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Square in September #4

Please have a look at some of the fabulous flowers that have been sent to Beckys Square in September

I thought it was time for some Australian native flower. In August the Native Wisteria entwines among the Fringe Wattle blooms throughout my property. I love the purple and yellow.
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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter E

This time instead of one letter E, Cee want 2 E’s in the word for the photos.

I think that Wedged-tailed Eagles have enough E’s

Sitting high in the eucalypt tree, the Wedged-tailed Eagle kept an eye on me.
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Soaring high in the sky, circling on the air currents, ever higher.
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It is not often Wedged-tailed Eagles are seen on the ground. Here, these two have their lunch. They didn’t enjoy my company and took off not long after this photo was taken.
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Once in the air, I could see the Water Dragon was lunch. The Magpie wasn’t keen to have Wedged-tailed Eagles in its territory.
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Driving down my road one day I disturbed a Wedged-tailed Eagle. With a wing span of 2.3 metres, it took a while to get going
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Have a look at some other great “EE” photos over at Cees Photography

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Stones

Frank has set the photo challenge of Stones. I know I have posted these before but they are stones that represent a part of the history of Australia. Many years ago, the Indigenous people of the land, that I now call my place, used to trek through this land. They may have been following the seasons. Walking from the Mann River to the Clarence River to perhaps trade with the other peoples from the other parts of the Clarence Valley. Someone took the time to fashion a hand axe from the stones that I still find here. This stone axe fits perfectly in my hand and I would be able to use it today. The edge is very sharp.
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This stone is the one that would have been used to chip off the edge of the axe. Again a tool that fits very comfortably in my hand.
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Here is both together where you can see the edge of the axe
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Thanks for reading my Stones. The Indigenous culture is thousands of years old. I have no idea how old these tools are. European settlement in my area has been over 100 years. I am privileged to hold these tools knowing I have the past history living in my home. Thank you Frank for allowing me to tell the story.

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Square in September #3

I promised Lisa from A Day In The Life  that I would post a White Hydrangea for Beckys A Life of a 40 Something  Square in September flower challenge.

Sorry Becky, I have cheated a little as I haven’t posted one photo.

The White Hydrangea flower ball. A very early bloom from a young plant so it’s not as big as I hope the flowers will one day become.
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Ever looked behind a Hydrangea? Almost reminds me of the Segrada Familia photos I posted a while ago.
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The centers of the individual flower have a beauty all of their own.
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Candid Shots

An interesting photo challenge from Cee: Black & White Candid Shots. Here is a couple from my collection

Someone walking by
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The amazing art work from Russia in the Venice Biennale in 2015. The eyes actually moved. When this bloke left the room the eyes followed him.
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Doves

The letter D. Four letter word. Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge. Best stick to one word Dove ‘cos I love photographing birds.

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The Common Bronzewing Dove talking a stroll down my road.
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A Peaceful Dove having a nap
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A brightly coloured Emerald Dove hanging around at the bird bath.
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Imitation

What was Paula thinking in setting a photo challenge with the word prompt Imitation Follow the link to find other great example of imitation.

What would I possibly find to suit this challenge. Well my faithful readers, I did find a few so look on with wonder at the imitation in bushboys world (insert laughing face here).  I think this deserves a slideshow as I couldn’t explain some of these photos.

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Hope you had as much fun as I did in finding my Imitations

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Hidden

What a fun photo challenge from Cee: Hidden – Follow the link to see more things that are hidden

I had a number of photos in mind when I came across some bees hidden in an Iris. So that gave me the idea of finding hidden insects among my folders. I have just included a few as the number of insects that hide when I want to take their photo……

The dragonfly seemed to disappear. Can you see it?
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The Common White Butterfly looks like a leaf don’t you think?
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I love how Leaf Curl Spiders make their house and wait for an insect to stick to the web.
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There are two Native Stingless Bees on the Iris.
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Hope you had fun looking for the insects.

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Mundane Monday Challenge #126

I sat on the back steps and noticed a leaf changing colour in the Bottlebrush lit by sunlight. After I transferred the photos from my camera to the computer, I noticed I had been photo bombed by a bee.

