For me, Art summons up a feeling of life and energy. It is part of mankind, our first artworks were scratched into stone. I am mostly inspired by colour, natural sculptures, love the diversity, subtle designs and colours of lichen and fungi which I find in my garden. For me Art is and has always been a vast and profound exploration.
Lichen on bush rock;
Gifts of the sea; fantastic patterns and subtle colours.
The platypus is a semiaquatic mammal endemic to eastern Australia, including Tasmania. Together with the four species of echidna, it is one of the five extant species of monotremes, the only mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth.
The unusual appearance of this egg-laying, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed mammal baffled European naturalists when they first encountered it, with some considering it an elaborate fraud.
It is one of the few venomous mammals, the male platypus having a spur on the hind foot that delivers a venom capable of causing severe pain to humans. The unique features of the platypus make it an important subject in the study of evolutionary biology and a recognizable and iconic symbol of Australia;
Scientific name: Ornithorhynchus anatinus
Lifespan: 17 y (In captivity)
Mass: 0.7 – 2.4 kg
Daily sleep: 14 h on average
Length: 50 cm on average (Male, Adult), 43 cm on average (Female, Adult)
September/October is the time for Hippies. I love these bold, look at me, Hippeastrums.
In the beginning I had one bulb.A couple of years later later I received 2 more from a friend, then the fun began. Hippeastrums produce a very generous amount of seed. Now I have borders full of a great variety, from white, pink, red, orange, striped and nuances in between. It takes three years from seed to flower. The leaves die in the cool season and start to grow in September again.
It all started with one like this red, bold bloom. Some flowers have round curved petals others are star like; Last year I added plain white and a dark plain pink for even more variety.
Orange fizz has narrow petals and a very beautiful pattern. It is always fun to see what nature produces.
White Tip has subtle white tips on its curved petals.
Starlight; it's also fun to give the new ones individual names;
The red string of fate, or the the red thread of destiny, red thread of fate, and more variants is an East Asian belief originating from Chinese and
Japanese legends. According to this myth, the gods tie a red cord around the ankles of those that are to meet one another in a certain situation or help each other in a certain way. .