Scale

The word prompt from The Daily Post is Scale. The theme is the big and the small and how to fit the two together to have an idea of scale. As usual I have a bit of scale in nature for you to enjoy – unless you don’t like spiders then you may be surprised at how wonderful they can be. Don’t be scared have a peek into their world

This spider started to run away from the camera
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If you look hard enough you can see a spider eating its lunch
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A Crab Spider lives inside a Rose
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An ornate Ginger flower has a Crab Spider making its home
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Deep inside a Hippeastrum a Crab Spider waits for an unsuspecting bee to get close
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Still waiting
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Mundane Monday Challenge #130: Wisteria

My bestie has a wonderful arbour arc covered in a Wisteria. Trying to photograph wisteria has its challenges. Trying to capture the long hanging blooms makes you twist this way and that, stand back, go in close, shoot upwards or downwards. What do you think is best?

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You can go in close
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You can look at the jumble of flowers
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If you are lucky a passing Wanderer Butterfly might help
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Or do you crop just for the Wanderer and ignore the flowers
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This is September: the other bits

Well here is the second installment of This is September. Here is an assortment of stuff but mainly nature.

First off I’d like to let you know my sad news. My elderly neighbour and good friend Geoff, the bloke who gave me this beautiful Iris, died earlier this week. I have so many plants from his wonderful garden, perhaps a future blog, that I will always have good memories especially when the plants flower and spread sunshine to my garden.
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I might as well stay on the flowers that managed to bloom despite the lack of rain. Orange Trumpet flowers hang from the shed.
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The Bromiliad flowers are most unusual
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The Pansys battled on with a watering every now and then.
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I like the lion face in this Pansy
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The Rose Geraniums flowered looking so spectacular dotted through the garden
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Most of the flowers also had other things happening too. Can you find the insect on the Westringia? Hint it’s a bee
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The butterflies liked resting on the Westringia. Not sure if this is a Grass Dart or a Skipper
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Stingless Native Bees were a buzz about the Orange Trumpet flowers.
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Other bees likes to get among the Grevilleas
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The Wisteria came out to bloom for a few weeks. Wanderer Butterflies were attracted to the flowers perfume.
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Another sign of Spring is Orchard Swallowtails in the garden.
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One of the biggest butterflies that come around the garden.
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Some moths are hard to find when they sit on the ground
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Other butterflies are rather small like this Barred Skipper who didn’t mind resting on a leaf
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Do you remember the Assassin Bug photo? Here is the full photo
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Come warmer weather, spider webs appear. The St Andrews Cross Spider didn’t quite get the “this is what a cross looks like” memo
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I din’t think he cares very much
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Insects are everywhere. Some like to see what you are doing on the computer
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Just a fly sitting on a leaf
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An ant scurried away when it saw the camera
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A Common Yellow Butterfly shows the birds how to hide among the leaves
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Some leaves look  wonderful. The colours the White Fig leaves turn merge so well
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The sunlight on the Bottlebrush leaf drew my attention. This is without the photo bombing bee
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The Bloodwood Tree nuts litter the forest floor
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On a walk we came across a Spotted Gum with interesting bark patterns and lumps. What can you see?
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The Ironbark looked like it had a claw emerging down its trunk.
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Can you see a cat?
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We saw a bear…can you?
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The Silk Tree pods are like orange velvet in the tree tops
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Sometimes the pods drop with their seeds intact
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The Agave looked lovely in the morning sun
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The Skink hung on to the bricks as it surveyed the scene on the church in Grafton
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The Joeys are now too big to fit in the pouch any more
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The Spring sunsets have been amazingsunset01_named_binna burra_sept 2017

The sun is almost gone so it’s time to say see ya later.
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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter F – Topic is Fun or Flowers

I could do fun but I have been doing so many flowers of late I think I may do a recap of  all some of my flowers from the past. Some may include an insect or two or perhaps a bird because I can.

