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Thursdays Special – Female

I would be very remiss if I didn’t use my lovely Red-necked Wallabies who hop around my garden and lovingly tend their Joeys for Paulas photo challenge – Female.

This young female is so pretty don’t you think?

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But also camera shy.

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“What are you doing in there?”

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“It’s OK Mum, I’m just chilling”

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One day you will have some fur on those skinny arms.

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“Mums pouch is the best place to be”

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My Street

This is what happens in my street…..or road actually. I liked the prompt from Dutch Goes The Photo as my street isn’t like anyone elses street, OK perhaps a few.

This is what can happen in my street. Occasionally some of the farmers in my area need to move cattle from one place to another. This time it was a rural event called a Camp Draft where riders try to move cattle in a set pattern.

Here is My Street

170526_streets04As I came out of my driveway, this is what I saw down the road.

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Sending the cattle through the gate.
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The horse wondered what I was doing also making sure I got its best side.
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The dog was working hard.

 

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Black & White Sunday – Maternal

The Fig Bird tending her nest among the Jacaranda blossoms

Checking on the nest before she settles down

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Keeping an eye on me

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Time to sit

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This is the colour version with the male Fig Bird on the nest

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: All One Colour

I have gone for a plant theme for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: All One Colour look here for other fabulous all one colour photos.

Some photos are close, some are just some of my favourites.

My abstract banana leaf

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The red leaf of the Red Cordyline

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The old Fan Palm frond

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The fern frond all in a line

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I love Zinnias

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And Roses

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Red berries in the morning sun

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The wonderful yellow Day Lily

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One of my favourite Australian native plant, the Purple Fringe Lily

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CFFC

 

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Week 34 – Movement

M’s 52 Weeks Photo Challenge this week is Movement

How much movement is there in two Orchard Butterflies doing their mating dance!!!

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The male actually flies backward towards the female

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Thursdays Special: Traces of the Past Y3-05

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My little piece of history may be thousands of years old as the Aboriginal culture is the oldest culture in history. I discovered these artifacts on my property many years ago. On a walk with friends I first came upon the stone hand axe or cutting tool. The photos don’t really show the sharpness the edge. When I first picked the tool up, it fitted into my hand so wonderfully well.

The second discovery was made a while later. It is the stone that was used to chip off bits of stone to make the hand axe possibly. Again the smooth roundness of the back fitted into my hand perfectly.

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Have a look at the other wonderful photos from the past in the Lost in Translations blog

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Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Letters W or X

Thank you Cee for making me really have a good think about this challenge.  The letter W has many possibilities but the letter X!!!!

I though of the many window photos I have so it was hard to cut them down to just a few. These are from my travels in Italy.

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I love the old window shutters.

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Windows with window sills filled with flowers are lovely.

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Some window just have one container of flowers

Now for the letter X. How many of you used to get a torch and do an X-ray of your fingers when you were kids?

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Letters U or V

Cee’s Photo Challenge using the letters U or V. We are getting closer to the end of the alphabet and these letters really had me thinking.

The promotion women walking through the streets of Rome in 2012 with their Umbrellas

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Every seagull needs an Umbrella on a hot Australian day at the beach

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What Vehicle would be the most appropriate for the letter V!!! Only a VW would do. This is my besties sons which one day will be resuscitated.

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The Water Vine is huge as it uses itself to climb higher through the trees in the rainforest

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Thursdays Special: Vernal

What a great photo challenge from Lost in Translation. Vernal is an inspirational adjective bringing thoughts of Spring – it’s colours and promise of life. It is the middle of Autumn here in Australia, so my selection of photos are from last years spring. Hoping it brings joy to you and your Spring.

The blossoms of the nectarine tree in the early morning

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Of course what would blossoms be without bees

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The little native Blue-banded Bee loves to scrunch to get the nectare

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and of course there are butterflies everywhere in my garden

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The birds come for the flowers too

Yellow-tufted Honeyeater

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Eastern Spinebill

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Scaly-breasted Lorikeet

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Musk Lorikeet

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Rainbow Lorikeet

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Scarlet Honeyeater

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Reflecting

The Daily Post photo challenge made me think of the photos I have with reflections. The ones that I chose were from the hours spent in La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. The whole structure is so amazing. The outside with its many carvings  and intricate designs but once inside the amazement turns to wonderment. The light through the myriad of stained glass windows is breathtaking.

The light reflects on every surface lighting the Sagrada with dancing colours.

This a small selection of what I saw.

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The walls

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The columns

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The floor –  a cool blue

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The floor – a fiery red

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Moon Goddess

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The moon
full and bright,
in my garden
casts shadows among the trees –
I thought I saw
you there
dancing –
a woman of beauty,
a moon goddess.

