Friday, December 17, 2010

Rare Lizard seen in McLaren Vale - James' scoop find.

Amazingly these photos of this lizard in McLaren Vale have caused a stir.

I took them on Tuesday and posted them to Facebook. From the pictures I took I have been contacted by the SA museum who wants to find this specimen. They believe it might well be a Lace Monitor - "Bells Form" Varanus varius... Read more.

It seems to be a rare find and has been believed to be extinct in South Australia. The museum doesn't believe that there are any Lace Monitors in the Adelaide Hills, or specifically any "Bells Form Monitors" in SA.

I look forward to crossing paths with Mr Lizard again - and that is an exciting find indeed!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

My Top 5 - Interweb Joys.

My list journey continues. Music is the food of the soul - and my pop culture of choice. Here are the favourite things technology has given me this year...

2010 Favourite Things Online.

#1 - Slates Cultural Gabfest- A podcast fresh from New York City's - Slate Magazine. This is THE SHOW about the week in pop-culture. I have enjoyed many hours walking with the Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens and Julia Turner keeping me up to date with the latest in movies, various musics and literature.

Yes, I admit it has one weakness, as the US is a little bit ahead of Australia sometimes you have no idea what they are talking about because often movies/products are released stateside first before the rest of the world, but they put in 'spoiler alerts' if you don't want to find out the details of the latest Matt Damon think piece.

I recommend you subscribe to the weekly Culture Gabfest podcast feed via iTunes.

#2 - Boing Boing Blog; I love the way it mixes humour with science and technology news. It is also no slouch in reporting on the political arena either.

Above - This pair of early rescue masks, shown above, dates from between the mid-1800s and World War I. They look a bit familiar, right? Almost a 100 years before Darth Vader and 3-CPO hit the big screen in "Star Wars" in 1977, these two smoke helmets were worn by firefighters carrying our rescues in smoke-logged buildings.

I can't really explain more. Just visit and explore.

#3 - Near Map. Near Map makes Google Earth look myopic. Near Map's provides an amazing level of detail because imagery is actually taken from an aircraft, and is higher res than a satellite.

#4 - Drinkster - Philip White's wine blog. This year Whitey covered geology, history, urban planning, water rights and Krug.


“ ... irreverent, guffaw provoking blog ... perfect for when the wine world gets too depressing ... knits solid news and events to titles like Paris Dumps Jugs For Cans in Top Blomo ... irresistible ... ” WSJ’s wine expert, Alice Feiring


#5 Hootsuite - Social Media Dashboard. I am disorganised at the best of times and Hootsuite is a great tool for keeping track of everything I like online. It is not sexy, but it is practical.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Summer Storm - Winemaking Behind the Lens.

The build up over McLaren Vale.

The thunder storm wave. Photo by Peter Kennedy.

The wind did howl, and the wind did moan.

The hot road steams after the first storm passes.

The vine canopies drip wet.

The second thundercell passes over Paxton Vineyards Thomas block.

The third wave storm over the bones of the ol' Tatachilla winery.