Stinks can be beautiful: Wordless Wednesday

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About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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10 Responses to Stinks can be beautiful: Wordless Wednesday

  1. noelleg44 says:

    What is this? This is gorgeous!

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    • It is a fungi known commonly as stinkhorns. A member of the mushroom family. It lets off a smell of rotten meat to attract flies and if you look closely you can see a couple on it. When I saw it in the dog park I thought it was beautiful but I hadn’t seen a stinkhorn like this before. I asked a few people what was the gorgeous red thing which reminded me of a children’s play dome and no-one else had seen it let alone knew what it was. Naturally I’d taken photos and identified it later, concluding stinks can be beautiful.

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  2. Hi Irene! It’s nice to see you. And I’d love to know what this it too!

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    • Hi Karen. Nice to see you too. This is a fungi in the mushroom family that is commonly called a stinkhorn because it smells like rotten meat to attract flies. Perhaps the red is to make it look like a piece of steak and a further attractant. If you look closely you can see a couple of flies sitting on it.


  3. Hi Irene! It’s nice to see you. And I’d love to know what this is too!


  4. This is very pretty, Irene.

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