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Have a look at other great photos on Mundane Monday Challenge #126

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Black & White Sunday: Ceiling

I couldn’t go past the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona for my fab ceiling photos. OK I couldn’t stop at one for the Lost in Translation black and white photo challenge Ceiling

One of my favourite buildings in the world. Gaudi is amazing with his vision for a fantastic building.
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I am sure some of you would like to see the colour versions too
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Travel Theme: Sports

Well I didn’t have to travel far to see the cricket with my daughters a while ago. We just had to go to Brisbane about 350kms from here. I know the people from overseas will wonder what the photos are all about. We had a great afternoon and night at the GABA.

The cricket ground was packed for a Day/Night match between Australia and England
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Glen McGrath bowls one of his fast balls. Around 130km/hr170913_blog cvhallenge_sport_glen mcgrath bowl

Brett Lee defends a fast ball
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Andrew Symonds send a ball to the fence
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See more sport photos at Where’s my Backpack?

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Dark

The Tuesday Photo Challenge from Dutch goes the Photo this week is Dark.

What to choose? How about some boats in Morton Bay, near Brisbane Australia, I saw when we were staying on Macleay Island.

The party boat was in full swing.
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The trawler worked through the night
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Thursdays Special: Pick a Word in September

Most times I just have one photo per word for Lost in Translations Pick a Word. This time I have a few more for the September Pick a Word and perhaps using my artistic licence for the matching photo.

Vantage

The view from Raspberry Lookout. My property is a few hills over on the left.
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In order to get a good take off, you must have a good vantage point.
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Bifurcated

You can’t fence me in
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Intruding

Sometimes I feel like I am intruding when photographing butterflies and spiders.
Three’s a crowd when the males chase the female Orchard Butterfly.
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Two Line-blue Butterflies getting “friendly”
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Yes, the Huntsman Spiders were in the dining room but I don’t think they had eating dinner on their mind.
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Jagged

Once a butterfly gets old, the jagged wings are the first sign of age as on this Australian Gull Butterfly
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Quayside

The yachts moored late in the afternoon after sailing from Grafton to Ulmarra.
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Quayside on the Great Canal, Venice
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Grevilleas in my garden

This blog was inspired by Rebel Guy and Rebel Girl’s Twenty Minutes in the Garden.

I took a walk around as the Grevilleas are flowering at the moment. I looked for the plant tags on some of the older ones that have been in the garden for ages as I couldn’t remember all their names. I have quite a number of Grevilleas now as the birds and bees love the nectar in the flowers.
This is my favourite Grevillea in the garden, the Honey Gem. The flowers can almost drip with nectar. The birds just love the flowers. See an old post One Day at the Grevilleagrevillea_honey gem01_named_home_august 2017

Moonlight is a new Grevillea and this is the first flower
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I think this Grevillea is called Pink Ice
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Poor Jingle Bells. The lack of rain and my forgetfulness in watering has its flowers almost spent. Hopefully after a couple of weeks of watering there may be new flowers.
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Lemon Daze is another new plant I was given in exchange for some work at the same time as Jingle Bells. Still only small it has tiny flowers compared to other Grevillea in the garden.
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Honey Barbara is a rescue plant from a nursery. It was pot bound and didn’t look very healthy. I bit of love and now the Grevillea has a number of flowers and is almost as tall as me.
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See how the flowers form on Honey Barbara.
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I can’t remember the name of this Grevillea. Another plant that needed some TLC. The first flowers are just about to burst forth. It has about 4 flower spikes waiting to open from their hairy shelter.
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The Yamba Sunshine has great yellow flowers that the birds and insects enjoy.
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The bees just love it.
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A very old original Grevillea. A lot of the cultivars have this as their root stock as it is very hardy. Planted on the very edge of the garden it survives on rainfall.
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The Blue-faced Honeyeaters are a constant visitor to have a snack.
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This is what happens when the birds fight over the Grevillea

In this video, The Friarbird is far more vocal and the Blue-faced Honeyeater is nonplussed

The last video was shot last year at the end of August so you see the same old battles for control of the garden are on going.

