Flower power

Terri’s Sunday Stills: The power of fantastic #florals

Terri wants us to – “This week, for Sunday Stills, let’s blow up WordPress and the rest of the Internet with gorgeous flowers! We all need some hope and beauty in our lives. Linking to Sunday Stills this week will be like we are sending each other wonderful bouquets.”

Cee loves flowers too. Here’s to the flower of the day

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The Butterflies sending flowers
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The bees toobee_pink_flowers_named_caniaba_jan 2019
The little Superb Fairy Wren has a flower for you toosuperb fairy wren_male_flower_named_lookout_mallanganee_nov 2018

Last on the Card 3 April

Last month there were some great photos that people had taken with either their camera or phone. Thanks to those who put both in their post. I thought I would wait this time and do a surprise date.

The rules are simple:
1. Post the last photo on your SD card or last photo on your phone for the 3rd April.
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

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Do join in and show us what you’ve got.

This is March 2020

Welcome to my March, a bit late I know but I had so many photos to get through it was quite daunting. I did manage to get the photos down a bit but as usual, there’s a bit of scrolling….ok a lot of scrolling but hey! What else do you have to do whilst in #Isolation or as sadly some of my lovely bloggers are, in #Lockdown. I just had to get this done so this post isn’t as cohesive as normal, I hope you won’t be disappointed.

OK my wonderful supportive friends and hopefully a few who haven’t dropped by and had a glimpse into bushboys world. Not as much to blah blah about so settle back with your usual cup of tea or coffee or if reading in the evening, perhaps it’s aperitivo time.

Maybe you would like a bit of music while you have a wander with me

As usual, let’s start in the morning where the welcome rain in the first part of March has led to some wonderful misty mornings.

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I did venture to the Gibraltar Ranges to see the results of the huge fires that raged through there late last year. A big surprise was the emergence of the Tree Ferns.tree ferns_gibraltar range_named_march 2020
A bit of an adventure to Rocky Creek Dam I found these wonderful woof fungi.fungi_wood_named_rocky creek dam_march 2020
Back at my place, the rain and warm weather produced a few fungi. This little one was happy to pop up and say hello. fungi_garden_named_home_jackadgery_march 2020
At my besties place at the garbage bins I found a frog.frog_bin_named_caniaba_march 2020
and in her garden the young Green Tree Frogs seemed to appear in the garden.green tree frog_garden_named_caniaba_march 2020
I am going to do a wrap up of the Red-necked Wallaby and her Joey. Here they were one morning, the little fellow just hanging casual.red necked wallaby_joey_garden_named_durranbah_home_jackadgery_march 2020
Some March mornings were a bit cool. The Noisy Friarbird thought it was cool and fluffed up his “scarf”noisy friarbird_garden_named_durranbah_home_jackadgery_march 2020
I have a bit of bird food left so every now and then I put a some out. “It’s breakfast!!” the King Parrots say as they swoop towards me.king parrots_flying_garden_named_durranbah_home_jackadgery_march 2020
A thoughtful Kookaburra.kookaburra_named_rocky creek dam_march 2020
The noise that Sulpher-crested Cockatoos make when they fly in unmistakable.sulpher crested cockatoo_flying_named_rocky creek dam_march 2020
Meanwhile, a White-face Heron was on the lookout for a snack.white faced heron_named_grafton_march 2020
The Willie Wagtails have taken over the garden and are quite vocal when I go outside.willie wagtail_close_named_home_jackadgery_march 2020
“Whose flower is this” the caterpillar asked the beebee_caterpillar_zinnia_flower_garden_named_caniaba_march 2020
It was lovely to see a Blue Tiger Butterfly when on a walk.blue tiger_butterfly_named_caniaba_march 2020
A Common Crow Butterfly was just hanging around the verandah for a while one morning.butterfly_common crow_garden_named_home_jackadgery_march 2020
The proliferation of butterflies is amazing. I was amazed to see a Lrge Grass Yellow at my place. Not a regular visitor.,butterfly_large grass yellow_named_home_jackadgery_march 2020
Lesser Wanderers are everywhere.butterfly_lesser wanderer_garden_named_home_jackadgery_march 2020
I have been waiting for the Caper White Butterflies to arrive. This is a dark form female on a Pentas flower.caper white_butterfly_dark form female_pentas__named_durranbah_home_jackadgery_march 2020
A Male wasn’t far behind.caper white_butterfly_male_pentas_named_durranbah_home_jackadgery_march 2020
Caterpillars are always the result of lots of butterflies. This poor rose was a causality in my besties garden. caterpilla_rose_garden_named_caniaba_march 2020
The Lemon Migrants were the main butterfly last month so it only goes to show that their caterpillars were next to show.caterpillar_butterfly_lemon migrant_garden_named_home_jackadgery_march 2020
The Common Crow caterpillar is very “Hey back off” lookingcaterpillar_common crow butterfly_garden_named_caniaba_march 2020
So is the hairy caterpillar who wanted to come on our picnic.caterpillar_hairy_named_rocky creek dam_march 2020
You can’t see me…..I am a stick.caterpillar_stick_garden_named_durranbah_home_jackadgery_march 2020
The dragonfly was ready to take off.dragonfly_garden__named_durranbah_home_jackadgery_march 2020
OK This is a prehistoric insect. A beetle I think.insect_garden_named_caniaba_march 2020
A common Line Blue Butterfly is so tiny as it sits on a Farmers Friend flower, some may know this weed as Cobblers Pegline blue_butterfly_named_caniaba_march 2020
It is unusual to find a Line Blue Butterfly with the wings open for a long time. This is the inner wings of the butterfly above.line blue_butterfly_wings open_named_caniaba_march 2020
Meadow Argus have arrived as well.meadow argus_garden_named_caniaba_march 2020
Back to prehistoric, this time a mothmoth_named_caniaba_march 2020
It was lovely to see a Scarlet Jezebel cruising around the garden. Pentas are wonderful flowers for attracting butterflies and bees.scarlet jezebel_butterfly_pentas_garden_durranbah_home_jackadgery_march 2020
As opposed to the Large Grass yellow, the Small Grass Yellow again on a Farmers Friend flower. They are the most common butterfly at my place at present.small grass yellow_butterfly_named_caniaba_march 2020
A Blue-bamded Bee was very bust buzzing around the blue Salvia flowers. He has quite a haul of pollen in his pollen baskets on his rear legs.blue banded bee_flying_salvia_flower_garden_named_caniaba_march 2020

