This Iris is a memory of the bloke who lived down the road and loved gardening. He let me have this Iris which is flowering now.
This Iris is a memory of the bloke who lived down the road and loved gardening. He let me have this Iris which is flowering now.
This is my first Mundane Monday Challenge.
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
and look around the corner to see if I am still there
Even fluffed up in the bird bath they still look captivating
The subtly of their yellow feathers shows through in the bird bath
Just a lovely little bird
This is one of his favourite resting spots
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
I know Frank said it’s time to get away from Bugs. So for this weeks Tuesday Photo Challenge: Yellow I just thought I might do a combination.
Here are some bees on Singapore Daisies.
and a bee among the Cassia flowers
Here are a few water lillies for Cee’s Flower of the Day: Water Lily Pond
I love the subtle pink hue
The Cape Waterlily stands out among the crowd
The Yellow Waterlily is from Mexico
The Cape Waterlily is from South Africa and is everywhere in Australia
An Australian native waterlily the Water Snowflake. This one is growing on my dam.
It is interesting to see the same photo in black and white and in colour. What is your favourite?
In days gone by, I am sure someone has a black and white photo of the old horse drawn trolley bus.
It has been lovingly restored and you can still take a short ride when it is available.
I took these two photos this afternoon thinking of the Before and After photo challenge. The Iris is one of my favourites that I was given from my elderly neighbour before he went into care
The colours are stunning
Pick your favourite from other photographers contributions at Lost in Translation
I have put together some of my photos of birds for the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge Collage
Australia isn’t an old country. Settled in 1788, many of the buildings have gone and there is still some Traces of the Past.
I have, as in my last blog, gone back thousands of years. This time I have a bit of the architecture from the not too distant past.
Many of the buildings in Sydney and the surrounding settlements were made of sandstone. Sydney sandstone is a valuable building material now-a-days. This church is in Springwood in the the Blue Mountains which surround Sydney to the west.
Another sandstone structure. A spire on a building in Newtown, Sydney
A mix of building materials. Sandstone, brick and copper on the Trades Hall Center in the City.
A copper dome and weather vane on a building in Newtown, Sydney
I love Roses, their scent, colour and form. I have a few rose photos to choose from, this is one of my favourites from my besties garden in the early morning.
See more lovely flowers in Cee’s Photography Roses
I was amazed that I only have a few Heron photos among my thousands of bird photos. The One Word Photo Challenge: Heron did set me a challenge. Luckily I found some White-faced Heron photos.
One afternoon I came home to find a White-faced Heron sitting in a tree in my garden.
At Shaws Bay while we were having a swim, a White-faced Heron was looking for snacks in the sand at low tide.
Who doesn’t love clouds. Sometimes we can see things, sometimes they are just clouds. This Weekly Weather photo challenge from Jennifer Nichole Wells is Clouds.
Here are some clouds I saw on the weekend.
This cloud formation reminded me of a birds wing feathers
A white line among the clouds
This cloud formation fascinated me
A while ago I saw this cloud which looks like a bear or a dog
I must do a warning before you start perusing this blog – it does contain sex
Here is a Cricket in a Crinum
The wonderful dragonfly doing a hand..errrr….leg stand on the water plant seed head
Dragonflies like playing peek-a-boo
The lovely Caper White Butterfly. They migrate through my place every year.
Now for the saucy part
Lineblue Butterflies doing their thing in my garden
Dragonflies doing it on the dam
A couple of moths transfixed in the cactus garden
I couldn’t let a blog on insects go without sneaking in a “not really an insect” my beautiful Huntsman Spider who lives in my place. She is now somewhere in the laundry where, I think, she may be hibernating, if spiders do that sort of thing.
My Odd Balls from the weekend.
The plane and the tree
The electric fish
Have a look at Cee’s Photography for more Odd Balls from great photographers
The Tuesday photo challenge from Dutch goes the Photo is Bugs. I have so many bug photos I just had to stop or it would take me for ages to complete the photo challenge!!!
Here is a selection of my bugs. I don’t know the names of all of these so I will leave it up to you to identify the ones you know.
The Centipede who walked through my house.
The Plant Hopper who wouldn’t sit still for a photo in the kitchen
The Praying Mantis on the kitchen window
The Fly with a yellow face
The Fly with the green eyes and biting proboscis
The “birth” of a Cicada on the chook yard fence
The Tiger Cicada on a tree
The Bullants coming to defend the nest
A Beetle on a leaf
An insect marching with purpose across a leaf
A bright red insect on my car
A Mayfly on the wall
An insect stopping for a photo op
Have a search around my blog for lots more insect photos if you want
For this week’s Black and White Sunday photo challenge, Paula is hoping to see some photos from a low lying perspective. I always am getting down to get “that photo” especially of Fungi. I have a number of blogs just on fungi. Looking at the photos in black and white is different. What do you think?