Moonbeams casting
landing on petals,
shining on my skin,
entering my being
enveloping my heart
making it race,
distracting my thoughts
so I think of nothing
but her,
dancing in my garden,
lighting my life.

I shall sit here –
awaiting her come near
that I might steal a kiss,
my arms
encircle her waist
drawing her to me,
to feel her warmth,
her goddess fullness –
a moment of passion
to believe that
the dancing in the shadows
is not a dream,
a dream of beauty,
a dream of
my moon goddess –
casting her beams
throughout my garden
enchanting
captivating……..

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Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge May 7

Odd Balls. Those photos that are the ones you in someway like but not too sure where they fit in your photo galleries. I have lots of Odd Balls and so do other photographers. Have a look at the other Odd Balls

I love rust. Its colours and textures. I don’t know what this old piece of machinery was used for, perhaps moved things from the boats to the works on the headland. I found it in South Australia.

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The creativity in making this seat is wonderful. It is on a friends property in South Australia too.

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Can you guess what this photo is? I took this photo of a pool on my property with a Water Strider on the surface. Its feet aren’t really that big as the shadow shows.

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Falling Water

Falling Water is the theme from Dutch Goes the Photos Tuesday Challenge Have a look at the great photos others have contributed

The Clarence River water rushes over the rocks at Lilydale near my place.

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Ellenborough Falls are quite spectacular as the water tumbles into the deep ravine.

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Isolated Subjects

Isolated Subjects is the theme for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge.

The cemetery at Clunes New South Wales has a nice outlook

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During a flood, many items get isolated.

The hay bale floating down the Clarence River at Grafton

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The tower of the boat shed on the banks of the Clarence River at Grafton

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The Spangled Drongo sitting on the nest high in the tree.

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CFFC

 

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52 Week Photo Challenge: Week 33 – Rain

I did have to look for rain photos but why can’t I find any. I am sure there must be some somewhere. Oh well for 52 Week Photo Challenge I found these.

Looking out of the window at Sydney Harbour on a rainy day.

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The raindrops on the Hipeastrum

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The spiders web caught a few raindrops.

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Black and White Sunday: Imperfect

What a photo challenge set by Paula for Black and White Sunday. Unmask those photos that you probably don’t want people to see.

What a great photo it could have been – the Sea Eagle with a fish.

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I have no idea what I was doing but it’s a nice shoe

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The cafe had a lot of metal pots, pans and utensils on the top of the cupboard, but most interesting was the watering can. The lighting was great.

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What could be better. A full moon rising with a palm tree in the foreground.

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Thursdays Special: Pick a Word in May

Another favourite photo challenge from Paulas Lost In Translation

CONFINED – The Quoll or Australian Native Cat had been killing my chooks so I set a trap to catch it. I released the Quoll in the National Park near my place.

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JAZZY – A building in Sydney Australia

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SERENE: Sitting beside the babbling brook

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Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Letters S or T

One of my favourite photo challenges – Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge. Some photos are black and white others have been converted.

The Snail shell found in my garden. It is an Australian native snail.

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The old Truck that has been in my street since I first moved here,

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The Train Tunnel – the train can just be seen

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The Strelitzia or Bird of Paradise flower

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A Spider web early one morning

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The Flower and the Bees

The challenge is shallow depth of field52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 32

The Hippeastrum is a fabulous flower to photo. Its large bell shaped flowers and striking colours give many an opportunity for some great photos. Throw in some Stingless Native Bees and you look into a busy tiny world.

The flowers are male and female. This is a female flower with the stigma ready for some pollen.

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This is a male with the anthers full of pollen

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All we need are some bees. Look how full the bees pollen baskets are.

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Once a flower is found the tiny bees come to collect the pollen.

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I wonder if they know there’s a spider in there.

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My April: Full of Flowers Birds and Insects

April. An Autumn month where the hot days give way to warm days, a hint of rain and cool nights. Migratory birds stop off, some plants flower and the weather is great for getting into the garden.

My garden helpers. Well maybe not all the time but they can help out with the insect control. They are constantly digging somewhere.

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The end of March saw floods around the region and as a result, the floodwaters that entered the ocean caused the beaches to become foamy wonders. Here is a selection of the water at Sharpes Beach near Ballina.

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I love the structural shapes in cacti

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Some cacti were flowering

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Other flowers bloomed in their own showy way. The camellias were beautiful this year.

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Other flowers were just as spectacular

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The Hibiscus is one of my favourites

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The deep red of the Dahlia is stunning

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The bees are loving the Pentas.

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The fungi were everywhere in March but now just the few last fungi are popping up here and there. This is a wonderful pink fungi.

