Spring brings new life

I love Spring. Many of the birds who have left my place over winter come back to feed and to generally hang out. The past blogs have had photos of the new arrivals and perhaps the next one after this will have as well. The last adventure drive my bestie and I went on, was around the many roads in the lower Clarence River area, some which lead to dead ends and others to sights that were unexpected.

Many of the roads had old sheds and abandoned houses which supplied an idea for a future drive about, camera in hand to record some of the past buildings in the Clarence Valley. I did take a few photos on this adventure. When photographing this place, I had the interest of the local cattle as well as the residents.

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A small village, Tucabia, was one of the stop offs as a lady there has the most wonderous garden and plants (around $5 to $10) for sale. The proceeds of the weekends plant sales was donated to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter, a vital service here on the North Coast of NSW. So far on the Saturday, when we stopped by, she had raised $800!!! She apologised for the state of the garden as she has had breast cancer surgery but it was one of the best gardens I have visited in a long time. Here are a few of the flowers.

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One of my favourite flowers are gazanias as they remind me of growing up in my Mum’s garden. The Tucabia garden had a variety of colours. Yellow

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Reds with yellow centres

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Deep maroon with dark centres. The photo doesn’t really reflect the true colour.

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And being Spring, some had tiny butterflies having a drink.

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Spring also heralds the flies. This one has a tendency to have a bite or two when it can.

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The Blue-faced Honeyeaters are back in control of the garden. The constant “pweep” rings around the garden.

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But the Friarbirds often sneak in for a quick snack.

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Often almost upside down!!

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The Rainbow Lorikeets have come for the blossoms on the Ironbarks and Tallowwoods, but still find time to annoy the Blue-faced Honeyeaters.

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Early in the morning, the Spangled Drongos have a bite to eat before the others are around.

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During the drive around I spotted a bunch of birds cruising along a small stream. The Swan was the slowest to escape my camera.

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But the most exciting part of the drive was spotting a Brolga in a wetland near Tucabia. The first photos I have taken of a Brolga.

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He was way off in the distance and, of course, took off after a while of me stalking trying to get closer.

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I hope to go down to the wetlands again, perhaps this weekend. I hope there are Brolgas still around. I hope you liked this bit of my world.

2 thoughts on “Spring brings new life

  1. In winter we tend to see many more birds as they come up from the southern areas to get warm. Now they’ve gone back south to your place! I don’t mind you having the noisy friarbirds for a little while though…enjoy their cackling! Brolgas are pretty special aren’t they. I’ve only seen them on a few occasions in the distance when we lived on properties. Great pics once again, Brian. I love taking pics of old sheds and empty homesteads. I often think about how they once were though…bustling with family or work activity. The memories that linger. I think about the celebrations that would have been held…the highs and lows. Kind of sad to see them completely falling apart which is why I like to capture them with the camera. Thanks for sharing these images. 🙂

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    1. Thanks Jane 😀 The old shed/house project has been in my head for a while and I should really do so as some are starting to fall down, lose their roof in storms and behave in a generally neglected way. The Koels have arrived as well. Why can’t they have a rest at night. I might even pinch some of your descriptions of the old places…nicely written.

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