Monday, 29 June 2009
Wednesday, 24 June 2009
As we walked down to the exhibition room the passage wall was decorated with a stylised map of the voyage and quotes from Darwin's diary - it felt like you were 'sailing' the route of the Beagle.
...and it was fantastic to see some of the actual items collected on the voyage. These are some of the crabs he collected, now normally housed in Oxford University Museum of Natural History.
It still amazes me that he was so interested in everything at such a young age.
Saturday, 6 June 2009
We got quite distracted from the fungi at one stage when an Otway Snail was found crawling up a clay bank. (Do snails crawl?) It's a big snail, with a shiny black shell, and this one was fully stretched out. When we disturbed it it quickly tucked away its eyes so we had to wait a minute or two for a 'photo opportunity'. This snail, Victaphanta compacta, is rare and Endangered, is found only in this rainforest and is carnivorous (it eats worms and other snails). We were amazed at how big its foot was.
Friday, 5 June 2009
Austropaxillus infundibuliformis - forked gills
Don't know, but it's a bracket fungus
Possibly Aleuria aurantia Orange-peel Fungus
Dermocybe austroveneta - simple gills
One of the coral fungi
Thursday, 4 June 2009
We didn't have to walk far to find the fungi. It was everywhere, in numbers and variety. We had a fine time despite the drizzle and the occasional leech. Valda, Polly and I took hundreds of photos, Lynne took her binoculars to look for birds and a plastic bag to pick up rubbish but spent most of her time looking for fungi. We only got lost once.
I'll post some pretty pictures later but in the meantime here are some photos of some of the fungi we found covered in fungi or mould. I'll need to do some research to find out what is going on. Any suggestions welcome.