Laying curled up in the dry leaves at the bottom of a tree was this red bug. It looks like a juvenile Cotton Stainer to me. (Family Pyrrhocoridae) They look a lot like stinkbugs and are medium sized 5-20mm. I see its wings are just starting to develop.On the opposite side of the outlook is this wonderful little man-made dam.
The owners of the property have built this lovely BBQ and entertainment area to one side of it. How I would LOVE to be able to stay there!! I was told that not so long ago, they used it for a wedding and I could not imagine a more beautiful spot.
The trees with the white on them in the first picture are Knob-thorns (Acacia nigrescens) and are one of the first to show signs of spring in the air. These white spikes are their flowers and grow up to 10cm (4”) in length.
As they get older, the spikes begin to disintegrate and you can see the tiny seeds ready to float off in the wind.
These trees are very large and have the most awful thorns on them!! Needless to say, I am very careful when I am in the bush!! LOL!! They are regarded as an indication of good ranching country being fire and drought resistant.