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In the Gum Tree

The photo challenge from Maria at CitySonnet for January’s colours and letters: Starts with the letter K

High up in
the Gum Tree
I saw
a hand
gripping tight
then a bit more
as he
shuffled about
in the fork
of the Gum Tree.
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Koala was awake
in the Gum Tree
Looking around
watching
wondering
what had woken
him from his
sleep.
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Oh dear
he thought.
It’s just that bloke
the one with
a camera
Nothing to be
alarmed about.
Now bugger off
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These photos were taken in my besties front yard bush garden. The previous owner planted some trees that Koalas can feed and sleep in. Koalas sleep a lot of the time and are nocturnal generally. When he is in the trees, he can be heard calling, a sound you can never forget.

Here is sound a cute Koala makes
https://wildambience.com/wildlife-sounds/koala/

 

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Lismore Rainforest Botanical Gardens – the paths

It was the beginning of a hot day when we went to the Lismore Botanical Garden. We have been meaning to go every time we go to the Recycling Centre or as it is commonly know, the Tip Shop. Yes great bargains are to be had from the things that people throw away. But I digress. The morning was starting to heat up but it was cool walking among the trees. There has been very low rainfall so the plants were not at the best. We will go back when the rains come and I’ll show you some of the fabulous flowers, seeds, plants and hopefully there will be lots more birds.

The Gardens are a community project and the volunteers do a fabulous job. Over four hectares have been planted with dry, subtropical and riverine rainforest species. Here is their website

Enjoy walking the paths of the Lismore Rainforest Botanical Gardens
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This post is also for sonofabeachs Which Way photo challenge and Jo’s Monday Walk

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Quest

The Ragtag Daily Prompt Wednesday: Quest

I have always liked the idea of a quest probably from reading King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table as a youngster.
Over the years I have set myself a number of quests. These quests involve getting a photo of something I have seen but never able to get any good photos. I have written about one such Quest
I take my self imposed quests quite seriously, much to the bemusement of my bestie who sometimes won’t stop the car when I see what could be an opportunity or calls out when we are going out “What are you doing?” Most times I am ready to go but just outside chasing butterflies, dragonflies, stalking a bird or getting that perfect shot of a flower.

Here are some of my quest conquests.

A Blue Triangle Butterfly. They don’t land that often and have an erratic flight.
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A Royal Spoonbill. I have a few photos but never seemed to be able to get close enough for a good photo.
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Rainbow Bee-eaters. Always on the move, never settling for long.
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Catching that Bee in flight
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The featured photo. Always trying to get birds in flight. An ongoing quest.

 

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Vast Reservoir of Nature

The inspirational quote from Debbie at Travel with Intent for this photo challenge

“The sea is the vast reservoir of Nature. The globe began with sea, so to speak; and who knows if it will not end with it?”

–  Jules Verne

The quote made me think of what I could link from my photos with the above quote. I had an idea but didn’t know how to execute the idea into a photo. I am so glad that Corel PaintShop Pro has great tutorials. I played around for quite a while, changing my mind and photos until I finally said that is enough. It isn’t exactly as I wanted but I didn’t have the photos that my mind wanted.

This mechanical world
wheels turn
cogs interact
pulling
pushing
nature
to the brink.
Polluting her waters
her rivers
her oceans
destroying the sea
vast reservoir of Nature

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Blue and Yellow

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Blue and Yellow

The cute little flight simulator at a recent airshow. No I wasn’t allowed to get in.
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I thought I had more blue and yellow flowers. At least I found one of a Wandering Jew plant
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The Ponytail trees have an abundance of yellow flowers and lots of bees
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Embarrassment in front of my home

Today, I had a major embarrassment.  My guests arrived and parked their car in the driveway in front of the house. We went inside and had a lovely morning tea and conversation.

After a while I went outside to make sure my garden wasn’t suffering in the heat of the day. Whilst outside I noticed some unusual activity. I snuck inside and grabbed my camera just to make sure what I saw was actually happening right there, in front of my eyes.

How do you tell your guests that there is someone having sex on their car, right in the driveway right in front of my house?

 

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Curves

The word prompt from the Lens-Artists: Curves

The old wagons curves
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Lots of curves on succulents
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The Red-naped Snake showing some curves
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Pythons always have curves when they are having a nap.
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The gentle curves of a butterflies wingcaper-white-butterfly01_named_home_nov-2016

Curves in architecture – the Sydney Opera House
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Bobbin loved to sit on the table
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The air show pilot filled the air with curves
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Walking

The Weekly Prompt from Sue for the photo challenge: Walking

Yes walking. There is always someone walking about isn’t there?

A White-faced Heron takes a walk among the Mangroves
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A Black-necked Stork walks in the wetland looking for a snack
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Having a stroll along the beach, an Osprey without a care in the world
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The Roses

Bren’s Photo For The Week challenge: Roses
I love Roses. They are a great subject to photograph. This first photo is a Climbing Rose in a park in Grafton.rose_climbing_named_grafton_sept 2104

I tried to bring out the softness in this photo.
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The Sun helps to bring out the delicate coloursrose_pink_named_orange_feb 2015

White Roses can look quite spectacular
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I just love the colours in this Rose.
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My besties Yellow Rose is stunning.170519_blog challenge_all one colour_yellow rose

We left her highly scented Pink Rose at her old place unfortunately.
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Another subtly coloured Rose
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Just had to include the Rose Robin who pops into my place every now and then
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Music – It’s black and white

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Anything Related to Music

I wonder if I can find something for this photo challenge? Well I did manage to locate a couple of items.

The piano needs a good clean
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A great book
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There seems to be a theme in the bookcase
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Once there were actual records
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Then came the CDs
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The piano looks a bit better now
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Music to play a few tunes190111_blog_challenge_blackandwhite_music_related_sheet_music

Some guitars to play the music
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Frustration

The word prompt from Sheryl: Frustration

What is frustration?
Frustration is………..

Trying to have your lunch when friends drop over
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Trying to have a drink when someone comes along who is argumentative
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Trying to have a bath when someone drops inmusk lorikeet_rainbow lorikeets08_home_named_nov 2014 - Copy

Your Mum washing your face in public
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Featured Photo: Missed again

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New life

The word prompt for Nancy’s Photo a Week Challenge: New

Here is new life. The featured photo is a Red-necked Wallaby joey hanging around at the front of my place.
The three Welcome Swallow chicks crammed into their nest of grass and mud.
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Grey Fantail chicks snoozing in the Spring sun.
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The Brown Honeyeater chicks waiting for an adult to appear with food.
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Fairy Wren chicks huddled together taking in the afternoon sun on a chilly day
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Friday Follies Ep 1.10 – know your font

Time for another Friday Follies where the word of advertising comes crashing down

When sign writing, it is important to know the font you are using to ensure that everyone gets what they want. I am sure someone may have got lucky!!!

OK you. Mind out of the gutter. Someone may have gotten the movie they wanted

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It’s all about nature

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: It’s All About Nature

How could I not resist this photo challenge. Showing self restraint here is a bit of the nature from my part of the world.

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