This is March 2022

March has been very uninspiring for taking photos. It has seemingly been raining for the whole month. The first few days I was isolated at home without power or phone, landline and mobile plus landslides had blocked the highway to town for two days. I managed to get to town and charged my phone in the car, buy ice took keep food and drinks cold and ring my bestie as well as charge my camera battery. I didn’t take any photos of the floodwaters as I went into town did what I had to and out in case the river topped the levee and I was stuck in a flooded town.

The rain has been relentless for the month there has been 511mls of rain. The ground is saturated so water is just sitting on the ground. As I write the rain has gotten heavier again. It looks like the lower catchment will be experiencing flooding again by Thursday so those poor people will have to pack up again, move their cattle and horses to high ground and prepare to be inundated again.

On the few moments where the rain had stopped with brief sunshine the garden became alive. All of this months Changing Season are from here.

The most appropriate song for you to scroll through this months Changing Seasons photos.

I thought I would start at the ground and work my way up.

This is the only photo not at my place. We went to Macleay Island but it was a working few days but I managed to find a interesting fungus

I am going to do a whole post on the life in the Ivory Curl tree. As there aren’t many photos for this month here are a few showing the insects that enjoy feeding on the flowers. The butterfly on the left is a Small Green-banded Blue together with possibly a Long-tailed Pea Blue Butterfly. Both butterflies have the most glorious blue/violet inner wing colour that flashes when they fly around the garden.

The wonderful colours of the Small Green-banded Blue Butterfly

Yes that is a Durranbah or Jumping Ant in the tree taking the remains of a Line Blue Butterfly back to the nest. This was at eye level and these ants really have a seriously savage bite, like a hot needle poked into your skin which lasts for ages

Back onto cute and friendly, a Blue-0banded Bee checking out the Pentas flowers

A couple of Yellow-faced Honeyeaters discussing the pros and cons of Bottlebrush flowers

A young Blue-faced Honeyeater and a Yamba Gold Grevillea. The yellow patch on the face gradually turns a greenish colour then becomes blue.

One rare sunny morning an Eastern Yellow Robin stopped by to say hello. One of my favourite birds in the garden.

I was in my office in the early afternoon and I noticed something run down an old palm tree. I grabbed my camera and snuck out onto the verandah hoping what it was would reappear. Shortly a Yellow-footed Antechinus ran up the trunk a short way and down again into the garden and I didn’t see where it went after that.

Well today, the last day of the month, the skies cleared and there was blue sky and sunshine at least until the late afternoon when a bit of drizzle washed over my place.

I took advantage of a bit of sunshine to grab a few last minute photos. Whenever there has been a break in the rain, butterflies make the most of the time. Orchard Swallowtail Butterflies, the largest can always be seen flitting around the garden. This one took a moment to rest on a Frangipanni.

This year the Blue Ginger flowers have been at their very showy best in the garden.

Of course after a lot of rain and a few warm days, the fungi appear. This is a new one I found this morning in the garden. The flies seem to love it as well.

I posted some photos in early March for Hammad’s Weekend Sky which were a bit more dramatic than he soft patchwork of pastels that were over head. So instead of my usual finish of a sunset or Our Moon, it’s a sunrise finish.

As always, thanks for looking through my March and if you had a favourite, can you please let me know in the comments.

This for The Changing Seasons hosted jointly by Ju-Lyn – Touring My Backyard and myself

About The Changing Seasons

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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48 thoughts on “This is March 2022

  1. If this is a poor month for photos, then a good month is going to be beyond spectacular! I’m voting for the Yellow-footed Antechinus because it posed so obligingly (if reluctantly, I think).

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    1. Thank you Margaret. I was lucky the Yellow-footed Antechinus stopped for a breather and quick look around as it was the only photo chance I had 🙂 🙂

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  2. That Ivory Curl tree looks beautiful, as do the butterflies, and I love your bird photos! I’ll be sharing my March highlights in a few days, once I’ve sorted through them – I got off to a slow start but once spring got going over here mid-month I started to get the camera out more 🙂

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  3. A yellow robin! I love that. Seems like a bunch of great photos to me, Brian. Also thanks for sharing about the monthly challenge. I’ve done yearly and just lately quarterly. Maybe I will get it together to try monthly as well 🙂

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    1. Thank you Maria, this month was easy to get together for once I didn’t take hundreds of photos. It would be wonderful if you did join in the Changing Seasons 🙂 🙂

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  4. You have such beautiful animals and birds. You must also be a very fast photographer because you catch many creatures on the move. I’m too slow to catch them. By the time I get the camera on them, they are gone. Lovely photos! Happy April!

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  5. Antechinus – I learned something new again. Fat-tailed or broad-foot pouch rat, is the literal translation in German. It’s cute.
    But my favourite (as always difficult to chose in your posts) is the small green-banded blue butterfly – gorgeous.

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    1. They don’t have a pouch but raise their young in a nest. Interesting to know of another translation. There are about one hundred of the little butterflies in the garden. I tried to get a photo but you can’t see them as well as with the naked eye. Glad you have a favourite Elke 🙂 🙂

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  6. Excellent timing on the music, Brian. I just reached the end of the post when your music ended. Which are your favorite pictures? That’s hard. I love the bird pictures and the butterfly pics, but not the flies. The flowers are always a hit with me. IRL my allergy to the smell of flowers in my house give me a headache, but photos of them are fabulous.

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  7. Another month of lovely nature! I love the unusual fungi you spot, Brian – you have such a keen eye … they are so easy to miss. Looked up the antichinus – such an adorable creature!

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