Friday, November 30, 2007

Friday night at the Darwin Sailing Club

Hugh and I spent a few hours enjoying a meal and then the company of Jayshree,Peter and Julie. It was as usual a warm steamy tropical night with the occasional nice sea breeze.
Lots of chat...
Hugh and Peter

Julie Jayshree

Peter Hugh Julie Jayshree

There was also a princess who was delightfully sitting under the tap having a cooling shower
wet princess
Keeping cool2

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Stoke's Hill Wharf and Star Gemini cruise ship

Hugh and I spent some time on Sunday afternoon weather watching at Stoke's Hill Wharf and then observed the cruise ship Star Gemini motor away from Darwin after its one day stay.
There were fairly spectacular storm clouds and some distant lightning but it seemed to blow past us and there was no rain although some strong breezes. The cruise ship Star Gemini sailed away fairly briskly and we watched its passage as we drove back down to Fannie Bay.
Stokes Hill Wharf Darwin
Storm over Darwin Harbour

Star Gemini

Star Gemini

Star Gemini

Darwin Sailing Clubs Annual Presentation night

I was asked to take photographs for the Darwin Sailing Clubs Annual Presentation Night celebrating the 2007 racing season. These are a few of the over 300 I shot over 4 hours.... relax, I won't include them all!

Sunset Fannie Bay Darwin Sailing Club
The junior squad has some keen young sailors
After the presentations and dinner it was time to dance for those with the energy or to stand on the cliff tops and get the sea breeze

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Friday evening and Saturday morning

Hugh and I enjoyed the cool breezes at the Darwin Sailing Club on Friday evening.IMG_0652
Darwin Sailing Club.

On Saturday morning we walked to the local primary school to vote and I spotted this lizard called locally a Ta-Ta also known as a Gilbert's Dragon Lophognathus gilberti
Ta Ta

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Visit to Palmerston campus

Palmerston campus Charles Darwin University

I needed to spend an hour or so at the Palmerston campus on Thursday.
Its such an attractive campus although sadly the resident goannas seem to have fallen to poisoning by eating Cane Toads

Lake Palmerston campus Charles Darwin University
Lake Palmerston campus Charles Darwin University

Moths view of gecko

I cannot get much closer! Moths eye view of gecko.
Waiting for  feed
Moths eye view of gecko2
Moths eye view of gecko

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Update on Cicadas

I discovered this tonight... A couple of empty nymphal skins from Cicada
on one of our garden trees
One of two  empty nymphal cicada skins
cicada empty nymphal skin
Its interesting to read that Cicada live under ground in the nymph stage for 6-7 years then come above ground, leave their empty nymphal skin on a tree and then have a short life as an adult living then only a few weeks.See this link for more information.
cicada empty nymphal skin 2

Monday, November 19, 2007


This Cicada chose Keira's green singlet to rest on.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Storm on the way home

Hugh was working today at Window on the Wetlands[see this link] so I met him there for lunch. I met his workmate Wendy.
Butterfly at  Window over the Wetland

On the way home we had to drive through
some spectacular thunderstorms.
Storm over Darwin