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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.
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The windows were second hand as was the roof
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I dismantled most of the structure to use in the new house. Some bits had to stay as they held up the roof
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It was raining when I decided to take the photos. Maybe one day I might do another post about the old house.
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Pairs

The word prompt from Lost in Translation: Pairs

A pairs of Red-browed Firetail Finches
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A pair of Rainbow Lorikeets
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A pair of Superb Fairy Wrens
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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?

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Green Shapes

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

A spiky green shape
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Soft green shape on the forest floor
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A tropical green shape
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Green shapes on a tree
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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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Odd Balls

Time again for the wonderful Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge where the simple photo of “I wonder why I took that”, turns into something for everyone else to say “Why did you take that???” Enjoy lots of other Odd Balls at Cees

Another creation by my artist bestie. A beach plant basket to carry some of the abundant pumice that had washed up on the beach.
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I found an odd ball on the carpet
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Mundane Monday Challenge #148

The topic for this weeks Mundane Monday Challenge is Clothes Hanging with an emphasis on framing

I took this photo while visiting the Grafton Art Gallery a while ago. Looking across the back yards, there were so many T-Shirts hanging on the line.
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I thought I would include this photo when I was learning how to apply different techniques in the photo program I use just for interest.
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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: The Letter Z

This week the topic is Letter Z – Needs to have the letter Z anywhere in the word or people or animals catching some Zzz’s (sleeping or napping).

Have a look at the other ZZZZ’s at Cees place

On a hot day as it has been so far this week (daytime temperatures between 35 to 39C ) it is good to get out of the heat and stretch out, catch a bit of the breeze that blows along the verandah and have a lovely sleep

It can be a bit warm when the iron roof heats up
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You have to curl up a bit. The bulge on the right hand side is someone who was her lunch
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I think I may have woken her up
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PS Carpet snakes are pythons who squeeze their prey and swallow whole. They are not venomous but can bite if they absolutely have to. I have been bitten a couple of times mainly removing the snakes from the chook house where they like to get an easy meal at night. They have back fangs which means their fangs face backward which they use to drag their meal down to their stomach. They can be handled but they do tend to squeeze as they hang on, like having your blood pressure taken.

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Sweet

The Daily Post word prompt: Sweet

What could be sweeter than an Eastern Yellow Robin sitting on a garden chair looking for an insect in the garden
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Perhaps a Red-browed Firetail Finch having a bath on a hot day
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Or a Variegated Wren contemplating having a dip
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Or a Grey Fantail splashing about
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Or is it a tiny Brown Thornbill enjoying a splash around
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Did you have a Sweet favourite?

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Odd Balls

Cee’s Odd Ball photo challenge is a great outlet for those photos that have that “special” quality. Drop into Cees place and check them out

The flamingo was floating

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Ever get the feeling you are being watched?

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Just a bear, a beach ball and a hamburger

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Thursdays Special: Trio

Thursdays Special word prompt Trio

A selection of Trios – some the same some similar

A trio of wheels

A Trio of phones

A Trio of rocks

A Trio of cakes

A Trio of Buddhas

A Trio of hands in Street Art

The Three Bunarms (Brothers) a painting by Oral Laurie

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Black and White Patterns

Another great Black and White photo challenge from Cee: Patterns

A cushion found in a shop

An elephant cushion from the same shop

Part of a painting in the Art Gallery

A bowl in a shop window

An art installation in the Art Gallery

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The Dancing Lady

Who is the Dancing Lady?

The Dancing Lady is a wonderful Hibiscus (Hibiscus schizopetalus) whose flowers hang from the branches which trail among the tree that supports the foliage. I have many a photo over the years on my blog but this time I have something a bit different for you.

I also have a YouTube channel where I have some videos from my wildlife camera and other bits and pieces.

Please enjoy this Dancing Lady as she dances in the garden.

 

Isn’t it lovely to watch?

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: The letter Y

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: the letter Y – Needs to be at the start or end with the letter Y

I have been contemplating this foto challenge and decided to go with a basic lot of Y photos. Can you guess my theme?

A selection of Yellow flowers to start
Yellow Australian Native flower growing on my place
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Another Yellow Australian Native flower growing on my place
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A Yellow Gazania
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A Yellow water lilywater lily02_yellow_clarrie hall dam_named_oct  2014

Another tiny Yellow Australian Native flower growing on my place
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A Yellow butterflY
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Another Yellower butterflY
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One of my favourite Australian birds Eastern Yellow Robin
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A Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo eats a pine cone like an ice cream.
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A Yellow fungus which looks like someone has had a nibble.
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A fly with a Yellow face
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Yes you guessed it I went with a Yellow theme

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This is January

January has been a month of hot weather a bit of rain but most of all the butterflies are around. The hot days have made the birds a bit scarce. Now the Summer flowers are out they’ll return. The rain over the past 5 days has seen a lot more smaller birds in the garden.

