Close Up

The word prompt from the Lens-Artists: Close up

Tiny Stingless Native Bees and a Hippeastrum flower
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Now you saw how small the Stingless Native Bees are, here is one on a Bangalow Plalm flower filling its pollen sacs
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Even an ant has to have a drink sometime
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The beautiful face of a harmless Carpet Snake
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One of the biggest flies I have here. Yes they bite.
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A lovely Caper White Butterfly enjoying a bit of nectar from a Pentas flowercaper-white-butterfly02_named_home_nov-2016

Fences

The word prompt from Sue at Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Fences

I like a fence that defines a garden
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Or a fence that disappears downhill with nature growing on its surface
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Or a fence that keeps cattle on one side or the other
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Or an old fence that is built in the bush using posts and wire and is still standing
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Or even a bit tumble down, it’s still a fence
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Or a place for a spider to build a webspiders web_wire fence_named_home_dec 2017

Or one that is…….well just make sure you shut the gate
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Or a fence that provides a post for an Eastern Yellow Robin to sit and look for a snack
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Or in the featured photo, a place for an Eastern Rosella to rest for a while

In My Garden

The Ragtag Daily Prompt for Tuesday: Garden

Have a quick wander about my garden.

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Blue-banded Bees like dropping in
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When the pink Crocus flowers the Stingless Native Bees all come around
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One of the wheelbarrow gardens with Hippeastrums
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The Frangipanni flowers scent fills the air
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The Bromiliads flower too
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One of my favourite flowers – Cats Whiskers
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The Dietis look great buit trhey are taking over in places in the garden
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One of the many Hibiscus flowers
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The Agapanthus put on a show around the garden borders
agapantus_blue_named_home_dec 2017

The garden is a place to relax
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Even Long-necked Tortoise stroll through heading to the dam
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Every now and then when working in the garden, I surprise a frog. The Broad-palmed Frog took a while to wake before hopping off
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Lots of Bottlebrush flowersbottlebrush flower_red_named_home_nov 2017

The Pelagoniums add colour
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There is always help in the garden
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So many Grevilleas too
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The Native Wisteria winds its way among the foliage
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Always wear gloves and shoes as you never know who you might disturb. The Mouse Spider was rather fiesty
mouse spider_front_named_home_april 2017

The Bullants let you know if you are getting too close to their nest
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Every now and then another variety of fungus appears
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The garden is a lovely place to raise a family
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The fruit trees look wonderful in Spring
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and of course the garden is home to lots and lots of birds from the smallest Honeyeater, the Scarlet Honeyeater
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to the larger birds like the Satin Bowerbirds
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Koala Spotting

I have compiled a series of photos to help you find a Koala in the wild in Australia. This is not a definitive guide but it may assist you in seeing a Koala in the bush.

Trying to find a Koala who is in a tree during the day is difficult as they spend most of the time sleeping and doing very little, around nineteen hours a day.  Years ago I wrote about Koalas. Here is the bushboy Fact File

Step one.
Find a tree where Koalas are likely to be. There is a list of Eucalypts which Koalas eat the leaves, around 200 to 500 leaves a day.
Good we found a tree a Eucalyptus tereticornis or Forest Red Gum


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Step two.
OK It looks like you are having hard time spotting the Koala. Look for a fork in a tree as it’s a great place to sit and have a nap. Here is a closer view.koala_spotting2

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I’ll make it a bit easier with a closer photo. Can you see him yet?koala_spotting3

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Step four.
Well spotted. Yes here he is.koala_spotting4

 

Sometimes hiding behind the leaves makes it difficult to see a Koala.koala_spotting5

 

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I hope you enjoyed a brief lesson on how to spot a Koala in a gum tree

Green

The Word prompt from Frank at Dutch goes the Photo: Crawl
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: The Colour of Your Choice

The colour I chose is Green and what may crawl? A Green Tree Snake

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The Sand Crab

A while ago, I posted about sand crab art

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On the weekend I actually had a Sand Crab, just near where I sat under the shade of a Pandanus tree, removing sand from his burrow. As this was the beginnings of the creative process, I didn’t capture the finished artwork.

