Daily Archives: September 28, 2006

And just WHO are these mosaic addicts?

Almost complete, originally uploaded by GeoWombats.

Well, I’m Donna and I’m the person who volunteered to set up the blog so I figure that I’d better put my money where my mouth is since I agreed with Sandy’s idea of Mosaic Addicts doing a little bio post on themselves. This is a picture of me in June this year with my very first mosaic just waiting to be grouted. The turtle was inspired by Tongan ngatu designs which are a part of my heritage. Yep, I’m an absolute beginner and enthusiastic amateur. I’m constantly learning and my ideas are always way, way, way ahead of my skills and experience.
The lesson learned from this mosaic is that pool tiles are really hard to break! And draw in your borders right from the beginning before you stick anything down LOL.
I like taking photos and if you check out my flickr pages there is a set about mosaics I have photographed in Darwin, Australia.
I also keep a mosaics themed blog which started as a place to file away pics of great mosaics, useful information etc and which now seems to have a regular following.
I’m a great believer in people needing to feel passionate about something and in also needing to have a creative outlet. Mosaics seems to be the one for me which is just as well as I cannot knit and crochet or do the traditional women’s crafts. And while I can be creative in the kitchen, it doesn’t exactly last long enough! I get much more excited going to the local hardware store to investigate new glues and grout.

 

Superhero Mum, originally uploaded by GeoWombats.

And this is me in SuperMum mode wearing a slightly too large stinger suit because I also like to sail baby boats aka toppers. Official uniform for MozAddicts Wildlife Warriors maybe? šŸ˜‰

 

 

Friday Roundup

No, I’m not talking about weedkiller šŸ˜›

For a blog that is not even a week old, our blog stats are pretty darn good. On our best day we had 261 views come in. From my experience with blogs it usually takes weeks to months to get that number. And we will get more over the next couple of weeks since I have been leaving the link for this site on flickr whenever I use a photo from there and I have mentioned this project on a few sites. Feel free to link to the website.

And we must be getting bigger as I deleted the first three spambot spam comments today. Our presence has been detected out there in the blogosphere LOL.

Sandy is busy writing up some fact pages on mesh and everything you could possible want to know for this project. I don’t know where she finds the time as she is an incredibly busy lady.

Remember if there is any info you want to see on this blog, any questions you want answered or if you just want to say hi….. leave a comment! I am happy to find pics or hassle whoever I need to hassle [sweetly] to get the appropriate answers.

There’s a Making a Mosaic FAQ category on the right which allows you pull up all the technical info really easily.

I’ve happily been posting Aussie wildlife pics for the Inspiration section. I’ve fallen in love with Bundy the rescued wombat and Dave, the bearded dragon. If you click on the photos you will be taken to the original photos where I encourage you all to leave some feedback for the original photographer. The photos out there are amazing.

Have a terrific weekend folks!

-Donna

Camels from Oz

People don’t associate camels with typical Aussie wildlife but they are very much part of the Australian outback.

Loneliness of the Long Distance Camel, originally uploaded by aaardvaark.

 

During the last four decades of the 19th century and the first years of the 20th, Afghan cameleers formed the core of every major expedition into Australia’s central desert region and provided transport and communication links with sheep and cattle farms, mining projects and religious missions on the desert fringe. Their camels, which foraged on semi-desert plants and could go for days without water, were faster and cheaper than horse or bullock transport.

 

 

Australian camel, originally uploaded by WindeBabe.

 

 

2003.08.01, originally uploaded by natmeister.

 

As the demand for this transport increased, hundreds of Afghans travelled to Australia on three-year work contracts. Low wagesā€”in the 1880s between Ā£3 and Ā£4 a month or about a quarter of the amount paid to bullock team driversā€”ensured that most remained in Australia. Many married and established families. Afghan settlements, later known as Ghantowns, sprang up around shipping ports and outback railheads in South Australia, New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia.

 

 

Tanami Track – Merciless, originally uploaded by Zwergie.

 

There are now significant populations of wild camels in various parts of Australia. Some are exported back to the Middle East as they are very healthy diverse stock and do well in the camel racing industry. Some end up as roadkill and others as camel burgers.

 

 

Camel – Australia, originally uploaded by Luca Zappa.

The Ray Martin interview with Terri Irwin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHb3etpiBLY #1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWGnnyTr7RA #2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5M1CaqTXdA #3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pk5NhT0y0sQ #4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxnwKg6wsqg #5

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lUvyIymDwY #6
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPPpT4L74lY #7

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Beg9pALDtU #8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8THuDAqnDQ #9

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zm7FraHmRw0 #10

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56i243cK7dM #11

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiISqwfAdXg #12

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvMm2_E033k #13

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klAJgJnGLck #14

Make sure the tissues are handy…

Not exactly the archives mate…

I needed an antidote to all of the schmoopy tributes out there with low resolution pics against bad country music…

His family loved him because he was passionate and fun. So this little clip seemed appropriate šŸ˜‰

Wallabies

Swimming Wallaby, originally uploaded by knowhowe.

Swamp Wallaby with a joey in her pouch, originally uploaded by Fifila.

 

Wallabies are the smaller members of the macropod family ie too small to be kangaroos.

Wallabies are not a distinct biological group. Nevertheless they fall into several broad categories. Typical wallabies of the Macropus genus, like the Agile Wallaby (Macropus agilis), and the Red-necked Wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus) are most closely related to the kangaroos and wallaroos and, size aside, look very similar. These are the ones most frequently seen, particularly in the southern states.

Rock wallabies (genus Petrogale), rather like the goats of the northern hemisphere, specialise in rugged terrain and have modified feet designed to grip rock with skin friction rather than dig into soil with large claws. There are at least fifteen species and the relationship between several of them is poorly understood. Several are endangered. Captive rock wallaby breeding programs like the one at Healesville Sanctuary have had some success and a small number have recently been released into the wild.

The Banded Hare-Wallaby (Lagostrophus fasciatus) is thought to be the last remaining member of the once-numerous subfamily Sthenurinae, and although once common across southern Australia, is now restricted to two islands off the Western Australian coast which are free of introduced predators. It is not as closely related to the other hare wallabies (genus Lagorchestes) as the hare wallabies are to the other wallabies.

New Guinea, which was until fairly recent geological times a part of mainland Australia, has at least five species of wallaby.

There are a few places around the world where wallaby escapees have formed their own colonies. Sometimes this has meant the survival of that particular type of wallaby. the Hunter Hills behind Waimate, South Canterbury, New Zealand is one such place. Another significant colony could once be found on the island of Inchconnachan in Loch Lomond in Scotland with the occasional wallaby getting to the mainland if the loch froze over. The Peak District in England is another area where wallabies can be found.

 

Rock wallaby, originally uploaded by Timmy Toucan.

Wallaby on Kangaroo Island, originally uploaded by Shari.