On the weekend we made another trip first to the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, and then on to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.
The CDSCC is financed by the NASA and operated for the Australian government by the country's premier science agency CSIRO. It is one of three stations worldwide that maintain communications between Earth and space vessels. The dish above is the largest of the complex, and the largest in the southern hemisphere. It is about 70 m in diameter, a bit more than 70 m tall, and the movable part weighs approximately 4,000 tons (!).
At Tidbinbilla, there were more mushrooms and other fungal fruiting bodies out than I have ever seen before. I have no idea what any of them are called, so I will just post a bunch of pictures. Enjoy!
It must simply have been the right time of the year...