Mclaren's falls. The islands are a haven for all sorts of ducks, especially paradise ducks and a family of black swans.
Drying thistles. I thought of Debi in Texas when I took these shots!
Grass seeds of some sort and Dock (the red plant bucking the brown trend.) Dock is poisionus but pretty. I contemplated cooking some up to make dye but decided that I probably shouldn't play with the poisionus ones! The spiders don't seem to mind though.
Just for the record, these photos arn't the hardy bits of green from my lawn!
I think this plant is commonly known as biddy-bids. The little seed heads attach themselves to anything that brushes them, making them unpopular with most people and that probably contributes to their weed status. All of the plants I photographed are weeds, no surprises there!
Last but not least, here are the initial results of the nature experiements I've been doing.
Left to Right: Nest paper #1 which had nesty bits sprinkled into the pulp
Nest paper #2 had the nesty bits mixed into the pulp(by putting it through the blender)
Handmade paper dyed with onion skin dye and a very strong tea brew.
Top Right to Bottom Right corner:
Onion dye on watercolour card, Nest dye on w/c card and a wash made from dried Autumn leaves on w/c card. The colour change is very subtle with the last two!
Fabric dyed with coffee, tea (middle sample) and onion skins.
As you can see I've been having a play around and I have learnt quite a lot in the process. I hope to be doing something useful with my new found knowledge soon!