Ok lets get going. Another huge lot of photos so maybe your favourite drink you enjoy while looking at blogs may be in order again.

Perhaps some flowers and plants to get going. Isn’t the bark on this Australian Native Fig Tree wonderful
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The Red Tower Ginger flowers are looking after the garden
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More red flowers are emerging
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The Blue Ginger buds are ready to burst
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I did find a bit of wood fungi in the forest
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I have never seem Macaranga flowers before. I am still not sure if they are flowers or buds
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The flower buds are high in the canopy. When they open they are tubular white flowers which drop to the garden floor.
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A mixture of weeds. A Camphor Laurel leaf on a Cobblers Peg plant
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The Cunji are growing so well on the banks of the spring
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The spring is a lovely place to be on a hot day.
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I discovered this Australian Native plant when I was mowing the front of my place. It is almost two meters tall, covered in white flowers which ants love.
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Some bits and pieces
Holding the cattle yards together
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The trawler setting off in the afternoon to fish through the night
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The rusty seat on the old tractor
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Reptiles I have found
The Geckos live in my house. This is the Gecko who lives in the hallway.
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You never know who is sleeping on the verandah rafters.
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Such pretty markings
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Time for some birds
I didn’t know this bird as it flew about me. I have taken photos of Jacky Winter birds before. This is a young bird
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The Lewins Honeyeaters are always on the look out for the grubs in the Poinciana tree
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Late afternoon and the Pelicans are ready to sleep
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The Gulls are ready to annoy them.
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The lovely Eastern Yellow Robin happy to be in the garden.
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Found these native snails in the garden having a snooze.
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The Cricket was happy to be taken outside
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What would Summer be like without Dragonflies
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I love their wing patterns
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A grub in the Paperbark tree making track and holes all over the tree
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There was a migration of moths. We called this one a Fox Moth
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The outside wings of the Meadow Argus are quite muted
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Inside is a different story
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The Wanderers are slowly coming back
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Common Crows are everywhere at the moment
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A Common Ringlet about to take off
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There are so many butterflies with the word Common in front of their name. The Common Eggfly is a name that doesn’t do this butterfly justice.
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Remember The Quest to photograph a Blue Triangle Butterfly. Well now I have two Blue Triangles. Aren’t their faces great
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The Moon is up and about in the clouds
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The Sun is almost setting
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So it is time for me to finish off. Hope you have enjoyed my January.
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Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: 4 Feb

Find lots of Odd Balls at Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge

When going for a walk, we often come across things on the side of the road. It is a great excuse to do a bit of “street art”.
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Do you get inspired when out walking. The Artist and the photographer do

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Creature

The Daily Post word prompt: Creature

Some creatures like to eat leaves
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Some are quite fierce
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Others float on the breeze
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some like to look weird
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Others look at you too
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But creatures are creatures no matter what they do

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Thursdays Special: Pick a Word February

Again Paula has supplied five great words to find a photo match in this my favourite photo challenge Pick a Word

Innate

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Protuberant

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Rectangular

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Interspersed

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Fluorescent

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Mundane Monday Challenge #145

Mundane Monday Challenge word prompt: lamps or lampshade

A lamp in an second hand shop

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The mirror had to be included

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A lamp with a hat

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Gold with a wiggle

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The tripod lamp looks pensive

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The lamps function is to highlight the birds

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The lamp in the book nook

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Decay

The Tuesday Photo Challenge from Frank is Decay

TThe old tin drum has seen better days

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The box of crayons are a bit decayed by the sun

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A once colourful Geranium

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The Paw Paw leaf is almost ready to drop to the ground

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Mrs Flora once stood tall & colourful in the garden

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Look up

This photo challenge from Nancy Merrill is Look Up

Last night I went out on dusk to make sure the chook was locked up and content. I looked up

In the distance this is what I saw
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Not quite a full Moon. The clouds and colours were amazing.
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A bit closer and isn’t wonderful?
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Peeking out from behind the tree.
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I love our Moon
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Don’t forget to look up whether you are inside or out.

 

 

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The Whipbird has a bath

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: The letter W with 2 vowels

The Whipbird at my besties enjoy going to the bird bath. I hope you enjoy this short tale of the Whipbird having a bath

I am ready for my bath
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OK. I am going in.
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This is great.
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I really enjoyed that bath.
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I hope my feet are clean.
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Well………how do you look after your bath?
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The Begonia

A photo challenge from Lost in Translation: Once Over

I like this photo challenge as I quite often am not satisfied with a photo I have taken and want to try and capture the feeling or mood when I was attempting to get what I wanted.