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This is August

I do seem to have a lot of favourite photos from August. I have done quite a hard cull. I hope you are able to get through all of this blog. It was a busier than usual month. The rain hasn’t come and the place is dry now. It is a pity the dam I use for around the garden leaked as it was full in Autumn and that would normally have seen me through Winter until the Spring storms arrive.  Being so dry the number of birds are reduced but I have maintained the water points around the garden for the birds and animals. I almost feel like a bad parent, selecting the plants to water and hoping the others will hang in there until I start the pump and give the garden a good soaking.

Enough of the sob story and let’s get started with the things I found in August.

I just love the colour of this leaf.
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Late one afternoon while I was searching for a new log to cut firewood, I went down to the water hole. This water hole has never dried even in some of the severe droughts in the 1990’s and 2000’s. Camera settings 1/320 F6.5 ISO 800
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Driving about the property, mainly gathering firewood and pulling lantana out, I often come across a family of White-winged Choughs as they patrol the bush, walking about looking under leaves and bark for insects. It was good to see that this family group has grown from five to seven.
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The wily Currawong was sitting in the Bottlebrush waiting for an unsuspecting small Honeyeater to drop in for a meal.
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At the small paddock dam, in reality a wetland now, the Peaceful Dove was walking down the slope heading for a drink.
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In one of the water points I have placed a stick so if a bird falls into the old drum, they have something to grab onto and get out. The Yellow-faced Honeyeaters like sitting on the stick after having a drink or plopping in the water for a bath.
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The main sounds that were echoing through the bush in August were the calls of the Yellow-faced Honeyeaters. They loved feasting on the Bottlebrushes.
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The Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike was surveying the scene at Modenville.
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One morning the Bowerbird was eating the grass for breakfast. It had quite a number of beak-fulls before it flew off.
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The Bowerbird looked stunning in the afternoon light.
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I love having King Parrots around. Their whistle resounds through the bush.
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A Restless Flycatcher dropped in for an afternoon.
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The Superb Fairy Wrens were bustling about the garden at Modenville hardly sitting long enough for a photo.
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The little Variegated Fairy Wren was very busy with his flock of females as they explored the garden at Binna Burra.
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I wondered what had happened to my beautiful blooms on my Cyclamen and then I saw the culprit. It is almost like the caterpillar has a straw in its mouth.
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I found this tiny “house” that an insect has constructed on the bark of a block of firewood I had cut. I have bought it home and hope to see what come out of this beautifully constructed nest.
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I found this beetle marching with purpose along a log.beetle_orange black_named_home_august 2017

The Common Jezebals have been flying about the bush and garden for a few weeks. When they fly they have an intense stroboscopic pattern flashing of black and white. When the wings are flat you can see the predominately white side of the wings.
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I love it when there is an unexpected spider on a flower or seed head as well as small grasshoppers and ants. The seed head is about the size of a 20 cent piece.
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This is the rest of the spike
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There is a lot of native flowers popping up this August. It was unseasonably very warm. A lovely circle of yellow flowers about the size of a 10 cent piece.
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I called this flower a Buttercup but it’s probably not. The leaves are similar to Oxalis.
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Look how hairy the leaves are and the flower has a lovely reddish brown centre.
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The Egg and Bacon plant is growing on the top of the dam wall. The flowers are beautiful and yes the leaves are spiky. A great place for small birds to escape into.
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I call this vine a Native Wisteria. It is also called False Sarsaparilla and a few other names. It looks lovely when the vine entwines with a wattle threading purple among the wattle flowers.
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Scattered throughout the bush these little star shaped flowers are easy to miss as they are about ten millimeters across.
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The Bottlebrush flower is photo-bombed by a Stingless Native Bee.
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This Grevillea flower is called Lemon Daze.
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Isn’t the inside of this flower interesting?
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Love the colour of these flowers.
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Pansys. Who doesn’t love smiling Pansy faces. The colours are spectacular.
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The camera can’t catch the deep purple of these Pansys
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One August afternoon the sunset was spectacular.
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I love the effect of the hills and trees on the horizon.
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One of my Canon Powershot camera setting is called “Creative”. It takes a number of photos with different setting. This one made the sun look explosive.
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Looks like the sun has set so goodbye and thanks for stopping by.

