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Odd Ball – In the Shops

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge

Here are a couple of things I have found in shops over the past few weeks. Enjoy my Odd Ball photos

A unique jewellery display
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He wants you to come in
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The cafe sure had big bugs
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I told you to put the mannequins away
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Quintessential

The word prompt from Nancy: Quintessential

To many people, the Kangaroo is quintessentially Australian. They are everywhere. I think the last count there were 50 million Kangaroos in Australia.
This bloke is an Eastern Grey Kangaroo. Kangaroos can be quite temperamental and will attack, sitting back on that huge tail and kick out with their powerful legs which have long nails on their feet. When the fight each other, the aim is to disembowel the other roo with powerful kicks.

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But what about the cute and cuddly Koala? They will scratch you with the claws they use to scamper up trees. Another charming fact is that they will urinate on you once they tire of your company.
Here is a bit about Koalas

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Superstition

What?
Superstition
Why pick
on black cats?
What have we done?
I am content
resting here.
Look at me.
Angelic.
Come closer
Yes
Come closer
my pretty.
Superstition
will evaporate
as you become
lost in my eyes.
Come closer……

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*This is Benny.
He lived a long happy life but could be a devil. He could be purring in your lap and suddenly he would attack your arm or leg. All the dogs in the neighbourhood were scared of him. Any dog that strayed down the drive, no matter if it was a big farm dog or small dog, you would always see them running up the drive with Benny in close pursuit.
So I guess it was bad luck for any other cat or dog to wander into Benny’s place.

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Bricks

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Geometry, bushes, window, brick, curtain, green, tan, wall, building, dark red, tree

OK. I have covered Geometry and Window. Now for Brick

Bricks with a bit of paint
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A brick wall in Bologna, Italy
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Brick pathway with some moss in Lismore Australia
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What would a brick wall be without a skink hanging on the warm bricks
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Some old sandstone bricks on a church in Springwood Australia
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Some ferns growing out of a brick wall in Bangalow Australia
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The wonderful brick of the Ponte Vecchio Avignon France
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Geometry and Windows

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge Week 1: Photo Geometry, bushes, window, brick, curtain, green, tan, wall, building, dark red, tree

What a selection Cee has chosen for us to pick from. I think it may be several posts if I get the inspiration. This post started off as Geometry but a few Windows appeared.

Some geometry from inside an art work in the Centre Pompidou Paris
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Another art work from the Centre Pompidou – some neon geometry
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Once I thought of geometry, along came some stained glass windows as well. A church in Lyon France
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The wonderful stained glass windows from the Segrada Familia in Barcelona
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Fountains

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Fountains
One of my favourite fountains – The Trevi Fountain in Rome
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A fun fountain near the Centre Pompidou Paris. Always love to get an elephant photo
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My Winter Visitor

You all know how I go on about the Eastern Yellow Robins that are around here all the time…..this is a Rose Robin who drops in here when the weather gets a bit cooler. This bloke has his bright breeding plumage on. I have seen the female flitting around the garden but haven’t had my camera with me at the time.

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Square Rooves for June

Here is a recap of all the rooves I posted for Beckys #RoofSquares photo challenge. Did you have a favourite roof?

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I hope you enjoyed all the photos and posts that were submitted to Becky. I enjoyed this photo challenge very much. It was fun getting new photos as well as going through my folders remembering some great times.

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Celebration

The word prompt from Nancy’s Photo a Week: Celebration

The display from last month Lismore Lantern Parade which ended with fireworks. Before the fireworks, a dance with flaming torches culminating in a fiery burning sparkling show.

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Thursdays Special: Pick a Word in July

Some easy words, so Paula says, for this months Pick a Word. How would you go?

Canicular
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Splash
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Feathered
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Marine
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Scenic
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This is June 2018

Welcome to my world in June. Not an abundance of photos this time but I do recommend getting comfortable. June was the month where my bestie sold her 103 year old farmhouse in a  Rain-forest, where a lot of bird bath and bird photos came from, and moved into her new place which is similar to my climate. It is a newish house but has a bird bath and a great bird attracting garden. So far we have identified 38 birds, some are in this post. As you can see I have been a bit busy helping move house.

The house is still in a rural setting.
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This is my first attempt at photographing Dandelion seed heads.
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One afternoon the sky became fierce looking. Quite an angry face looking out isn’t it?
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The early morning at my place walking through the Blady Grass. It was very dry in the previous months. Green shoots struggled to grow among the dry brown grass.
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This native plant is growing in the middle of a paddock. The Autumn saw the stalk covered in white flowers. I hope the seeds have spread and not harvested by ants.
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June is the month for the Lismore, a town nearby, Lantern Parade. I didn’t get many good parade photos. There were a number of Orchid lanterns hanging in the trees in the park where the show and fireworks took place.lantern_named_lismore_june 2018
The fireworks were quite spectacular.fireworks_named_lismore_june 2018

While my bestie was moving house, I was given some, OK a lot, of plants to look after. The Kalenchoe loved being in my sun room and has put on a wonderful display of flowers.
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Winter has also brought some other visitors into the house. I usually have native rodents come into the warmth. I have a trap to catch them and then they get taken back into the bush. This time I have had a House Mouse or two in the pantry. This little fat one, I suspect to be a pregnant female, was relocated up the road.mouse_named_home_june 2018
This is the big section of birds for the month of June

