This is December 2019

December 2019. A month and a year to remember. As this decade draws to a close I shall always remember the past couple of years. The drought has all but decimated my garden. The bush has been blackened but being Australian bush, the fire will bring about a renewal and the trees will flourish. A lot of the smaller shrubs and bushes will disappear as will the pioneer rainforest species that were starting to grow in the gullies.

I shall endeavour not to dwell on the fire but I have to include a bit as since the sixth of December my place has changed. I was lucky to get a good amount of rain on Christmas Day which has given my garden a temporary reprieve. I have some water to last for a month or so but the run-off has come over ash laden ground which may not be the best. I heard some frogs at the dam for the first time in months so the water may be OK.

You may need a cuppa or glass of something, depending when you are reading this. I would include a snack to keep you going as it is rather long. I know I have already done a birds edition but there are some more bird images in here as well. OK Let’s go………..

After the first decent rain, the Crocus sprouted from various places in the drought ravaged garden adding more hope for the future.
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Even in decay the Crocus looked lovely.crocus_flower_wilted_garden_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
Although the dam was almost dry the Cape Water Lillies did their best to put on a showcape water lily_dam_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
The hanging Geraniums always have flowers in the three pots hanging from the verandahflower_geranium_pink_pot_garden_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
The Hydrangea struggled in the dry and heat but managed a flower or twohydrangea_red_garden_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
I was surprised the Frangipannis flowered. There weren’t as many flowers but some flowers made the garden a bit betterfrangipanni_yellow_garden_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
All the different colours came outfrangipanni_pink_flowers_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
The Duranta flowers attracted a Caper White Butterflycaper white butterfly_purple flower_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
A Mud Dauber wasp poked around the pots of Pentas looking for small spiders to place in the clay nest for the hatching grub to feed on. wasp_mud dauber_flower_pentas_verandah_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
Some insects tried to get in out of the smoke and heatinsect_bug_screen_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
The Dragonflies seemed to like the heat and there were quite a number around even though the dam was almost emptydragonfly_red_garden_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
I found this Weevil in the kitchen sink. So I helped it out, put it on the bench, took a photo or two and threw it back outside. Amazing looking insect weevil_kitchen_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
Looks like the heat of the fire got this beetle I found the next day as I was doing my inspection of the destructionbeetle_green_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
The Bullants survived the fire and were quite belligerent bullants_nest_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
You may have seen these before but had to include the Grass Trees again as they are my favourite plants in the bush around my placegrass trees_burnt_fire_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
This was a tree stump that was tall and hollow. I found an Owlet Nightjar in there many years ago. See the holes where the roots were. There is heat coming from the holes so the fire was still burning underground!!stump_hole_fire_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
Even the rocks were burntrock_burnt_fire_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
I often found blackened leaves around my place weeks prior to the fire hereleaf_burnt_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
This tall tree, possibly a dead tree, crashed down and burned completelytree_ashes_fire_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
The day after the fire life emerged. There were quite a number of this species of Fungi dotted through the landscape. Some even had munch marks fungi_fire_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
The fire has left not much for the Goannas to forage in. I have a couple who walk through my garden regularlygoanna_tongue_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
This bloke is about two meters long. That light patch on his tail shows signs of shedding skin so maybe he may have had the fire go over his hiding spotgoanna_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
The lovely Velvet Geckos who live behind the pictures on the wallsgecko_satin_wall_house_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
These Eastern Water Skinks live at my besties place are quite big for a skink. It looks like a Soft-shelled Snail is going to be breakfast for an Eastern Water Skinkgarden skink_soft-shelled snail_garden_named_caniaba_dec 2019
Nom Nom Nom garden skink_eating_garden_named_caniaba_dec 2019
I spotted a Brown Falcon on a fence post when we were driving down a back road. It flew onto a power pole and kept watching a spot on the ground. I guess it may have swooped down for its meal after we drove off.brown falcon_farmland_named_caniaba_dec 2019
A pair of Sacred Kingfishers are often in the tress at my besties. In the background, a Jacaranda tree has had a second floweringsacred kingfisher_tree_named_caniaba_dec 2019
A Striated Thornbill watches the Brown Honeyeater have a quick bathstriated thornbill_brown honeyeater_bird bath_caniaba_dec 2019
I love the little Thornbillsstriated thornbill_bird bath_caniaba_dec 2019
Sometimes after a bath Rainbow Lorikeets look a bit disheveled rainbow lorikeet_wet_bird bath_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
There was quite a queue for a drink when a flock of Crimson Rosellas came to my placecrimson rosellas_bird bath_water_garden_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
This Magpie Lark or commonly called Pee Wee just yells at everybodymagpie lark_pee wee_garden_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
King Parrots can be such clowns and acrobats king parrot_acrobat_fun_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
The sounds of the Common Koel ring through the bush sometimes all night. They are migratory birds and lay their eggs in the nests of other birds. This male Koel was sitting quite still as he had already been dive-bombed by a Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike trying to get the Koel to move away from his nest.common koel cuckoo_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
The messy nest of an Australian Raven among a Mistletoe australian raven_nest_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
The Square-tailed Kite is still soaring the skies above my placesquare-tailed kite_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
Waiting for the shop to openred necked wallaby_waiting_shed_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
While Mum found a cool spot under the shed to spend the dayred necked wallaby_shed_shade_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
When munching Grevilleas in the garden, a Red-necked Wallaby had to watch out for that poke in the eyered necked wallaby_grevillea_eating_eye_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
After a hearty breakfast of Macropod Pellets, supplied by me for the Red-necked Wallabies, it is lovely to stretch out in the morning sun in the gardenred-necked wallaby_laying_garden_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
As the pellets are dry, I leave water containers near where I put the pellets.red-necked walabies_joey_bucket_water_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
One Saturday we went to the Tip Shop, where things that people throw out in the garbage service get recycled and sold at the Water Management Facility, we saw this tin car head out on the back of a ute. The next day here was the same little car at the Lismore Car Boot Markettoy_car_markets_named_lismore_dec 2019