Here is the original – the closest of many photos to what I hoped to achieve.
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What I wanted but just couldn’t adjust my camera to the right settings to achieve was a dark background in order to fringe highlight the small hairs on the begonia leaves and stems. Once I had manipulated the image to what I desired, I then removed some of the elements that I didn’t want in the photo with cropping and cloning.
This is my final result.
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Birds in black and white

The Daily Post word prompt: Silhouette

I really enjoy turning my photos of birds into silhouettes. It is a bit of a process as I actually draw around the outline of the bird. I don’t use flood colour, I fill in the bird with black and then do the rest of the photos black pieces, branches etc by hand. The white is done the same way. I have posted some of these previously.

As you can see I don’t use borders. When they are framed, the mask provides an edge.
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The Quest

As you know, I love taking photos of nature. I love the colours of butterflies and it is a great pleasure to have so many different species of butterfly in our gardens.

One butterfly became a quest to get a photo – the Blue Triangle. Blue Triangles are seldom still and have such a fast and erratic flight, it is so hard to get a photo of them in flight. They zip around the garden and suddenly they will fly to the top of the trees, up and over and gone in an instant.

One thing they do is come down to puddles on the road near my besties to have a drink. They seem to have a 6th sense and in the blink of an eye they are off when I get close. Similar to birds they know when I am almost focused with my camera and then gone.

The other day, walking about, camera in hand, spotting a bird here a dragonfly there, getting a photo or two of a Common Crow butterfly, when suddenly I am zoomed by a Blue Triangle. Now’s my chance, I thought. I followed it around the corner of the shed and saw the butterfly disappear into the shrub.

I know the Blue Triangle landed in here somewhere. Can you spot the butterfly?
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Ah…..there. I can see the butterfly. How long will it sit still for?
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When they fly all you see is a dark colour and the flash of blue. Look, it has blue legs too.
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The colour cahnges a bit as the wings begin to open. Perhaps it is time to take off.
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You can see a bit better why they are called Blue Triangles
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A truly stunning butterflyblue triangle butterfly_close_named_binna burra_jan 2018

My quest is over….until the next time I spot a Blue Triangle

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Silence of now

The Daily Post word prompt: Silence

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The Cattle Yards

The once bustling sounds
of men mustering.
Cattle mooing
as they are moved about.
Dogs bark
running about the legs
of cattle
going this way and that.
But now
the cattle yards lay silent
Grasses stand tall
about the wood.
Lichen grow on
the rails
Hinges start to rust
Wood starts to rot
Where once
was activity
Now silence abounds

 

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Silence

The Daily Post word prompt: Silence

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Silence

Lost in time.
Now silence
echos
Around the dray.
The clanking, clinking
of chains.
The creak
of wood.
The squeak
of leather.
The steady clip, clop
of hooves.
The chatter
of people.
of years gone by
Are heard no more.
Now silence
echos
Around the dray
Long forgotten.

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Waiting

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He sits.

Alone.

His back against
the still warm
stones
of the outside wall.

He has been
here before,
knowing that
the stones of
the wall
can cool.

Pondering.
The thoughts
and memories
of his love
received.

Alive!
he cries
I am alive!
He feels the
warmth of the stones.

Do they beat
in time with
the heart within?

They are smooth,
these stones.
His hands,
his body,
his soul
have touched them
gradually wearing
the stones of
the wall smooth.

The warmth
of his love
has washed
over the wall.
He has been
inside.

But now he sits.

Alone.

Waiting. . . .

 

I wrote this almost ten years ago. I happened upon the rock wall recently and it made me think of this poem.

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Forgotten in the paddock

For Thursdays Special: Traces of the Past I am going back to the recent past as Australias history is just over 200 years.

A property near my place they have some implements that were used on the farm in the 19th Century.

It used to take 2 days to go to town by horse and cart. Now-a-days I can drive to town in 25 minutes
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I think this was a stick rake. The seat doesn’t look very comfortable. It is similar to my tractor seat though.

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It is a pity to see the wagon falling into disrepair. My Grandfather was a Wheelwright and would be disappointed to see this wagon like this.

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The iron work is still in good order despite being out in the weather for quite a number of years

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter V

Another Fun Foto Challenge: The letter V. Needs to start with V and be at least 6 letters. Lots of V’s can be found at Cees

I have a couple of V birds in my folders.

A Varied Triller
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and some lovely little Variegated Fairy Wrens
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