Travel Theme – Bark

Another photo challenge this time from Ailsa Travel Theme Challenge the topic Bark.

The Plane Tree from Hyde Park in Sydney. I love the colours and textures.


This trees bark found at Bangalow has fascinating patterns plus a collection of insect eggs and a bit of lichen in the bottom corner.


One of my favourite trees since I first saw one in the Primary School grounds is the Scribbly Gum. So many patterns encompass the whole tree I found at Evans Head.


I must add my video of my besties little dogs

bushboy photos

Februarys Finds

FEBRUARY has been quite busy. A new thing for me this month has been submitting some photos in photo challenges, which I have found to be quite interesting. The photo challenges make me think about my photography and that my photos elicit comments from other bloggers and in turn, I comment on their photos or the words used to enhance the photos in their blogs. So if you would like to see what I have submitted, have a look at my last few blogs in February. Maybe you would like to comment too.

In this blog I would like to take you on an adventure with me.

Lets set off, do you have a cuppa or something to sustain you while we explore my world?

I like to find something unusual to capture. The frangipannis shadow on the fence post caught my besties eye so this photo is inspired by her. I also took the photo in black and white but it didn’t have the same effect as a splash of colour in the background.


We like to get away in February for a couple of days (we call our mini-holiday) to Ballina Beach Resort. Among the gardens there is always a Water Dragon or two sunning themselves. Looking down from the balcony you get a different perspective of the Water Dragon.


But he is always watchful and spied me looking over the edge.


Back at my besties famous bird bath, where many a bird photo has been taken, the Striated Thornbill liked to show off his little reddish leg, almost taking a bow.


Now we are going for a bit of a walk around my place. For once I just took my camera to get some of the stuff around here. Most walks get disturbed by the habit of pulling out weeds as I walk around. This time I concentrated on getting some of the life around here. OK, I may have pulled a few weeds here and there!

One of the weird and wonderful are the air ferns. They look rather alien at times don’t you think? This one is growing on a fence post.


As I walked around, every now and then, I smelt the heady scent of honeycomb. The Bloodwoods are in flower. I love the creamy colour of the flowers and green of the leaves against the blue sky.


OK back to ground level. The native flowers that abound the bush come in a number of colours, blues, purples, yellows and occasionally red. Most of the flowers are quite small, ranging from about 5mm to 15mm. I have to find something to take with me to show the size of the flowers.  I also need an identification guide to let you know what the flowers are so if anyone knows a good publication on native flowers of north-east NSW please let me know

This blue flower is one of the bigger ones.


It was hard to capture the lovely mauve of this little pea like flower. The flower is around 5mm.


The star shape is common. Previous blogs have had the yellow and blue star shaped flower. This walk I found a pale purple star shaped flower. This flower is about 10mm in size.


More purple flowers. A bit bigger in size and a bit hairier. Grows closer to the ground than the other flower which are on stalks.


A small yellow pea type of flower similar to the mauve flower a few flowers back, a about the same size. I  love the red stripes. This one comes with a bonus water droplet.


More yellow flowers. A lovely bunch of tiny yellow puff balls. The whole bunch would be no more than 12mms.


A bit of rain saw the mosses come back to life after seemingly disappearing during the dry spell. The smaller star moss and the feathery moss that cascades over the log.


A wonderful discovery was the Hyacinth Orchid just standing tall in the bush. No leaves or anything else, just a lovely flower spike about 20cms tall. It was the only one in the surrounding area. I haven’t been back for a week or so, so I wonder if it is still there?


Rain has put a bit of water into the dam, freshening up the water and the water plants are flowering. The Water Snowflake’s flower is a lovely flower. A wonderful fringe form and so white against the dark green leaves and water.


The Cape Waterlily is also flowering and the reeds are starting to set seed. Among the reeds is a number of frogs whose song at night is quite loud. Also flitting about the dam are a variety of Dragonflies.


The little iridescent blue dragonfly doesn’t sit still as long as the larger dragonflies. They are different to the other Dragonflies as they  have their wings folded along their body.


The many blue dragonflies fly off, swoop and then land to catch their breath on any small piece of reed they can find.


There is as many red dragonflies as blues. They seem to land on the dead reeds on the ground although some never seem to land. The red and blues also fly around the house almost like a patrol flying back and forth along the front verandah, occasionally flying under the verandah roof.


Now this little bloke is so different from the others, not only in colour and patterns, but seems to prefer to land on the end of seed heads of the water plants and then stick it’s rear end up in the air. It doesn’t seem to mind how it has it’s wings either.


I found this orange dragonfly at my besties but they are also at my place but not as common as the others.


The Blue Gingers have the most delightful flowers. The flower spikes have so many tiny flowers and buds that there is always a number of flowers open so the bees have a chance to get inside. As I have said before, the bees have to scrunch to get at the pollen of the Blue Ginger flowers.