Have a look at Lost in Translation to see more Lying Low photos
Lost in Translation would like to see the toys and things I play with in the Photo Challenge – Playtime
Here are my toys
I took this photo last weekend and after looking at it I decided it was a good Odd Ball for Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge: July 2, 2017
One of my favourite photo challenges from Lost in Translation – match a photo to a word supplied by Paula.
Soaring – A Square-tailed Kite
Gaiety– What is like a noisy party? A bowl of Rainbow Lorikeets
Prostrating – Who could prostrate more than the Tyre Tortoise
Ephemeral – The Moon Flower who only lives once a year for one night
Colossal – The biggest thing I could find
It has taken me ages to sort through the photos that I took in June. Luckily I took out the photos of birds that I encountered and put them in this blog. I was surprised at some of the subjects that I managed to capture as it is Winter here which is normally a bit dry but we have had a rather wet Autumn. I am wondering where to start as I have quite a number of photos so maybe I will get going with some of the old bits and pieces I came across in June. The photos are at my place unless otherwise stated.
When I visited a neighbour, I had to stop and photograph the old farm stuff they have near their front gate. I think this is a horse drawn stick rake.
The old cart has seen better days. My Grandfather was a Wheel Wright and I reckon he would love to have a go at restoring this cart.
As you know, I love rust, the colours and the shapes that make the metal into an art work.
The chains and hook are a wonderful knot of rust.
This old pulley is hanging on the besties verandah. It may have been part of the old dairy that used to be on her place years ago.
I love the tiny water drops in the spiders webs from the misty rain.
The rain has put water drops on the flowers in pots on her verandah.
The Zygote Cactus water drops seem to be able to defy gravity
Even the spiders web caught a water drop or two.
The spiders web in the Red Ironbark had a golden glow. The Red Ironbarks are majestic trees on my place.
The rain drops on the spiders web in the grass looked like jewels.
Moss and lichen are other favourites of mine to photograph. A lovely green on the Bloodwood tree.
The wonderful coloured red sap from the Red Ironbark oozes from fissures in the bark.
The Tuckeroos are in flower and the trees are full of these tiny flowers.
The trees were abuzz with the sounds of bees and insects.
I am not sure if this is a bee or a wasp.
The bees certainly have to scrunch to get to the pollen and nectar.
I didn’t notice the red eye on this insect until I down loaded the photos.
The Blue-banded Bees were still hanging around the Pentas. I love their blue bums.
They hardly sit still and this bee looks like he hasn’t any wings.
Down on the forest floor, I was trying to get the right angle for a photo of the fungi when along came this fellow. I love the colours of the fungi. The reds are very striking to see. just little red dots on the ground.
I found this bunch of fungi during a Landcare visit to a site in Tucabia emerging from the mulch.
In the rainforest on my besties place I always come across fungi growing on the fallen trees. This is the first time I have seen this wood fungi which went the length of the log. Amazing colour isn’t it?
This wood fungi was on the end of a log nearby. Such a contrast in colour from the fungi above.
I found this little Stink Horn Fungus walking down the driveway at her place. I think I was stalking the Brush Turkey trying to get a photo of him on the mound he built.
Isn’t the yellow of this fungi just lovely? And it even curled its edge to show me its frill.
The Gold Top mushrooms are everywhere at the moment on my place.
I love looking under the fungi to see the frills which have a fascinating shape and texture.
Growing on a log in the forest, the mix of moss with its seed pods and the fungi looked like a tiny elfin garden.
The Bromiliads in my besties garden are flowering but mine haven’t as yet. The mix of colours on this flower is just right.
The Matchstick Bromiliad flower is different.
This is me being a bit artistic with the hanging Hibiscus flower.
I can’t remember what this vine flower is called but it certainly caught my eye in my besties garden. I love the curly tendril as well.
Looking deep inside the flower, it almost looks like it is exploding outwards.
The Banksia flower in the afternoon sun.
My neighbour has a wheelbarrow full of these Pancake cactus. They are becoming one of my favourite cacti.
When I was watering some pot plants on the front verandah, out popped the little Broad-palmed Frog.
