My entry will form part of an exhibition at the Arts and Ecology Centre at Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens from 5 to 25 November 2015.
This award is being funded by the Sunshine Coast Council Environment Levy, and aims to raise awareness of the beauty and significance of the environment to assist the broader community to take ownership of the natural values which support their lifestyles and livelihoods.
My entry consisted of three photos taken in the Sunshine Coast Council area over the past 12 months - I called it 'Sea, Soil & Sky', and it reflects the diversity of wildlife and habitats in our region.
The photo of the Green Tree Snake is the one that's been selected, and it will appear in the exhibition under the title 'New Life'.
Here's some more info about all the pics!
This is a Glaucus marginatus, a tiny blue nudibranch found in temperate and tropical waters of the Pacific Ocean. My husband and I found this one washed up on Yaroomba Beach, where we scooped out a hollow in the sand so the nudibranch could float while I took these shots. These tiny creatures, with a ‘wingspan’ of under a centimetre, float upside down on the surface tension of the water. They eat parts of hydrozoans such as Portuguese Men o’ War (blue bottles) and Porpita porpita (blue buttons) and store the stingers in their ‘cereta’, the finger-like protrusions along the side of their body. Sunshine Coast beach-combing certainly has its rewards!
This baby Green Tree Snake (Dendrelaphis punctulata) paid a visit to our patio in Mount Coolum. We released it in our back yard where I took these shots before it went into the bush. These common, arboreal snakes are harmless and feed on frogs, fish and small reptiles. Green Tree Snakes in southeast Queensland are generally coloured like this one – green with blue flecks and bright yellow throats – however, they may be also be black, blue, grey or yellow. As volunteer native reptile rescuers and rehabilitators, my husband and I believe it is vitally important to educate people about the beauty and ecological importance of snakes – they are crucial to our environment, and deserve our care and respect.
What a beauty! I saw this striking Graphic Flutterer dragonfly (Rhyothemis graphiptera) during a hot summer bushwalk on the Boronia Trail in the Mooloolah River National Park at Sippy Downs. This trail is well-known for its wildflowers, including the boronias for which it is named, but on this occasion we were very happy to be treated to a diverse range of insects and birds as well. Graphic Flutterers are large dragonflies with a wingspan of up to 65mm. They fly quite slowly, either gliding or fluttering jerkily and, when resting (as this one was), they tilt their wings from side to side.