The nature of black and white

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: All About Nature

Leaf from a Sweet Potato plant

A Black-shouldered Kite keeps watch

Red-necked Wallaby joey having an enjoyable breakfast in my garden

A Koala in a tree at my besties place

Rose and the insects

A story in the day of a rose.

The rose didn’t mind that insects came to visit. Some were quite welcome although petal munches weren’t encouraged.

One morning a little green hopper was enjoying the sun after seeing the end of a tiny spider drop to the end of the flower.
Looking up after hearing this loud noise he exclaimed “What the hell is that!” knowing it wasn’t a bee. “It better know how to land without breaking anything!” he hoped.

As it grew closer the little green hopper started to think of finding a new flower to hang around in for a while.
“Someone like that would lower the tone of this fine neighbourhood” he said, “this is a place where every ones knows every one else and we can swap flower scent stories.”
No one wants to chat about big stinky folk next door

“Oh no” he sighed, here come the bees” “Once one drops in and heads off to do his waggle dance, the place just fills up with buzzing and flicking pollen” “Not good for my hay fever,” as he sniffled and could feel a huge sneeze coming on. “I’m heading out of here, see ya!”

See I told you didn’t I. Don’t blame me if you start to sneeze.

Cee’s FOTD

Now and before

Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge: Close Up or Macro

I found a small spider having breakfast this morning

I’ve sorting photos I am still in the mid 2020’s. Can only do a few days at a time. Some of the date folders, (all my photos when I download go in to a misc folder), have a few photos and some days of discovery have over one hundred photos.

Australian Green Tree Frogs are the happiest looking frogs. This photo is from 28 Sept 2020

Life of a Crinum flower

I’ve lost track of the number in my series of the life of a flower so had to have a look. This one will be number ten, a Crinum, which has lots of common names – insert your local name here – it can be found growing along river banks around my part of Australia.

The flower begins life as a spear that comes up from the middle of the plant. Crinums are bulbs and like the soil to be moist a lot of the time. This time two spears are appearing.

Finally breaking free into gentle refreshing rain

Ready to unfurl in the morning sun

The spear has opened that more spears can appear, one by one the flowers take shape,

Finally all of the flowers have emerged into the sunshine

This is an over head. I am standing a few steps up to get it all in shot.

At last flowers have appeared. The ones from the second spear in the rear, are yet to open

They have lovely colours

I tried to get a photo of any insects who visit the flowers. Some tiny bees were there but I didn’t get a photo. But I did find that little spiders set up home

There are always flowers in the waiting

After a while they start to decline. They would be short lived vase flowers I think.

Still a few last lot of buds as more flowers sag

The browning off is the last. It is funny how quickly they go from here to actually gone. Crinums do drop from the stalk as quickly as they appear

Cee’s FOTD

Water Reflections – Abstracts #66

Jez’s Water Water Everywhere #155

I enjoy producing these abstracts from reflections on water I find. Sometimes people say they see something in the photo.

How about with this weeks photo edited images, if you see something or have an interpretation I’d love to hear it. I was going to add titles this week but thought……Nah…..you can have a go, that’s of course if you want to 😥

5 Minutes Ago – 4 December

Hammad’s Weekend Sky #81

Another late start for me to get early morning skies for Hammad’s challenge. This week the sun is higher in the sky than last week. More clear blue skies so I hope it won’t be too hot as I have stuff to do today.

The morning sun is almost above the trees today

Time for a bit of morning sun

You can even more of the Eucalypts and the Hoop Pine as the morning sun bathes the leaves

Last on the Card – November 2022

Last Photo for November 2022

Thank you to everyone who contributes their good and not so good photos. Like a lot of people I forget and am surprised at what was the last photo on the four devices I use to take photos.

    So let’s see what you have for November 2022

    The rules are simple:
    1. Post the last photo on your SD card or last photo on your phone for the 30th November.
    2. No editing – who cares if it is out of focus, not framed as you would like or the subject matter didn’t cooperate.
    3. You don’t have to have any explanations, just the photo will do
    4. Create a Pingback to this post or link in the comments
    5. Tag “The Last Photo”

    Here’s mine

    From my Samsung Galaxy S9

    From my Canon PowerShot A1200

    From my Canon PowerShot SX70HS

    From my Canon EOS 1300D

    This is November 2022

    Welcome to the wrap up of my November. It was a rather weird month for me, full of ups and downs. I didn’t take that many photos. Of course this is also part of The Changing Seasons. The details are at the end of this post.

    The month was one of change. The first two weeks were almost constant rain, then the rain stopped and the sun came out. Almost overnight the ground dried and the grass started to turn brown, trees started dropping leaves and plants in the garden didn’t take long to droop.

    So let’s get going into my November Tale and please enjoy a song while you have a look at my November

    I’ll start with the best of #WalkingSquares as most of my photos were for Becky. These photos are the ones that you commented on.

    The following photos are others that I set aside for my November wrap. I hope you enjoy these as well

    I was pleased to see one of the Red-necked Wallabies in the garden with an over sized pouch. The little one didn’t poke its head out though.

    I love how these berries change colour from almost white when they first appear to purple to a dark blue. Lots of birds like them. Not sure of the name of the bush they belong to

    There were lots of what I think are Pink Fingers flowers in the garden. They enjoyed the wet first part of November

    Native Frangipanni flowers added a lovely scent to the air especially in the morning and afternoon. The flowers start white and as they age, they turn yellow.

    The Giant Salvia flowered quite well. Undoubtedly due to the rain. The plants grew to over three metres!!!

    I went to the Granite Lookout as I heard the Waratahs were flowering. I wasn’t disappointed. There was splashed of red everywhere at the lookout.

    Along the track, the White Tall Everlasting Paper Daisies were flowering everywhere

    Meanwhile in Grafton, the Jacaranda Festival was in full swing. I love the contrast of the purple flowers against the grey leaden sky. The day I went in to see the festivities it poured with rain as I arrived and after escaping to a cafe for a coffee, the rain had gone

    The flowers after a rainstorm are strewn over everything. Even the vintage cars on display didn’t escape

    Can you see the VW Beetle reflected on the VW Kombi?

    As I was looking at the cars, a Magpie suddenly appeared and was chasing a beetle (not the car type) and managed to get a snack right in front of me

    After the rain had gone the weather warmed up for the last two weeks of November bringing the flies out. This must be the shiniest fly I have ever seen.

    A monthly wrap up wouldn’t be the same without an Eastern Yellow Robin making an appearance. I love how they sit on the trunk of a tree. One of my favourite birds in my garden.

    In late October I could hear the Wonga Pigeons call in the bush. One day one strolled through the garden.

    When the weather warmed up, the Dragonflies seemed to be everywhere.

    Well the sun is going down after a stormy day so I better get going.

    As usual I must ask if you had a favourite photo.

    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.

    Tags and ping-backs

    Tag your photos with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so that others can find them

    Create a ping-back to Ju-Lyn at Touring My Backyard or to this post, so that Ju-Lyn can update it with links to all of yours.