He was quite busy coming and going tossing little balls of sand. The individual photos didn’t really capture the event, so I found a website that I could create a  GIF file of the event for you. This is the first GIF I have made.

 

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Eyes

The Weekly Photo Challenge from Jenn at Wits End: Eyes

I arrived home one afternoon and discovered Benny the cat on a lounge chair with his favourite toy dog. He used to drag that dog all over the house. Well I thought I would get a photo of him with his dog………..then he opened his eyes.

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This is January 2019

January. A month of hardly any rain, only 6mm over 2 days at my place, whereas the average is around 120mm and it rains most days. It was also freakingly hot. Days in succession of over 38C to a top of 42C here. There were some magic moments, a bit of travelling and the return of the butterflies. I spent a lot of my time watering my garden and plants in shade house. The dam became low so I was thinking of water rations to the plants. I became the bad parent having to decide which plants would get water and those who I hoped would survive.

Among all of this I did manage to get out and about and take quite a number of photos. Looking through the folders, I decided that I would have to do special posts that encompassed some of my days out and about, as I have a lot of things I want to show you this month. It has taken me a long time to decide on what I want to put into this post.

Yep……it’s another huge lot of photos.  So once again, get a cup of tea or coffee (I have a coffee while writing this) perhaps a snack (I have already eaten my biscuits). For those reading in the evening, a glass of wine will help sustain while scrolling through this mammoth month. I shall try to keep the captions short.

Ready. All sitting comfy. Lets go

I best start off with a bit of morning and sunrise through the trees. I don’t get to see the full splendor of sunrise living in the bush or in a forest for those non-Australians
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I liked this morning photo as it has a sliver of our Moon. Can you see it?
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This is what our Moon looked like up close
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Seeing a full moon in the morning was fabulous. A great start to the day.
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While visiting my daughter in Toowoomba, we spent time walking about the streets looking at street art (a post of those wonderful art works to come) and strolling though the many gardens and parks.
I was glad to see that Yarn Bombing was still happening and Council was leaving them in place.
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I just had to get a photo of this carrot that was on top of the vege display at the local Farmers Market
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The distant hills have sentinel like Grass Trees over looking the valley.  Grass Trees grow at around 25mm (1 inch) a year. Some of these are probably 2+ meters tall so ancient wonders on the other side of the valley from my besties place.
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Now for the flowers.
The many colours and shapes of (I think) a Gazania
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Despite the heat, a red Frangipanni buds and flowers appeared.
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The photo doesn’t capture the wonderful red colour.
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The flower of a Eucalypt, not sure which one, with a bee. There was lots of bees around in January too.
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Just a wonderful flower.
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Bougainvilleas flowered well in the heat and dry.
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I have many photos of Native Frangipannis but have never seen a seed pod before
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The Dahlias in my daughters garden
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I saw a flower and while I was looking, some kids came along and said “Look brain flowers”. Yep Brain Flowers or Cockscomb or a Celosia flower.
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Also came in red.
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More bees and flowers
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This one was getting stuck into the pollen at my besties
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A Wattle Line-blue Butterfly enjoying a Brain flower. Did you spot the butterfly earlier?butterfly_wattle line blue_flower_celosia_red_named_toowoomba_jan 2019

An Orange Ochre stopped to enjoy the afternoon sun
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A Cabbage White Butterfly flitted about the garden
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and stopped to have a snack
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The Dragonflies are all flying around the garden and over the dam. These two stopped for some “relaxation” on a branch on the ground.
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Should I have told my visitors that Dragonflies are having sex on their car aerial?
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A golden moment with a smiling Dragonfly
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The Lesser Wanderers came to feed on the flowers that popped up in the grass.
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Wings open to get a bit of sun before take-off.
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The Meadow Argus Butterfly seemed to stop anywhere. You can see how dry it has been. The grasses are dead.
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With wings open it helps to know what butterfly I have photographedmeadow argus_butterfly_named_caniaba_jan 2019

