Walking Squares #21 – A shed, swans and a flower

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Today I went to have a look at the block of land my daughter bought downriver at Lawrence. It was lovely to spend some time. I didn’t think I would see any of the ski boats and skiers today. I saw a few boats as I drove along side of the Clarence River pelting along dragging their skiers. No photos today though.

On the way back I stopped at the spot where the Black Swans were last time I went to Lawrence. They were there so the walk was short but a walk never the less.

Lets get on the swan and go

A bit before where I could stop and get a few Black Swan photos is an old shed, possibly part of dairy bails as the lower river area was mainly dairying country. I had to walk back to get this photo

Oh no, you are not getting my photo. I’m heading over the other side of the river.

That’s OK, we don’t mind the occasional photo shoot

What are you doing there?
gmmmph urble smmmmrk bleeem glub glub

Oh sorry, I was just having a look to see if there were any snacks

If that Swan thinks there is food down there, I’d better have a look too

In the garden, just near where I parked, they had a lovely display of Bird of Paradise flowers

Yes I know this one isn’t square.
For those following along on the gate building project, these are a similar design to the ones I am making. Being on level ground and sturdy fencing either side, this gate is one big gate and able to open easily. I took the photo as I may have to redesign my gates as I originally only had one bracing board on one side. Luckily I have enough leftover timber to add another diagonal bracing board.

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Native Frangipanni Flower

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The scent that surrounds the house at the moment is lovely. There are only two trees that have a few flowers but they smell heavenly in the afternoon and early morning.

Walking Squares #19 – The beach and shadows

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This walk is going back a few years when on a holiday in Tasmania. What prompted me to do this post was a few days ago when I used my shadow photo.

I guess we better get down on the beach

The beach was quite a long one but the walk wasn’t all that far

The setting Sun on a warm October day

Every one liked my long legs so I thought I would have a friend join me and you can now have double the enjoyment. The setting sun is the best time to get that long leg feeling

Among the dunes, the Pig Face was flowering

The colourful rocks of the Bay of Fires. The red is a lichen that grows on the granite rocks

There was a Pacific Gull hanging out on the rocks

*”The Bay of Fires did not actually earn its name because of its appearance. It was named “Bay of Fires” in 1773 by Captain Tobias Furneaux, who looked out and saw countless fires along the Tasmanian coast”

*From http://www.ourtasmania.com.au/natural-tas-bluffs.html

Walking Squares #14 – Flower and trees

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Have been rather busy over the past few says. I didn’t take my camera with me when I went outside. I decided to to a late afternoon stroll to the road and see how the Golden Everlasting Paper Daisies were doing.

So it looks like I’ll be walking up that hill again

It looks like they are finishing flowering so will have to collect the seeds and spread them all around the place.

A few are going strong

I’ll get good seeds off this one I hope

Time to head back home. My home is down there

Finding a spot on the driveway where I could get a good view of the tree canopy

Even in the late afternoon light, the flowers in the garden really stood out.

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The Life of a Hippeastrum flower #1

This year the Hippeastrums in my garden have been wonderful. This has a few photos so I hope you can hang in there. Following are the spears and buds as they appear from among the long strappy green leaves.

I have a lot of plants that have been in the old wheelbarrow for as long as I can remember. I haven’t done anything with the wheelbarrow or plants except water them. The wheelbarrow was repaired by my Dad ages and ages ago.

Dad had a rusted out wheelbarrow body but the frame was good. I found a car bonnet in a place where people used to dump stuff in the old, still bush part of the cemetery, near where I used to live. He made a tray for the wheelbarrow with the bonnet and it’s still going well.

Here, the flowers are trying to burst out

I’m not game to move the wheelbarrow though.

The first part of their life I didn’t have to water them as they grew, it rained for most of the days of their life. I wonder if this bud will produce two flowers or is there a another bud at the very back

Nearly all of the spears are buds now. Photos were taken a few days apart unless there is a significant change.

This bud will definitely a three head flower

Once one started to open, it seemed like a rush of blooms

Almost one-hundred percent of the buds have bloomed. The rain has stopped, slowed down so the flowers have sunshine to greet in the mornings

Every one is out and some are already starting to wane

They are a beautiful flower don’t you think?

The bees love the flowers. After a while around the flowers, these little Stingless Native Bees will fly off with their pollen sacs full.

One by one, the flowers begin to fade, no longer able to hold their head up, the flowers droop, while others shine bright

The last of the rain drops on a shiny red coat

From the one bulb five flowers, each emerging at a different time. Anti clockwise in death.

All are about near finished, drying flowers on withered stalks

The last hurrah, producing capsules at the end of the flower. It is a sort of seed capsule but they aren’t big

Almost finished. Soon only long green strappy leaves will be left.

This is number 11 in my series of “The Life of…..flower” I enjoy looking at all stages of the plants in my garden.
I hope you found the Hippeastrum flowers life enjoyable too.
Number 12 and the next will be #2 of The Life of a Hippeastrum

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