This is February 2020

February, a month of rain thankfully. The bush is coming back to life, the grass is growing and my garden is almost back. I will have to do a lot of pruning of the bushes and small trees where some limbs haven’t recovered from the drought.

A few minor muscle strains and sprains prevented my for doing as much as I wanted to do. This resulted in wandering around the garden chasing butterflies, walking around the place not going too far into the bush taking photos. Oh yes I did do a hard cull but still I have managed to have lots and lots of photos for February.

So settle back with you appropriate drink for your time of viewing, perhaps a snack or two is advisable and let’s get going to explore bushboys world.

As there has been moisture many mornings have had a fog or light mist. The Grass Trees on the distant hill, flower spikes at the ready in the foreground, emerging from the mist.

grass trees_fog_named_caniaba_feb 2020
A tree on the hill is usually the first to be seen.tree_mist_named_caniaba_feb 2020
The wet weather did induce a bit of cabin fever so we had to get out every now and then exploring the region. I love this old farm house. Though I should get a photo before it falls down or is demolished.old house_bentley_named_feb 2020
Meanwhile on the farm next door to my besties, the big white bull showing a bit of affection to one of the cows. He spent a bit of time licking her head and neck.bull_ cow_love_farm_named_caniaba_feb 2020
On the wall a tiny young skink patrolled in case something was available to snack on.copper headed skink_young_wall_named_caniaba_feb 2020
Undeterred, these two ants fought onants_wall_named_caniaba_feb 2020
One morning I was in the kitchen when I noticed a tiny insect walking about with the most enormous wings for an insect of this size.insect_wings_kitchen_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
Satin Bowerbirds like blue things to decorate their bower where they dance in the hope of attracting a female bowerbird. I hope he isn’t trying to steal my bucket.satin bowerbird_bucket_garden_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
While I was walking around, a female Satin Flycatcher kept and eye on mesatin flycatcher_female_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
Superb Fairy Wrens are stunning little birdssuperb fairy wren_named_lismore lake_feb 2020
and Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos are stunning big birdsyellow tailed black cockatoo_pine tree_named_ramornie_feb 2020
We went to Lismore Lake to see if many birds were around. The Swifts were in huge numbers swooping about and getting ready to roost in a tree. I have never seen so many Swifts.swifts_tree_named_lismore lake_feb 2020
A Black Kite was patrolling the skiesblack kite_flying_named_caniaba_feb 2020
Meanwhile a bit of an excursion to the beach wasn’t the most welcoming by a Silver Gullsilver gull_flying_beach_named_evans head_feb 2020
A Masked Lapwing Plover had a bit of a stretch on the tidal flats.masked lapwing plover_beach_named_evans head_feb 2020
I love Sand Crabs and the artistry. I think this looks like a stingray.  sand crab_balls_art_named_evans head_feb 2020
The combination of wet and warm weather has bought out a variety of fungi. Tiny brown fungi with frilly capsfungi_brown_garden_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
White fungi with frilly capsfungi_white_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
Yellow fungi with frilly capsfungi_yellow_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
The hint of a lot of water going to be about is when the ants build up the entrance to the nestant nest_tall_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020

“Hello…….is anyone home”
bullant_nest_garden_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
The Ponytail Palm flowers have the bees all a buzz and little beetles also like to get among the flowersbee_insect_ponytail palm_flower_named_caniaba_feb 2020
The Cassia flowers attracted all sorts of beesbee_cassia_flower_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
In the dying moments of floral decay the Carpenter Bees still came looking for the last drops of nectar and pollenbee_carpenter_cassia_flower_garden_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
The little Stngless native Bees found the Crepe Myrtle flowers irresistible crepe myrtle_flowers_stingless native bee_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
The bush had many buds ready to burst forth.flower_crepe myrtle_bud_garden_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
The ants also visited the floral displayflower_crepe myrtle_ant_garden_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
Water drops and roses. I did resist posting lots morerose_red_flower_water drops_garden_named_caniaba_feb 2020

The Pennisetum Purple Fountain Grass flowered adding colour to the garden.
pennisetum_purple fountain grass_garden_named_caniaba_feb 2020
The Hibiscus flowering in February was magnificent. Not seen here for quite a few years.hibiscus_pink_garden_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
The miniature red Hibiscus looked wonderful adding bright spots of red in the garden.hibiscus_red_minature_garden_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
This Hibiscus has never looked so good. The colours are amazing.flower_hibiscus_orange_garden_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020

A wax leaf Begonia flowered all the time
begoina_wax_flower_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
The Cats Whiskers in my garden came back to life. I thought they had died during the drought as I didn’t have enough water for all of the garden. The few waterings did keep them going though. cats whiskers_flower_garden_named_caniaba_feb 2020
The Cats Whiskers at my besties are much better.flower_cats whiskers_garden_named_caniaba_feb 2020
A red Eucalypt with the flowers and budseucalypt_red_flowers_nuts_garden_named_caniaba_feb 2020
The Bauhinia with a lots of flowers is a treat to look upon from the sunroom.flower_bauhinia_garden_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
So many tiny native flowers have emerged. This little Blue Trumpet appeared from the ashesflower_blue trumpet_native_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
The native Dianellas flowers are a splash of purple and yellow in the garden. Also known as a Flax-lilyflower_dianella_garden_named_caniaba_feb 2020

Another native flower I haven’t seen before also came out of the ashes.
flower_mitre weed_durranbah_native_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
The Pandorea vine struggled to flower after the drought.pandorea flowers_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
Ever so small and delicate about 10mm across this native flower seemed to be everywhere in February.white_flower_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
The was a butterfly explosion everywhere once the rain came. All around the garden in February (and is still happening) hosts of yellow butterflies have been around the garden. They are all around the Cassia bush. One day I counted around fifty butterflies and that was just in the front garden. I think they are Lemon Migrants. This is definitely a Yellow Migrant of the Pentas flower. lemon migrant_butterfly_pentas_flower_garden_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
The butterflies love the Pentas flowers. Orchard Swallowtails drop in every now and then.butterfly_orchard swallowtail_pentas_flower_garden_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
Another little native flower that has appeared in the garden. I didn’t notice the Crab Spider until I was getting the photos ready for this post. The flower is about 15 to 20mm so how tiny is the spider!spider_crab_flower_native_small_garden_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
A Water Strider making his way across the dam.watr strider_pool_garden_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
While the Dragnflies hovered about, some resting on branches on the edge of the damdragonfly_blue_dam_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
or finding small twigs to restdragonfly_green_dam_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
I don’t know who or what was in the dam. I just saw the ripples and bubbles. It could have been a Long-necked Tortoise.water_bubble_dam_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
On the house dam, a float holds the foot valve for the pump out of the muddy bottom of the damfloat_ball_dam_reflection_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
More reflections. This time the boats in the marina at Evans Headreflection_boats_water_named_evans head_feb 2020
Water drops on the leaf. One of my favourite subjects to capture.water drops_leaf_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
It’s getting late. The afternoon clouds are building so a storm looked in the offing clouds_named_caniaba_feb 2020
The moon made a dramatic entrance when full one eveningfull moon_tree_cloud_named_caniaba_feb 2020

So there was My February. Thanks for hanging in to the end.

Also for Su’s Changing Seasons February 2020