the Pandanus Palm from the north …

Pandanus Palms, Pandanus spiralis, are an iconic species growing across Australia’s north, with some Kimberley types pictured here. Now they are growing in many parks and gardens, and are useful as a habitat for birds, bats and reptiles.

The leaves below host a strange fly, click to zoom.

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another Green science fraud bites the dust … covered up research

Scientific fraud against Monsanto’s Roundup has uncovered a Green agenda against successful farming practices, where the use of Roundup has enabled farmers to avoid the most toxic weedkillers once used extensively in cropping: Another Left-Wing Science Scandal

Roundup does not cause a higher incidence of cancer! Over at Powerline:

Featured imageGlyphosate is the active ingredient in RoundUp, the most widely used herbicide in the world. Glyphosate is a non-selective herbicide, meaning it will kill just about any plant. Since it would kill the crop as well as the weeds, for quite a few years it couldn’t be used over the top of an emerging crop. Instead, its use was restricted to lower-value burndown situations, where weeds in a field would »

[…] But the whole thing turned out to be a fraud. Reuters has investigated, aided by access to deposition testimony in one or more of the lawsuits against Monsanto, which evidently was not subject to a protective order. Briefly put, the author of the IARC’s carcinogenicity study, Aaron Blair, an epidemiologist from the U.S. National Cancer Institute, covered up his own research showing that exposure to glyphosate did not lead to a higher incidence of cancer in humans. The story, as reported by Reuters, is astonishing:

Previously unreported court documents reviewed by Reuters from an ongoing U.S. legal case against Monsanto show that Blair knew the unpublished research found no evidence of a link between glyphosate and cancer. In a sworn deposition given in March this year in connection with the case, Blair also said the data would have altered IARC’s analysis.

(My bold)

Bit wet still, boggy is a bigger problem than cancer.

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wild horse roaming …

One of my joys collecting plant material for propagation is running into wild horses, once used as stockhorses, where the bull-buggy and motorbike now rule. Over time horses get to know us and trust us to check over them for such things as injuries or identifying marks or brands. These days brands are rarely seen.

Here are a few pics from the past decade. Click to zoom.

Pastoral properties are sized in hundreds of thousands of acres, so fences are rare, and the horses are tough enough to survive a wide range of habitats. They can be found all over Australia’s wilderness.

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out on the plain …

Close to Broome, is a low lying plain, often flooded during the wet season, where many birds, wallabies and other animals thrive. It was formerly a part of a cattle station, now soon to become a conservation park. Here are some of the inhabitants along with some flora that attracts them. Click to zoom.

Dancing Brolgas


Black-necked stork and friends


Masked Woodswallows

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the dinosaur story on show …

Dinosaur time in Broome, with several events include Dr Steve Salisbury’s discussion on his findings of 21 species, mostly new to science, of dinosaur tracks along the Broome coastline. Well worth a listen and look for visitors this tourist season.

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Held over a 2 week period beginning yesterday, culminating on July 10th during the school holidays.

This is a unique opportunity on the Broome tourist calendar, to see a part of the most extensive trackway in the world of dinosaurs of many shapes and sizes.

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parks and gardens of the Northwest …

Over the last 17 years, I have been turning the parks and gardens of Pilbara and Kimberley towns into havens for local fauna, by replacing and returning colourful native species in place of weeds and exotics like palms and crotons.

It’s been a long process, convincing the authorities that a change was needed, then learning the species, collecting seeds from the region, and growing them back in my backyard nursery, along with the help of many people doing work for the dole.

You can see them see them in the bush as well on

Some examples seen here in Broome, click to zoom:

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colouring the desert …

The Great Sandy Desert is amazing in the months following summer and autumn, when the colours emerge of a startling change in the environment. July to September reveals a kaleidoscope of colours erupting from the greys and greens among red and brown sands and gravels between and atop the long lines of east-west dunes.

Some of the species growing there have been brought back to fill Broome parks and gardens. Click to zoom.


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Pilbara vista …

The Pilbara region in Western Australia is the heart of the mining region that provides the majority of Australia’s export income, mostly iron ore and gas, but also a myriad of other smaller metal producers including gold and manganese. That makes a great pictorial backdrop when visiting this region.

At the heart is the old, small town of Nullagine, pictured below the aptly named Conglomerate Hotel, along with surrounding ranges, gorges, valleys and gravel plains covered in Spinifex grass. Click to zoom.

Conglomerate Hotel, Nullagine

Iron kangaroo atop a Pilbara Range

Carrawine Gorge near Marble Bar

Some new rehabilitation work near Mt Goldsworthy

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pindan red …

Pindan is the name given to the iron oxide rich red soils in the West Kimberley, especially that found on the cliffs at James Price Point north of Broome. Visitors to the region are struck by the deep colour, and surrounding woodland environment that grows on it.

Click to zoom.

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the looming cold in Oz …

I am disappointed with the looming cold now upon us, even here in the warmer Tropical town of Broome. May was below average minimum temperature for the month, by 1C, but about 4C lower than last year’s May average.  Thankfully, May’s maximum was just above average, but still well below last year.

It gets worse, after the first 5 days of June this year, every night has been below average, and a long way below last year’s June minimum average of 19.1C, by over 5C. My heater is coming out.

Not just restricted to Broome, I note Capital City Canberra below freezing every night. In fact, coldest start on record to winter says Warwick Hughes. It looks as though Dr David Evan’s prediction from last year is likely to be right.

New Science 26: The solar fall and the delay means David Evans’ predicted global cooling could be just around the corner

Moving to Adelaide and the rest of Eastern Australia, very cold conditions hit the first days of Winter. Only the South West remained above average.



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