I usually run with a theme. I am finishing my Enlighten posts for the year this week, with a jaunt into the city to marvel at the Illuminating Mini Beasts.
The Mini Beasts were in our city centre - and in my eyes at least improved the ambiance dramatically. Some of them were huge (up to 4 metres tall). There were four of them and I happily wandered through the centre (not something I can usually say) to track them all down.
Starting with the delightful dawn as I headed off to do my shift on the crisis line and to ogle the mini beasts.
The first I found was the Swallowtail Butterfly, especially common in Queensland.
Then to the Jumping Spider. They are mostly small spiders, with large eyes, brilliant colours and remarkably jumping ability. Our peacock spiders fall into this category.
The Mini Beast was impressive too.
The next beast I found was the Cicada. As an aside it is a long time since I have heard them. They used to be a song of summer, a song which seems to be fading away...
The final Mini Beast was a Neon Cuckoo Bee - something I have never seen for myself. They are apparently common in Sydney and rely on other bees to raise their young by laying their eggs in other species nests.
Fun, aren't they? Next week (and possibly the week after as well) photos from our annual Balloon Spectacular.