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Black and White Sunday: Before and After

Another favourite blog challenge from Lost in Translation.

Here is a dog sitting on a post.
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For those who follow my blog, you know I love photographing rust. Isn’t he great?
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Look at the other great Before and After photos here

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Scarlet Honeyeaters in my garden

I recently put one of my Scarlet Honeyeater photos on a photo challenge blog from Dutch goes the Photo.  I had quite a number of likes and comments so I thought I would do a series of Scarlet Honeyeater photos. Some of the photos are of the females as well as the striking males. Enjoy these the smallest honeyeaters in Australia.

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One day in the Pink Euodia

I just had to do another blog for Franks Tuesday Photo Challenge: Pink

The Pink Euodia, an Australian native tree in my garden, attracts birds when the beautiful flowers are blooming.

Here is a Rainbow Lorikeet enjoying the flowers
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The delightful Scarlet Honeyeater loves the pink blossoms
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Here they come

Frank has chosen Pink as the theme for the Tuesday Photo Challenge. I was going to recycle the paint can but I thought I must have some other pink here somewhere, other than flowers.

I took this photo with an old camera as I wasn’t too sure about taking my best camera aboard the yacht. We were leading the final race home after about 10 days of sailing from Grafton to Iluka on the Clarence River. Suddenly a breeze blew up and all the larger yachts put their spinnakers up and came zooming up behind us. It looked great from our little boat. Unfortunately the wind died and everyone was becalmed so the race was cancelled.

Don’t the yachts look great with their coloured sails?
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Black & White Sunday: Traces of the Past

I like the Traces of the Past photo challenge as I try to find subjects that may be a bit different. Follow the link to see other bits and pieces of the past that great photographers conjure up.

My Trace of the Past was found during an Angourie Dunecare revegetation and site clean up. One of the volunteers found a handbag discarded under a shrub covered in vegetation and sand. The handbag had been there for quite a number of years. Upon opening the old handbag, they discovered the contents was more or less intact despite being in the harsh conditions for almost 40 years. One of the volunteers managed to track down the owner who said the handbag was stolen from their car while they were at the beach during their honeymoon. She asked if her engagement ring was still in there. Unfortunately the ring and money which was in her purse were gone.

Have a look at the contents and see how many things you can name?

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One Word Photo Challenge: Insect

Where to start with this photo challenge from Jennifer. So many to pick from and it’s just Insect not Insects so here is one that I hope you will like.

One of my favourite insect photos. The Caper White Butterfly on the Pentas.
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Alley

The Tuesday Photo Challenge from Frank at Dutch goes the Photo: Alley

I have gone back in time to my first European tour and to the city of Rovinj in Croatia. It was hard to settle on a couple of photos as I have quite a few alley photos from Europe. I like these ones.

This alley was just up from my hotel. It has just the right amount of colour to lighten the mood of the alley.
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This is one of my favourite photos of Rovinj
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Aperitivo

For Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge using the letters Ap I have dug out my photos of Aperitivo from my Italian adventure in 2015.

“Perhaps our favorite Italian tradition is the aperitivo, a drink/light meal that takes place at the end of the workday as a kind of warm up to dinner.” from The Art of Aperitivo

Aperitivo in Bologna
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Aperitivo in Naples
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CFFC

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Travel theme: Numerals

It was fortuitous that I was near Big Ben at 12 o’clock
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Number six on the Grafton Bridge
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Four is as fast as you go on the Clarence River
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The store front in Denman which used to be a Jewellers shop.
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Discover more Numerals at Where’s my backpack

 

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Black and White Sunday: Structure – man made

I had this idea for Paulas Lost in Translation black and white photo challenge Structure but I switched to using my usual nature photos. This time I have a couple of man made structures.

Looking down the path of the Grafton Bridge
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The walkway from a ferry wharf in Sydney
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Black and White Sunday: Structure

This photo challenge from Lost in Translation, Structure, has made me think of the structures that I like to discover and photograph. Of course I don’t mean man made structures but the wonderful structures in nature.