Isn’t it one of the cutest frogs you have ever seen?
At the Landcare walk at Tucabia you know I couldn’t resist chasing a butterfly. The Large Grass Yellow was feeding on a Farmers Friend or Cobblers Peg plant.
The Orange Palm Dart butterfly just happened to sit on a leaf while I was stalking a bird in my besties garden. What wonderful colours
The Orange Palm Dart was very co-operative in getting its photo taken.
In Winter, you have to be careful when you go to the wood pile. You never know who is getting the warmth of the afternoon sun. Luckily I saw this small Red-bellied Black Snake
Well the sun is setting so I better get off and do stuff. Hope you enjoyed the things I found in June.
It’s just a typical day at home for the Black and White Sunday Photo Challenge
In the front of the house, the family drop in for breakfast
While out the back, a mother and her Joey look about for something else to eat
A typical day at home.
Over. What is over? As Paula said, in proposing this photo challenge, “over the moon” with a fabulous photo. You have to go to Lost in Translation to see Paulas photo and other entries to the challenge. Also to hear one of my all time favourite Rolling Stones songs, Moonlight Mile.
What is “Over” for me? Well I just finished my latest blog “The birds of June” so this is my take on Over
A very pretty Spotted Pardalote was sitting on this branch.
The Yellow-faced Honeyeater was sitting among these leaves.
The Eastern Spinebill was drinking the nectar from the Honey Gem Grevillea just a second before.
The Green Catbird said “this photo shoot is over. I have my pecan nut and am going….see ya”.
The Spotted Pardalote said “I have some where else to be….I’m over this photo stuff”.
Now this blog is over
It may be Winter, but here, it is the time when birds drop in on their way north to build their strength for the next part of their journey, or stay for the winter in the warm days on the North Coast. The nights can get cold but the days are usually in the low 20’s C with the warmth of sunshine and the number of plants that flower in late Autumn and Winter makes it a good place to stop off. This is not a complete record of birds as there have been birds who I haven’t managed to get in my lens plus there has been some who have just been to fast for me to photograph. Yes I have quite a number of photos of empty branches!!!
This first gallery of photos are the birds from my place.
The White-throated Honeyeaters arrive in the morning and in the afternoon with their chirp chirp chirp as they set about diving into the birdbath or pool to have their bath.
The Yellow-faced Honeyeaters arrive from down south, some stay while others in the flock fly further north.
The Blue-faced Honeyeaters come and go all year depending on what food is available. The Honey Gem Grevillea has finally started to flower after a long dry hot Summer. Look at the pollen dust on his head.
The little Eastern Spinebills are here with the distinctive clicking of their wings as they zip around the garden and their calls echoing in the gullies.
You can judge their size by comparing with the Blue-faced Honeyeater and Grevillea flower above. They really stretch to reach the blossoms at times.
Their plumage is quite pretty don’t you think?
I don’t include many photos of the female Golden Whistler but this one is so cute. They are around the place all year round with their repetitive call which can sound like a squeaky wheel, at times up to twenty single notes.
They also like to land on the side of trees and have a look around.
As do the White-throated Treecreepers who just hop up and down the trees looking for insects under the bark. They have a similar call to the Yellow Robins but not as persistent.
They also like to defy gravity as the give the trees a very thorough checking over.
The tiny Red-backed Fairy Wrens like to explore the lower parts of the forest eating grass seeds and insects foraging among the grass stalks. The Jenny Wren has good camouflage.
The Silvereyes are migrants who stop for a few weeks to gather their strength for their next leg of their journey north.
They are another of the tiny birds around here.
The Red-browed Firetails are another constant visitor to the bush as they move about in small flocks looking for grass seeds. This is a young one as the red brow isn’t as prominent as the adults.
The tiny Striated Thornbills are always around the garden and in the gullies around the house.
They love the birdbath.
Someone who I haven’t seen for quite a while has turned up this month and has been around the garden early in the morning and in the gullies during the day. The Spotted Pardalote digs a tunnel in the side of the gully to make it’s nest. They are so pretty aren’t they?
I think this one saw me as I snuck along the verandah for a better photo.
They can be quite vocal too.
The sounds of Kookaburras signal the start and end of every day. There are about three families that live in the bush around the house and sometimes the cacophony of up to five or six Kookaburras can be quite deafening.
After I took this photo I noticed that there was another two sitting nearby in separate trees. All of a sudden they all flew off into the forest disappearing among the trees.
This next gallery are from my besties place.
