Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Word ending in “ock”
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.
A tree on the hill is usually the first to be seen.
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.
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.
On the wall a tiny young skink patrolled in case something was available to snack on.
Undeterred, these two ants fought on
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.
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.
While I was walking around, a female Satin Flycatcher kept and eye on me
Superb Fairy Wrens are stunning little birds
and Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos are stunning big birds
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.
A Black Kite was patrolling the skies
Meanwhile a bit of an excursion to the beach wasn’t the most welcoming by a Silver Gull
A Masked Lapwing Plover had a bit of a stretch on the tidal flats.
I love Sand Crabs and the artistry. I think this looks like a stingray.
The combination of wet and warm weather has bought out a variety of fungi. Tiny brown fungi with frilly caps
White fungi with frilly caps
Yellow fungi with frilly caps
The hint of a lot of water going to be about is when the ants build up the entrance to the nest
“Hello…….is anyone home”
The Ponytail Palm flowers have the bees all a buzz and little beetles also like to get among the flowers
The Cassia flowers attracted all sorts of bees
In the dying moments of floral decay the Carpenter Bees still came looking for the last drops of nectar and pollen
The little Stngless native Bees found the Crepe Myrtle flowers irresistible
The bush had many buds ready to burst forth.
The ants also visited the floral display
Water drops and roses. I did resist posting lots more
The Pennisetum Purple Fountain Grass flowered adding colour to the garden.
The Hibiscus flowering in February was magnificent. Not seen here for quite a few years.
The miniature red Hibiscus looked wonderful adding bright spots of red in the garden.
This Hibiscus has never looked so good. The colours are amazing.
A wax leaf Begonia flowered all the time
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.
The Cats Whiskers at my besties are much better.
A red Eucalypt with the flowers and buds
The Bauhinia with a lots of flowers is a treat to look upon from the sunroom.
So many tiny native flowers have emerged. This little Blue Trumpet appeared from the ashes
The native Dianellas flowers are a splash of purple and yellow in the garden. Also known as a Flax-lily
Another native flower I haven’t seen before also came out of the ashes.
The Pandorea vine struggled to flower after the drought.
Ever so small and delicate about 10mm across this native flower seemed to be everywhere in February.
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.
The butterflies love the Pentas flowers. Orchard Swallowtails drop in every now and then.
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!
A Water Strider making his way across the dam.
While the Dragnflies hovered about, some resting on branches on the edge of the dam
or finding small twigs to rest
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.
On the house dam, a float holds the foot valve for the pump out of the muddy bottom of the dam
More reflections. This time the boats in the marina at Evans Head
Water drops on the leaf. One of my favourite subjects to capture.
It’s getting late. The afternoon clouds are building so a storm looked in the offing
The moon made a dramatic entrance when full one evening
So there was My February. Thanks for hanging in to the end.
Also for Su’s Changing Seasons February 2020
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.
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.
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
Lichens started to sprout
and these are the first flowers I saw, tough little native flowers
In the garden Summer flowers appeared in my drought ravaged garden. A Wax Begonias delicate flowers with a bonus ant
The Pentas has a some flowers
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.
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 bees
The Dietis sent out a few flowers
This Bromiliad has the most amazing flower
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.
Across the road, the Square-tailed Kites are sitting on the nest again.
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 birds
The Olive-backed Oriels were still around the garden at the start of the month
It was lovely to hear the Rufous Whistler in the garden in the mornings
The Sacred Kingfisher found a place in the sun to dry off after a bath.
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.
The Hardhead Duck was relaxing on the water
Back at home, a Grey Fantail has taken over the garden
Another occasional visitor to my place, a Spectacled Monarch, dropped in for a couple of days.
I heard the buzzing of Bees in the Cassia and also came across a Bee Fly
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.
I was looking in the Bush Lemon Tree and came a cross a Shield Bug
I love the Teddy Bear Bees as they buzz around the garden
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 breakfast
Also among the Bush Lemon Tree was a Orchard Butterfly
I had some help finishing a wall on my shed. Here is the wall being modified for the doorway.
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 thin
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.
Sometimes a bit of a brawl takes place but only for a few seconds and then it’s back to normal.
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 watermelon
Well the sun is setting. So it’s almost time to say goodnight.
I do love it when our Moon is out during the day.
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 torch
Well there goes January. I hope you enjoyed a look back at My January 2020
Also for Su’s Changing Seasons
Terri’s Sunday Still: Living in Shades of Grey
shades of grey
shades of grey
A Greyt Fantail
A Grey-crowned Babbler
A Grey Shrike Thrush
A Grey Goshawk
shades of grey
Pretty-faced Wallaby and her Joey
shades of grey
Orchard Swallowtail Butterfly
Line-blue Butterfly inside
and outer wings
shades of grey
shades of grey
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 face
Five days later getting a bit more fur
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
The Ragtag Daily Prompt Friday: Shut
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
I guess I’ll have to find other stuff that’s White