Sunday, 26 July 2015

Termite Mound, Litchfield NP, NT.

We went to Litchfield National Park (NT) on Wednesday where it was 35 deg C and that's the Winter temperature here in the Top End of Australia.
The park is about 350kms from Darwin, round trip. There is one shop/cafe only within the large park, so we had lunch at the Cafe, and not one rubbish bin in site with many people.

Our first important 'thing' to see was the Termite Mounds (more photos when home) there are thousands if not more up this way.

Yes, that's me. Swollen feet and ankles in the heat...yes had plenty to drink! Water that is :)

You can read on the photo below a little regarding the Mound.





42 comments:

  1. Oh wow, you don't want to take any of those termites back home with you. I wonder what they look like, the bugs that is. That is amazing.

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    1. They look just like common ants but a little larger and about same colour as the mound.

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  2. Better in the mound than in someones house I say. Nice to see you modeling for us Margaret!

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    1. True. A lots of houses are not built with wood due to termites.
      Had to show the size of the termite compared to me.

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  3. Amazing to see termite mounds that large! And yes, leave those creatures behind. LOL

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  4. p.s. you can add me to your blogroll if you'd like, and I'd appreciate it. :)

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    1. I did do that, managed with my iPad, amazing!

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  5. I do not think I have ever actually seen a termite mound. I have seen several fairly large ant hills, but none of them were even close to being that big.

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    1. I hadn't seen either until I travelled north in Australia years ago...interesting creations.

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  6. Margaret just another interesting post. Swollen feet and ankles in that heat is a typical situation..Have a nice Sunday.

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  7. Termites are one of natures wonders - it is incredible how such tiny little creatures can build themselves such a wonderful habitat - perhaps I should say city it is so large.

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    1. Many dwellings up this way, all shapes and sizes....

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  8. They are amazing things aren't they? I am a bit sad that some of the warnings on that sign are considered necessary though. Sometimes our species fills me with shame.
    I wonder which of our native creatures eats them. Echidnas I know, but there are probably others...

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    1. A shame they have to put a sign there on not what to do. Some people are destructive unfortunately. We saw many mounds along the Stuart Highway with a T shirt on, scarfs, hats...looks cute but not the right thing to do..

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  9. Amazing creations aren't they?
    I think with many of them are now uninhabited as the ants move onto
    other areas. Ant Eaters (Echidnas) certainly appreciate them - ha ha.
    I doubt if you would be modelling so close if a colony was "in residence".
    These ant "mountain homes" can be found in lower parts of Australia.
    I am sure I recall seeing them out Hay (NSW) way and around
    Goondiwindi ( lower Qld).
    Not quite so high though.
    Keep enjoying your WARM weather and TRY to stop rubbing
    it in !!! Ha ha.
    Actually now that the southern blast has dispersed the day/night temperatures
    are quite reasonable.

    I read CAREFULLY - NO bins??? Interesting indeed. Hmmmmmmmm?????
    I think poor old Shank's pony is still only 1/2 way up to the Murray!!!
    Cheers
    Colin

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    1. Yes, no Rubbish Bins...dreadful!
      There was a few ants there and going into another mound near by..
      Warm one today, 35.2 deg I think...sitting outside in shade lucky there is a breeze.

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  10. They are very big aren't they. Amazing little creatures. Nature is very awesome.

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  11. Wow that's a huge mound, I've heard that they are that big but never seen them.
    Merle.........

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  12. I remember this! Can't wait to see your photos of the waterfalls.

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    1. Good that you remember. Not a lot of water coming down the falls...someone told me that it's like that this year..

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    1. Yes that's me :) standing there to show how tall and wide the mount is..

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  14. I've seen pictures of termite mounds, but didn't know there were different types of termites, such as the Cathedral termites that eat grass. I thought they all ate wood.
    Surprised they have to put 'do not poke holes in or kick the mound' on the sign. I suppose there's foolish types everywhere who would think to do such silly things.

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    1. Yes many different types of termites.
      Tis a shame they have to put sign there, but I'm sure you know some people do not have respect.

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  15. Good occurrence, posing in front of the termite, as a result, we can get an idea of ​​its enormous size.

    Kisses

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  16. Wow M that is fascinating we have nothing like that here in Canada. Take care of yourself and keep hydrated, you are looking good to me. Hug xo G

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  17. Snap, I have a photo taken in the same spot. They are amazing constructions. Sometimes National Parks don't have bins so that animals don't get into them and get a liking for human scraps as well as making a mess. They usually have signs saying take your litter with you.

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    1. Never saw a sign at all. A man drowned at Litchfied yesterday I believe...that's sad..

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  18. Wow, that is huge! I wonder how many termites live inside. Sorry to it's so hot. Can't imagine what it would be like in summer.

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    1. Haven't a clue how many live/lived in there. We did see some termites about though.
      The heat is ok for winter, humid at times. Summer the ( wet season) is extremely humid and a bit higher temperature with storms, lightening and rains heaps.

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  19. I wanna thanks to a great extent for providing such informative and qualitative material therefore often. John

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