On the flowers, the Meadow Argus looks lovely.
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Another photo of the flowers and butterflymeadow_argus_butterfly_flowers_named_caniaba_jan 2019

A Native Australian Bee, a Carpenter Bee flying among the Ponytail Palm flowers with some beetles and ants. Carpenter Bees quite often make their nest in Grass Trees.
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Among the dried grasses, the Dandelions still had time to flower (see This is December 2018) and set seed
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The branches of a Bunya Pine – Art Direction, my daughter, Photo, me
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High in the trees at my besties, late one afternoon, a flock of Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos came to roost for the night. Not the best photo as the light was failing and the birds kept moving.
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The raucous sounds of the Sulpher-crested Cockatoos sounded all over the park as we strolled about. cockatoo_sulpher_crested_gardens_named_toowoomba_jan 2019
As the weather was hot and dry, the bird bath had to be topped up regularly. The Lewins Honeyeater made enough noise to let us know that there wasn’t much water in the bird bath.lewins honeyeater_birdbath_named_caniaba_jan 2019
Once the bird bath was filled, the Noisy Miners queued up to get a drink and a bath.noisy miners_birdbath_named_caniaba_jan 2019

The Silvereyes stopped by to get into the water while a Striated Thornbill waited his turn.
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I was spied by an Eastern Rosella who dropped by for a drink
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Getting a drink helped show the lovely back feathers pattern.
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The Superb Fairy Wrens make a lovely couple.superb fairy wrens_birdbath_named_caniaba_jan 2019

“Hey babe, check this fancy bit of flying”
“Get out of the way, you’re in my shot”
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Do you mind, I’m trying to take a bath here
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The King Parrot having a look at what I am doing in my officeking parrot_male_verandah_home_jackadgery_jan 2019

Just strolling through the park. Move along, there’s nothing to see here!
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The Tortoises sunning on a rock while another is swimming over.tortoises_japanese_gardens_named_toowoomba_jan 2019

What a face
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It has been so hot that I have left nearly all of the windows and doors open. That seemed to be an invitation for a Lesser Long-eared Micro-bat to take up residence in my pantry.
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This is one of the reasons I keep some doors closed at night. Brush-tailed Possums like to range about the garden at night. Given half a chance they will wander inside creating chaos.
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The Koalas have been active as it’s mating season. I have heard their loud calls at my place. At my besties place we can see this male who has taken up residence occasionally in the trees. Usually asleep, around 18 hours a day, the big feller was not very happy at me walking around taking photos even if he was about 10 meters above me.
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Well it’s almost time to say goodbye. A wave from one of the many Geckos who live behind the pictures on the walls.gecko_hand_home_jackadgery_jan 2019

The sun is setting. Aren’t the colours just wonderful?
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The oranges made for a spectacular sunset
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I was quite pleased to get a photo of our Moon with the coloured rings. It is a hand held photo. Most time I would use a tripod but didn’t have one handy.
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Well it looks like it is getting late so goodnight.
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Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have enjoyed a scroll through bushboys world for January 2019. Did you have a favourite photo?

In the Gum Tree

The photo challenge from Maria at CitySonnet for January’s colours and letters: Starts with the letter K

High up in
the Gum Tree
I saw
a hand
gripping tight
then a bit more
as he
shuffled about
in the fork
of the Gum Tree.
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Koala was awake
in the Gum Tree
Looking around
watching
wondering
what had woken
him from his
sleep.
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Oh dear
he thought.
It’s just that bloke
the one with
a camera
Nothing to be
alarmed about.
Now bugger off
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These photos were taken in my besties front yard bush garden. The previous owner planted some trees that Koalas can feed and sleep in. Koalas sleep a lot of the time and are nocturnal generally. When he is in the trees, he can be heard calling, a sound you can never forget.

Here is sound a cute Koala makes
https://wildambience.com/wildlife-sounds/koala/