There are some thing that live on this world that sometimes seem to be out of this world. Some fungi are plain, some are colourful and others are nothing short of spectacular. I often stop and have a look at them when out on the property for a wander. Here is a sample of what I have found. I don’t know their names except for one or two. I just love their shapes and colours.
From the top or underneath, they are so wonderful.
Sometimes the top can look the same as below….
Yet others are seemingly quite smooth like this “Gold Top” which can be quite hallucinatory.
Sometimes the photo can cause the same effect……
Some are white with lots of bumps.
Some are frilly and orange
Other grow on trees and dead bits of wood. Aren’t the colours and shapes exquisite.
Even when they are old and dry.
This one has great colours. The reds are so deep and it does have a bit of an odour.
Speaking of red fungi. These are small but stand out in the bush.
Sometimes they are orange as well.
The strangest ones are the ones that are quite upright and stand tall, even if they are about 15mms in height. There are a couple that I have found. The orange ones.
But the weirdest ones I have are the tall ones with black “fingernails”
Did you enjoy a walk through the fungi at my place?
One of the favourite shrubs in the garden is the Honey Gem Grevillea. Luckily it is near the house so I can either sit on the verandah with a cuppa or something stronger or even just take photos through the kitchen window.
You can see why the birds just love the flowers. Some days they just drip with nectar…..bugs like the flowers as well…..can you spot them?
The Eastern Spinebills can always be heard chit chatting away as they wait their turn.
When they are in the shrub they are always on the lookout because the bigger birds tend to make it their own.
The main birds who tend to dominate the Honey Gem are the Blue Faced Honeyeaters when they arrive in numbers in late winter
The other bully of the Grevillea are the Friar Birds. They often battle with the Blue Faced Honeyeaters to see who owns it.
The Lewins Honeyeaters were boss of the garden in autumn
One day I was surprised to see New Holland Honeyeaters in the Honey Gem. That was a treat.
The Black Chinned Honeyeaters are polite as they sit nearby to wait their turn as well. Sometimes they will take a quick bath while they wait, making them look rather untidy.
The Yellowfaced Honeyeaters came for a few days in May.
In Autumn the Silvereyes suddenly swooped into the garden for a couple of days rest before continuing on their way.
Hope you have a great shrub or tree that attracts the birds, giving them a feed or just somewhere to sit.
*Disclaimer: It wasn’t all on one day 🙂
It was the last day before fire restrictions. The pile of garden waste, sticks, bits of tree branches, leaves and some timber that had been munched by white ants or was just too rotten to use that had been there for the last couple of years. It was about time that I lit it up.
After the fire had died down a bit, I grabbed my camera as the fire made some great shapes and colours.
Every now and then the sparks would leap into the sky and dance about
The colours were quite unreal at times. The difference in colour of coals and flames as they licked the wood, the yellows, oranges, reds and pinks were rather striking.
Deep within the fire, the embers glowed and the reds deepened and shapes became alive.
As with any fire, there is always someone who has to find a stick to poke around among the coals.
Fire can be a wonder of shapes and colours but at the same time a fire can be a bit scary…..