Thursday, August 29, 2013

Mysterious Fungi

The study of fungi is known as Mycology. Genetic studies have shown that fungi are more closely related to animals than to plants.
 Fungi have been used for the production of antibiotics since the early 1940's and recently, various enzymes produced by fungi are used industrially and in detergents. Fungi are also used as biological pesticides to control weeds, plant diseases and insect pests. Many species produce bioactive compounds called mycotoxins, that are toxic to animals including humans.

Africa  The Veiled Lady

Arizona  The Bleeding Tooth 

 Earthstar Puffball

Bearded Tooth Mushroom
 Used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicines, and have been found to have anti-oxidant properties and can reduce glucose levels in the blood.

 Violet Coral 

The "Jelly Ear," is very appropriate common names for this fungi. Looking at the photos you can see why people think it looks like the missing part of a Van Gogh self portrait.

 Hairy Cup Fungus

Our Local Fungi from South East Queensland 

Stinkhorn at Maleny South East Queensland

Does anyone know what fungus group this comes under!

dull orange/yellow or fawn coloured often growing on stumps in clusters.

Shelf Fungus 

Friday, April 26, 2013

Cloud Formations

Love cloud formations so amazing ! Look up at the sky all day!

Lenticular cloud, Mt. Fuji, Japan

Punch Hole Clouds
Roll Clouds
Tsunami Cloud

Shelf Clouds

 What are Clouds made of! 

Sunshine Coast Queensland Cloud Pics
A lot of high cirrus clouds and
Cumulus clouds .

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Pink Lakes

Worlds Pink Lakes

Lake Hillier is a pink lake right on the edge of the Australian island of Middle Recherche Archipelago belonging to a complex group of about 100 islands off the south-west coast of Western Australia. It’s literally just a few steps away from a normal coloured Indian Ocean, but despite so close it remains a strong pink colour.They are still unsure as the reason why it is pink .They think its the algae!

Lake Hillier Western Australia

Lake Retba Senegal

also known as Lac Rose
Lake Retba’s amazing colouration derives from its high salt concentration. This makes it a prime habitat for halobacterium, a salt-loving microorganism which is red or purple in colour. The water of lake actually changes from mauve to deep pink in colour, depending on the time of day and amount of sunlight.

Dusty Rose Lake Canada
         This pink lake is located in the mountains not far from the ocean waterways of Bella Coola, Canada. The water of this lake is not salty like most other pink lakes and does not contain any algae either. The color comes from the unique composition of the rocks in the area and the nearby glacier. The water of this lake is not salty and does not contain any algae either.