The native Blue-banded Bees certainly love the Blue Ginger flowers and have a good scrunching technique as well.


This Summer, my verandahs have been taken over by night spiders. Unfortunately they have become very lazy and leave their webs up during the day. Luckily they have been catching lots of insects so the web is easy to see but there may have been a time or two where I have walked into a web.



There are quite a number of Bull Ant nests in the bush. When I try to get a photo, I make sure I look all around to see if there are any outside the nest on patrol or bring back food to the nest. When they bite you know you have been bitten!


I was surprised to find the Satin Bower Birds bower was still in operation and chock-a-block with a variety of blue bits and pieces in the collection. The only things that come from my place are the blue pegs. I know when a Bower Bird has come calling when I find the peg basket up ended. The Satin Bower Birds have made my place home. Years ago they only came here when it was too cold in the Gibraltar Ranges and leaving when it got too hot here.


On our mini-holiday, we managed to get to the beach at sunrise one morning. The sunrise over the sea is fantastic.


The Seagull was patient and seemed to like getting its picture taken early in the morning.


There was a line-up of Seagulls checking out the surf.


One of my favourite photos of February. Just a branch on the beach. I was tempted to put the photo in the blog upside down.


Well it’s getting dark so I must head off to bed. I hope you have enjoyed this little bit of my world in February.

I leave you with the Paperbark tree and the street light.


Darkness and Light

Black and White Sunday: Darkness and Light

Black and white images have always been part of my photographic life. When I was in my early teens my first cameras, (one was called a Snappy Camera) were always loaded with black and white film as we couldn’t afford to buy and process colour film. I wish I knew where those photos are now.

I sometimes switch my camera into monochrome when I find a subject that I feel would be great in black and white, especially photographing subjects from the past. Other times I take a colour photo and manipulate it, such as my silhouettes of birds in a previous blog.

I love the moon. It gives me a good feeling when it is full and bright.


I also love taking photos of flowers, their colour, their shape, their form but flowers can also look stunning in black and white.


The photo of the old letterbox is one of my favourites. I must admit that I manipulated the photograph to get the effect I wanted.


I am enjoying the photo challenges.



I decided to have a go at participating in the Pick a Word challenge in February.

These photos are from my previous blogs that I written over the years as I wanted to be part of something that I have never done before. The inspiration came from Yvette at




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I hope I have done it right to be included.

The Things of January

THE HOT SUMMERS DAYS are here and the lack of consistent rainfall has sapped my energy causing me to be indoors more often than out in the biting rays of the Sun.

However I did get out and about and went to the Bangalow Markets hoping for some photographic inspiration. There was a bit of action but on the whole my mojo wasn’t there.

The colours did grab my attention.


In some part of my besties garden, the flowers are always around. There is more rainfall and cooler weather there. I was taken by the red flower buds getting ready to burst forth.


Back in my garden the storms gave relief to the plants with a Murraya sending out its perfumed blossoms.


I love the Hibiscus schizopetalus. The flowers hang down from the long stems and dance in the breeze.


The small amounts of rain and a bit of hot weather has made a fungi or two pop out of the soil. This one was the biggest I have seen for a long while. I didn’t know what to use to show its size but a brick came in handy


It looked just as amazing from beneath as well.



It may be Summer but the Teak Tree has decided that it is time to lose its leaves making the garden have a temporary Autumn feel.


Summer time and the wasps are constructing their nests from chewed wood giving them a papery look, hence the name Paper Wasps. Unfortunately these are under the gutter at my besties and will have to go. When I had a bloke doing some building work at my place, he managed to disturb a nest and was stung on his ear and back. They chased him as he ran away from the nest. Paper Wasps in the bush are OK but around the house they have to move on.


Even though it is hot, early morning and late in the day, the butterflies are about. I think this is a Skipper whose wings have seen better days.


The Caper Whites are still around but no where near the numbers of late Spring.


Here is a large horse fly Triclista singularis’ These fly slowly with a loud buzzing and we gave them the nickname of B52s. When they do land and bite you really know it. This is the biggest fly around my place, around 25mm. It is rather pretty for a fly.


I noticed movement in the kitchen on a potted begonia  I found a Praying Mantis. He hung around the kitchen for a few days before going outside. Fearsome looking but quite friendly.


The Yellow-faced Honeyeater looked pleased with itself as it puffed out its chest.


The constant calls of the Bar-shouldered Dove ring around the garden as they sit high among the trees.


They have a pink ring around their eyes which I hadn’t noticed before.


I love the feather patterns on the Little Wattlebird


There is a queue at the bird bath waiting for their turn.


A return visitor to the garden is a lovely little Forest Kingfisher. The orange spots stand out as does the wonderful white chest.


He was so obliging to turn around to show the striking blue feathers. When flying about the garden the flashes of blue catch the eye.


I hope the hot weather soon abates and February brings more things for me to share with you.