OK  for those who dislike spider, even Daddy Long Legs, there are a couple of spiders coming up. Get you scroll fingers limbered up but do have a peek through your fingers covering your eyes.

 
A Daddy Long Legs is having a snack in my kitchen, best natural pest controls.spider_daddy longlegs_web_kitchen__named_durranbah_home_jackadgery_march 2020
While outside, a Golden Orb Weaver seemed to just hang in the sky.spider_golden orb weaver_sky__named_durranbah_home_jackadgery_march 2020

 

Spiders over.
The Hibiscus had their best flowering for years. Another Caterpillar though so too.flower_hibiscus_red_caterpillar_garden_named_durranbah_home_jackadgery_march 2020
The Native flowers around my garden and property are amazing. I think this is a Guinea flower with bonus water drops.flower_guinea_native_garden_named_home_jackadgery_march 2020
A Native Hibiscus waits to unfurl and greet the day.flower_hibiscus_opening_named_caniaba_march 2020
A lovely Native flower with the unfortunate name of Mitre Weed.flower_mitre weed_garden_named_home_jackadgery_march 2020
Native Wisteria was sending purple flowers skywardflower_native lilac_garden_named_home_jackadgery_march 2020
This is a mouthful. A Leafy Purple Flag Wild Iris flower.
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You have seen lots of the red Pentas, here is a lovely pink variety flowering in my garden.flower_pink_pentas_garden_durranbah_home_jackadgery_march 2020
The Leopard Lillies had a good flowering this year too.flower_leopard lily_garden_named_durranbah_home_jackadgery_march 2020
A Sarsaparilla flowering was lovely to see again with bonus water drops.flower_wisteria_water drops_garden_named_home_jackadgery_march 2020
A Native flower with a Bee Fly.fly_flower_native_named_home_jackadgery_march 2020
This rose is called Chocolate. Such a wonderful colour.flower_rose_chocolate_garden_named_caniaba_march 2020
The sunset is quite pastel so time to get ready to go.sunset_named_caniaba_march 2020
Our wonderful Moonmoon_named_home_jackadgery_march 2020

I hope you enjoyed this quite long wander about bushboys world.

Also linked with Su’s Changing Seasons March 2020

 

Raspberry Lookout 1 March 2020

Raspberry Lookout. One of my favourite places to go and have a picnic and chill for a while. I have featured the lookout in past posts but never in a whole post.

We went from my place up the Gibraltar Range to see what had happened there since October 2019. The fires had burnt through there and eventually came down the mountains to my place. As it is a wonderful place to see, I could not bring myself to drive along the highway to Raspberry as the memories of such a special place for me would have had me in tears I reckon. Couldn’t go there anyway as the highway was closed until late January. The amount of very big trees that had burnt down and fallen across the road was amazing. They are still removing trees and fixing protective road barriers.

It has taken me until now to be able to write and show you the photos from the lookout. This is just Raspberry Lookout not the drive up or down the mountain. As they were working there wasn’t the opportunity to stop. I was very heartened by the recovery that had taken place so come on, lets have a look around Raspberry Lookout.

