Where in Canberra is this survey plate?

Where in the Australian Capital Territory is this benchmark (BM) survey marker plate (general location say within 1 km)? Original post 20 November 2016, post updated 12 December 2016. Who’s into Geocaching, do you know the precise location? Clues: Space, STS, year 1981 and the number 26   🙂 Answer:  At the former Orroral Valley Tracking…

Shingleback or Stumpy-tailed Lizard 

Walking at lunch today I passed this perfect specimen of the Shingleback. Length is about 350mm or 14 inches in the old scale. The shingleback lizard is native to Australia.  The name ‘Stumpy’ is from the short tail. Photos: © Copyright 2016 Andrew VK1AD Canberra is well-known as the bush capital.

Snowing in Canberra – Australia’s Capital City

13 July 2016 – yes it’s snowing in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Canberra Pictures from a chilly Mt Ainslie at 846 metres ASL, SOTA Peak VK1/AC-040, where the temperature at 8 am is sub-zero. Some of you are familiar with the steel-tube pole at the summit.  🙂 Photos: © Copyright 2016 Andrew VK1AD  …

Temora Aviation Museum Flying Day

Saturday 7 February 2015.   Today I drove to Temora, 2.5 hours from Canberra, with a friend to the Temora Aviation Museum for the monthly display of frontline fighters.  Each month the museum showcases four operational warbirds to rekindle memories of former RAAF pilots and aviation enthusiasts alike. How to get there?   From Canberra, take…

Surprise visitor to the garden

This adult Blue-tongued lizard paid me a visit today.  Started work on a paving job (work in progress job…groan!) only to find this fella warming in the sun. For the overseas readers the length is 18 inches (45 cm) with a girth of 2 inches (5 cm).  After taking pictures for the blog, I took…