Whilst holidaying in Bali earlier this year, I came across some beautiful painting for sale, the colours were amazing, so I couldn’t resist in capturing a few photos of this wonderful artwork.
The crested pigeon is a bird found widely throughout mainland Australia except for the far northern tropical areas. It is the only member of the genus Ocyphaps. There are only two Australian pigeon species that possess an erect crest, being the crested pigeon and the spinifex pigeon. The crested pigeon is the larger of the two species. The crested pigeon is sometimes incorrectly referred to as a topknot pigeon, however the topknot pigeon, or Lopholaimus antarcticus is a different species altogether, and has a red-brown crest that does not stand erect
These gorgeous little fellows are just about everywhere in Bali. They are very curios and can be quite friendly, even touchable at times. They are not known to carry the Rabies virus (which is good to know) They are very quick and can be hard to get a good photo of, if you don’t have the patients.
The Plantain Squirrel is extremely adaptable, occurring in a wide range of habitats including secondary and coastal forest, mangrove, plantations, parklands and semi-urban areas. Diurnal in habits it feeds mainly on fruits, especially those planted by man such as Rambutan and Jackfruit, however it will also eat insects such as ants.
It is easily identified by the two cream and black stripes on the sides, the orange belly, and the lack of a pale spot behind the ear. The upper side is brown. As with most other Callosciurus species, the nest consists of a spherical arrangement of twigs and leaves, lined with fur and with a round entrance hole. This can be located from around 5 metres above the ground to much greater heights where the canopy allows.
The species ranges from Southern Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia to Sumatra, Java, Bali, Lombok and Borneo. In Singapore it is abundant and has adapted well to urbanization. Six subspecies are recognised.
WA Christmas Tree or Nuytsia floribunda is a true mistletoe. It is a root parasite that does not grow directly on the host plant. It can grow to 10 meters in height.
This highly adaptable plant is able to survive in paddocks where all native vegetation has been removed and replaced exclusively by introduced grasses. Also despite its spectacular flowers and ornamental desirability for garden use, it will hunt down the roots of most plants within a 50 meter radius and unless they can quickly develop alternative roots, will die within a few years. Nuytsia floribunda is difficult to permanently remove, as they will rapidly re-grow their trunk if knocked over, providing the root system is not too badly damaged.
The WA Christmas Tree tends to flower over the Christmas period, but most young or small plants will not flower at all unless there has been a bushfire, when most will bloom prolifically.
While they will not make a good addition to the home garden, they are a visual pleasure in the bush over the Christmas period.
I believe that this is one of Western Australia’s most beautiful native trees.
Merry Christmas to all, I hope it’s a good one.
The Indiana Tea House is one of my favorite restaurants in Perth, not only for it’s wonderful food, service & décor, but the view over Cottesloe Beach is spectacular.
Indiana takes its name from “The Indiana Tea House”, a humble ice cream parlour built in 1910. Originally a pit stop for the playground that was Cottesloe Beach, “The Indiana Tea House” served folk dressed in modest bathing suits, caps and trunks from a small shack-like composite. In the 1920’s the venue and its expansive lawns played host to couples dancing cheek to cheek.
More recently Indiana was redeveloped in 1996 to the building we know today. Operating as a restaurant from this time onwards, the architect has created an amazing building that seems to rise effortlessly from the snow-white beach sand.
Today, Indiana forms a part of Chris Taylor’s ‘family’ of four landmark restaurant and function facilities. With all establishments boasting spectacular locations, Indiana is the only coastal property of the group. Unique in its own way, Indiana is a multipurpose venue. As a relaxed beach bistro or a beautiful exclusive function facility, Indiana is one of Perth’s premier restaurant caterers.