Black Wallaby (Wallabia bicolor)

On our walk this morning, we saw the rock wallaby again. It let me get close, and only dashed away down the creek bed when heavy traffic thundered by. I had my real camera with me (FujiFilm FinePix A607).

Black Wallaby. 30 July 2015

I did mention seeing this dark furry wallaby back in June. It stands so still that I don’t usually notice it’s there until it crashes off, but today I remembered to look. Luckily, there is some sun to show off the lighter colour on its front. If you click on it a couple of times until it is full size, then you can see the pale muzzle which tells us it is a fair age.

The wallaby is less frightened of me now, after a couple more sightings. He dashes along the dry creek bed, and goes underneath the road via the rectangular pipes beneath the road bridge.

Here’s a photo from Wikipedia

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By jjron (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

Wikipedia says:

The swamp wallaby (Wallabia bicolor) is a small macropod marsupial of eastern Australia. This wallaby is also commonly known as the black wallaby, with other names including black-tailed wallaby, fern wallaby, black pademelon, stinker (in Queensland), and black stinker (in New South Wales) on account of its characteristic swampy odour. The swamp wallaby is the only living member of the genus Wallabia …

The species name bicolor comes from the distinct colouring variation, with the typical grey coat of the macropods varied with a dark brown to black region on the back, and light yellow to rufous orange on the chest. A light coloured cheek stripe is usually present, and extremities of the body generally show a darker colouring, except for the tip of the tail, which is often white.

The gait differs from other wallabies, with the swamp wallaby carrying its head low and tail out straight.

The average length is 76 cm (30 in) for males, and 70 cm (27.5 in) for females (excluding the tail). The tail in both sexes is approximately equal in length to the rest of the body. Average weight for males is 17 kg (37 lb), females averaging 13 kg (29 lb)

Here is a photo I took back in June, with the camera phone. Under the footbridge, looking along the creek bed to the road.

Under the footbridge
Under the footbridge, looking towards the road.

Today, I’ll keep working my way through my index cards, firming up the plotting for my novel. I’m only a third of the way through, so far, and it has proved a very valuable exercise. Last time I did plot cards my heart wasn’t in it, and I ended up with scribbled-on pieces of index-card sized paper. These cards are the real thing, and asking myself several questions about each scene makes me really think about what’s happening … or not.

I’ve found where my last bit of lost writing was hiding – inside text files within zipped backups. I love Scrivener’s snapshot function. I’m able to keep several versions of the same scene together without inflating the word count.

I hope you are having a good day.  :)

On my fence this morning

I haven’t given the sulphur-crested cockatoos seed for a few days. They haven’t looked for it, plenty of tucker about elsewhere. This morning, while walking Vika, I saw my usual four birds helping themselves to biggish pods on a small tree next door. They didn’t notice me until I walked by the second time. Then, they flew to our house, wheeling above the fence, checking for food.

No seed, so settled on a dead tree inside our yard as I continued my walk up the side road. Waiting.
Seedless, they settled on trees inside our yard while we continued our walk up the side road.  Waited quietly, for a change.
Ruffled against the icy wind, three watched from the gum tree. The fourth eyed me from the power cable. Not one of them moved when I brought the seed out.
Ruffled against the icy wind, three watched from the gum tree while the fourth eyed me from a power cable. They stayed as I put out seed.
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It usually takes about ten minutes before they come down, one at a time.
contented cockies
Happy cockies.  (All images: Nokia Lumia 530 Windows Phone, cropped)

Today, I’m busy finishing the evaluations on fellow students’ Effective Writing assignments. Not easy when I haven’t finished studying the class notes. Thank goodness for online checkers. I have until Monday bedtime to get this done, and two quizzes. I did pass this Effective Writing class last time, but since I hadn’t submitted this big paragraph assignment, it was a hollow feeling. I knew I hadn’t truly grasped the subject. I still haven’t grasped this subject! I won’t do this particular one at Coursera again, though – three times is enough.

Tomorrow, I’m starting The University of Queensland’s grammar MOOC at edX, second time around. Good timing.

I hope you’re having a lovely weekend.  :)

Tomorrow becomes today and then it’s gone.

Tomorrow becomes today and then it’s gone. Al Pacino says something like this ‘Stand Up Guys’, and it stuck in my head. So, to give me a daily reminder of time marching by, I’ve changed my tagline.

book oneI’m performing triage on my plot, having already written one-sentence notes for each scene on its own index card – about 70 of them. I need to fill plot holes. You may remember that I decided to split my work-in-progress. I was up to about 120,000 words, but had an earlier natural finishing point. I decided to go smaller, aiming at about 80,000 words. I don’t want it to cost me a small fortune when I buy my Print On Demand copies. Geez, I’m getting ahead of myself.

After writing the ending, I will start on the new scenes. Then I get to start all over again with the review process  – this time with a print-out. And I’ll have to rewrite nearly everything. My ‘voice’ has changed so much over the last 4 years, but I’m confident that going through these plot reviews will save it from being shoved into the fire. I still haven’t found my digital copies of the three scenes I tossed in the fire the other week – I was hasty, perhaps they really were okay.

I will have a manuscript ready for Beta readers by mid-September. (Yeah, I know, I’ve offered up false dates before.)

I’m giving Scrivener a try. I love the free yWriter5 software, but its main drawback is storing multiple projects. You can’t have projects in the same folder, else you overwrite things by accident. I suspect that is what happened to my missing three scenes. Anyway, I have folders all over the place, on two computers. In yWriter5, you drag in your characters, items and location to each scene, and I’m hoping the keyword function in Scrivener will give me that same sort of control. I mustn’t let the bells and whistles distract me, though.

I’ll leave you with some photos. After being minus 2 Celsius during the night, we woke to a damp fog. Dull all day. I have no incentive at all to get my step count up today. Treadmill – blahhh.

Cattle-yards, belonging to the farm next door.
Hay Shed
Hay Shed. So foggy, I couldn’t see the cows.

And, last night, there was this gorgeous light reflecting off the clouds. The sun was setting behind me.

The setting sun, behind me, lighting up the sky.
The setting sun, behind me, lighting up the sky.

All images taken with the Nokia Lumia 530. Thanks for reading.  :)

Blazing Sulphur Crests

Blazing Crests   20 July 2015 (Nokia Lumia 530, windows phone)
20 July 2015   (Nokia Lumia 530, windows CameroPro )

phoneography imageIt’s Black and White week over at Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge, so I’ve converted my image to grayscale, sharpened it, and reduced the quality before saving.

Works for me.


I think the default on this camera phone is Windows 8 CameraPro. Last week, I finally discovered that there isn’t a macro or closeup setting on the new Nokia Camera – no wonder I was having trouble. I’ve downloaded an app to take care of this, but have yet to learn to use it.  I hate not having a side camera button, like on the Nokia Lumia 520.

I hope you are having a lovely day.  :)