These are Fungi 2017

The rain came.
The sun came out.
The earth warmed.
Life emerged from the earth.
These are Fungi

The first signs as the fungus pushes its way from the earth

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The yellow hue of this fungus didn’t translate to the photo as it nestled among the leaves of the Honey Gem.

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All manner of shapes and colours appear among the grass and sticks.

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Sometimes emerging from the mulch can be difficult.

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When your neighbour emerges after you have and tilts you

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Even in decay the fungus emits a golden sheen

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Flipped onto its back the delicate frills no longer are there

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The texture of the fungus is rough to the touch but has a softness also

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The underside frills make a lovely fan

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A certain translucency when the sun falls upon the frills

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Fungi come in groups. These tiny fungi are everywhere dotting the grass with their orange brown spots. See how big the blades of grass are compared to the tiny fungi.

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Or group together and dwarf the blades of grass

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The brown fungi like to hang closely together.

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The Finger Fungi are never alone as the stand tall. Well as tall as a Finger Fungi can.

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Is this one of the ball shaped fungi above starting to grow old.

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This next few photos are of fungi that I have never seen here before.

The tiny red fungi are easy to spot as they grow among the Norfolk Island Pine needles. Seemingly solitary with other red fungi nearby.

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The pink fungi are coming out from between cracks in an old sleeper.

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This type of small fungi are a jet black and only a few appeared next to the verandah and in a day or two, were gone. The photo  doesn’t show the true colour

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These are the fungi at my place. There are more as some others are in my first fungi blog from years ago.

Crab Art

Everyone who goes to the beach will have seen the small balls laid out on the sand. I find them a wonderful expression of nature. None are the same although some are more elaborate than others. When we went for a walk along Emerald Beach on the Mid-north Coast of NSW, with all the other people who take advantage of a leash free area on the beach where the dogs can run free, I noticed that the small balls on the beach didn’t have any footprints in them. Perhaps there is a bit of respect for the creators of what I like to call Crab Art.

First of all have a close look at the sand balls. They do look rather random don’t they?

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They are a seemingly bunch of sand balls scattered on the beach

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But some have a shape and form

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Can you see the little roads?

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This one has a certain cartoon effect I feel. Can you see the face?

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This is one of my favourites. Almost a butterfly?

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From another angle you can see the little hole where the crabs “home” is.

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You really should meet one of the Crab Artists. They are about the size of a finger tip. What fabulous blue eyes.

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Do you think the crabs create art on the beach?

Thursday’s Special – Illusion

It is a rainy day here due to Cyclone Debbie, luckily I am on the edge and only have rain and not the destructive winds so far.

Inspired by Paula’s Thursday’s Special Challenge Illusions, I grabbed my camera, changed some settings and took the following photos, two from the verandah and the other my hallway.

The shed which used to be my daughters play house I built year ago.

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The garden seat

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My decorations in the hallway

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I certainly had fun on a rainy day

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These are Dragonflies

Ever since I managed to get a photo of a flying dragonfly with one of my first cameras, a Canon Tlb, I have loved seeing dragonflies flitting about. I am lucky to have an assortment of dragonflies on my property. Many an hour has been spent at the dam or chasing a dragonfly about the garden trying to get that great dragonfly photo.

Unfortunately I don’t know the names of many of the dragonflies I have captured but once I have published this post, I am sure there are people who will let me know their names.

I love the different shapes and colours of dragonflies. This is a slender dragonfly not the usual bigger ones I see.

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I found this one sitting on the flower in the dam. I love the reflection in the water.

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The yellow dragonflies like to sit on the ground

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“Don’t touch my stick”

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They do like to hang onto the reeds in the dam too

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I don’t see the orange (ish) dragonflies much

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They like to stay out of the rain

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But the red and blue dragonflies are always around

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Dragonflies look very interesting up close

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Dragonflies can also be interesting from afar. I was taking some photos of the Honey Gem Grevillia and didn’t notice that I had been photo-bombed by a dragonfly

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Some dragonflies sit with their tails a bit bent

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Others like their tails up especially the ones with spotted wings

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There is always a chance encounter with a couple of dragonflies who like to “enjoy” each others company

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I was chasing a dragonfly around my besties garden when I sat down on the deck when suddenly the dragonfly appeared. I think he was checking me out.

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Did you enjoy my dragonflies?

 

Flower of the Day – Teeny Tiny Wildflower

I have many teeny tiny native plants at my place. I don’t know their names sorry. Most of these flowers are around 10 to 20mm in diameter. Cee’s  Flower of the Day challenge

A lovely purple flower

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A similar flower only yellow and reddish orange

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Lovely little yellow puff ball flowers

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A lovely white flower. An unusual shape don’t you think?

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A delicate blue flower

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and my favourite flower I have only recently discovered in the bush at my place, a Hyacinth Orchid

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Thursdays Special – Winding

Winding…..the theme for Paula’s Thursday Special

I immediately thought of the main idea within the challenge which in part mentions spiral stairs in a quote from Yeats.

The well worn stairs in the lighthouse at Cape Otway in Victoria Australia

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The stairs in the apartment building we stayed in in Paris. Seven flights made sure you remembered everything before adventuring in Paris.

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But also the winding that most photographers do with their tripods

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and in the case of my old wine press, lots of winding to extract the lovely juices

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But best of all was the many stairs we climbed to see the wonderful fall of the lights in the Grand Hyatt in South Korea – “….we measure our progress by the number of places where we were but no longer are…”

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