The little Silvereyes have really taken to the hanging pot bird bath and drinking place.
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The other bigger birds prefer to use this bird bath. A female or juvenile Satin Bowerbird was chatting to someone nearby.
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A Yellow-faced Honeyeater takes a drink.
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A Yellow-faced Honeyeater at my besties has claimed this branch of a tree.
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There has been quite a number of Yellow-rumped Thornbills around my garden
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A very cute looking Jackie Winter enjoyed the morning sun on the fence.
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While we were walking along a road, we came across a small flock of Variegated Fairy Wrens darting in the grass beside the road. A young one made an appearance on a nearby tree. vareigated fairy wren_young_named_caniaba_june 2018

Of course I couldn’t let a post go past without my favourite, an Eastern Yellow Robin. Sadly we had to leave Bobbin behind so maybe this one at my place will be the the new substitute. I haven’t found the right name yet. Any suggestions?
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One afternoon a small flock of Red-browed Firetails came looking for grass seeds in the front garden.
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A young Lewins Honeyeater found a great lookout atop a red flowering Eucalypt.
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The Rainbow Lorikeets came for the Eucalypt flowers too.
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A Rufous Whistler singing an early morning song
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It was lovely to have a welcome to the new place with a number of Welcome Swallows who zoom around the verandahs and sit on the fence to do their laundry.
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Another bloke who likes to sit on the fence to survey the lawn for insects is the Restless Flycatcher. They make the most amazing sound. I tried to make a video but it wasn’t the best sound quality.
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An Eastern Rosella wanted to see what we were doing in the new garden.
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At my place, a number of Noisy Miners were carrying on. They didn’t like the Kookaburra being too close to their nests.
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I thought it was going to be a cold night after finding a Kookaburra family cosying up for the night in the late evening.
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A Pacific Black Duck showing a flash of turquoise as it paddled on the creek.
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A young Straw-necked Ibis didn’t want me to take its photo as it strolled in a nearby paddock.
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This bloke didn’t seem to mind though.
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The Sacred Ibis look wonderful as they wheel about in the sky
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A Common Tern was fishing down by the estuary. Gliding along and then suddemly plumetting into the water. I didn’t see it catch a fish though.
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The Moon and a plane.
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Well the sun is almost setting. Thanks for joining me in This is June
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Hope to see you next month

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More Birds for Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge

I have lots of birds for Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge of Birds

Here are my Black and White Birds

Magpie Geese resting up after a long migratory flight
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Wonderful Willie Wagtail as he hops about the grass looking for a snack
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A White-winged Chough surveys where to walk to next
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A raucous Magpie Lark, or better known as Pee Wees, shouts at a tree
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Meet Chip, the Magpie who used to knock on the door to get a small snack, at my besties
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This Pied Butcher Bird would always come when I was in the bush cutting firewood hoping that I would disturb a grub or two.
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A Pied Cormorant catching a bit of afternoon sun
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A Pied Currawong looking for a free feed at the picnic table
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Birds in Black and White

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge : Birds

One day I was looking at some of my bird photos. One in particular was of a heron standing in a tree in my backyard with the sun behind. The silhouette wasn’t that clear, so I set about changing the white areas to very white and the bird and tree to black.
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Of course this started a series of converting colour photos to grey-scale so I could hand colour what I wanted. You can see at the very top of the Rainbow Bee Eater below where I missed a small amount of the white.

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When I print these and frame them I didn’t need a frame around the photo. On a blog post the white does disappear and the edges are gone. The Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo just flies around the page.
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This one, a New Holland Honeyeater on a Banksia, was the most difficult  but worth the effort don’t you think? silhouette-blog_wattlebird
The Golden Whistler singing among the many branches was also a bit fiddly. I left a little bit of his yellow on his throat but didn’t make it white as something different to the others silhouette_blog_whistler

Writing the post wasn’t easy either as I added all the photos in one go and had to find the spaces to write. I thought about doing borders for this post. Do you think I should have put borders on the photos?

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From below

The word prompt from Nancy: From Below

I am often scouting the trees for birds so sometimes I get unusual aspects of birds.

This could be called heads and tails of Little Wattlebirds
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The Brown Pigeon was up high in the tree
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Not all have been in the trees though
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Waves

The word prompt from Maria at citySonnet: Waves

Is it a hello
or the power of the sea
that Waves.
With one
you wave back
The other
watch in awe
Churning
foamy spectacle

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Washing up
the life from
beneath
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Bringing the past
back
for all to see
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Waves
Crashing
Smashing
eroding rocks
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Swirling around
the headland
or
racing to the beach
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Tumbling
in the early morning
washing
the sand
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Waves
the power of
the sea

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Teddy

The word prompt from Laura at Manic Mondays 3 Way Prompt: Confession

I wrote this poem, when I was about 17 years old, one day in an English class in High School. The teacher noticed me not paying attention, called me to the front of the class and made me read my poem to the class. I must add I went to an all boys high school.

Owl is sitting
in his tree.
Teddy is here,
cuddling me.
I love Teddy
and Teddy loves me.
And Owl is still sitting
in his tree

Hoot Hoot
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The Wildlife Camera

The Daily Post word prompt: Unlikely

This looks like a good place to set up the wildlife camera with its infra-red sensors to catch the action at the bird bath, or so I thought. It would unlikely that anything could go wrong and I would have a fine gallery of birds at the bird bath.

I didn’t count on the wisteria leaves on the arbor where I fastened the camera to be uncooperative.

Nicely positioned. Unlikely to miss anything. What? The wind has blown up.
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Oh dear. Now it’s getting worse.
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This is ridiculous. You can hardly even see the bird bath.
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But wait. Here are some White-headed Pigeons
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A Magpie has landed
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The late afternoon sun on the Galah is perfect
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So it wasn’t unlikely after all