This is February 2020

February, a month of rain thankfully. The bush is coming back to life, the grass is growing and my garden is almost back. I will have to do a lot of pruning of the bushes and small trees where some limbs haven’t recovered from the drought.

A few minor muscle strains and sprains prevented my for doing as much as I wanted to do. This resulted in wandering around the garden chasing butterflies, walking around the place not going too far into the bush taking photos. Oh yes I did do a hard cull but still I have managed to have lots and lots of photos for February.

So settle back with you appropriate drink for your time of viewing, perhaps a snack or two is advisable and let’s get going to explore bushboys world.

As there has been moisture many mornings have had a fog or light mist. The Grass Trees on the distant hill, flower spikes at the ready in the foreground, emerging from the mist.

grass trees_fog_named_caniaba_feb 2020
A tree on the hill is usually the first to be seen.tree_mist_named_caniaba_feb 2020
The wet weather did induce a bit of cabin fever so we had to get out every now and then exploring the region. I love this old farm house. Though I should get a photo before it falls down or is demolished.old house_bentley_named_feb 2020
Meanwhile on the farm next door to my besties, the big white bull showing a bit of affection to one of the cows. He spent a bit of time licking her head and neck.bull_ cow_love_farm_named_caniaba_feb 2020
On the wall a tiny young skink patrolled in case something was available to snack on.copper headed skink_young_wall_named_caniaba_feb 2020
Undeterred, these two ants fought onants_wall_named_caniaba_feb 2020
One morning I was in the kitchen when I noticed a tiny insect walking about with the most enormous wings for an insect of this size.insect_wings_kitchen_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
Satin Bowerbirds like blue things to decorate their bower where they dance in the hope of attracting a female bowerbird. I hope he isn’t trying to steal my bucket.satin bowerbird_bucket_garden_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
While I was walking around, a female Satin Flycatcher kept and eye on mesatin flycatcher_female_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
Superb Fairy Wrens are stunning little birdssuperb fairy wren_named_lismore lake_feb 2020
and Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos are stunning big birdsyellow tailed black cockatoo_pine tree_named_ramornie_feb 2020
We went to Lismore Lake to see if many birds were around. The Swifts were in huge numbers swooping about and getting ready to roost in a tree. I have never seen so many Swifts.swifts_tree_named_lismore lake_feb 2020
A Black Kite was patrolling the skiesblack kite_flying_named_caniaba_feb 2020
Meanwhile a bit of an excursion to the beach wasn’t the most welcoming by a Silver Gullsilver gull_flying_beach_named_evans head_feb 2020
A Masked Lapwing Plover had a bit of a stretch on the tidal flats.masked lapwing plover_beach_named_evans head_feb 2020
I love Sand Crabs and the artistry. I think this looks like a stingray.  sand crab_balls_art_named_evans head_feb 2020
The combination of wet and warm weather has bought out a variety of fungi. Tiny brown fungi with frilly capsfungi_brown_garden_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
White fungi with frilly capsfungi_white_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
Yellow fungi with frilly capsfungi_yellow_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
The hint of a lot of water going to be about is when the ants build up the entrance to the nestant nest_tall_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020

“Hello…….is anyone home”
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The Ponytail Palm flowers have the bees all a buzz and little beetles also like to get among the flowersbee_insect_ponytail palm_flower_named_caniaba_feb 2020
The Cassia flowers attracted all sorts of beesbee_cassia_flower_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
In the dying moments of floral decay the Carpenter Bees still came looking for the last drops of nectar and pollenbee_carpenter_cassia_flower_garden_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
The little Stngless native Bees found the Crepe Myrtle flowers irresistible crepe myrtle_flowers_stingless native bee_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
The bush had many buds ready to burst forth.flower_crepe myrtle_bud_garden_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
The ants also visited the floral displayflower_crepe myrtle_ant_garden_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
Water drops and roses. I did resist posting lots morerose_red_flower_water drops_garden_named_caniaba_feb 2020

The Pennisetum Purple Fountain Grass flowered adding colour to the garden.
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The Hibiscus flowering in February was magnificent. Not seen here for quite a few years.hibiscus_pink_garden_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
The miniature red Hibiscus looked wonderful adding bright spots of red in the garden.hibiscus_red_minature_garden_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
This Hibiscus has never looked so good. The colours are amazing.flower_hibiscus_orange_garden_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020

A wax leaf Begonia flowered all the time
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The Cats Whiskers in my garden came back to life. I thought they had died during the drought as I didn’t have enough water for all of the garden. The few waterings did keep them going though. cats whiskers_flower_garden_named_caniaba_feb 2020
The Cats Whiskers at my besties are much better.flower_cats whiskers_garden_named_caniaba_feb 2020
A red Eucalypt with the flowers and budseucalypt_red_flowers_nuts_garden_named_caniaba_feb 2020
The Bauhinia with a lots of flowers is a treat to look upon from the sunroom.flower_bauhinia_garden_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
So many tiny native flowers have emerged. This little Blue Trumpet appeared from the ashesflower_blue trumpet_native_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
The native Dianellas flowers are a splash of purple and yellow in the garden. Also known as a Flax-lilyflower_dianella_garden_named_caniaba_feb 2020

