Odd Balls – March 18

Yes, it’s time for Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge.

Check out other Odd Balls

Odd Balls are those photos that don’t fit into any category or are photos that have been taken which give rise to “Why?”

Just a tyre tread
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An old car yard sign which is now above a furniture shop
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It’s a window or something of interest
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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Sunset to Sunrise

I love sunsets and sunrises, the colours and sense of time they invoke.

Lots of great photos at Cee’s. Drop in and have a look at Sunset and Sunrises

The variety of colours in the setting sun

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The clouds have many shapes and colours
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Yellows are golden sunsets
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Feel the heat of the setting sun
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Once darkness descends, some people come out to play
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Special flowers find the moonlight is their time to shine
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Our Moon lights the way
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The eastern sky comes alive as the sun pushes it’s way into the morning sky. A golden glow
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Or a fiery orange to herald a new day, a new life





Frank at Dutch goes the Photo’s word prompt: Time

I had some
to ask.

I went to ask
a bee
flowers, honey and
things all bee.
The Bee said
“Sorry I don’t
have time”

I went to ask
a Golden Whistler
about a song,
a whistle
in my head
The Whistler said
“Sorry I don’t
have time”
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I went to ask
a Lewins Honeyeater
the taste of
a Bromiliad.
The Lewins Honeyeater said
“Sorry I don’t
have time”
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I looked around
with questions
in my head.
Questions of
bees and nectar.
Of songs
of Golden Whistlers.
Of the sweet taste
in flowers
from the Lewins Honeyeater.
No one had

From the green
I heard a
“Sit yourself
inquiring mind,
I have Time”


Which Way – March 16

Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge is where you get to see the world’s which ways. Have a look at what you can discover and work out your own Which Way

Which way do you want to go? Visit and go up the drive or head further down the road?
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Well it looks like this young cyclist decided to go further down the road
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A Photo a Week Challenge

The word prompt from Nancy Merrill: Green

The wonderful Emerald Dove
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Green Catbirds look like a bird but sound like a cat
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Doesn’t this fly have fabulous green eyes
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A shiny green beetle on a green leaf
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A Green_banded Line Blue Butterfly hiding among green leaves
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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Bikes

I have been thinking of what bike I could use for this challenge. I remembered this bike made from wire which comes from Africa bought in a local garage sale.

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Drop into Cees for more bikes




March Squares – number 10

This is more than one photo for #MarchSquare. I call this post The Road Sign Series. Some of these may be new to the overseas readers, some may be familiar. Have you seen any of these before.
There are squares within squares within squares

This is where some road signs like to travel about the countryside
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I wonder how long that skinny bloke will have to hold that sign
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Watch out for a ladder on the other road
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When was the last time you saw a truck like that….especially a 200 meter truck
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Somewhere on this road is a cow. Can you guess the breed?
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Either it is a small bus or those kids have had a growth spurt
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Do not drink and drive
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Ahead is possibly a man with bow legs
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I just wanted to drive not partake in a treasure hunt
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If you see this Kangaroo, perhaps you have been drinking. (See above sign)
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I was driving along, didn’t notice the time warp, and ended up in 1927
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Please be on the lookout for Koalas on bicycles
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I know my haircut is terrible but do you like my new glasses
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I guess I’d better stop now with a circle in a square
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Drop into Beckys blog to find out how march square is going


March Square – number 6

Another part of the tiled floor in the Grafton Cathedral. Perhaps not a Gold Star for #MarchSquare this time. Maybe if I stood on something to get more of the floor in the photo I could have had five squares within a square

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Drop into Beckys blog to find out how march square is going


This is February

Oh dear, another month of photos that is too big. I think I should do a week at a time. I haven’t included the photos from the other posts, just a couple I think. It was a weird month. The days were the usual February hot to very hot days with the rain finally appearing at the end of February.

Perhaps, as usual, a cup of tea or a drink of choice, get comfy and I hope you get to the end without nodding off.

