Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Rain or Rainbows

The rain on the window from the 75th floor overlooking Sydney Harbour

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A close look at the rain on the window
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What could be more rainbow than a bird bath of Rainbow Lorikeets?
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Looking at you
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Or a tree with Rainbow Bee Eatersrainbow-bee-eaters01_named_home_aug-2016

Or just a double rainbow
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This is a bit more dramatic from my bushboy YouTube channel

More great rain inspired photos at Cees


Traces of the Past – My Past

This is a photo challenge set by Paula at Lost in Translation. Most wonderful photos you can access via Paulas blog (here) will show you many examples of the world as it was way back when. Sometimes you may see some archeological relics or some post modern photos of last centuries wars.

This post is all about me and my Canon TLb SLR camera (Wikipedia link).  I was taking photos with an Agfamatic point and shoot camera (Wikipedia link) when a bloke I worked with who took photos said I needed a better camera as the photos I showed him were great (he reckoned). He said go to a second-hand camera shop he knew and get a camera.

I found these photos today while I was looking for something else. These photos are from the early 1970’s in 35mm colour film, processed in a photo lab after I dropped the film canister off at the Chemist shop and collected my photos about a week later. So much excitement to actually see what I captured.

Here is my Traces of the Past. I hope you like my early photos.

I had a Tamron 200mm telephoto lens I slotted onto my camera. My first dragonfly photo taken while sitting near a rock-pool in a National Park near Sydney
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Driving with a mate from Sydney to Wangaratta, I said stop I saw an eagle sitting on a hillside. Yes I was into nature way back then too. Imagine my surprise when the Wedged-tailed Eagle spotted me and took off, a rabbit dangling from its claws.
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I lived in a share house and one cold winters night a couple of housemates decided to burn some rubbish in the backyard. I don’t remember what they burnt but the colours were amazing. The shapes made, a bird a face, a dog…….what can you see?
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A Photo a Week Challenge

The word prompt from Nancy Merrill: Green

The wonderful Emerald Dove
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Green Catbirds look like a bird but sound like a cat
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Doesn’t this fly have fabulous green eyes
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A shiny green beetle on a green leaf
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A Green_banded Line Blue Butterfly hiding among green leaves
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This is February

Oh dear, another month of photos that is too big. I think I should do a week at a time. I haven’t included the photos from the other posts, just a couple I think. It was a weird month. The days were the usual February hot to very hot days with the rain finally appearing at the end of February.

Perhaps, as usual, a cup of tea or a drink of choice, get comfy and I hope you get to the end without nodding off.

This time I am starting off with insects so those who have an aversion to spiders, moths or flies get your scrolling finger ready to zip past some fantastic photos lol
I found a tiny hairy caterpillar who looked so unusual. Yes I did get a bit close with the lens and the centre section did get a bit squashed by the lens
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I surprised a small spider. She ran out to defend her egg nest
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Even a hornet has to have a drink on a hot day
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One of the more unusual grasshoppers I have at my place
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These flies like to bite. The bit of the proboscis that is hanging down has a spike sheathed inside. The other dagger like thing is the antennae. The angle makes them look fierce.
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You can see why the fly is angry all the time and wants to bite. A bit of baldness can make anyone cross.
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With all the places in the garden to hatch out, these cicadas chose the same leaf
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The Line Blue Butterflies had a monopoly in some parts of the garden. This tiny one found a quiet place to sit for a while
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A moth, we call a tiger moth, really loved the scent of the Murraya flowers
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Looking at a Crow Eggfly Butterfly who was looking at me
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This Dragonfly has been in a mud puddle I think
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Such a dainty tiny Dragonfly
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The fig tree has so many figs which the birds love
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Isn’t this Wood Fungus lovely
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An old fashioned Hibiscus flower. This is one of the smallest Hibiscus flowers in the garden.
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The Leopard Lillies liked the hot weather
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So did the Ginger flowers
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The Lilli Pilli bush doesn’t flower that much but when it does isn’t it spectacular?
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Onto Animals which includes a couple of Python photos so snake phobes get ready to whizz past some really beautiful photos

As it was hot, the Carpet Python came out from the roof space and stretched along the rafter. It must have been quite warm so close to the corrugated iron
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When the weather was a bit cooler, the Python managed to knot up into a smallish ball. This is about 2 meters of snake all rolled up
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When it was a too hot, the Python decided that Charlies little pond was a cool place to be. Charlie didn’t care and swam about the snake while the snake ignored Charlie thankfully.
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Charlie also had another unwelcome visitor. How ugly are Cane Toads?
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Enough of ugly, here is some cute. Early one morning, a couple of Yellow-footed Antechinus were hopping around the verandah
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When I went into the shed, I disturbed some Lesser Long-eared Bats. Aren’t their little feet lovely?
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We are now in the bird zone so those who have been rushing past the previous photos can relax now

