I remember it used to happen in England quite a bit, and, it seems it happens here in Australia too. What am I talking about? The Indian summer.
Well, at least that’s what I thought it was until I checked out the true meaning of the phrase. Apparently it only really applies in the northern hemisphere when there is unseasonably dry and warm weather following a cold autumn frost. I thought it just meant unusually warm weather during autumn.
So here in Australia, we are not having an Indian summer at all, but we are having unusually warm weather during autumn. Hot weather actually, it’s been around 30°C or more this week here in Brisbane.
So guess what?
We are going camping!
As you know, we’ve had an awful summer of rain and floods which led to the cancellation of our last proposed camping trip over at Rainbow Beach. But here we are rapidly approaching the end of the first month of autumn in Australia and, at last, we have camping weather.
So in the morning, I’ll be packing the tent into the back of the car and we’ll be heading for the beach. But we’re not the only ones heading for the beach. Swarms have turned up, but not of people.
Yes, it’s Friday and time for another YouTube. This one is not very funny. Not for people who are heading for the beach. This is really quite extraordinary….
That footage was taken at Surfers Paradise and, for the record, they’re water beetles. Entomologist professor Clyde Wild said “I haven’t seen anything like this before…” And I don’t want to see anything like it tomorrow when I’m camping!
Fortunately, we’re not going to the Gold Coast. We are heading for Coolum. Remember, I nearly went to the Coolum Kite Festival but I mowed the lawn instead? Anyway, Coolum is about an hour and a half north of Brisbane on the Sunshine Coast. I’ll tell you how that goes on Monday. Hopefully it will be beetle free!
Talking of beetles, we also get a species called the Rhinocerus beetle here. He’s ugly, looks like he works for the insect riot police and is as dumb as they come. From what I’ve seen, he spends his life flying into stationary objects before crash landing to the floor.
This activity ultimately results in his early death, as happened when four such beetles flew into my garage last month. And when it does happen, they all seem to die in the same position. With their legs in the air.