This is November 2021

Subtitle: Changing Seasons – in conjunction with Ju-Lyn

I didn’t take many photos in November. I am loving the rain. The frogs have been as well. Some nights it is so loud with all the frogs having their say. The most photographed thing, because the rain has made the garden just grow, are flowers splashed throughout the garden. I am doing a garden post as it is too good not to share. I have spent a bit time in the shed so there’s a post about that on the list as well.

The days we had with sunny blue skies which were taken advantage of, so there was lots of photos to pick from for This is November. Grab your usual drink/snack that you may like to consume at this time of your day and enjoy this bit of my world.

Here is your song to scroll to….a new one for me. I hope you enjoy my discovery. Hit play and let’s get scrolling. You can always come back up and stop the music if you don’t like it.

One Saturday morning I woke very early and there was colour in the sky, so I had to try and take a few photos for Hammad’s Weekend Sky. After taking my usual photos from the usual place, I tried to see what I could get through the trees. Most were ok but didn’t show all that much of the coloured clouds. My favourite of the lot.

The cows next door to my besties were calving. I think these two may be related.

On that hill where the calves are, a Double Bared Finch was having lunch too.

It is always lovely to see an Eastern Rosella or two when out and about.

Sacred Ibis always look spectacular as the glide overhead.

On the lookout tree, a Spangled Drongo (top) and a Dollar Bird keep an eye out for some unsuspecting breakfast to be passing by.

In my besties garden, a Pheasant Coucal was calling for a few days. One morning he decided to come out in the sun.

We went away for a few days to Soldiers Point. One day we went for a walk in a nature reserve at Nelson Bay. There’s a few photos from there following as well. A pair of Corellas were checking out the hollows in the Gum Tree to make home maybe.

This made me laugh, the Darter look so serious too.

We found this lily like plant and it has the most wonderful flower. I haven’t been able to ID it yet.

I just love Red and Green Kangaroo Paw flowers which were growing along the track in the nature reserve

At a cafe having a coffee while the waiting for the rain to ease a bit, I saw Bougainvillea flowers had fallen on a table out in the rain.

That’s all from our mini holiday. Remember the last two “This is…..” I have shown the progress of the amazing Gymea Lily flower. I don’t think it will be there next time.

Here is a few from around my garden as a bit of a teaser lol. The agapanthus in the garden have never had as many flowers ever! Mostly blues but some are from plants with white flowers that I never knew their colour.

This white Agapanthus flower stalk was so tall, well over a meter.

The Crinums or Spider Lilys are flowering well this year.

I have been trying to find the right place for the Walking Iris as I love their flowers

I have a Jacaranda tree which is a bit scraggly but this year showed itself as best it could.

Scattered around the garden are Spiny-headed Mat Rush (Lomandra) plants that have long strappy leaves most of the time but they do flower

The Paperbark Trees (Melaleuca quinquenervia) are flowering and the insects and birds are loving them.

I can’t grow roses at my place. It gets too wet and the Possums and Wallabies love them too much. My besties place is ideal. Here is a selection of Roses. This is a tiny climbing variety.

Some of the flowers are amazing. I love this pink one.

Such a deep colour, it is more orange than red in real life

Some Zinnias are appearing.

This is the flower from a Bromiliad which I found in the plant rescue section of a nursery. I took three and said these be easy. He rolled his eyes. Five years later, two survived and this one has flowered for the first time.

Sometimes Thistle flowers look so good.

I always forget to take photos of the Zig-Zag plant when it flowers.

I cannot believe this Pineapple plant. It has been in the garden for as long as I can remember. Every now and then it pops out a fruit. This is the flower stage. Pineapple plants are Bromiliads.

The Day Lilys have been wonderful this year

Even the Stingless Native Bees thinks so as well.

The Variegated Duranta has been flowering since start of Spring. Now it has rained there are flowers everywhere.

There was a break in the rain. A Blue-banded Bee decided to take advantage too.

In the nature reserve we found this amazing way the Lichen has formed. What shapes or things can you see in the photo? IN the top right hand corner is a tiny fern similar to an air plant. They grow on anything organic wood, rock etc

OK Who was paying attention as I would really like to know what was your favourite photo? Did you like the music?

The Changing Seasons is a monthly project where bloggers around the world share their thoughts and feelings about the month just gone. We all approach this slightly differently — though generally with an emphasis on the photos we’ve taken during the month.

For many of us, looking back over these photos provides the structure and narrative of our post, so each month is different. Some focus on documenting the changes in a particular project — such as a garden, an art or craft project, or a photographic diary of a familiar landscape.

But in the end, it is your changing season, and you should approach it however works for you.

There are no fixed rules around post length or photo number — just a request that you respect your readers’ time and engagement.

