a ball. Millaa Millaa was better with four pars brightening up my day.

Babinda is of course well known as one of the wettest towns in Australia, competing with Tully for the Golden Gumboot each year. Millaa Millaa, up on the Tablelands behind Queensland's highest peak Mt Bartle Frere, is also rather wet. Both are usually emerald green.

With our Wet Season failing to live up to expectations and a Dry season living up to its name, both courses were looking surprisingly brown. I don't think I've seen them as dry as they currently are. Compare the above to the my Wet Season 2016 photos of the course such as this one from the other side of the ninth:


Sunday, 2 September 2018

Just another Sunday at Trinity Beach


It's another beautiful day in Trinity Beach.  I had my usual breakfast of eggs Benedict with prosciutto at a very busy Fratelli's, then wandered to the southern end of the beach. A couple of female dolphins with calves swam past, understandably not interested in interacting with paddle-boarders who went out to meet them. I sat a while, then slowly wandered along the beach to return home.

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Cane fire

It's not often we get a cane fire these days. Most canefields are harvested first and then either have the rubble burned or left to decay. Tonight on the way home I read that there would be a burn at Smithfield as part of Biosecurity Queensland's efforts to control electric ants. The hope is that the fire will mean the cane can be harvested without fire ants in the cut, and that poisoning efforts will be easier with less mulch on the ground afterwards. I stopped by to have a peek. Here's a bit of the action filmed with my mobile phone. The focus is a bit dodgy at the beginning.


It was my first time up close to a cane fire. I was a bit surprised by how quickly it burned out, and by how few animals I saw running out - just one small marsupial I couldn't identify.