Look how the Spangled Drongo has attached the nest to the trees branches in a very loose looking structure.
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It is just right for the Spangled Drongo to sit among the eucalypt leaves.
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The Noisy Friarbirds nest is a jumble of strips of Stringybark trees woven into a basket like structure with a side opening
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The most basic of nests has to be the Tawny Frogmouth. The nests structure is a pile of sticks in the fork of the tree. Shhh, don’t disturb the nocturnal Frogmouth.
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Another jumble of sticks makes the structure of the Square-tailed Kites nest. There is a pile of sticks under the nest which didn’t sit properly and fell to the ground.
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The Ospreys huge nest on an open branch where they can see all around. The nests structure of sticks, moss and a huge amount of Grandfathers Beard.
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What nest wouldn’t be a nest without some babies!!! The cup like structure of the Grey Fantails nest is built onto the branch using spiders web to help make it stick.
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Upright

One Word Sunday   A photo challenge from Debbie at Travel With Intent

An encounter with the Red-necked Wallaby and her Joey in my garden.

“Now stand still and upright”
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“Let’s see, you have to look your best”
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“Awww Mum…do you have to”
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“Hold still….I’ve just got to get under your chin”
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“There you go…..it wasn’t that bad, was it?”
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Thursdays Special: Pick a Word

I wait every month for the Pick a Word photo challenge from Lost in Translation.

Setting
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Nubilous
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Motley
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Growth
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Nautical
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Look at the link to see what other photographers matched with the Pick a Word photo challenge

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This is July

At last I am able to sit down and write this blog. I have a chest infection which made my concentration levels drop and a lack of interest in doing anything. Looking at the screen made my eyes sore as well. July was interesting as the days became more like Summer than Winter. There hasn’t been much rain so the garden is suffering. Most of the flowers are from elsewhere, some of the birds are from around here and there is a bit of what is that photo. There is a bit of excitement but that will come later. There are quite a number of photos so perhaps a cup of tea or coffee or whatever you drink while sitting have a look at my July.

This is the view from Raspberry Lookout in the Gibraltar Ranges, about 70kms from my place, which is somewhere to the left of the photo a few gullies over.
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I thought I’d start with the bugs I found. A moth isn’t really a bug but an insect but this beauty had to go in somewhere.moth_named_binna burra_july 2017

We found a caterpillar munching a plant. Look at how much it has eaten for such a small sized caterpillar.
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The winter flowering stone fruits are alive with bees.
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I was enjoying a cuppa on the verandah when this bloke came buzzing around. I like the confusion of fly and shadow.
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At the Raspberry Lookout I found a log. Not just an ordinary log but one that had a lichen that made it look so green.
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Can you see the face on this old tree stump. The big cut mark on the left is where the timber cutters used to put a board to stand on to cut the tree down with an axe. The “graffiti” isn’t all that old though.
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My  bestie found this fantastic leaf.
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One day the clouds just decided to look rather special. Something to do with a hot day, cold upper air or whatever.
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“What are you looking at?”
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I call this photo “The Electric Fish”. I would love to tell you how I took the photo but have no idea. The leaves and flowers were in the bottom of the bowl and the spots on the surface are fish food.
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Late one evening when going for a walk, I saw the red and green leaves glowing in the afternoon sun.
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A neighbours place glowed in that afternoon sun. This plant is called Firesticks.
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I have never looked at a Dandelion flower. Isn’t it beautiful.
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In a garden in Grafton the rest of the garden was bare and a few of the flowers were doing their last gasp but this Gazania stood out among the rest.
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A fragrant Rose. I love Roses.
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The Grevillea flower shone in the early morning sun.
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Some birds come back every year to spend Winter here or perhaps just drop in for a snack and rest on their migratory route to further warming climes. The Blue-faced Honeyeaters stay around and nest. The mornings and evenings are filled with their calls.
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The Silvereyes flock through, some keep going but some hang around for a while eating and building their strength for the next part of their journey.
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The Figbirds are after the fruiting trees in the rainforest gullies. This Figbird seemed to have an interest in a Eucalypt nut.
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The Lewins Honeyeater found a tasty morsel in the bark of the tree.
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It doesn’t look like it was that appealing does it?
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A White-throated Honeyeater, a bowl and a garden bench. There are a number of places where birds can get a drink in my garden.
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Going to my besties one day, I came across a flock of Brolgas in a farmers field beside the highway. This is only the second time I have seen Brolgas and to see around twenty was wonderful.
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Some birds will do anything not to have their photo taken. The Eurasian Coot did a great dive.
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Have you ever been so angry that you just had to shout at a tree?
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I hadn’t noticed the rich orange around the eye of a White-throated Tree Creeper before. Since the blog was published, Carol Probets who often lets me know what’s what informed me that this is a Red-browed Tree Creeper. See Carols blog at Lyreades
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The Welcome Swallow was ignoring me as he sat on the old bridge watching the workings building the new one.
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The Spotted Pardalote had a ritual of checking out the verandah every morning for snacks.
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The Grey Shrike-Thrush have set up home at my besties.
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Adorable looking birds aren’t they?
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The Grey Fantail was a bit puffed up in the cool afternoon breeze.
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Another regular Winter visitor to my place are the Noisy Friarbirds. Their calls resound through the forest all day long. These two were having an in depth conversation.
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Every now and then a large flock of Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos descend on the pine trees to feed and then take off to find a place to roost.
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The lovely little Rose Robins are occasional visitors. So cute as the bounce in the garden looking for snacks.
rose robin_named_home_july 2017

