Cee’s Mid-week Madness Challenge June#5: Flowers or Leaves
A wonderful start to Winter in my part of the world. The rain has stopped for the moment. The days are in the low 20’sC with cold night into single figures necessitating lighting the fire giving a warm glow to the loungeroom.
I have managed to get out for a few little excursions as well as take photos at home. A lot of time has been spent cutting and splitting firewood with a few delays as I have me camera with me just in case something happens – or has been the case a few times not have it.
I hope my June song to scroll with works for you. Please enjoy
I did make it out for a quite pastel sunrise. Something to begin with for having a look at what I found in June. I loved the lines across the sky.
Someone else was enjoying the early morning as well aboard their yacht
The sparse vegetation on the point at Wooli really does take the brunt of wind and water
On the other side of the point, the river winds its way to the sea. A Striated Heron took a stroll while the tide was out looking for lunch.
In the morning at Iluka, a fluffed up Pied Butcherbird warmed up among the Banksia trees
There was a look at the works the Iluka Landcare team had been doing planting Red Gums to increase the Koala habitat. While we were there looking around I spied a Pacific Baza. Later on her mate appeared and landed on a branch above her.
In the late afternoon a White-cheeked Honeyeater sitting atop a Banksia sang to the setting sun
A Silver Gull basking in the afternoon sun on a wharf post.
An Australian Pelican kept a wary eye on me while resting on the old wharf post
A nearby Darter was stretching probably contemplating heading off if I came any closer
There are all manner of ways to secure your craft at the wharf. I was attracted to the rust.
Overhead an Osprey patrolled the beach looking for breakfast
Back in South Grafton the copious amount of Little Corellas wheeled about before landing on their roost or in the paddock to scour the ground for seeds and grubs. Little Corellas are migrants who arrived on the coast after a very prolonged drought over the ranges. They liked it so much they never left, built up numbers and can now be found all along the coast.
The Little Corellas were flying over this part time wetland. The Black Swans had a nest among the reeds in early June. The Pacific Black Ducks were always around looking for a meal as well as other water birds. Towards the end of June the paddock dried out and the farmer let a few cattle in to graze. Unfortunately all the reeds you can see were eaten down to almost ground level. I fear that the Black Swans nest was disturbed, perhaps even trampled by the cattle as I never saw any Cygnets.
One surprise when I went to a small village, Diggers Camp, was this Pheasant Coucal hunting for insects. He didn’t even care about me walking about.
This little Superb Fairy Wren female, called a Jenny wren, blended well with the grass at Iluka as she foraged for food.
While this Jenny wren kept an eye on me at my place as I walked through the bush.
She was making sure I didn’t get too close to her babies
A Red-browed Firetail Finch took in the afternoon sun
A Grey Butcherbird stayed in the shadows while looking about for food.
Standing on your head to get some nectar an Eastern Spinebill enjoys a Bottlebrush in my garden.
Walking down my street I saw a Jackie Winter was just sitting on the wire fence
On the way back, a Restless Flycatcher was intently watching something while sitting on the wire fence.
I often have photos of Satin Bowerbirds but rarely have a male and a female in the same photo. They were hanging around the tree near the verandah. This photo is through my office door while sitting at my desk. I love lazy photography.
I had been putting out some bird seed on the verandah to see who was around. The Male Satin Bowerbird and a Blue-faced Honeyeater came for an inspection.
A young Blue-faced Honeyeater and a King Parrot looked hopeful.
A juvenile King Parrot just getting his adult feathers hopped about the verandah.
The Firesprite Grevillea is having a fantastic flowering. A number of the smaller honeyeaters are able to sit on the flowers. This Eastern Spinebill was always chasing the Brown Honeyeaters away from “his” flowers.
All of the Grevilleas had a good flowering in June. This one was a rescue plant that has done well.
The Coconut Ice Grevillea also having a great season.
In the Iluka Rainforest some of the old fallen trees have some wonderful wood fungi
The wood fungi at my place has been bright orange
OK Now for all the people who don’t like spiders get that scrolling finger ready to zoom past this beautiful Huntsman Spider I disturbed when I was cleaning up around a shed.
Here is your second warning…..you know who you are.
Now for a bit of arty farty. Looking deep into a stump and a cascade of moss with a rim of lichen.
A stick on the beach
She Oak needles with a blue sea and sky – Minimalism
Sunset through the trees with some ICM (Intentional Camera Movement)
Looking out of my kitchen window at the Red-necked Wallabies grazing in the garden
I love a foggy morning. Looking down the hill near my shed.
Well it looks like the sun is setting so it must be time to get going. The sunset at Iluka was a treat.
The Super Moon was supposed to be a wonderful sight. This is the best I could do. Goodnight and see you next Changing Seasons for a wrap-up of what I found.
Of course I would love to know what your favourite photo is.
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I found these on my place many years ago and have featured them in previous posts. On the left is a hand axe and on the right hand side, the sharpening stone and the axe showing the edge. My place was part of a walking track used by First Nations people moving across the landscape from the Clarence River towards the Mann River.
The hand axe fits so well into my hand it is amazing. The edge is quite sharp for a stone implement. I can well imagine that the person who owned these tools was very upset to find that they had been lost.
The axe is sharpened by using the other stone to chip of bits of the edge. The sharpening stone is also rounded and smooth where it fits into my hand quite easily too.
I am quite proud to be the custodian of these tools for the time being.
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