Pick a Word January 2022

Lost in Translation’s Pick a Word January 2022

Well Paula has really given me a test this time with her fabulous words. Let’s see what I can conjure from my photos this month.

INCOGNIZANT

JUVENILE

MERITORIOUS

UTILITARIAN

ELAPSING

I hope I have done well.

Do you have any chilies

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Cold, Chilly or Chili

As I don’t do cold very well but I do have a few food photos. Here are a few chilies at markets from my travels

Barcelona

Genoa

Here are the V’s

Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge January Alphabet: The Letter V Anywhere in the Word

Jump in and let’s get going

We can look at some leaves

Find an Ivory Curl flower with a bee inside

Beautiful Violas – just one

or we can see a bunch

We will have to look hard to find a couple of Stingless Native Bees hard at work in the Clivia flowers

The Zinnia flower attracts a Hover Fly just over there

I wonder where that Weevil is going don’t you?

Back outside, let’s go to the bird bath where we can see an Olive-backed Oriel

Over there, a Bar-shouldered Dove on the fence post

and up there, a Peaceful Dove is sitting on that branch

It looks like a Varied Sittella is nearby as well

Make sure you look lower among the bushes as that’s where you can find a Variegated Fairy Wren

and nearby an Emerald Dove enjoys a bit of sunshine

Thanks for joining me in my tour around, I hope you can feel the love

Pentas flowers bring lots into the garden

Ragtag Daily Prompt Wednesday: Abundance

I love how Pentas flowers always attract insects to the garden and sometimes the occasional small honeyeaters will stop for a snack.

Blue-banded Bees always seem to be buzzing about

Hornets get a bit of sustenance as well

The wonderfully named Teddy Bear Bee pops in from time to time

At the moment there are a lot of Lemon Migrant Butterflies in the garden

Always have the many varieties of Line-Blue Butterflies around

Most years Caper White Butterflies stop in on their migration

Australian Painted Lady Butterflies look striking on the Pentas flowers

One of my favourite butterflies, Blue Triangles are always welcome

Scarlet Jezebels love the sweet flavour

Orchard Swallowtails are the largest butterflies in the garden. Their wings are always moving to keep balance

I don’t have many visitors to the pink Pentas flowers. A couple of days ago I noticed one of the bushes moving and saw a Fuscous Honeyeater feeding

Eastern Spinebills like to drop in often

Also for Cee’s FOTD

Follow Mum

The other day when I was walking about town waiting for my car to be repaired, I decided to walk over to a small wetland which is really a storm water retention pond. As I neared the pond a couple of Ibis flew from where they were standing and onto a nearby fence. This caused a black feral cat to bolt from the edge of the pond, where it was hiding in the long grass, to a small gap under the nearby hockey club house.

It was then I saw the Wood Ducks. Wood Ducks are everywhere in Australia and have adapted to European colonisation with more water sources like this storm water pond. They are dabbler ducks meaning they feed or dip on the surface and don’t dive like other ducks.

This couple of Wood Ducks had some company.

“OK everyone, stay together”

“Dad is going that way so everyone follow Mum”

“Just stay together…..that means you too Carl”

“Quickly….everyone paddle and get closer to Mum”

“That’s a great bit of grouping…….keep paddling”

“OK, we’re going over this way now….everyone get ready to turn”

After my last effort with showing a bit of wildlife, perhaps I should add this one to Sunday Still: It’s a #Wild(life) World too which isn’t a scary is it?

In the wilds of Durranbah

Terri’s Sunday Stills: It’s a #Wild(life) World

I have been flicking through the other wild creatures from around the world and I find that mine aren’t as fearsome…well maybe some are for you….but they are wild.

Yes my folk who know what to expect get that scrolling finger at the ready.

But first a bit of false security, a few butterflies

Orchard Swallowtail, Blue Triangle, Scarlet Jezebel, Black Jezebel

Echidna digging in when he heard me coming

Brown Antechinus released from a trap in the house and relocated to the bush where it should be living, not my pantry.

A surprised Brush-tailed Possum who was sleeping in the shed

A White-faced Heron that landed in a tree next to the house

A small Bandy-bandy on a log. I just love the name that’s why it’s been included

Always look out for Red-bellied Black Snakes in the wood pile

Red-bellied Black Snake

A Copper-headed Skink looks suspiciously at me

A Goanna patrolling the garden

Carpet Snakes like to sleep on the verandah rafters where it’s warm

If you stop in the bush, always look down just in case you are standing near some Bullants

Thanks for getting through the wildlife of Durranbah. Here is your reward, a Red-necked Wallaby and her Joey

*Durranbah is the name of my property

And there it was

Lens-Artists Challenge #183: Memorable Events

I have been trying to think of something for this challenge. I have something that will always stick in my mind.

Almost ten years ago I convinced my bestie to travel with me to Europe. I had been a few years before and just had to go back and find some new places and re visit some places I had been before.

We took off from Australia, travelling via South Korea, we landed in Rome at midnight. A driver picked us up and we went to our accommodation, a Wimdu shared place. Wimdu was an AirBnB type of accommodation finder. The people were lovely and Alba and Mauritsio welcomed us into their home.

The next day we caught the bus to the city centre and once at the Termini, we started walking. We stopped at the Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore and then walked on.

Rounding the corner there was the Colosseum. I shall never forget the look on her face when she first saw this wonderful building. This shall live with me forever .