Durranbah – Fire Recovery part1

I have been out and about but not far into the bush as there are limbs falling and the ground is quite wet now so some burnt trees could still topple. These are in the area around the house. This area was just burnt ground with some blackened timber. The unburnt leaves have fallen since the fire went through on the 6th December.

Some of the plants I know what they are and have named. I am going cross-eyed trying to find all the plants in my books. Many of the flowers are small some up to 10mm or half an inch. There is quite a few photos.

The start of a Native Wisteria emerging from the soilplant_native wisteria_fire_recovery_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
Fungi were the first plants to appear. The Finger Fungi is small and struggling. There’s a bit of Lichen too.fungi_finger_small_fire_recovery_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
The Golden Lily is showing as bright dots of yellow through the bush. The flowers are 20 to 40mm and in places they are in clumps of flowers. There are about five buds waiting to open herenative flower_golden lily_fire_recovery_home_jackadgery_feb 2020

The Lomandras are in clumps or individual plants and all are flowering
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The Lomandra flowers are tiny balls on a tall spike emerging from the tough strappy leaves
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A different Lomandra.native flower_lomandra3_blueish_fire_recovery_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
Not sure what this plant isplant_growth1_fire_recovery_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
A small group of plantsplants_growth2_clump_fire_recovery_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
I should know what this plant is but cannot remembernative flower_unknown_clump_fire_recovery_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
Some plants emerge from the roots that survived the fire. This could be a shrub to small tree a Cheese Tree possibly.plant_growth2_fire_recovery_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
The growth surrounding the burnt trunk. A lot of Australian plants start life red then turn green as they mature.tree_growth1_fire_recovery_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
Another hardy Eucalypt grows. They are fire hardy plants and there is a sort of root, a lignotuber at the base of the tree that conserves energy and when it’s time, the tree will commence growing. Many species can re-sprout from buds under their bark.plant_growth_eucalypt1_fire_recovery_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
Another tiny flower. These are on slender stalks and in clumps of tiny white flowers. native_flower_white_tall_fire_recovery_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
This is a ground cover that spreads along the forest floor. Bright dots of purple catch your eye.native_flower_purple_ground cover_fire_recovery_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
These yellow flowers are ones the Native Stingless Bees love. Again around 10mm across.native flower_yellow_tall_fire_recovery_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
Almost a clover like flower but opens up as you can see in the backgroundnative flower_white_fire_recovery_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
There are lots of these purple flowers on tall spikes and multiple flowers.native flower_purple_tall_cluster_fire_recovery_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
I think this may belong to the pea family. So pretty with many flowers along the stalknative flower_purple_pea_fire_recovery_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
Lots of clumps of these flowers and bees buzzing around.native flower_pink_yellow_fringe_bee_fire_recovery_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
A close-up of the flowers in the above clump.native flower_pink_yellow_fringe_fire_recovery_home_jackadgery_feb 2020

If anyone knows the names of any of the flowers or plants please let me know.

A sweet future

The Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #83: Future
Terri’s Sunday Stills: #Sweet

Since the fire, I have been putting out food for the Red-necked Wallabies and anyone else who was hungry. A while ago I noticed one of the females pouch was getting bigger and eventually a Joey poked their head out (Jump for Joy) and the update

This morning a Red-necked Wallaby hopped in to the garden. I have seen her before as she was one of the regulars who came for food. Today, I noticed her pouch was a bit squirmy and yes she also has a Joey.

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As the Wallabies have Joeys, it points to a good season ahead. When the years are not that good as the past 2 – 3 years have been, there hasn’t been many young around. During hard times, Wallabies won’t produce young.

I’ll be keeping an eye out for others now. Having a photographic record I should be able to identify the females and those who have young.

The King Parrots snack spot

The Weekly Prompts Challenge: Bird Feeders

As the drought had set back the trees and the birds were coming into the garden, I thought I would set up a feeder with large parrot and wild bird food. I don’t normally advocate feeding of birds. I was only placing seed in there every few days. After the fire I made sure there was food in the bird feeder most days.

This is one reason that prompted me to set up a bird feeder. The Succulents in the garden and in pots on the verandah were being eaten by the King Parrots
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Some days there is a line up to get a snack. The most I ever counted was nine King Parrots.20200206_blog challenge_weekly_prompts_bird_feeder3_king parrot
The little house bird feeder I found is big enough for one. 20200206_blog challenge_weekly_prompts_bird_feeder2_king parrot
With a bit of a tilt as a King Parrot flies into the feeder some seed falls to the ground, so while you’re waiting just walk about under the feeder.  The Peaceful Doves also found this a good way of getting food.20200206_blog challenge_weekly_prompts_bird_feeder5_king parrot
OK everyone, I’m finished……everyone? 20200206_blog challenge_weekly_prompts_bird_feeder4_king parrot

PS This is one of the King Parrots who is around the garden a fair bit. He is smaller than the others, I named him Tiny, and doesn’t fly away when I come near. He always let me know when the feeder or bird bath was empty by whistling from the verandah railing. This was a hot day. You can tell by the way he is sitting wings out getting air flow.
king parrot_hot_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019

This is January 2020

January. It’s been a month since the fire devastated my property. I don’t have any pictures or burnt and blacked trees. I think I have shown enough of those. A lot of my photos I have posted especially as this month was Becky’s Square Photo Challenge (here’s a peek at some of the wonderful contributions to ____light) There has been a bit here and there but let’s get onto what I have found in January 2020. This isn’t one of those go on forever posts so maybe settle back and scroll on……

It did rain early in the month which was a blessing for the recovery of my place. This is a post on a bit of new growth and life returning.