I hope you enjoyed a scroll through My December. Did you have a favourite image? Hopefully next decades, next months “This is” will be more cheerful.

Also part of Su’s Changing Seasons

 

40 thoughts on “This is December 2019

  1. The Australian fires are so tragic Brian, I see they are really close to you and yet the creatures find a way to survive. We pray they end soon and that the rains come to nourish the scorched earth. May 2020 bring better news for you over there my friend. As for the images, always terrific but the parrots are my favorites

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  2. You’ve managed to find so much beauty amongst the devastation. A wonderful post Brian full of hope. Here’s hoping for more rain in January for you, and a respite from the fires for everyone in Australia xx

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    1. Thank you my Jo πŸ™‚ It has not started well…..I have pinched a nerve in my back and am not travelling all that well. Things will definitely look up in 2020 for sure xx

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      1. It is quite difficult to stand and trying to get comfortable sitting. I was cleaning K’s pool and twisted the wrong way. It was ok but sitting in the car for the almost 2 hour drive home did the damage. Yes it’s no fun aging 😦

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  3. Happy to hear about the rain, Brian. Enough for a month, how a great news. How joyful to see these beautiful flowers and colorful birds are back. Thank you for sharing the joy with us. πŸ™‚

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  4. Lovely to see your December gallery, Brian. I once wrote a caption for a photograph … “a seed pod lies amid debris, like hope in adversity”. Your photographs and experiences over the past few months resonates with optimism and resilience.

    May the New Year bring new growth, new experiences and may the new normal be as close as it used to be.

    BTW I would have bought that little car!

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  5. A favourite photo is impossible, I found! I thought it was the dragonfly, or the wallaby poking himself in the eye, or the remains of the burnt tree snaking along the ground. And then there is that tin car…. nope, can’t pick a favourite.

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  6. All wonderful photos, Brian! The flowers and insects are a real treat in the depths of winter for me. 😍 Love the birds, especially the Brown Falcon and kingfisher and little honeyeaters. And aww! The wallabies!!! 😍😍
    It’s devastating to see the burned woods but fascinating to watch life grow out of the ashes like that fungus. And the dishevelled looking lorikeet is my favourite!

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  7. Hello from Su’s Changing Seasons! I loved looking through your photos and was so amazed at how much life you captured this month. I had many favorites, but the weevil stands out because it was so unique! I think I’ve heard of them or maybe read about them mentioned in a book, now I know what they look like. Best wishes in the new year, I hope you get rain and lots of it soon!

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