This is the view from Raspberry Lookout. You can see where the fires had been. Some parts of the countryside were patches of rainforestview_named_raspberry lookout_march 2020
In case you were uncertain what to look for, here’s a bit of a close up. Usually this is lush forest and you cannot see the bare ground. Some of the gully lines contained species of rainforest plants. There weren’t many birds to be seen or hear. It was eerily silent.forest_burnt_named_raspberry lookout_march 2020
This ridge line is showing signs of recovery. The ridge behind is what it will look like again.fire_scarred_trees_named_raspberry lookout_march 2020
One of the first to appear after a fire are the fungi. There were a number of these tiny orange fungi dotted through the bush.fungi_small_orange_named_raspberry lookout_march 2020
This fungus was sending a message of love and hopefungi_heart_named_raspberry lookout_march 2020
The colours of the new foliage is amazing. From a burnt stump life springs forth.bush_leaves_new_fire_named_raspberry lookout_march 2020
Everywhere flowers appeared. I must confess we did go over the fence and scramble about the gravelly soil looking around at the wonderful flowers and whatever else we found. Most of the flowers are quite small up to 15mm or half an inch.flower_yellow_small_native_named_raspberry lookout_march 2020
This was the first flower I found as it was right beside the car when I opened the door.flower_pink_named_raspberry lookout_march 2020
So many varieties of Pea Plants that seemed to grow out of the rocks.pea flower_named_raspberry lookout_march 2020
Along with flowers come the insects. Not only bees pollinate flowers, wasps do as well.flower_purple_wasp_named_raspberry lookout_march 2020
A Blue-banded Bee really enjoyed getting right into the flowerflower_purple_blue banded bee_named_raspberry lookout_march 2020
A Teddy Bear Bee was moving from flower to flower quickly.bee_flying_named_raspberry lookout_march 2020
Another wasp on a Billy Buttons flower. It was lovely to see small clumps of Billy Button flowers scattered throughout the lookout.flower_billy buttons_yellow_named_raspberry lookout_march 2020
A wonderful find was a Nobbi sunning on a rock. This male has his breeding colours on. They are distantly related to Bearded Dragons. Not long after I took this shot he was off a great speed. When I looked in book to try and identify who he is, the book said that Nobbi’s run fast. Well they certainly do!nobbi_lizard_named_raspberry lookout_march 2020
As there was a good amount of rainfall in February, the sound of water rushing was an unusual sound at the lookout. Normally you can’t see this waterfall cascading down the mountain and plunging into the stream below.waterfall_named_raspberry lookout_march 2020
I was so glad that this old tree stump survived the fire with a little bit of scorching. The “mouth” is the notch they cut with an axe to slot a board in and cut higher up the tree. It would take four or five people holding hands around the tree to gauge the size of this old beauty.  I would miss his spooky face when I head up the mountain from my place to Raspberry Lookout.tree_old_axe cut_named_raspberry lookout_march 2020

Thanks for coming with me and having a picnic at Raspberry Lookout.
The featured photo is from 2017

Daily Diary

The Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge: Daily Diary

The past week, day by day

Day 1: the Red-necked Wallaby and her Joey in the pouch can for a bit of supplementary food in the morning
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Day 2: I went to visit my daughter. Always have to open this gate on the road between two properties at Lilydale20200326_2_blog challenge_diary_gate_lilydale
Day 3: My bestie and I went for a drive in the countryside. Found this letter box20200326_3_blog challenge_diary_letter box_clarence valley

Day 4: We went for a walk to see how much of my place has recovered from the devastating fire in December. Growing among some burnt wood a tiny Sunflower showed it’s sunny face. It was probably dropped by a bird from the seed I was putting out for the birds when the place was a charred mess and not much food for the animals and birds.
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Day 5: The Caper White Butterflies have turned up on the usual migration. I am glad they like to stop over at my place to refuel before heading off again.20200326_5_blog challenge_diary_caper white butterflies_durranbah
Day 6: I had to go to town to get my car repaired. Keeping my social distance I walked around town taking a few photos. This looks like someone had a helper in the demolition of the front fence.20200326_6_blog challenge_diary_bricks_shovel_toy_grafton
Day 7: A female Satin Bower Bird came to have a look around the verandah. The photo was taken from my chair in my office through the glass door. It has to be a stealthy, quick shot as they sense the slightest movement and fly off lickerty split.20200326_7_blog challenge_diary_bower bird_female_step_durranbah

That was seven days from the daily diary.

Another Hibiscus

Sunshine Macro Monday #34

It has been a good flowering of the Hibiscus plants in my garden. I think I have posted a few for Macro Monday of the exotic flowers in the past. This one is an Australian Hibiscus from cuttings of a plant that was at my besties old place. The garden there had plants from the early days of the previous occupants of the early 1920’s. This is the first flower of the plant.

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