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By firelight

When it comes to fires, it is in the Australian Winter when the fires are most welcome. Summer fires bring dread and foreboding. So Summer is when I dig into the archives to see if there is a fire photo that may fit within Nancy Merrill photographys photo challenge prompt of By Firelight

The fires bring warmth in Winter and also a chance to burn-off some of the fallen debris from the forest that abounds my place. Sometimes I have to reduce the amount of fallen branches and leaves that accumulate around the house and garden.

Here is a bit of By Firelight

A fire blazes well alight
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Flames swirl into the nightfire02_named_binna burra_august 2015

The many colours of the fires show
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Deep within the embers glow
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There is always someone,
Stick in hand,
To poke the embers
Making a sparkling sight
Shooting sparks
Into the dark of night
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Elevation

Join in with Debbie over at Travel with Intent with the word prompt: Elevation

Here is a my Elevations for the photo challenge

The Wattlebird has a good lookout in the coastal heath atop a Banksia
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Pelicans in the harbour will find anywhere to sit
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High in the Pine Tree, a Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo surveys the best pine cones for dinner
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Houses – Past and Present

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Houses

I don’t have many livable house photos but I do have some houses that used to be someones home in the past. Here is a slideshow of houses past and present for you to enjoy.

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The Drum

There is a new bridge being built over the Clarence River at Grafton. There is all sorts of construction stuff in the water. I saw this yellow drum but it just looked like a yellow drum in the water. I set my Canon Powershot to Toy Camera function and here is the result.

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Have a look at the other Mundane Monday photos

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Parrots

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter P

Enjoy a slideshow of Parrots that hang around my place or nearby

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Another Message

Dutch goes the Photo word prompt Message inspired me and I just had to put this photo up again.

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I saw this on the street in Ballina, a town just up the road a ways. At the time, and still now a couple of years later, it is a silent protest at the Australian Government holding refugee children in detention.

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This is November: The Flowers

The final installment of This is November. The flowers that appear in November are fabulous. The small native flowers shoot out of the ground for a short time. The garden is resplendent with most of the flowering shrubs a hive of activity as you saw in This is November: The Insects. Enjoy the flowers of November.

You saw the Jacaranda flowers in the This is October: Part Three Did you know that the Jacaranda flower is not only purple but white as well?
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Some flowers are just made to be photographed.
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A close-up shot of the Blue Salvia which the Lewins Honeyeater was feeding on in This is November: The Birds
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A few drops of water and an early morning sun make for wonderful flower photography
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The second flowering for some of the Grevilleas
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The cactus had so many buds and flowers this year.
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When the rain comes, the Crocus add splashes of colour throughout the garden.
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One of the Day Lilys I was given by my mate Geoff. There is always a Stingless Bee flying around somewhere.
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This orchid was at my besties sons place. An amazing cascade of flowers.
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Here is the orchid flower
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The Pandorea were flowering high in the canopy
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My White Hydrangea has a pink hue
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One of the best years for the Silk Tree flowering
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The Roses at my besties are magnificent this year too.
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And the scent is divine
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The little yellow puff balls are everywhere
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I love this Hibiscus which seems to have many names – I like Dancing Ballerina
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The Lomandra growing on the forest floor has many flower spikes
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The new leaves on the Paperbark are fabulous
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The Paperbark was covered in white creamy flowers from top to bottom.
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Growing in the paddock was a tiny yellow flower about 5mm in diameter. Once I saw this one I then noticed all the others.
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The Bottlebrush flowers were their showy best this year. The Pink Bottlebrush flower is the second year it has flowered since planting about 10 years ago.
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This is the red Bottlebrush flower I used as an experimental technique late last month
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many people wanted to know what the bush looked like. Here is the Miniature Bottlebrush about 1.5M tall
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The birds have been fighting over the Black Bean tree flowers
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Have you ever seen a Pineapple flower? Now you have. I had no idea they had flowers like this
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Last year, I found the Hyacinth Orchid growing in the forest at my place. I went looking again this year to where I thought it was but to no avail. Looking around my garden not only did I find one growing but two!
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That’s the last post on This is November. I hoped you like all the posts.

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This is November: The birds

November saw a number of birds who came within my camera view. Many are regular visitors.

