This very fat Orb Weaving spider was devouring it's prey in the middle of its web, which is typical behaviour according to the Australian Museum website (http://australianmuseum.net.au/Garden-Orb-Weaving-Spiders).
This little dragon fly flew inside and was trapped in the window for a couple of hours. When I released it it needed some time to recover so I was able to photograph it without it flying off straight away. Superb creatures. This seems suitable as it is the year of the dragon in china.
The garden has lots of spiders as always and you have to be wary where you walk because the love to build their webs across the paths which could mean a face full of spider webs. The St. Andrews Cross spider is one of the prettiest and builds a unique web with the little zig zag pattern in some sections.
We had a Casual Relief Teacher at school who brought along her Stick Insects to show the grade that she was teaching that day. Great pets for the classroom!
This little creature was sitting in the lawn. As it turned out he was not able to jump away and we suspect that he was caught in the frost that was severe enough to freeze the first centimetre of water that was left in the wheelbarrow. You can see his back legs are in a strange postion.
I put him under some plants near the pond, hoping that a nice environment might help him to recover.
A jeweled little sea creature that was in the rock pools at the The Colonnades Beach at Cape Woolamai
The perfect autumn day at the beach.
As we pruned the aphid infested Potato Trees, that we have on the edge of the back veranda, we found some very fat praying mantis. This one kept climbing over the camera and up my arm. It wasn't until I looked in a mirror that I could see that my tee-shirt was covered with aphids that had fallen from the tree as I pruned back the higher branches.
This little creature was out walking early in the morning just as we were. I love the textured background.
2011- 365 Challengers