Thursdays Special: Vernal

What a great photo challenge from Lost in Translation. Vernal is an inspirational adjective bringing thoughts of Spring – it’s colours and promise of life. It is the middle of Autumn here in Australia, so my selection of photos are from last years spring. Hoping it brings joy to you and your Spring.

The blossoms of the nectarine tree in the early morning

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Of course what would blossoms be without bees

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The little native Blue-banded Bee loves to scrunch to get the nectare

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and of course there are butterflies everywhere in my garden

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The birds come for the flowers too

Yellow-tufted Honeyeater

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Eastern Spinebill

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Scaly-breasted Lorikeet

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Musk Lorikeet

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Rainbow Lorikeet

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Scarlet Honeyeater

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The Flower and the Bees

The challenge is shallow depth of field52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 32

The Hippeastrum is a fabulous flower to photo. Its large bell shaped flowers and striking colours give many an opportunity for some great photos. Throw in some Stingless Native Bees and you look into a busy tiny world.

The flowers are male and female. This is a female flower with the stigma ready for some pollen.

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This is a male with the anthers full of pollen

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All we need are some bees. Look how full the bees pollen baskets are.

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Once a flower is found the tiny bees come to collect the pollen.

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I wonder if they know there’s a spider in there.

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My April: Full of Flowers Birds and Insects

April. An Autumn month where the hot days give way to warm days, a hint of rain and cool nights. Migratory birds stop off, some plants flower and the weather is great for getting into the garden.

My garden helpers. Well maybe not all the time but they can help out with the insect control. They are constantly digging somewhere.

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The end of March saw floods around the region and as a result, the floodwaters that entered the ocean caused the beaches to become foamy wonders. Here is a selection of the water at Sharpes Beach near Ballina.

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I love the structural shapes in cacti

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Some cacti were flowering

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Other flowers bloomed in their own showy way. The camellias were beautiful this year.

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Other flowers were just as spectacular

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The Hibiscus is one of my favourites

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The deep red of the Dahlia is stunning

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The bees are loving the Pentas.

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The fungi were everywhere in March but now just the few last fungi are popping up here and there. This is a wonderful pink fungi.

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It looks almost planetary from the top don’t you think?

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On a young eucalypt I found this amazing growth which I was informed is called Witches Broom. The ants seem to enjoy scurrying over it.

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I have had a visitor in my house since early this year. She has been moving from room to room but has moved into the laundry. She is the biggest Huntsman Spider I have ever seen. When she stretches her legs she has a 16cm span. How big is your hand?

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One day out in the garden, I dug out some old plants and also dug out a spider. At first I thought it was a Funnel Web Spider but it was a Mouse Spider. Both species of spider are quite venomous. It was too fussed about being disturbed.

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The Line Blue Butterfly stopped for a rest on the hanging pot support.

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The Eastern Yellow Robins have been zooming around the garden chasing one another. The female Robin sat on the bush just outside of the window. I think she was looking in the window.

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The Yellow-faced Honeyeaters have returned for the winter.

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The Plumed Whistling-Ducks have also come to rest for a while. I found a large flock in Waterview Heights, a outer suburb of Grafton. They were walking up and down the edge of a dam, chatting among themselves.

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The ever present Kookaburra is not far away when I am digging in the garden, either sitting in a tree or like this bloke, on a fence post.

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That was a bit of Bushboys World in April. Hope you liked stopping by.

This was my March

March was a month of contrasts, a couple of hot days followed by a bit of rain and then Cyclone Debbie came along. I was fortunate not to be in the path of Debbie but on the edge of the system. I missed the strong winds and abundant rainfall. I still managed to have 476mls of rain for March. This rainfall ended the long dry period over Summer when usually the rains come. The total rainfall for March exceeded the total rainfall for the 6 months prior.

The few dry day did allow for some wandering about and finding some interesting stuff. The weather also bought out a good variety of fungi which have their own blog.

So onward to the stuff of March.

Isn’t this little boat the cutest?

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The flood waters made the creeks run and the creek at Emerald Beach broke through the sand and flowed to the sea. The strong tannin coloured water gave the rocks an interesting hue.

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Rust. As you know I love rust, the colours and textures rust gives to metal.

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More rust on the fence around the riverbank park in Grafton.

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In Lismore, wandering the back lanes I came across this furnace door that is still in operation at the rear of a cafe.

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One of the treasures of Lismore is the street art in the back lanes. The recent flooding of Lismore didn’t damage most of the art works although some may need a bit of a clean and touch up. The following selection is from just one lane way.