A great way to spend part of a hot day is in one of the many bird baths scattered around the place. A Grey Fantail contemplating a plunge
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A Variegated Fairy Wren checking out the mosaic bird bath
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The little Thornbill jumped straight in, splashing about
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A Red-browed Firetail Finch just dunked under to cool off
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A Jenny Wren looked on from the safety of the bushes
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A Spangled Drongo was looking for some grubs in the Poinciana tree after his dip in the bird bath
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The Eastern Yellow Robin took his usual lookout on the garden chair to scan the garden for dinner
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We wondered who was making a mess on the car doors early in the morning. I finally was able to catch the culprit – a Green Catbird
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This White-headed Pigeon was on lookout at the bird bath while its young one had a drink of water
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One morning there was a terrible sound in the garden. There were Ravens calling and flying about. I finally spotted a Channel-billed Cuckoo young who was being raised by the Ravens
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The birds were all calling out, making a real noise in the garden. I finally spotted the culprit who set them off. A Pacific Baza was sitting in a tree. Nearby another two were calling as well. They bought their young one to check out the garden.
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When I go outside I always look up as often a Wedged-tailed Eagle or two will be wheeling about looking for an unsuspecting snack
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I think I was lucky to have everything just right to capture this spiders web. The Primrose flowers add a splash of colour
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The door latch from the Cathedral in Grafton. It doesn’t look very worn so I don’t think it is the original but looked quite good enough to photograph
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I loved the lighting in the loungeroom one night
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Thanks for your staying power. Enjoy a sunset
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The Force of Water

Frank from Dutch goes the Photo word prompt: Forces

Near my property, sometimes the Clarence River rages when the rains are here and the rivers flow is enhanced. The Clarence River at Lilydale can flow at a sedate 8mgs/day and sometimes a summer flow may get to 12,000mgs/day. Today after some considerable rain fall, the river is flowing at over 20,000mgs/day.  When the flood waters hit the river levels rise to over 100,000mgs/day. Once the flood flows reach Grafton, they can be at 5,000,000mgs/day

Here are some flood flows showing the forces of water in action.

The Clarence River at Lilydale on a lovely day. The river is a bit higher than normal flow.

A minor flood flow. The bridge was constructed low so when flood flows occur, the rivers debris doesn’t impact on the bridge.

This is a bit of a lower flow. The water is making waves as it flows over the  old wooden bridge.
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The Bottlebrush trees are able to withstand the flood flows as the have supple trunks and bend with the flow.

Yes. That is 4 meters above the level of the bridge


Cee’s word prompt: Wildlife for this weeks Fun Foto Challenge

I thought I would post a bit of Australian cute for this photo challenge

Did you have to wake me?
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I am so tired
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Hey buddy……….look over there
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I really need to sleep
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Yeah yeah……everyone loves these fluffy ears
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Koalas are not bears


The Caterpillar Train

A while ago Lisa at DailyMusings (I think) had some hairy caterpillars, their real name is Ochrogaster lunifer or Processional Caterpillar, in one of her posts. Thanks to Becky at It caught my eye in Portugal for letting me know it was her post. Here is it here  I commented how my girls liked to make the caterpillar train go into a circle. Well, yesterday, driving home, on the road outside of my place, a caterpillar train was crossing the road. I had to stop to make sure they got across the road safely, albeit with a slight detour.

The caterpillar train stretched around three meters across the road
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The leader seemed to know where to go.
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They march nose to tail. Wouldn’t the one in front tickle your nose?
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“Somehow” the leader “wanted” to join in the train somewhere
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You aren’t allowed to push in the train.
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Once you are out, it is hard to get back in.
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Soon the train was in a bit of a circle with knots of caterpillars forming
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They do try to find some semblance of order
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Soon the circle became broken with a knot of caterpillars at the front
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I am sure they were trying to elect a new leader
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They are really hairy aren’t they?
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Election over, the leader decided to get the caterpillar train back on track to find a Fringe Wattle, their favourite food on my place.
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NOTE: Do not touch these caterpillars as they can cause a skin rash that can last a while.

NOTE: No caterpillars were harmed in this photo shoot

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: The Letter Z

This week the topic is Letter Z – Needs to have the letter Z anywhere in the word or people or animals catching some Zzz’s (sleeping or napping).

Have a look at the other ZZZZ’s at Cees place

On a hot day as it has been so far this week (daytime temperatures between 35 to 39C ) it is good to get out of the heat and stretch out, catch a bit of the breeze that blows along the verandah and have a lovely sleep

It can be a bit warm when the iron roof heats up
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You have to curl up a bit. The bulge on the right hand side is someone who was her lunch
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I think I may have woken her up
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PS Carpet snakes are pythons who squeeze their prey and swallow whole. They are not venomous but can bite if they absolutely have to. I have been bitten a couple of times mainly removing the snakes from the chook house where they like to get an easy meal at night. They have back fangs which means their fangs face backward which they use to drag their meal down to their stomach. They can be handled but they do tend to squeeze as they hang on, like having your blood pressure taken.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: The letter Y

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: the letter Y – Needs to be at the start or end with the letter Y

I have been contemplating this foto challenge and decided to go with a basic lot of Y photos. Can you guess my theme?

A selection of Yellow flowers to start
Yellow Australian Native flower growing on my place
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Another Yellow Australian Native flower growing on my place
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A Yellow Gazania
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A Yellow water lilywater lily02_yellow_clarrie hall dam_named_oct  2014

Another tiny Yellow Australian Native flower growing on my place
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A Yellow butterflY
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Another Yellower butterflY
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One of my favourite Australian birds Eastern Yellow Robin
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A Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo eats a pine cone like an ice cream.

A Yellow fungus which looks like someone has had a nibble.
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A fly with a Yellow face
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Yes you guessed it I went with a Yellow theme