Baby crabs emerge from the sea and cluster on rocks at Christmas Island

Baby crabs emerge from the sea and cluster on rocks at Christmas Island Photo: Kirsty Faulkner

Love is in the air ... and the trees

While the Whitsundays is world-renowned for its heart-shaped reef (apparently Oprah Winfrey’s favourite Australian natural wonder), the Canberra suburb of Hughes can lay claim to its own heart-shaped natural feature – a gum tree.

‘‘Every morning as I go for my run this tree reminds me of the big heart my gorgeous hubby, Dai, has,’’ gushes Deb Marburg of Hughes, who adds, ‘‘I first noticed it a year or two ago – it was beautiful as the sun came up and lit it up in golden light!’’

The heart-shaped tree in Hughes

The heart-shaped tree in Hughes Photo: Deb Marburg

So if you forgot to fork out for that indulgent box of chocolates or bunch of red roses for your valentine this year, don’t despair, make up for it by taking them for a stroll through suburban Hughes. ‘‘It’s pretty much at the top of the hill on Downes Place,’’ says  Marburg.

Meanwhile, earlier this week, Kirsty Faulkner, my sun-kissed correspondent on Christmas Island, captured a remarkable red heart of baby red crabs clinging to rocks on the island’s West White Beach.  The minuscule red crabs were  gathering in what locals say is the biggest return migration in more than  15 years.

Have you seen any naturally-occurring hearts today?  Let me know.

Heart reef in the Whitsundays

Heart reef in the Whitsundays Photo: Pirie Bath

Some other faces and forms in nature:

Unicorn near Cooma

Precambiran stormtrooper on the Burrup Peninsula

Dougnut cloud at Thredbo

A tree of many faces in the National Botanic Gardens