The art on the door is perhaps a portend.

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The fish managed to swim out the flood waters I am told.

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I love this ghostly face.

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How clever.

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The butterflies in the rainforest.

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Speaking of butterflies, I just love photographing butterflies. Of course many a while is spent chasing them around trying to get THAT capture. The Common Yellow butterfly seemed to enjoy time on the ground.

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The Small Green-banded Blue butterfly kept trying to hide from me.

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I haven’t had such a variety of flies at my place or perhaps I haven’t really taken a close look at them. The yellow face and bottle green body look great.

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The green eyes are striking. The long proboscis also lets this fly give you a very sharp sting.

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This beautiful Huntsman spider lived in my house for around two months. She has now gone outside I think as I haven’t seen her for a couple of days. Her leg span from front to back or side to side is 16cm. Her body length is 5cm. How big is your hand?

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The Fire-wheel trees are flowering.

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I have a number of Golden Lycras that my aged neighbour loved. He gave me lots of corms and this year they flowered the best ever. They gave me lovely memories of him. The view from the top.

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They looked so lovely in the morning sun.

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This Hibiscus was in my parents place and the cutting has lived on at my place filled with abundant flowers this Autumn.

 

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The miniature Hibiscus adds small red spots in the garden

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One of the original Hibiscus. This one is in my besties garden. Such a delicate flower. The petals almost look transparent.

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Another tiny native flower that I have found around my property.  The flower is about 12mm across so imagine the size of the insect that was getting some nectar or pollen.

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The Bromiliads had a good flowering this March. They gathered enough water that’s for sure.

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I hadn’t seen white Crocus before. Stunning flowers aren’t they?

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I have loved the colours of Coleus since I first saw them in my grandfathers garden.

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The rain has revived the Lichen.

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Wandering around the garden looking for snacks, the Bar-shouldered Dove and Emerald Dove shared the space.

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A little Jacky Winter enjoying the morning sun.

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The Brown Pigeon sat in the Poinsettia striking a lovely pose.

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Not the best angle for a Blue-faced Honeyeater though.

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The little Forest Kingfisher sat in the tree looking about then suddenly plunged to the ground. When he resumed his perch, he did the bash bash on the branch to tenderise his snack. It looks like he managed to find a frog in the garden.

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The Forest Kingfisher has beautiful colours don’t you think?

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Thanks for taking the time to have a look at my March.

These are Dragonflies

Ever since I managed to get a photo of a flying dragonfly with one of my first cameras, a Canon Tlb, I have loved seeing dragonflies flitting about. I am lucky to have an assortment of dragonflies on my property. Many an hour has been spent at the dam or chasing a dragonfly about the garden trying to get that great dragonfly photo.

Unfortunately I don’t know the names of many of the dragonflies I have captured but once I have published this post, I am sure there are people who will let me know their names.

I love the different shapes and colours of dragonflies. This is a slender dragonfly not the usual bigger ones I see.

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I found this one sitting on the flower in the dam. I love the reflection in the water.

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The yellow dragonflies like to sit on the ground

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“Don’t touch my stick”

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They do like to hang onto the reeds in the dam too

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I don’t see the orange (ish) dragonflies much

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They like to stay out of the rain

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But the red and blue dragonflies are always around

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Dragonflies look very interesting up close

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Dragonflies can also be interesting from afar. I was taking some photos of the Honey Gem Grevillia and didn’t notice that I had been photo-bombed by a dragonfly

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Some dragonflies sit with their tails a bit bent

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Others like their tails up especially the ones with spotted wings

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There is always a chance encounter with a couple of dragonflies who like to “enjoy” each others company

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I was chasing a dragonfly around my besties garden when I sat down on the deck when suddenly the dragonfly appeared. I think he was checking me out.

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Did you enjoy my dragonflies?

 

A Different View – A View From The Side

I looked at a lot of photos to get the right one for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge. Then I remembered the lovely “girl” who has been living in my house for around three weeks now. She has been moving from room to room and every morning I like to go looking for her. Today she is in the hallway and in a great spot to help me take part in the photo challenge.

Here she is

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Isn’t she lovely. A Huntsman who is harmless and helps keep other insects out of my house. She loves cockroaches and other insects. They catch their prey by leaping as Huntsman Spiders don’t make a web.

Here is a photo so you can have some idea of her size

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I didn’t want to get too close in case she ran away.