One “visitor” is my chook. This photo is through the door from my office. She likes to come looking for me and knocks on the door if I don’t pay her any attention.
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Another visitor is a King Parrot. When I am outside, he comes and sits nearby whistling to get my attention and to see if I may have some spare seeds.
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I did a blog about Kurrie the Pied Currawong earlier in November. Here he is with his fluffy feathers
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And calling to the parent for some food
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Lewins Honeyeaters are the boss of my besties garden. They love the Blue Salvia flowers
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When I was walking around Grafton, I spied a Forest Kingfisher. Soon his mate joined him. It’s amazing the variety birds that are in town.
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We wondered why the birds are skittish in my besties garden every now and then. I spied a Black-shouldered Kite on the other side of the valley.
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With an abundance of Paperbark flowers, the Little Friarbird has a great selection to chose from.
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A Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike was looking for a snack I think.
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A Tawny Frogmouth was resting from its nocturnal hunting.
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The Red-browed Firetail was wondering
1. If the water was too deep
2. If the water was too cold
3. If there were too many leaves in the bird bath
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The Figbird kept a wary eye on my stalking through the garden.
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The Eastern Yellow Robin after his bath. Bird baths are a great source for bird photos.
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A seasonal visitor is the Leaden Flycatcher. The little bird hangs about for a week or so, chirping away and enjoying the garden
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This is November: The Insects

The next part of This is November. I often find a few insects here and there. Some stay for the hello and can I take your photo, some just say g’day and off they go. These are the ones who stayed around…….

A couple of ants having a disagreement. I took this photo in the morning. The next morning, they were still there. If I touched anywhere near them, their antennae waved about furiously.
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I have lots of Native Stingless Bees in my garden when there are yummy flowers about. This bloke has filled his pollen sacs from the Day Lily and is off back to the hive.
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The Gardenia flowers sent their scent into the house from the garden. No wonder the bees like it.
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The Crinum flower hosted many many Native Stingless Bees
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I found this beetle with a yellow love heart on its side wandering about a bush full of flowers when I was walking about in town.
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I love this beetle. The vine it is eating is a new vigorous introduced weed on my place.
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I love the bee trying to hide from me on the Paperbark flower.
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Cats Whiskers is a fabulous flower which the bees also love.
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“Let’s see if there is any more pollen in here”
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A Common Crow Butterfly was having a rest from the heat of the day.
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I have a series of Orchard Swallowtail Butterflies. Wonderful large butterflies
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This is November: Some of this and that

Again I have taken too many photos of the things I enjoy and of new discoveries so I will do This is November in a couple of posts. One post will be birds, another flowers and also insects that I have encountered during the month. You will thank me for saving or over exercising your scrolling finger. The posts won’t come out in a flood like October as I have other stuff to do.

This is a taste of whats to come as these photos are just odds and ends of this and that.

It was just a feather on the ground
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The new growth of a Davidson Plum, an Australian Native tree, is rather stunning in its hairy pinkness
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This is how Davidson Plums grow on the tree. They aren’t very tasty raw from the tree. Quite bitter. They make a nice jam though.
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When the wet arrives, I am always stopping and getting Long Necked Tortoises off the roads as they journey to a new waterhole. Sometimes I also rescue them from the Ravens who have learnt to flip the tortoise on its back when the are on the road. This bloke was heading across the road to my dam.
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One afternoon, the birds were squawking and screeching so we knew there was a goanna or a snake nearby. Looking up I saw the Python gliding through the trees. The Python was about 2 meters long and was quite hungry as it ignored me with its eyes on its prize.
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The full Moon in November gave me an opportunity to get some good photos.
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That’s it for this quick This is November. Hope you can come back for the next installment

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Black and White Sunday: Texture

I thought for a while what I could do for Lost in Translations Black and White Sunday theme of Texture. I like collecting Begonias as their leaves are so different but is mainly the colour of the leaves that is the draw card for people. I wonder how many look closely at the leaves?

Here is a selection of the few plants I have in my sun room.
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This one has lots of little hairs
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The leaves have little lumps and bumps
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Some leaves grow quite big
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Some are small. This one also has fine hairs all over the leaf.
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As an afterthought, I should show the some of the leaves in colour

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Fences and Gates

Have a look at all the fences and gates at Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Fences and Gates

Here is my selection of Fences and Gates from around here

One of my favourite gates. A typical Australian house gate from last century
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Some farm gates are meant to be sat upon
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Guess which side of the old farm fence the cattle are on? The fence keeps them from the railway line too.
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Some cattle have no idea what a farm fence is for. I love the spiders webs that are built on the fences and melt away when the morning sun heats up.
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This part of the fence and old gates are on my place. I used to love making gates.
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Thursdays Special: Pick a Word in December

This month Paula has selected some difficult words for Pick a Word in December I hope I am up to the challenge.

Sagacious
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Non-Human
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Portrayal
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Remains
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Stellar
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If you need to know why I selected these photos, write in the comments and I’ll try to explain the workings of this brain.

