These photos are both late (for Terri’s Sunday stills challenge) and early.

The rain moth (Trictena atripalpis, or bardee grub), pupates under the ground and appears in late August, either just before or after heavy rains.


I usually see a complete, empty ‘cartridge’ but not this time. The entire shell and moth is about 8cm or 3in. I worked at a school where, at this time, a large section of the grounds was littered with them (right, Kathy? ).

In the case of these shells and moth, it was before. And now I know, like a line of ants, they’ll be my warning of rain.

But while I searched for candidates to photograph, I also found this emerging mushroom.

Bright flower

I first thought this bright flower, glowing on an overcast day, was a hibiscus but as I shot it, I wondered if it was something else, the flower being small and inverted.

I’m sure if anyone reads this and can identify my entry in Cee’s FOTD, they’ll tell me. I really should have found an identifier.

Public Art when you don’t expect it.

The Arboretum, in Canberra, features both expected art and the unexpected.

Given that it is place of trees, I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised to find a bonsai pavillion, artfully arranged.

The main building is architecturally beautiful, right from the walkway to the entrance, featuring metal plates depicting flora.

A playground, appearing as a gumnut sculpture, was well-attended.

On the way to the Himalayan Cedar forest, we saw this eye-catching sculpture, but I couldn’t find the creator’s name, anywhere. As you can see, I circled it, looking. Later, a Google search revealed that :

This sculpture, A Backwards Attitude, represents a pivotal point in technology, its effects on our lives, and our need to recognise that.  The work asserts that the entire world is available for digital consumption. By Louis Pratt, Cold cast aluminium, steel and fibreglass.

We sat to eat our lunch at wide brown land, an artwork by Marcus Tatton, Futago and Chris Viney, celebrating Dorothea Mackellor’s famous Australian poem, My Country, written in 1908. The piece was inspired by her cursive handwriting and is made of Corten steel plate and cold bent steel rod.

With over 100 forests and a multitude of walks, the Arboretum provided more than we anticipated.

The interior of the main building has high exposed beams and large windows expose sweeping views that can be enjoyed while you appreciate the cafe fare, after visiting the display tables and gift shop.

if you’re in Canberra, put it on your itinerary.