The Lewins Honeyeater is the boss of my besties garden. They swoop on most other birds that dares to come into the garden. The Lewins at my place aren’t as bossy.
Can you spot the Varied Triller?
The Grey Fantails are always doing their acrobatic flying around the place catching insects on the wing. A very serious looking bird.
The Golden Whistler is always around the garden and nearby rainforest singing its lovely song.
My besties place is surrounded by rainforest so she has more doves and pigeons than I do at my place. The White-headed Pigeon has a deep sounding whoomp whoomp call. They also fly about in large flocks.
The Brown Pigeon didn’t want its photo taken.
There is always up to ten bar-shouldered Doves foraging on the ground in the garden looking for pecans that have fallen from the tree.
The Whipbirds also enjoy foraging among the leaves for pecans.
While high in the trees the Figbirds look for seeds as well as pecans. This female Figbird found the seeds of an Umbrella Tree.
The male Figbird was more interested in pecans.
The Green Catbird is also interested in pecans. Not long after this photo was taken, so was the pecan.
Another recipient of the fallen pecans is the large Brush Turkey. His strong beak breaks open the pecans and often leaves small pieces behind for the other birds to eat. This one we call Brendan who has taken over the garden and has a mound nest almost one meter tall in the front garden. One day I’ll try to get a photo of Brendan and his mound.
The most exciting discovery was finding a Regent Bowerbird just on the edge of the garden late one afternoon. I only managed to get a couple of bad photos but had to share in my excitement.
We went to Byron Bay one day to shop as we haven’t been for ages and Winter is a good time as the number of tourists is halved at least. The Golden Pendas are in flower and the Rainbow Lorikeets were having a great time screeching at each other.
And of course there are always chooks foraging around both our gardens.
That is a snapshot of some of the birds around here in June. My June photo round-up probably won’t have any birds this year. Hopefully I’ll get to that by next week.
Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Couples, Twins, Two of Anything
I love my nature photos so I looked for a some bird photos for this challenge.
White-throated Honeyeaters at the little pot birdbath
Two Whipbirds on the Wisteria
Two Seagulls at the beach
Two Terns with their windswept “hair”
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge Teddy Bears Dolls Toys had me thinking what is the most interesting here.
The girls have left home but every Christmas I get out the Christmas toys who take their place guarding the box of Christmas presents.
Many people may know that I also have an elephant collection (see my blog) So it is only fitting that Humphrey gets involved in Christmas as well
Paula has picked Headshot for this photo challenge.
Meet Brendan, the Brush Turkey who loves to eat Pecans. He comes into the yard and is not afraid of people but will make sure you don’t get too close.
I thought you would also like to see what Brendan looks like in colour.
The Thursday Photo Challenge from Lost in Translation is Vision
Today, I took a walk on my property mainly to pull out weeds but as usual had my camera with me, just in case. When walking about you have to have vision as so many things happen or can be seen. Here is a snapshot of what I saw today just a few meters from my house.
I love finding things as I walk. Isn’t this small blue rock unusual?
Always keep an eye out when you walk about as there are a few things that can bite or sting in the Australian bush.
Isn’t the little garden on the old log just magical?
A few twitters in the garden and there was the Silvereye sitting among the branches.
A flash of yellow caught my eye as it flew past and the Golden Whistler landed on a branch nearby.
A jump among the leaves caught my attention and the little Broad Palmed Frog was looking at me as well.
I hope you enjoyed a quick walkabout with me.
The theme for Franks Tuesday Photo Challenge is Music
What a difficult challenge as I have had music in my life ever since I was born. There was always music playing in the house, whether it was vinyl records or my Mother playing piano. This has been the source of my inspiration as I have been playing guitar since I was about 12 or 13 I think with my best mate Greg, since passed. All through school with the mates in the music class, Steven and Martin playing when we could. Yep Rock ‘n’ Roll of course!! Then with my best mate Michael we would play all the time. Nowadays I just pick up one of guitars and as I live in the bush, can turn it up and belt out a tune or two, mainly Rolling Stones songs.
Here is my first electric guitar and the last one I bought.
The person I have had in my life since I was four, David, an artist, drew this poster for me when we were still in school. I found it a few years ago, had it framed and it now sits on my loungeroom wall with pride.
I took these photos a few moments ago but have a wealth of music to choose from. I have almost nine hundred CD’s and hundreds of vinyl records plus music book and magazines so I had to limit myself as you can well understand.
The Daily Post Challenge: Transient – Drifters, nomads, and even the state of impermanence.