This time I am starting off with insects so those who have an aversion to spiders, moths or flies get your scrolling finger ready to zip past some fantastic photos lol
I found a tiny hairy caterpillar who looked so unusual. Yes I did get a bit close with the lens and the centre section did get a bit squashed by the lens
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I surprised a small spider. She ran out to defend her egg nest
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Even a hornet has to have a drink on a hot day
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One of the more unusual grasshoppers I have at my place
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These flies like to bite. The bit of the proboscis that is hanging down has a spike sheathed inside. The other dagger like thing is the antennae. The angle makes them look fierce.
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You can see why the fly is angry all the time and wants to bite. A bit of baldness can make anyone cross.
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With all the places in the garden to hatch out, these cicadas chose the same leaf
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The Line Blue Butterflies had a monopoly in some parts of the garden. This tiny one found a quiet place to sit for a while
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A moth, we call a tiger moth, really loved the scent of the Murraya flowers
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Looking at a Crow Eggfly Butterfly who was looking at me
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This Dragonfly has been in a mud puddle I think
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Such a dainty tiny Dragonfly
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The fig tree has so many figs which the birds love
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Isn’t this Wood Fungus lovely
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An old fashioned Hibiscus flower. This is one of the smallest Hibiscus flowers in the garden.
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The Leopard Lillies liked the hot weather
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So did the Ginger flowers
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The Lilli Pilli bush doesn’t flower that much but when it does isn’t it spectacular?
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Onto Animals which includes a couple of Python photos so snake phobes get ready to whizz past some really beautiful photos

As it was hot, the Carpet Python came out from the roof space and stretched along the rafter. It must have been quite warm so close to the corrugated iron
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When the weather was a bit cooler, the Python managed to knot up into a smallish ball. This is about 2 meters of snake all rolled up
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When it was a too hot, the Python decided that Charlies little pond was a cool place to be. Charlie didn’t care and swam about the snake while the snake ignored Charlie thankfully.
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Charlie also had another unwelcome visitor. How ugly are Cane Toads?
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Enough of ugly, here is some cute. Early one morning, a couple of Yellow-footed Antechinus were hopping around the verandah
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When I went into the shed, I disturbed some Lesser Long-eared Bats. Aren’t their little feet lovely?
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We are now in the bird zone so those who have been rushing past the previous photos can relax now

A great way to spend part of a hot day is in one of the many bird baths scattered around the place. A Grey Fantail contemplating a plunge
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A Variegated Fairy Wren checking out the mosaic bird bath
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The little Thornbill jumped straight in, splashing about
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A Red-browed Firetail Finch just dunked under to cool off
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A Jenny Wren looked on from the safety of the bushes
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A Spangled Drongo was looking for some grubs in the Poinciana tree after his dip in the bird bath
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The Eastern Yellow Robin took his usual lookout on the garden chair to scan the garden for dinner
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We wondered who was making a mess on the car doors early in the morning. I finally was able to catch the culprit – a Green Catbird
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This White-headed Pigeon was on lookout at the bird bath while its young one had a drink of water
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One morning there was a terrible sound in the garden. There were Ravens calling and flying about. I finally spotted a Channel-billed Cuckoo young who was being raised by the Ravens
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The birds were all calling out, making a real noise in the garden. I finally spotted the culprit who set them off. A Pacific Baza was sitting in a tree. Nearby another two were calling as well. They bought their young one to check out the garden.
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When I go outside I always look up as often a Wedged-tailed Eagle or two will be wheeling about looking for an unsuspecting snack
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I think I was lucky to have everything just right to capture this spiders web. The Primrose flowers add a splash of colour
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The door latch from the Cathedral in Grafton. It doesn’t look very worn so I don’t think it is the original but looked quite good enough to photograph
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I loved the lighting in the loungeroom one night
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Thanks for your staying power. Enjoy a sunset
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Leaves, Trees and Branch

I am doing a combination of photo challenges. These photos are for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Leaves or Trees and the Daily Post word prompt: Branch

Again I have been experimenting with what my Canon Powershot can do as well as utilising some features of my photo program Corel Paintshop Pro 2018. I hope you like the results of what my camera and I can do to enhance my experimental photos

This is the original photo
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Did you have a favourite?



