Thursday, April 29, 2010

Fungus or Resin?

Saw this amazing sight on a tree-trunk (species unknown) the other day - it was just too high up to touch and at first I thought it was some kind of fungus.  After such a wet, Wet season they are everywhere and come in all sorts of shapes, colours and sizes.  But it almost looks as if there's a sort of drip-effect at the bottom so perhaps it's a resin oozing out of the trunk.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Tourism Daintree Region

I'm afraid the Blog has taken a bit of a back seat lately.  My other 'hat' is being secretary of our local volunteer tourism association, Tourism Daintree Region.  We've recently changed our name from Daintree Village Tourism Association so I've been very involved in updating and redesigning much of the original website I put together a few years ago.  And as of yesterday the new website is now 'live' at http://www.daintreetourism.com.au/ !  Phew!

Now I can concentrate on TDR's government grant application, deadline next week, for funding for regional map, picnic tables, signs and brochure racks for the Information Bay the association leases on the approach road to Daintree.

Wish us luck!!!

PS  Sign at the Daintree Village boat ramp - and it's very true.  Lots of crocs in the Daintree!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Why we have no Rambutans ...

The last of the Rambutans!  This tree on the slope in front of the house is the only one still fruiting - the other trees finished a couple of weeks ago.  Oh well, it's quite out of reach to us - this is a fuzzy long zoom shot - so it's nice to see the Macleays Honeyeaters enjoying the fruit.  Mind you, they are also having to compete with hordes of Rainbow Lorikeets for the privilege!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Dusky Honeyeater

A few light showers around today (how dare it on Peter's golf-day!!!) after a fabulous week of sunny days and pleasant temperatures.  We even half a half clean house again ... !  Thank goodness for pressure-cleaners which make light work of the after-effects of one of the wettest wet seasons for the past few years.

This is one of our many Dusky Honeyeaters on the Calliandra behind Sunbird Sanctuary.  And we're still regularly catching fleeting glimpses of the Buff-breasted Kingfishers.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Easter Beetle

Well it's been an interesting Easter - one of the wettest for many years.  And with a 'full house' we have felt very sorry for our guests, especially Anni and Per from Denmark who are here for nine days ... and it has rained every day!  But one unusually fine day we were talking outside their bungalow when this huge green beetle landed on the Jasmine.  Both Per and I grabbed our cameras but could only get a shot of it's underside - it was about 3 cm long and I think it might be a Golden Green Stag, but would be happy if anyone can confirm this?

Several times the bridge was underwater so no-one could go anywhere but everyone said how much they loved our lovely old shed and many a happy hour was spent by everyone - playing darts, reading, sitting in the spa, barbequeing, chatting and enjoying the odd cold glass of something refreshing!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Cassowaries

Do you believe in coincidences?  For some reason just last night I started thinking about Cassowaries and wondering if we will ever see one in our Valley.  They are often sighted north of the Daintree River next to the Cape Tribulation road and just recently one has been sighted at Wild Wings and Swampy Things, Barbara Maslen's property near Daintree Village.  Then this morning one of our guests told us he had seen what had to be a Cassowary footprint on one of our walking tracks here at Daintree Valley Haven!!!  We have a lot of fallen fruit from our Rambutans and Mangosteens so from now on will keep our eyes peeled for large visitors!  (The photo is a 'cheating' one as I took it a few years ago at Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary near Port Douglas - hopefully one day soon I may be able to post a more current one!)