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Build

The Tuesday Photo Challenge word prompt from Frank: Build has elicited some great entries. Well worth a visit to Dutch goes the Photo

As is my usual want, here are some builds from nature. I have posted bird nests over the past few weeks so I thought I would put some insect builds
The caterpillar builds it’s cocoon from sticks woven with silk thread.
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I still don’t know whose nest this is. I have the piece of wood on my verandah waiting to see if anyone emerges. Isn’t it a fabulous build?
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The Bull Ants build a large mound and if anyone comes near, out they come to defend their nest.
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The spiders web is a fascinating build. This one I found on the ground, complete with dew drops sparkling like jewels, before the suns warmth melted it away
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Mundane Monday Challenge #137

IT’s Mundane Monday time again. This time I used a function on my Canon SX 60 HS Powershot camera called Creative. It shoots the subject in a number of the functions of the camera in one go. Sometimes the results can be really great. Yesterday, early in the morning, I saw a spiders web that was lit by the sun, selected Creative and waited for the results. This capture was in Sepia and enhanced using Corel Paintshop Pro 2018.

The original setting were 1/400 F6.5 ISO400 for those who like this information

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For more great Mundane Monday Challenge photos have a look here

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Bottlebrush flowers

The Daily Post word prompt: Transformation

The second in the Transformation series. This time I have used a Bottlebrush flower which are also flowering now.

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Play with the colours a bit, the reds and greens
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Perhaps a crop and a bit of grayscale.
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Go black and white and increase the black. Inspired by the photos at Roberts blog
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Remove the reality and increase saturation
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Do you have a favourite?

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Paperbark flowers

The Daily Post word prompt: Transformation

The Paperbark trees are flowering. The lovely creamy white blossoms attract birds, bees and all manner of insect. I thought that they were just the perfect thing to Transform

The original photo. The Paperbark blossoms in the early morning light.
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Add a bit of green.
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Perhaps increase the brightness
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Then play around a bit to make this.
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Some people have said it reminds them of a May Gibbs drawing. Australians will know Snugglepot and Cuddlepie. Have as look here to see a bit of my Australian childhood

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter N

Have you ever seen a Nest hotel? The Pied Cormorants must enjoy nesting together as it was rather raucous with calls of “It’s your turn” or “Bring me a fish” or just chatting to while the time away. How many nests can you count?

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There are more nests here have a look

Check out all the other fab “N” photos at Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

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The nests

The word prompt from The Daily Post: Nest

There are many different nests that Australian birds construct. Have a look at a few that I have found

Yes that is a nest. The Tawny Frogmouth nest is a couple of sticks haphazardly thrown in the fork of a tree
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A nest of sizeable proportions is the Osprey nest. This is a nest that is reused all the time.
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Nests are for raising babies. Grey Fantail babies are always hungry.
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A Spangled Drongo nest is tied to the branches of the Spotted Gum tree.
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The male Figbird has his turn on the nest among the Jacaranda blossoms.
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I think the Square-tailed Kite, sitting on her nest, has seen me.
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Sometimes a tail is all you see protruding from the nest.
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The Pied Currawongs nest is very messy but it still is comfort to the young one who wants breakfast.
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Mundane Monday #136

It’s that time of the week again where I try to find something with a bit of a wow factor. Last Saturday was my daughters wedding and I too my little camera so I wouldn’t have to carry a bigger camera. It takes good photos and sometimes I am amazed at results.

The wedding was in a field with a music and light show to dance the night away.
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Jewel Colours

A Photo a Week Challenge from Nancy Merrill Photography: Jewel Colours

All the jewel colours rolled into one with a Rainbow Lorikeet and a Bottlebrush
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“I show my Emerald better”
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“What about me?” said the King Parrot with the rubies and emeralds too
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The Eastern Rosella splashes the jewel colours about.
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Now they are getting a bit showy I think.
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On the forest floor

The Daily Post word prompt: Mushroom

I love finding and photographing mushrooms, toadstools and all fungi that I come across. Here is a selection of some of my finds

A lovely group of mushrooms. I wonder if there is a name for a group of Mushrooms
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The closer you get the yummier they seem
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Such tiny mushroom or perhaps these are toadstools?
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It is always a frill to find mushrooms to photograph in the forest
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They can be in clusters of mushrooms. There I just made that up.
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Sometimes so packed together there’s not mushroom…..
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Sometimes size matters. I always carry a brick when I go wandering with my camera, just in case
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Sometimes the light is just at the right place in the otherwise darkness of the forest floor.
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On the way home

The Daily Post word prompt: Atmospheric

As I drive home, winding through the countryside, I come to a hill that sends me down into the valley where I then climb again to my place. This special spot almost halfway down the hill, the trees open up to reveal my valley and the Great Dividing Range in the distance. Some days are so atmospheric, I am compelled to stop, bathe in the afternoons glow and wonder at the world spread before me.