Another native flower I haven’t seen before also came out of the ashes.
flower_mitre weed_durranbah_native_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
The Pandorea vine struggled to flower after the drought.pandorea flowers_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
Ever so small and delicate about 10mm across this native flower seemed to be everywhere in February.white_flower_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
The was a butterfly explosion everywhere once the rain came. All around the garden in February (and is still happening) hosts of yellow butterflies have been around the garden. They are all around the Cassia bush. One day I counted around fifty butterflies and that was just in the front garden. I think they are Lemon Migrants. This is definitely a Yellow Migrant of the Pentas flower. lemon migrant_butterfly_pentas_flower_garden_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
The butterflies love the Pentas flowers. Orchard Swallowtails drop in every now and then.butterfly_orchard swallowtail_pentas_flower_garden_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
Another little native flower that has appeared in the garden. I didn’t notice the Crab Spider until I was getting the photos ready for this post. The flower is about 15 to 20mm so how tiny is the spider!spider_crab_flower_native_small_garden_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
A Water Strider making his way across the dam.watr strider_pool_garden_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
While the Dragnflies hovered about, some resting on branches on the edge of the damdragonfly_blue_dam_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
or finding small twigs to restdragonfly_green_dam_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
I don’t know who or what was in the dam. I just saw the ripples and bubbles. It could have been a Long-necked Tortoise.water_bubble_dam_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
On the house dam, a float holds the foot valve for the pump out of the muddy bottom of the damfloat_ball_dam_reflection_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
More reflections. This time the boats in the marina at Evans Headreflection_boats_water_named_evans head_feb 2020
Water drops on the leaf. One of my favourite subjects to capture.water drops_leaf_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
It’s getting late. The afternoon clouds are building so a storm looked in the offing clouds_named_caniaba_feb 2020
The moon made a dramatic entrance when full one eveningfull moon_tree_cloud_named_caniaba_feb 2020

So there was My February. Thanks for hanging in to the end.

Also for Su’s Changing Seasons February 2020

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.

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
begonia_wax_flower_garden_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
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

Shades of grey

Terri’s Sunday Still: Living in Shades of Grey

All around
shades of grey
the birds
shades of grey
grey fantail_named_binna bura_aug 2016
A Greyt Fantailgrey_crowned_babbler_gully_home_jackadgery_july 2019
A Grey-crowned Babblergrey-shrike-thrush_named_home_sept-2016
A Grey Shrike Thrushgrey goshawk_named_binna burra_july 2017
A Grey Goshawk

Some animals
shades of grey
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A calfpretty face_joeyscrtch_frontgarden1_feb2009
Pretty-faced Wallaby and her Joeyred necked wallaby_named_home_aug 2018
Red-necked Wallaby

Some insects
shades of grey
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Orchard Swallowtail Butterflytriclista-singularis-horse-fly06_named_home_jan-2017
March Flyline blue butterfly_named_crop_binna burra_feb 2015
Line-blue Butterfly insideochre butterfly_small_home_named_jan 2012
and outer wings

Of course
the sky
shades of grey
cloud_named_caniaba_june 2018

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storm02_named_home_dec 2017

and sometimes
our Moon
shades of grey
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Goodnight

One day I’ll jump for joy

Cee’s On the Hunt for Joy Challenge week 3: Jump for Joy

I will be waiting for this little fellow to be big enough to be able to hop out of the pouch and jump for joy, speeding around my garden.
The first sighting of a little face20200123_blog_challenge_joy_red necked wallaby_joey1
Five days later getting a bit more fur20200123_blog_challenge_joy_red necked wallaby_joey2

 

Movie

Ragtag Daily Prompt Tuesday: Movie

Dr K wants to know who is in your movie? Lights, camera and action!

Which movies do I choose? Roll the credits

One night in the chook house

One night in the chook house Part 2

 

White

The Word/Photo Challenge: White

“For January 2020, our colour challenge is White, and was chosen because Chinese New Year 2020 is the year of the White Metal Rat!”

I do have a Rat She’s not completely white though
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I guess I’ll have to find other stuff that’s White

fungus_white puff_march 2013

 

white crocus_named_binna burra_april 2014

 

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white flower_red centre_named_binna burra_april 2014

 

white agapanthus_named_home_dec 2014

 

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white crocus_named_emerald beach_march 2017

 

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calf_white_named_caniaba_sept 2018

 

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