Sunday, 17 December 2017

Spider Ant

This spider ant Leptomyrmex sp was photographed in Ravensbourne National Park in south-east Queensland. This genus of ants is distinctive, with long legs and antennae, and a habit of carrying their gaster (abdomen) raised above their bodies. This enables them to shoot formic acid at any enemy in front of them.

Spider ants can be found in many environments, but especially in damp mountain forest like Ravensbourne.

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Aussie Trip 2017: week 4

This week - views of the country and coast, a bushfire damaged scientific site, A bird fishing (most unexpectedly) and a pile of fish and chips you couldn't jump over.

Friday, 15 December 2017

Things are Grave Part II -- Do Fish Have Nipples?

This bronze fish with breasts was created by the sculptor Alex Berdal in 1990. It bears an inscription Il fait son choix d'anchois et dîne d'une sardine ('He makes his choice of anchovy and dines on a sardine'). The deceased is unnamed. The work is called Poisson Sirène ('Fish Mermaid') and is the first of eight castings in a limited edition.

On our visit to Paris in September we stayed near Montparnasse Cemetery, so naturally we paid it a thorough visit. We will be featuring some of the more interesting graves over the next few weeks.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

The Mini Chateau at Souzay Champigny

We have written about Margaret of Anjou's chateau in Souzay Champigny  before, but it's a lovely building and quite possibly larger than you would suspect.

This is obviously chateau
(and has a board to tell you so)

This shares the same cliff face and  could easily be a part of the chateau
 - you can see the end of the chateau on the right

This is one of those "I could live there" buildings. Not sure about the little hole in the rock place next door, but the staff have to live somewhere...

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

I Don't Know Why

...but this photo, taken a quite while ago now, really amuses me. Maybe it's just my puerile sense of humour...

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Random Cars

... in random places.

When we are out on the road we often see interesting cars. It could be because we are often driving an interesting car and go to places where interesting cars naturally congregate, or it could be just that I notice them. Usually I recognise the car, but sometimes I have to do some research (or ask in a car forum) as I did with the following car:

Salmson 2300 S A slightly poor photo, but it was almost dark when it was taken .
A few weeks before we saw this Jaguar XK120 fixed head coupé (no research necessary there) waiting outside the church in Montresor where a wedding was taking place. It's interesting to note that it had Polish plates, so I wonder if the wedding was something to do with the chateau. (I know, I could do research, but I research cars, not weddings!)

 And then there was the Delahaye in June. Still my favorite random car in a random place.