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Also for Cee’s FOTD

75 thoughts on “This is November 2021

  1. Beautiful photos, Brian. Paperbark and Bottlebrush look quite a bit alike, don’t they? When she first started singing, I thought it was Sade. I like her voice a lot. Thanks for the great start to my morning!

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    1. Thanks ever so much Lois. Yes they are quite similar and there are Grevilleas and Tea Tree too that have a similar flower. I thought Sade as well. The music was interesting. Thanks for listening too. 🙂 🙂

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      1. Many years ago I bought, what the nursery called, an Australian Tea Tree, and planted it in my backyard. In 20+ years, that tree is huge. Yes, the flowers are lovely!

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      2. You must have a wet environment. They love getting wet feet. I have a few around my place that are Lemon-scented Tea Trees. Smell divine when mowing under them 🙂

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  2. Ooh, those are beautiful!! Your bromeliads comment made me laugh – the guy rolling his eyes! Easy yes, but not always easy to rebloom. Way to go! Is the zig-zag plant a euphorbia? It looks similar to what I know as a pencil plant. Seeing that this post is dated Dec 1st threw me for a loop for a minute. Here I am barely after 6am on Nov 30th! We’re not quite the last ones to shift to the new day…but almost. 🙂

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    1. Thanks. I do think the Zig-Zag is an euphorbia, not sure if the sap is white or not but think so. It’s in a not often need care garden 🙂 Time zones are so hard, Australia has three of its own.

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  3. Not crazy about the music but loved the pictures, it was such a treat just to sit down and scroll through so many lovely images. I do admire your patience in waiting 5 years for the Bromiliad to flower. I give plants a year and if they don’t do what it says on the tin then I’m sorry, but they have to go (I usually find them another home). Mind you, I have a very small garden so everything has to work for me. Favourite? the small climbing rose. Roses for me, will always win out over all other flowers.

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    1. Thanks for having a favourite Maris. Sorry I couldn’t supply the grooves for the scroll. I have lots of room to let plants do their thing 🙂 🙂

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  4. Hey Brian – the every now and then when your pineapple ‘pops out a fruit’ is every two years (give or take) and the next fruit is actually appearing on a new plant. As a bromeliad, the mother plant dies (some say ‘dies back’) after the fruit ripens. That’s bromeliads for you. But what your plant is doing it throwing a pup – a clone of the mother plant – hence a perpetual cycle of life and more fruit 🥰 My friend owns a pineapple farm and she taught me all of this when I started growing pineapples in my garden. I hope it tastes wonderful when it ripens – it looks good already.

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    1. I though the same about die back too Clare but this one is persistent. I have to be quick to pick it at the right time before the possums get to the fruit. They are tiny sweet delights 🙂

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  5. G’day Uncle B, great shots. The colours, patterns and shapes of flowers like that walking iris are magnificent, and top shot of that double bared finch, it couldnt fit any more grass seeds in its beak could it ? 🤣I know how hard it is to get a good pic of small birds, they don’t sit still for long. 👍

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  6. Lovely all. Well done for rescuing plants and always keeping a keen eye. I listened to the tune twice, quite haunting. And I had a look through all the photos again to decide on the favourite. I think the winner is the pheasant. 🙂

    I’ve just realised that I’ve been doing a sort of changing season posts for five years as well. My post comes monthly too, just with the delay of one year. I like the regularity of it and the changes that become apparent.

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  7. So many lovely captures despite the deluge of rainy days!
    My favourites are the very drenched but still lovely bougainvilleas, & the komorebi of “sun peeking through tree”.

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  8. My favorite was definitely the Dart sitting on the sign. Perfect capture.

    You had a nice November. I thought it was cool that the Kangaroo Paws are native to Australia. ( well I kinda knew it because the tag at our garden store says it). But to see them on the trail would be fantastic. I can grow them here. But its tough to keep them through the summer. Very nice. happy Spring. Donna

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    1. Thank you Donna . The Darter sure had me “I have to get that” moment. Kangaroo Paws are hard to grow in a garden. I haven’t had much success but maybe as I move further in to the surrounds, I might find a suitable condition in a more native garden setting.

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    1. Yes yes yes. My book only had one species of Trachymene a coerulea which is not evenly remotely alike. Give the lad a chocolate from me or an apple whatever Mum reckons he should have 🙂

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      1. The flower is the same. It looked like it was coming from long strap like leaves not composite leaves. But then again I didn’t go into the bush and look closely at the ground. If it grows on long stalks then thats fine

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    1. Thanks Susan. Aren’t Coucal Pheasants the most strange looking. A memory of a past music venue and songs is great. Thanks for taking time to scroll around with me 🙂 🙂

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  9. You have the most gorgeous collection of bird pictures and flowers. Australia is so gorgeous. No offense to AZ, but birds and flowers in Prescott are not our strength. I hope you don’t mind, but I’m repurposing a travel post in which I do have beautiful flowers, though no animals. 🙂

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