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Hidden

What a fun photo challenge from Cee: Hidden – Follow the link to see more things that are hidden

I had a number of photos in mind when I came across some bees hidden in an Iris. So that gave me the idea of finding hidden insects among my folders. I have just included a few as the number of insects that hide when I want to take their photo……

The dragonfly seemed to disappear. Can you see it?
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The Common White Butterfly looks like a leaf don’t you think?
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I love how Leaf Curl Spiders make their house and wait for an insect to stick to the web.
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There are two Native Stingless Bees on the Iris.
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Hope you had fun looking for the insects.

Mundane Monday Challenge #126

I sat on the back steps and noticed a leaf changing colour in the Bottlebrush lit by sunlight. After I transferred the photos from my camera to the computer, I noticed I had been photo bombed by a bee.

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Have a look at other great photos on Mundane Monday Challenge #126

Thursdays Special: Pick a Word in September

Most times I just have one photo per word for Lost in Translations Pick a Word. This time I have a few more for the September Pick a Word and perhaps using my artistic licence for the matching photo.

Vantage

The view from Raspberry Lookout. My property is a few hills over on the left.
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In order to get a good take off, you must have a good vantage point.
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Bifurcated

You can’t fence me in
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Intruding

Sometimes I feel like I am intruding when photographing butterflies and spiders.
Three’s a crowd when the males chase the female Orchard Butterfly.
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Two Line-blue Butterflies getting “friendly”
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Yes, the Huntsman Spiders were in the dining room but I don’t think they had eating dinner on their mind.
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Jagged

Once a butterfly gets old, the jagged wings are the first sign of age as on this Australian Gull Butterfly
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Quayside

The yachts moored late in the afternoon after sailing from Grafton to Ulmarra.
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Quayside on the Great Canal, Venice
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Grevilleas in my garden

This blog was inspired by Rebel Guy and Rebel Girl’s Twenty Minutes in the Garden.

I took a walk around as the Grevilleas are flowering at the moment. I looked for the plant tags on some of the older ones that have been in the garden for ages as I couldn’t remember all their names. I have quite a number of Grevilleas now as the birds and bees love the nectar in the flowers.
This is my favourite Grevillea in the garden, the Honey Gem. The flowers can almost drip with nectar. The birds just love the flowers. See an old post One Day at the Grevilleagrevillea_honey gem01_named_home_august 2017

Moonlight is a new Grevillea and this is the first flower
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I think this Grevillea is called Pink Ice
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Poor Jingle Bells. The lack of rain and my forgetfulness in watering has its flowers almost spent. Hopefully after a couple of weeks of watering there may be new flowers.
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Lemon Daze is another new plant I was given in exchange for some work at the same time as Jingle Bells. Still only small it has tiny flowers compared to other Grevillea in the garden.
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Honey Barbara is a rescue plant from a nursery. It was pot bound and didn’t look very healthy. I bit of love and now the Grevillea has a number of flowers and is almost as tall as me.
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See how the flowers form on Honey Barbara.
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I can’t remember the name of this Grevillea. Another plant that needed some TLC. The first flowers are just about to burst forth. It has about 4 flower spikes waiting to open from their hairy shelter.
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The Yamba Sunshine has great yellow flowers that the birds and insects enjoy.
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The bees just love it.
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A very old original Grevillea. A lot of the cultivars have this as their root stock as it is very hardy. Planted on the very edge of the garden it survives on rainfall.
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The Blue-faced Honeyeaters are a constant visitor to have a snack.
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This is what happens when the birds fight over the Grevillea

In this video, The Friarbird is far more vocal and the Blue-faced Honeyeater is nonplussed

The last video was shot last year at the end of August so you see the same old battles for control of the garden are on going.

This is August

I do seem to have a lot of favourite photos from August. I have done quite a hard cull. I hope you are able to get through all of this blog. It was a busier than usual month. The rain hasn’t come and the place is dry now. It is a pity the dam I use for around the garden leaked as it was full in Autumn and that would normally have seen me through Winter until the Spring storms arrive.  Being so dry the number of birds are reduced but I have maintained the water points around the garden for the birds and animals. I almost feel like a bad parent, selecting the plants to water and hoping the others will hang in there until I start the pump and give the garden a good soaking.

