Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Rod, Peta and Jayshree at Thailicious

We had a great meal, dining semi al fresco, upstairs in this very pleasant restaurant.

Celebrating Jessies return from California

We gathered tonight for a dinner at Thailicious in Darwin's restaurant strip , in Mitchell Street.
Pauline, Karen and Jessie (with Rod in background)

The beard is getting better!

The beard is back and getting greyer (so is the hair!).

Friday, February 24, 2006

Book Sculpture

Book Sculpture
Originally uploaded by gwENvision.
Not my photo, but an interesting library sculpture.
The name of this installation is "Good as Gold" by the artist Donald Lipski and is found at the new Country Club Plaza branch of the Kansas City Public Library.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Curlew CDU

Curlews are well camouflaged.

Curlew at rest CDU

The Curlews tend to nest in really basic situations, often near this car park.

Curlew at dusk CDU

The Curlews were still near the car park. They tend to run away, but allowed me to take some more images.

Curlew in university car park

We often see these in the university car park on our walk to the library. I grabbed this shot on the way in this morning.

see Wikipedia entry on Curlews

Monday, February 20, 2006

Lotus Blossom Fogg Dam

Delighful Lotus Flower at Fogg Dam.

Another dragonfly on boardwalk at Fogg Dam

Quite a colourful dragonfly.

DragonFly on Lily pad

Many dragonflies were seen on our walk.

Water lily @Fogg Dam

Such lovely blooms.

A small chocolate block for my birthday.

Originally uploaded by topend.
This was a delighful gift from Leigh and family

Skink and fungi

Seen at Fogg Dam.

Fungus at Fogg Dam

Some brightly coloured Fungi.

Well protected

Don't go down to the woods today without protection!

Woodlands to Waterlily Walk

It was worth the mosquito bites to see this!
Its a 45 minute 2.2 km walk, which begins in a fringing forest into the wetland

For more information about Fogg Dam see:
Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve

On the Woodlands to Waterlily Walk at Fogg Dam

I went on a nice walk with Karen on the boardwalk in this forest to wetland area.

Crimson Finch at Fogg Dam

Seen also at Fogg Dam, these are quite common there.

Kookaburra @ Fogg Dam

Seen on the road out of Fogg Dam

Kingfisher@Fogg Dam

Kingfisher at Fogg Dam

Saturday, February 18, 2006

The cruise ship "Oriana" leaves Darwin

Darwin was busy with tourists as the Oriana spent a day in port. It was leaving as we arrived for dinner at The Jetty for dinner.

Sharing my birthday dinner with Pauline

Pauline's birthday is two days after mine so we enjoyed a dinner with colleague Karen @The Jetty, Darwin Wharf Precinct

Karen and Pauline@ The Jetty for birthday

Karen and Pauline at The Jetty, Darwin Wharf precinct

Friday, February 17, 2006

Interesting light in Darwin

Together with the sunset, the light was interesting at the Darwin Wharf Precinct.

Ship at sunset Darwin Wharf

It was quite dramatic light at sunset last night.

Sunset at the Wharf

Typical wet season sunset at the wharf precinct in Darwin. Popular eating spot for locals and tourists

Thursday, February 16, 2006


This grows in my driveway at Karama. Pauline tells me its Ixoria.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Raffle prize Valentines Day, Rapid Creek, Darwin

I really enjoyed Valentines Day! I went to dinner at the Beachfront Hotel with Pauline and Karen and I won the Jacobs Creek raffle prize, wine, chocolates, a nice Jacobs Creek apron and chocolate kissing paint!!

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Belly view of Frog at Howard Springs

This frog was enjoying insects attracted to the light in the kitchen at Howard Springs.

Sunday morning storm

Taken from my front door at Karama,this is a rather noisy thunderstorm early on Sunday morning, with lots of thunder and lightning.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Blue-faced Honeyeater

Another example of bird life in the Top End, a Blue-faced Honeyeater

Torresian Imperial pigeon

This Torresian Imperial pigeon I saw at Howard Springs property.


Annie, a Golden Retriever I have been minding at Howard Springs.

Rainy morning at Howard Springs

Lovely tropical downpour at Howard Springs