Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Earth Wind Map

I've posted it before. I'm finding it tremendously calming to stare at the Earth Wind Map for a while every couple of hours.


I don't know if it will liven up on a blog. I've got it close at hand, the link on my desktop.

Friday, February 20, 2015

A No Writing Day

Yes. You read that right. A Friday, without anything being written or even edited.

The Brunswick River in Flood

I was too restless. Thinking about the weather kept me going most of the day. Now it is still. No wind. Still raining. Though not very heavily. 

We still haven't had our brush of the tail-end of the cyclone. It's doing its thing to Brisbane, then will clean out the Gold Coast. By the time it gets to us it'll just top up the tropical low we have been having for the last three days. But that's all right. 

The above is the result of the 'normal' tropical low that ran concurrently with all the other bad weather, 150 mm of rain (6 inches) that translates to about 250 mm (10 inches) on the ranges and that all has to come down a short tortuous 52 km river to the sea. Flash flooding is the correct terminology. 

But when we do get the wind, I'm expecting that we will lose grown trees. They are sitting in the wet ground. It won't take much to rip them out and throw them over. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Kosi Lionhair back in the Wings.

Selfie 2

The second problem I have had with serialising on the go, that of Kosi Lionhair in particular, is the danger of repeating myself, and then its associated result of cutting too much, which resulted in the confusion last week. 

Probably a particular problem of a pantser (writing without adequate planning) not keeping track of what I was up to. When I began to rewrite the scene, or at least amend it, I discovered a divergence in the next scene after that, wide enough to be called a choose-your-own-adventure. 

I wouldn't mind writing one of those one day but this was not it. The correction began to be difficult and this week I had little time for difficulties. Hence a side-step into another story for a while. 

Sunday, February 15, 2015

My Walks: Sunrise over the Rec Grounds

Sunday, amazing myself, I got out of the house before sunrise!

Dawn sky with moon

Not even one step from the deck I almost flattened a Parasola impatiens. (This not that particular one, but one from a nearby planting site)

Around the corner on the grassed drive a Conocybe-like fruiting body. IE its cap is and stays cone shaped. Already it seemed like it was going to be one of those walks.

A bit like that Flemish folk tale about the woman who was given a magic intercession -- she would be doing the first thing she woke up to all day, she prepared to be measuring cloth, thinking to magically increase it.

She woke and sneezed. And sneezed. And sneezed. Sneezed all day and made the River Schelde. In the same way it turns out that I made a fungi walk. Though ... keep reading ... I did witness the sunrise.

Conocybe-like fruiting body with cinnamon gills. 
Next was a pair of what I decided just now studying the photo ever more carefully were probably a pair of Leucocoprinus sp. Various Leucocoprinus species are probably the most common fruiting bodies to be seen this summer. 

Leucocoprinus sp

Next were a squad of puffballs under a tuckaroo tree. Good to see. Puffballs most often can be seen along roads and beside tracks, in gravel and stones, where in towns they do not survive kids on bikes. These at least got to fruit and spread their spores to the four corners of the town. 

Scleroderma sp
At the moment that the sun rose above my horizon (4 or 5 kilometres inland from the ocean) I was handily checking the High School Carpark for fungi. The glory of sun and clouds distracted me from my bent emu walk. 
Sunrise over Rec Grounds, Mullumbimby

However in the car-park, under the Eucalyptus trees, I discovered my most important find of the walk ... a trio of mycorrhizal boletus-like fungi. Mycorrhizal, in that these fungi are in a symbiotic relationship with trees. 

For four years I'd never found a single fungus fruiting body in the garden beds surrounding this car-park, where nevertheless wood-chip mulch had been kept up to the plantings of native vegetation. Sunday morning I found half a dozen different species. 

Large mustard coloured cap and stem fungus on wood

Trio of delicate Polyporus arcularius

Cymatoderma elegans aka Vase Fungus

A Common (in this area) Jelly Fungus
I'm afraid the Boletus species wasn't very photogenic. My best shot was its pore surface: 

Boletus like, pore surface

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

iPad Art: Happy Face

A Happy Face, 1

A face over a face. (photo)

Nothing like the original.

But I learned the beauty of zooming in for attending to detail and zooming back out.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Writing a Serial: One Problem

Heart-story: Dewdrops and open seedcase on spiderwebbing

In the same way that all these natural elements make up a special little story in nature, so do all the instalments of Kosi Lionhair make up a whole integrated story. 

Or are meant to. 

I have to keep remembering that (1) the elements that I have in the caption to this pic have essentially nothing to do with each other, and have come together serendipitously to be named Heart Story.  

(2) But the bits of Kosi Lionhair are meant to make up a complete integrated story.

One of the problems I have trying to make that come true, is that I can't go back and salt in detail I've only just thought of. As in things that I'm inventing in the present, can't be related to things in the past of the story. Meaning the serialization is in danger of becoming an ongoing sequence of barely tied together events. 

I've already begun to write taking a longer run up, working on three instalments at the time, so I can at least tie detail into up to five instalments. 

One of the problems of being a pantser,  of course. (Plotting on the run, plotting by sliding on the seat of your pants.) As a pantser, I discover things about the world as I'm writing. Normally, IE when I'm not serialising, I can go back forward anywhere to fit in new detail. I feel very constrained in my present serial. 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Velvet Leaf Bush

Photo by R de Heer
Berries on Velvet Bush in my backyard. These are not edible by human beings, by the way. But I planted it and cosseted it because I like the way the berries ripen along their branches. It's called a Velvet Bush because the leaves are velvety to the touch. 

Like several other local native plants/trees, flowers and fruit are carried along bare branches and trunks. Trees such as Coolamon, Pink Euodia and Davidson Plum for those in the know (posts about these may follow in the goodness of time) Some experts say to enable nectar-sipping bats to hold on better.

Unfortunately this Velvet Bush will probably die this winter, as the building just visible through the foliage has had its height increased and no sunshine will reach the bush for a matter of 5 or 6 months. Time will tell and all that. 

So? Have you spotted the large green grasshopper yet?

Monday, February 2, 2015

Finger Painting Narrow Lines


A sketch from scratch, where I find out how hard it is to finger-paint using a narrow line. A second try, a sketch on a photo just confirmed that fact.

'Pen & coloured inks' over a photo

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Green Sun Face Doodle

Green Sun Face?

This is a weird one, you'll admit. I almost didn't post it. 

The point though, at the end, was the fabric swatch half hiding it that came out pretty good. 

Impossible to recollect how I came to this.