What is more transient in nature than a delicate spiders web bejeweled with the mornings dew nestled in the grass, only to disappear with the first rays of the winter sun warming the earth.
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.
The creativity in making this seat is wonderful. It is on a friends property in South Australia too.
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.
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.
Ellenborough Falls are quite spectacular as the water tumbles into the deep ravine.
Isolated Subjects is the theme for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge.
The cemetery at Clunes New South Wales has a nice outlook
During a flood, many items get isolated.
The hay bale floating down the Clarence River at Grafton
The tower of the boat shed on the banks of the Clarence River at Grafton
The Spangled Drongo sitting on the nest high in the tree.
The old letter box
Have a look at what others have done for Nancy Merrills Challenge
I did have to look for rain photos but why can’t I find any. I am sure there must be some somewhere. Oh well for 52 Week Photo Challenge I found these.
Looking out of the window at Sydney Harbour on a rainy day.
The raindrops on the Hipeastrum
The spiders web caught a few raindrops.
What a photo challenge set by Paula for Black and White Sunday. Unmask those photos that you probably don’t want people to see.
What a great photo it could have been – the Sea Eagle with a fish.
I have no idea what I was doing but it’s a nice shoe
The cafe had a lot of metal pots, pans and utensils on the top of the cupboard, but most interesting was the watering can. The lighting was great.
What could be better. A full moon rising with a palm tree in the foreground.
Another favourite photo challenge from Paulas Lost In Translation
CONFINED – The Quoll or Australian Native Cat had been killing my chooks so I set a trap to catch it. I released the Quoll in the National Park near my place.
JAZZY – A building in Sydney Australia
SERENE: Sitting beside the babbling brook
One of my favourite photo challenges – Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge. Some photos are black and white others have been converted.
The Snail shell found in my garden. It is an Australian native snail.
The old Truck that has been in my street since I first moved here,
The Train Tunnel – the train can just be seen
The Strelitzia or Bird of Paradise flower
A Spider web early one morning
The challenge is shallow depth of field – 52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 32
The Hippeastrum is a fabulous flower to photo. Its large bell shaped flowers and striking colours give many an opportunity for some great photos. Throw in some Stingless Native Bees and you look into a busy tiny world.
The flowers are male and female. This is a female flower with the stigma ready for some pollen.
This is a male with the anthers full of pollen
All we need are some bees. Look how full the bees pollen baskets are.
Once a flower is found the tiny bees come to collect the pollen.
I wonder if they know there’s a spider in there.
What a challenge! I couldn’t think of anything then a bit of inspiration kicked in which led to too many ideas.
Looking through to a garden in Rome.
One of the many colonnades in Bologna
Letting the ferry through the lock in Paris
Looking through time in the 12th Century church in Verona
Not many through photos from Australia as the ideas of those came to late
The rain came.
The sun came out.
The earth warmed.
Life emerged from the earth.
These are Fungi
The first signs as the fungus pushes its way from the earth
The yellow hue of this fungus didn’t translate to the photo as it nestled among the leaves of the Honey Gem.
All manner of shapes and colours appear among the grass and sticks.
Sometimes emerging from the mulch can be difficult.
When your neighbour emerges after you have and tilts you
Even in decay the fungus emits a golden sheen
Flipped onto its back the delicate frills no longer are there
The texture of the fungus is rough to the touch but has a softness also
The underside frills make a lovely fan
A certain translucency when the sun falls upon the frills
Fungi come in groups. These tiny fungi are everywhere dotting the grass with their orange brown spots. See how big the blades of grass are compared to the tiny fungi.
Or group together and dwarf the blades of grass
The brown fungi like to hang closely together.
The Finger Fungi are never alone as the stand tall. Well as tall as a Finger Fungi can.
Is this one of the ball shaped fungi above starting to grow old.
This next few photos are of fungi that I have never seen here before.
The tiny red fungi are easy to spot as they grow among the Norfolk Island Pine needles. Seemingly solitary with other red fungi nearby.
The pink fungi are coming out from between cracks in an old sleeper.
This type of small fungi are a jet black and only a few appeared next to the verandah and in a day or two, were gone. The photo doesn’t show the true colour
These are the fungi at my place. There are more as some others are in my first fungi blog from years ago.
A great photo challenge from Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Things Made of Wood
So many things made of wood to choose from. Here is just a few
The hand made wooden pier at a friends place
The eagles nest
An old wooden bridge
My friends wooden seat. It is very comfortable
The stairway leading to the flat in Paris
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