Enough of the sob story and let’s get started with the things I found in August.

I just love the colour of this leaf.
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Late one afternoon while I was searching for a new log to cut firewood, I went down to the water hole. This water hole has never dried even in some of the severe droughts in the 1990’s and 2000’s. Camera settings 1/320 F6.5 ISO 800
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Driving about the property, mainly gathering firewood and pulling lantana out, I often come across a family of White-winged Choughs as they patrol the bush, walking about looking under leaves and bark for insects. It was good to see that this family group has grown from five to seven.
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The wily Currawong was sitting in the Bottlebrush waiting for an unsuspecting small Honeyeater to drop in for a meal.
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At the small paddock dam, in reality a wetland now, the Peaceful Dove was walking down the slope heading for a drink.
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In one of the water points I have placed a stick so if a bird falls into the old drum, they have something to grab onto and get out. The Yellow-faced Honeyeaters like sitting on the stick after having a drink or plopping in the water for a bath.
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The main sounds that were echoing through the bush in August were the calls of the Yellow-faced Honeyeaters. They loved feasting on the Bottlebrushes.
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The Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike was surveying the scene at Modenville.
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One morning the Bowerbird was eating the grass for breakfast. It had quite a number of beak-fulls before it flew off.
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The Bowerbird looked stunning in the afternoon light.
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I love having King Parrots around. Their whistle resounds through the bush.
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A Restless Flycatcher dropped in for an afternoon.
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The Superb Fairy Wrens were bustling about the garden at Modenville hardly sitting long enough for a photo.
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The little Variegated Fairy Wren was very busy with his flock of females as they explored the garden at Binna Burra.
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I wondered what had happened to my beautiful blooms on my Cyclamen and then I saw the culprit. It is almost like the caterpillar has a straw in its mouth.
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I found this tiny “house” that an insect has constructed on the bark of a block of firewood I had cut. I have bought it home and hope to see what come out of this beautifully constructed nest.
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I found this beetle marching with purpose along a log.beetle_orange black_named_home_august 2017

The Common Jezebals have been flying about the bush and garden for a few weeks. When they fly they have an intense stroboscopic pattern flashing of black and white. When the wings are flat you can see the predominately white side of the wings.
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I love it when there is an unexpected spider on a flower or seed head as well as small grasshoppers and ants. The seed head is about the size of a 20 cent piece.
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This is the rest of the spike
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There is a lot of native flowers popping up this August. It was unseasonably very warm. A lovely circle of yellow flowers about the size of a 10 cent piece.
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I called this flower a Buttercup but it’s probably not. The leaves are similar to Oxalis.
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Look how hairy the leaves are and the flower has a lovely reddish brown centre.
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The Egg and Bacon plant is growing on the top of the dam wall. The flowers are beautiful and yes the leaves are spiky. A great place for small birds to escape into.
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I call this vine a Native Wisteria. It is also called False Sarsaparilla and a few other names. It looks lovely when the vine entwines with a wattle threading purple among the wattle flowers.
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Scattered throughout the bush these little star shaped flowers are easy to miss as they are about ten millimeters across.
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The Bottlebrush flower is photo-bombed by a Stingless Native Bee.
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This Grevillea flower is called Lemon Daze.
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Isn’t the inside of this flower interesting?
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Love the colour of these flowers.
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Pansys. Who doesn’t love smiling Pansy faces. The colours are spectacular.
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The camera can’t catch the deep purple of these Pansys
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One August afternoon the sunset was spectacular.
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I love the effect of the hills and trees on the horizon.
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One of my Canon Powershot camera setting is called “Creative”. It takes a number of photos with different setting. This one made the sun look explosive.
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Looks like the sun has set so goodbye and thanks for stopping by.