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I am a field botanist and vegetation ecologist working in NSW government. I have been photographing many subjects for many years, but favour landscapes and plants (those mostly in macro). I hope you enjoy having a look around a small proportion of my collection, and don't forget to look at my other Panoramio places - Orkology by GregS and Orkology Vegetation Survey. Cheers Greg

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And in 10 seconds you will hear the motor and see the 2 tons Shotover Jetboat come racing down the bend, from the old gold mining machine, at full speed, make a Hamilton Spin before closing in to the landing, where some passengers are waiting their turn, as we did in 1990. A spot and a day to remember.

thank you, Greg! the first time I tried to search orkology in the web I came across an article about orcs study! :-D

Oi Vina

I believe that the following is the likely 'trail of heritage' for this funugs: Cl. Basidiomycetes: SCl. Holobasidiomycetidae: Hymenomycetes: Or. Aphyllophorales: F. Clavariaceae: Ramaria, poss. R. ochraceo-salmonicolor, but I haven't got a confirmation on the name. I have eaten of this species, and found it not unpleasantly 'mushroomy' in flavour. Those in the family that have an unpleasant taste or smell are possibly mildly toxic, so that's a handy marker.

I thank you for your comments in an earlier posting, and agree, to not respect another's language (and cultural traits, etc.) is a sign of significant arrogance. To get along in this frighteningly small globe we have to understand another's viewpoint, but not necessarily agree with them.

Um abraço


Hello Redi

I think I interpret what you are saying to be that you liked my photos, and that I am also a botanist. Thank you for the compliment, and yes, I am a botanist (hence the tagging).


Greg Steebeeke

Hi, Greg.

Yes, you are totally correct! The plant I have seen in your image is quite different from the plant I've photographed. The more impressive to me is the geographical distribution of the taxon: the same species here and there. But plants from coastal regions are, in fact, distributed over large areas... as you said, "it is widely spread by wading birds".

A big hug to you.

btw, Greg, I came to your page looking for onagraceae and rosaceae to compare with a photo of mine. my penpal Silvia said this one could be an onagraceae but she´s not sure. Vinicius thinks it may be a rubus (rosaceae). do you have a guess?

This was just at sunset, about a day before full. There was some dust around, but not much as there was one of the best rain events of recent months about three days earlier.

Thanks for the comment.



Well, the bites are little, but have a lasting effect!. Actually, this isn't my part of the world. It's about 300km away to the east, on the coast. As Australia is back-to-front compared to North America, our high range (a mere 1500m) is very close to the east coast, so the scene here is not like what we have around home. Much of Australia is in what would be best described as a rain shadow.

Where I live is here, or for a more realistic view of the scene last week, look at the pelican fishing in a puddle - the puddle is of course a farm dam. The area near the top of the range (the Great Dividing Range) is about half-way tot he coast. About a month ago it looked like this scene at Deepwater River - which is a good trout stream by the way, although the trout are intrduced.

Cheers, Greg

We visited this site in March 2007 and found it dry, but completely covered with growth over 2 metres high.

The green is the leaves, each one is bipinnate with the lobes soft (firm) but with hard tips (almost pungent...) This is looking down onto the flowering branch from above the apex. The leaves are individually about 12 to 15cm long (including petiole), alternate, almost helical.

The family is named for Proteus - a shape-shifter.



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