Lots of new things to discover

I really enjoy discovering new things as well as seeing things through the lens of my camera in a different way. So far this year the rains that are usually around just haven’t come. But the middle of this month there was a good fall of 60mls and the follow-up rain arrived a week later with 15mls. This rain was the best since the 1st June when 22mls fell. The change to the landscape has gone from browns and yellows to a tinge of green and new shoots appearing on many plants.

The new shoots on the Native Wisteria suddenly started to appear.

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The Pine Trees new cones came in a variety of shapes. Some in a random way.

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With others seemingly more ordered. The Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoos will be pleased.

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The plum trees are flowering, some in groups.

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While others are singles on the bare branches.

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There is plenty of insect activity too. Some plants have evidence of insect activity like these leaves.

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Some plants visitors are more obvious. This little beetle was very camera-shy and kept walking away from the camera despite my efforts. Those red legs were very determined to trudge away!

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The Raspberries had a mixture of fruits and flowers but mainly flowers. The fruits were hard to find and weren’t all that nice to eat, but looked good.

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I had never really looked at Raspberry flowers. They are quite pretty.

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The bees seemed to think so as well. They were buzzing around going from flower to flower.

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They were very intent on their pollen collecting.

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The bees were also drawn to Fireweed. I can see why someone decided that they would be pretty in the garden, not realising what they would end up doing to the paddocks.

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As always, there was an Eastern Yellow Robin nearby to see what was flushed out with the weed pulling going on.

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While higher up the Little Wattlebird kept an eye on things.

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But much, much higher up still, a Brahminy Kite wheeled over head.

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During a drive into Ballina, we came across a puddle on a small park where a small flock of Plumed Whistling Ducks were having a good time wandering about.

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I have never seen Plumed Whistling Ducks before. They are a very striking bird.

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Seeing them really made my weekend. They have great plumage don’t they? Hope you enjoyed a bit of my weekend.

brian

Flowers, birds, bees and fish

The title says it all, except not in that order. Sometimes it’s nice just to sit in a lovely place and see what the world brings. These are some of the flowers, birds, bees and fish that happened along whilst I was at my besties Mum’s place at Banora Point.

Down by the water, there was a fish who was swimming here and there in the shallows. I wasn’t too sure what it was but you can always ask the people you are in contact with on Twitter. Stan from the South Coast let me know that the fish in the following photos was a Toad Fish or Puffer Fish, depending on where you come from I guess.

This bloke has the most amazing red eyes. It seemed like he was walking on the sand in the clear water.

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In the garden there was a small plant with the most amazing seeds. They just stuck out with the black ball seed in the middle of the star-shaped flower.

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The silk flowers were almost over but the seed or flower bud cluster took my eye.

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One flower wasn’t as bedraggled as the rest.

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In one corner of the garden I heard a bit of a buzz. A couple of bees were having a great time searching among the flowers.

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And when they found a flower they certainly got stuck in, gathering what pollen they could find.

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This bloke was always speeding around on a mission.

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The Butcher Bird came down for a look at what was happening in the garden. A very serious look if ever I saw one!

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I hadn’t noticed Butcher Bird’s “whiskers” before.

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Back at my besties place, I though I saw someone watching from the trees. Can you see.

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The Whipbirds are always in her garden. Have a look at Meet the Whipbirds. This bloke was quite vocal but always had an eye on what I was doing.

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Well, that’s a short stroll through some of the things I found. Did you enjoy seeing the things I found?

Have you seen inside Margaret Olley’s house?

On the North Coast we are very lucky to have a number of excellent Art Galleries, the Grafton Regional Gallery has hosted many fine travelling exhibitions as well as holding some fine works of art. The Tweed Art Gallery is very privileged to have Margaret Olley’s “house” within the Gallery. “The recreation features original architectural elements such as windows and doors, relocated from Olley’s home studio at 48 Duxford Street, Paddington, Sydney. The interiors are filled with over 20,000 items Olley collected over many years as subject matter for her paintings.” – (http://artgallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au/MargaretOlleyArtCentre)

A view from the Gallery

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I often go to the gallery with my bestie to see the current exhibits and always have a wander around the Margaret Olley Art Centre where I see something new every time. Last visit I decided to take some photos and would like to share them with you.

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You look through windows and doors –  a voyeuristic glance into someones life.

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The rooms are filled, as the galleries blurb says, with thousands of interesting objects

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You can look into the kitchen from many angles and see how it was left after her passing.

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I do like the dresser with the blue and white china.

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The kitchen sink is rather cluttered

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The green glassware is great with the light just right

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Other rooms have her artists bits and pieces as well as overflowing ashtrays.

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The dresser, like most of the house has flowers

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Some of the cups are just how she lived with some containing the sticky residue.

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There are some amazing pieces adorning the walls.

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As well as the floor

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On cupboards and dressers

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Some of her stuff is a bit broken and tired looking but interesting never-the-less.

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Other rooms have some of the things she painted

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There are stacks of books everywhere

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As well as some magazines and art works

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The oriental screen is quite lovely

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You can just make out the soft toy rat on the cushion on the lounge

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Can’t see it clearly…here’s a closer look.

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Well the sun is setting so I better say see ya!

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I hope you enjoyed a glimpse into someone elses life. If you can, visit the Tweed Art Gallery as the sights that you will see in Margaret Olley’s House will be worth the trip to Murwillumbah.

brian