No words just a few pictures.

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Dancing

The word prompt from The Daily Post: Dancing

The Buddha Festival in South Korea is one of fun, food, music, drumming, dancing and a lantern street parade in the evening. The dancing is wonderful. Unfortunately I was too far back to get good photos or videos.

This young woman was fantastic
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A rehearsal before dancing in the street parade. The Lotus blossom emerges.171117_blog challenge_dancing_sth korea_lotus01

Begins to open
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The flower emerges
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Things Found in the Kitchen

That’s the photo challenge from Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Things Found in the Kitchen.

This is a snapshot of a bit of my Things plus some from Margaret Olley’s Kitchen in the Murwillumbah Art Gallery.  Have a peek inside of her house which has been rebuilt inside the Art Gallery from a previous blog

This is the cupboard that houses Margaret Olleys crockery. I love Willow Pattern crockery.
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Just the cups
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My flour tins. I am not sure how many “elfs” I have raised but it appears that Jesus may be watching from behind the flour tins.
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MY herbs and spices
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My favourite cup and saucer photo from the hotel in Seoul
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Traces of the Past – Bridge

I don’t really like combine photo challenges but my blog bestie Paula and Frank have set the challenges that are quite easy to combine. So for Thursdays Special: Traces of the Past from Lost in Translation and Tuesday Photo Challenge – Bridge from Dutch goes the Photo here are my Bridges from the Past.

The first Bridge is the Pont Saint-Bénézet or Pont d’Avignon over the Rhone River at Avignon. It’s not much of a bridge as it doesn’t go all the way across the Rhone but still attracts lots of tourists every year
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Another not really a Bridge is the Pont du Gard which is an aqueduct which crosses the Gardon River. It is a three story bridge
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In Verona is the Bridge the Castelvecchio or Old Castle which crosses the Adige River. A beautiful red brick example of Gothic architecture.
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A colourful Bridge in Vienna in a marina and leads to fun park on the River Danube.
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How many Bridges can you count that cross the Arno River in Florence?
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Of course my favourite Bridge is the Ponte Vecchio in Florence.
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In a garden in Seoul is a pretty little Bridge crossing a tiny babbling brook.
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I could not let a Bridge or a Traces of the Past photo challenge go by without putting in the wonderful little Bridges in Venice.
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These little Bridges lead to the apartment in Venice where we love to stay out of the tourist areas.
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Thanks for coming across my Bridge and into the Traces of the Past

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter M

In this Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: The Letter M the word used must have two M’s anywhere in the word.

For this challenge I have used the word Common which is common among butterfly names

Common Albatross
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Common Ringlet
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Common Dart
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Common Brown
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Common Aeroplane
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Common Yellow
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Common Jezabel
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Meet Kurrie

I’d like you to meet Kurrie. Kurrie has been living at my besties place for a few weeks now. Luckily Kurries parents are always close by and are very good parents. Kurrie has survived 2 hail storms plus countless rain events as well as hot sunny days. We are enjoying Kurries company and will be sad when Kurrie finally decides it’s time to leave.

Here is a small photo story of our new friend Kurrie

Kurrie lives high in the tree tops not far from the house. Kurries place looks a bit thrown together but as I mentioned has survived the weather. You can just see one of Kurries parents on the right.
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Here is a bit of a closer look at Kurries place. We were never sure that there was anyone in the nest.
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Then one day we could hear this raucous sound and there was Kurrie.
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Kurrie spend a lot of time asking Mum and Dad for something to eat.
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I wonder what the parent is thinking.
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As Kurrie is growing, now it’s standing up and stretching.
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All the time keeping an eye out for the next snack
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Or stretching out as far as you can
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The parents are constantly bringing Kurrie food. A growing baby needs lots of nourishment.
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Here, Kurrie gets a bit of food from the parent.
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A bit about Kurrie.

Kurrie is a Pied Currawong. Currawongs live in most coastal areas of Eastern Australia. They live in the forest and have adapted to city life. I know when the weather is getting cooler in the mountains as the Currawongs come down from the mountains to hang around my place. They are around 48cm. Currawongs have a loud and distinctive call which is heard in the mornings, before roosting at night and sometimes before it rains.

Here is their call from Graeme Chapmans website
http://www.graemechapman.com.au/library/sounds.php?c=101&p=349