Here I am in Halls Creek, just as last year, minding a friends house and Lani the dog again. The poor thing has a broken leg and is limping around in a cast. She is a sweet and affectionate girl and follows me wherever I go. So I try to sit still a lot and scratch behind her ears.
My own dog, Zeus, I left behind in Bililuna. The neighbours were sorry when they heard I would be away for a month and was taking Zeus with me. He is a good guard dog and his barking alerts them when someone is prowling around. And there has been quite a bit of prowling lately. Several break-ins over the last few weeks. I have to admit I was worried about leaving the donga again, remembering always what happened while I was away last year. Even with the cage, three padlocks and three deadbolts I am still a little paranoid someone will break in. So I suggested that maybe they would like to keep Zeus with them. I was happy they enthusiastically agreed. Joe emailed me the other day to tell me Zeus has adapted to being with them without any fuss or bother, and that he had awoken Joe at 2AM the other morning to tell him someone was outside. So Joe is happy too. I am just hoping that Zeus’ range of observation extends across the road to my place.
It might have been problematic had I brought him up to Halls Creek with me anyway, so I guess things have worked out well.
For Christmas this year I have invested in new camera gear for myself. I replaced the Olympus Tough that was stolen last year, with the latest model and I have already found it is a big improvement on the one I had, while still being submersible, rugged, and sand proof. It is capable of taking some pretty amazingly sharp macro photographs.
For the long range nature photography I ordered myself a new Sony Cybershot DSC-RX10 Mark IV 20MP Digital Camera. This will be my fourth Sony camera. They have never disappointed me and I am told by a knowledgeable expert friend that I will not be disappointed this time. I am hoping it will arrive in the coming week.
In the meantime I am just chillin’. Sleeping in, having a quiet time.
I found a little visitor in the dog’s water bowl yesterday. I rescued him, took a few photos and let hi go in the pot plant area. Lani the dog was quite cool with it. So I hope it is safe. It is a Little Red Tree Frog. Litoria rubella. Which I now realise was the same species that I found accompanying the Green Tree Frog in the shower at the SPQ some time back.