The Force of Water

Frank from Dutch goes the Photo word prompt: Forces

Near my property, sometimes the Clarence River rages when the rains are here and the rivers flow is enhanced. The Clarence River at Lilydale can flow at a sedate 8mgs/day and sometimes a summer flow may get to 12,000mgs/day. Today after some considerable rain fall, the river is flowing at over 20,000mgs/day.  When the flood waters hit the river levels rise to over 100,000mgs/day. Once the flood flows reach Grafton, they can be at 5,000,000mgs/day

Here are some flood flows showing the forces of water in action.

The Clarence River at Lilydale on a lovely day. The river is a bit higher than normal flow.

A minor flood flow. The bridge was constructed low so when flood flows occur, the rivers debris doesn’t impact on the bridge.

This is a bit of a lower flow. The water is making waves as it flows over the  old wooden bridge.
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The Bottlebrush trees are able to withstand the flood flows as the have supple trunks and bend with the flow.

Yes. That is 4 meters above the level of the bridge


Square March – number 2

The tiled floor in the Christ Church Cathedral in Grafton has given me a few #MarchSquares. I featured the Cathedral in a recent post here

Look Becky, a square in a square in a square within a square. Can anyone top that?
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Drop into Beckys blog to find out how march square is going



Square March – number 1

I have been a bit slack with my #MarchSquare so I should get going don’t you think.

The rules are simple

  1. ‘Squared Squares’ – think multiple squares and squares within squares
  2. ‘Squaring the Circle’ – the perfect post will be a circle within a square

So, to try and catch up, here is a square within a square within a square with a circle within a square within a square
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Drop into Beckys blog to find out how march square is going



Cees Black & White Photo Challenge

This photo challenge from Cee is words with double letters

I have gone double letters with two words. I took these photos of a Little Wattlebird a couple of days ago.

Looking about the Poinciana for a insect or two
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You have to be an acrobat to find food under leaves
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Perhaps there is something over there
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Oh….it’s just a bloke with a camera
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Thursdays Special: Pick-a-Word

Paula has given us some great words to challenge our thinking. This time I have failed to find a photo in my folders or even find a subject to grab a shot. Where I live there aren’t many sheep as it is too wet. I have seen sheep about but do you think I could find any over the past few days. Looks like Ovine will have to wait.

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Find some fabulous photos at Lost in Translations Thursday Special for March

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Cee’s word prompt: Wildlife for this weeks Fun Foto Challenge

I thought I would post a bit of Australian cute for this photo challenge

Did you have to wake me?
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I am so tired
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Hey buddy……….look over there
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I really need to sleep
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Yeah yeah……everyone loves these fluffy ears
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Koalas are not bears



The changing hills

The word prompt from Frank at Dutch goes the Photo: Hills

This is on the road on my way home. This vantage point overlooks the valley where my property is, with the Great Dividing Range in the background. My place isn’t in the photos. It is further to the right.

Here is the many changes I have taken over the past few years coming home in the afternoon.

A relatively sunny day

The mist in the valley

Storm clouds brewing
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A hazy yellow sunset

A bright yellow sunset

Sunset with a bit of heat

A red hot sunset
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Black and White Sunday – The Cathedral

For this Traces of the Past, I recently spent a bit of time on a rainy day in the Cathedral Church of Christ the King in my town of Grafton NSW Australia. The Cathedral was finished in 1884. Originally there was a small wooden church on the site built in 1842. The Cathedral is in a great green space in the heart town with the bell tower ringing out the time, a tradition I love.