This is excitement number one. First time I have seen a Grey Goshawk. It was high in the trees at my besties place.
grey goshawk_named_binna burra_july 2017

Excitement number two. The first time I have seen a Fan-tailed Cuckoo. It was so happy to sit on a post and pose for a minute or two at my besties place.
fan tailed cuckoo_named_binna burra_july 2017

This was the sunset in some of the photos mentioned before. So it must be time to go.
sunset rip_named_binaa burra_july 2017

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Birds

There isn’t many challenges that have the topic Birds. I couldn’t resist but who can stop at one or two especially when it is my favourite Australian bird the Eastern Yellow Robin. I did limit myself but they are so cute I just had to share a few photos.

I love how they just fly and land sideways on trees
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and look around the corner to see if I am still there
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Even fluffed up in the bird bath they still look captivating
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The subtly of their yellow feathers shows through in the bird bath
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Just a lovely little bird
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This is one of his favourite resting spots
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Hope you love the Eastern Yellow Robin as much as I do. See other peoples photos of birds in the Photo a Day Challenge: Birds

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Water Lillies

Here are a few water lillies for Cee’s Flower of the Day: Water Lily Pond

I love the subtle pink hue
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The Cape Waterlily stands out among the crowd
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The Yellow Waterlily is from Mexico
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The Cape Waterlily is from South Africa and is everywhere in Australia
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An Australian native waterlily the Water Snowflake. This one is growing on my dam.
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Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge May 7

Odd Balls. Those photos that are the ones you in someway like but not too sure where they fit in your photo galleries. I have lots of Odd Balls and so do other photographers. Have a look at the other Odd Balls

I love rust. Its colours and textures. I don’t know what this old piece of machinery was used for, perhaps moved things from the boats to the works on the headland. I found it in South Australia.

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The creativity in making this seat is wonderful. It is on a friends property in South Australia too.

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Can you guess what this photo is? I took this photo of a pool on my property with a Water Strider on the surface. Its feet aren’t really that big as the shadow shows.

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Falling Water

Falling Water is the theme from Dutch Goes the Photos Tuesday Challenge Have a look at the great photos others have contributed

The Clarence River water rushes over the rocks at Lilydale near my place.

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Ellenborough Falls are quite spectacular as the water tumbles into the deep ravine.

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Isolated Subjects

Isolated Subjects is the theme for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge.

The cemetery at Clunes New South Wales has a nice outlook

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During a flood, many items get isolated.

The hay bale floating down the Clarence River at Grafton

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The tower of the boat shed on the banks of the Clarence River at Grafton

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The Spangled Drongo sitting on the nest high in the tree.

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