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It looks almost planetary from the top don’t you think?

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On a young eucalypt I found this amazing growth which I was informed is called Witches Broom. The ants seem to enjoy scurrying over it.

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I have had a visitor in my house since early this year. She has been moving from room to room but has moved into the laundry. She is the biggest Huntsman Spider I have ever seen. When she stretches her legs she has a 16cm span. How big is your hand?

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One day out in the garden, I dug out some old plants and also dug out a spider. At first I thought it was a Funnel Web Spider but it was a Mouse Spider. Both species of spider are quite venomous. It was too fussed about being disturbed.

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The Line Blue Butterfly stopped for a rest on the hanging pot support.

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The Eastern Yellow Robins have been zooming around the garden chasing one another. The female Robin sat on the bush just outside of the window. I think she was looking in the window.

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The Yellow-faced Honeyeaters have returned for the winter.

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The Plumed Whistling-Ducks have also come to rest for a while. I found a large flock in Waterview Heights, a outer suburb of Grafton. They were walking up and down the edge of a dam, chatting among themselves.

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The ever present Kookaburra is not far away when I am digging in the garden, either sitting in a tree or like this bloke, on a fence post.

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That was a bit of Bushboys World in April. Hope you liked stopping by.

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Week 31 – Empty Space

With a title like that for 52 weeks photo challenge  the sky’s the limit.

A little poem to start

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From the top of the pine tree the Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo can see all the empty space around

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The Square-tailed Kite was being harassed by the Friarbird

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Empty space abounds for the Jacky Winter perched on the old tree branch

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The Wedged-tailed Eagles getting away with their lunch. The one on the right has a Water Dragon trailing from its feet.

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The Ibis soared in the sky.

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The Black-shouldered Kite has the perfect perch to survey his surroundings.

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The Cormorant has many an empty space. One of my projects is to make some silhouettes of birds.

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Where could there be more empty space than…..weellll……Space

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Tuesdays Photo Challenge: RBG

What a photo challenge!!!! How many photos have Red, Green and Blue colours? I am sure I can find some as I enjoy taking photos of birds and many Australian birds are quite colourful.

But first the jumping castle at the markets certainly has the colours.

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The Chinese Lantern flower with a background of leaves and sky.

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A Blue-faced Honeyeater and the Bottlebrush flower

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A Rainbow Lorikeet among the Bottlebrush blossoms

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The Orchard Butterfly enjoys my garden.

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The Musk Lorikeet about to take off.

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The lovely Eastern Rosella striking a pose.

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The feathers of a rooster who used to strut about my place. (More about the rooster here)

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Look here to see other photos in the Tuesday Photo Challenge RGB https://dutchgoesthephoto.net/2017/04/25/tuesday-photo-challenge-rgb/

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Black and White Sunday – Through

What a challenge! I couldn’t think of anything then a bit of inspiration kicked in which led to too many ideas.

Looking through to a garden in Rome.

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One of the many colonnades in Bologna

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Letting the ferry through the lock in Paris

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Looking through time in the 12th Century church in Verona

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Not many through photos from Australia as the ideas of those came to late

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These are Fungi 2017

The rain came.
The sun came out.
The earth warmed.
Life emerged from the earth.
These are Fungi

The first signs as the fungus pushes its way from the earth

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The yellow hue of this fungus didn’t translate to the photo as it nestled among the leaves of the Honey Gem.

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All manner of shapes and colours appear among the grass and sticks.

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Sometimes emerging from the mulch can be difficult.

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When your neighbour emerges after you have and tilts you

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Even in decay the fungus emits a golden sheen

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Flipped onto its back the delicate frills no longer are there

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The texture of the fungus is rough to the touch but has a softness also

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The underside frills make a lovely fan

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A certain translucency when the sun falls upon the frills

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Fungi come in groups. These tiny fungi are everywhere dotting the grass with their orange brown spots. See how big the blades of grass are compared to the tiny fungi.

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Or group together and dwarf the blades of grass

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The brown fungi like to hang closely together.

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The Finger Fungi are never alone as the stand tall. Well as tall as a Finger Fungi can.

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Is this one of the ball shaped fungi above starting to grow old.

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This next few photos are of fungi that I have never seen here before.

The tiny red fungi are easy to spot as they grow among the Norfolk Island Pine needles. Seemingly solitary with other red fungi nearby.

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The pink fungi are coming out from between cracks in an old sleeper.

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This type of small fungi are a jet black and only a few appeared next to the verandah and in a day or two, were gone. The photo  doesn’t show the true colour

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These are the fungi at my place. There are more as some others are in my first fungi blog from years ago.