The rain produced a bit of wonder. The Spotted Gum Trees just became a canvas of colour

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Lichens started to sproutlichen_fire_wet_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
and these are the first flowers I saw, tough little native flowersflower_purple_fire_wet_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020

In the garden Summer flowers appeared in my drought ravaged garden. A Wax Begonias delicate flowers with a bonus ant
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The Pentas has a some flowerspentas_flower_pink_garden_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
The miniature Gardenia was covered in flowers for over a week. The white flowers are the new ones and they turn yellow as they age. Their scent wafting into the house on a hot night was delightful.gardenias_garden_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
I didn’t think my Cassia was going to flower as the others I saw around the towns flowered in early January, like mine should have. Then toward the end of the month the tree was full of blooms and beescassia_flower_garden_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
The Dietis sent out a few flowersdietis_flower_garden_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
This Bromiliad has the most amazing flowerbromiliad flower_garden_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
On my walkabout looking to see what I need to do and see the hope of regrowth and discover if some of my favourite spots were OK. While I was walking a family of  White-winged Choughs came walking along looking for insects under the leaves, logs and rocks. Choughs are forest floor dwellers.  I was pleased to see this large family as I hope they survived. There was about eight birds.white-winged chopughs_property_fire_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
Across the road, the Square-tailed Kites are sitting on the nest again.square-tailed_kite_nest_named_jackadgery_jan 2020
A very rare sighting of a Koel. This is a male. Last month I saw a female, the first time I have even seen Koels. Quite secretive birdskoel_male_tree_garden_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
The Olive-backed Oriels were still around the garden at the start of the montholive-backed oriel_bird bath_garden_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
It was lovely to hear the Rufous Whistler in the garden in the morningsrufous whistler_tree_garden_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
The Sacred Kingfisher found a place in the sun to dry off after a bath.sacred kingfisher_tree_garden_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
On my way to my besties, sometimes I stop at a man made wetland near a sewerage treatment works to see if there is any birds about. I startled a Golden-headed Cisticola in the long grass on the side of the road.golden-headed cisticola_named_casino_jan 2020
The Hardhead Duck was relaxing on the waterhardhead duck_named_casino_jan 2020
Back at home, a Grey Fantail has taken over the gardengrey fantail_tree_garden_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
Another occasional visitor to my place, a Spectacled Monarch, dropped in for a couple of days.spectacled monarch_garden_tree_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020

I heard the buzzing of Bees in the Cassia and also came across a Bee Fly
bee fly_cassia_garden_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
The Hornets have been buzzing around the garden. They are big but quite respectful of space. If I tell them to get out of the house, often they will just fly out the way they came in.hornet_garden_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020

I was looking in the Bush Lemon Tree and came a cross a Shield Bug
shield bug_lemon tree_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
I love the Teddy Bear Bees as they buzz around the gardenteddy bear bee_geranium_flower_pot_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
The Teddy Bear Bee flew up to this Night Spider, gave it a nudge a couple of times then flew off. I was going to pull down the web so that bees didn’t become entangled when I spied the spider was still eating breakfastnight spider_food_web_garden_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
Also among the Bush Lemon Tree was a Orchard Butterflyorchard butterfly_lemon tree_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
I had some help finishing a wall on my shed. Here is the wall being modified for the doorway.spark_grinder_door_shed_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
When I was putting mulch on the garden after the rain, I pulled out a bale of mulch and disturbed a White-crowned Snake. They are a small harmless snake about 30cm long and thinwhite-naped snake_home_jackadgery_jan 2020

 

The Red-necked Wallabies are still eating my Grevilleas even though I am putting out food for them. I do like the way they use their front legs to pull the branches down to get at the leaves.red-necked wallaby_grevillea_garden_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
Sometimes a bit of a brawl takes place but only for a few seconds and then it’s back to normal.red-necked wallaby_joey_fight_garden_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
You don’t want to get too close or involved with Red-necked Wallabies. They may look cute but look at their claws on their legs. The ones on their toes are quite big. When fighting, they balance on their tail and kick with their legs. Those toes can open you up like a watermelonred-necked wallaby_claws_garden_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
Well the sun is setting. So it’s almost time to say goodnight.sunset_trees_caniaba_jan 2020
I do love it when our Moon is out during the day.moon_day_home_jan 2020
I almost forgot, the other night, the Moon Flower bloomed and I was lucky enough to be there when it did. My bestie is good at holding the torchmoon flower_night_named_caniaba_jan 2020

Well there goes January. I hope you enjoyed a look back at My January 2020

Also for Su’s Changing Seasons

Flight

Beckys square photo challenge: Light

I couldn’t let the whole #JanuarySquares go by with a t least some bird photos could I?
Thanks for another great theme for the square photo challenge. I know it’s a lot of hard work and thanks ever so much for hosting the photo challenge.
Cattle Egrets heading to roost202001_blog challenge_light_flight_egrets

Little Corellas going on a squawk 202001_blog challenge_light_flight_little corellas

A Royal Spoonbill surveys the wetland202001_blog challenge_light_flight_royal spoonbill

Too late as this is the last day of Becky’s wonderful square format photo challenge, unless you can get one square ___light photo in, then come on over to Becky’s and join in the fun
Here’s the rule:
All you really need remember about this photographic challenge is that a square is a rectangle with four equal sides!
Yes the photo format is Square. Look on your camera setting before you get totally inspired and set it to 1:1 There you have it Square Format. If you forget crop your image to Square