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The hand carved foundations made of sandstone
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This side of the Cathedral has lots of lichen
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The northern face. You can see the two halves of the church in the roof line where the second part was added
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Looking toward the front door and the white roses in the garden.
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Looking towards the old bell tower
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Looking along the aisle to the back of the Cathedral
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The pews have been replaced by comfortable chairs with cushions
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Some of the old pews have been retained
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The old wooden seats in the front of the cathedral have been kept as well but with cushions added for the comfort of the cathedral officials.
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There are many parts of the Cathedral that have been kept in good order
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The font in front of the dedication to the Indigenous history of the Clarence Valley.
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The ceiling is wonderful highlighting the history of the Valleys timber history
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One of the brick arches that support the structure
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The back of the Cathedral where you can see the shapes of the stained glass windows
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Looking inside. Aren’t the lights lovely
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A bit of selective colour

I couldn’t not show you the colour version
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And of course I also had to include a bit of the nature who live around the Cathedral. You will always see a Skink or two on the walls.
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Hope you enjoyed a look around the Cathedral in my town.



The Caterpillar Train

A while ago Lisa at DailyMusings (I think) had some hairy caterpillars, their real name is Ochrogaster lunifer or Processional Caterpillar, in one of her posts. Thanks to Becky at It caught my eye in Portugal for letting me know it was her post. Here is it here  I commented how my girls liked to make the caterpillar train go into a circle. Well, yesterday, driving home, on the road outside of my place, a caterpillar train was crossing the road. I had to stop to make sure they got across the road safely, albeit with a slight detour.

The caterpillar train stretched around three meters across the road
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The leader seemed to know where to go.
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They march nose to tail. Wouldn’t the one in front tickle your nose?
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“Somehow” the leader “wanted” to join in the train somewhere
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You aren’t allowed to push in the train.
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Once you are out, it is hard to get back in.
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Soon the train was in a bit of a circle with knots of caterpillars forming
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They do try to find some semblance of order
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Soon the circle became broken with a knot of caterpillars at the front
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I am sure they were trying to elect a new leader
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They are really hairy aren’t they?
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Election over, the leader decided to get the caterpillar train back on track to find a Fringe Wattle, their favourite food on my place.
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NOTE: Do not touch these caterpillars as they can cause a skin rash that can last a while.

NOTE: No caterpillars were harmed in this photo shoot


The old house

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Structure

This is what remains of the first house I built on my property. It was built as a temporary structure until I was able to build a proper house.
The structure is poles (from trees cut down on the property) in the ground with fence palings as the outside walls and a corrugated iron roof.

The only part left standing is the laundry and bathroom. This is the only part of the old house that has a concrete floor and is now home to Old Smoky, the farm ute.

The windows were second hand as was the roof

I dismantled most of the structure to use in the new house. Some bits had to stay as they held up the roof

It was raining when I decided to take the photos. Maybe one day I might do another post about the old house.




The word prompt from Lost in Translation: Pairs

A pairs of Red-browed Firetail Finches

A pair of Rainbow Lorikeets
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A pair of Superb Fairy Wrens

A pair of Pacific Black Ducks
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I’m out of here too. Hope you liked my pairs

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A Face in a Crowd

The Daily Post prompt: A Face in a Crowd

Look about
See a crowd.
Look about
See a face.
Someone is always looking.
Are they looking at you?

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Are they looking at you?


Green Shapes

The word prompt from Frank at Dutch goes the Photo for the Tuesday Photo Challenge: Shape

A spiky green shape

Soft green shape on the forest floor
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A tropical green shape

Green shapes on a tree

Water drops making green shapes on the palm leaf
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White-headed pigeons

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge topic: Birds

I think I may have a photo or two of a bird or two I could use for this photo challenge. I took these a couple of days ago. It’s just a few so no need to get set in for a while.

A flurry of wings sounded as the large White-headed Pigeon alighted on the bird bath with a watchful gaze.
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A short while later, a young White-headed Pigeon flew in, it’s grey plumage starting to turn white.
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The parent bird was vigilant as the young one took a drink.
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Such a lovely looking bird don’t you think?
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