Marbles

The Ragtag Daily Prompt Monday: Marble

When I saw the word marble I was transported back to the school ground. All the kids playing marbles in the many forms that were around and popular at the time. I am sure we had names for the games.

There is a small dish of marbles in my house, probably that belonged to my daughters as my marbles have long gone – the glass ones and the mental ones.

Here they are, the glass ones that is….
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The chimneys

The word prompt for Bren’s Photo a Week: Chimneys and Fireplaces

My biggest chimney from Scotland
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A trio of serious looking chimney pots
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Chimney pots from Paris
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This chimney pot in Paris reminded me of Ned Kelly
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The fireplace of a good friend who lived down the road. He built his house from rock and timber on the land. I went back to see what had happened to his place years after he had moved and later died before his wife sold the property. A lot of the house had rotted away, exposing the place to the elements.  Of everything, the kitchen fireplace remained.
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A bit of blue

The word prompt from Debbie at Travel with Intent: Blue

Here is a bit of Blue from my world

Tiny Native Flowers
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Blue Triangle Butterfly
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More butterflies. This time a Butterfly Bush flower
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A double blue, a Blue Ginger with a Blue-banded Bee
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Blue Figs, the fruit from a Quandong Tree (Elaeocarpus angustifolius for those playing along at home)blue figs_named_oct 2013

The lovely Blue-faced Honeyeater
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A delightful Superb Fairy Wren
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And the blue of blue………..
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The featured image – a Blue Tiger Butterfly

 

In the Gum Tree

The photo challenge from Maria at CitySonnet for January’s colours and letters: Starts with the letter K

High up in
the Gum Tree
I saw
a hand
gripping tight
then a bit more
as he
shuffled about
in the fork
of the Gum Tree.
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Koala was awake
in the Gum Tree
Looking around
watching
wondering
what had woken
him from his
sleep.
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Oh dear
he thought.
It’s just that bloke
the one with
a camera
Nothing to be
alarmed about.
Now bugger off
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These photos were taken in my besties front yard bush garden. The previous owner planted some trees that Koalas can feed and sleep in. Koalas sleep a lot of the time and are nocturnal generally. When he is in the trees, he can be heard calling, a sound you can never forget.

Here is sound a cute Koala makes
https://wildambience.com/wildlife-sounds/koala/

 

Lismore Rainforest Botanical Gardens – the paths

It was the beginning of a hot day when we went to the Lismore Botanical Garden. We have been meaning to go every time we go to the Recycling Centre or as it is commonly know, the Tip Shop. Yes great bargains are to be had from the things that people throw away. But I digress. The morning was starting to heat up but it was cool walking among the trees. There has been very low rainfall so the plants were not at the best. We will go back when the rains come and I’ll show you some of the fabulous flowers, seeds, plants and hopefully there will be lots more birds.

The Gardens are a community project and the volunteers do a fabulous job. Over four hectares have been planted with dry, subtropical and riverine rainforest species. Here is their website

Enjoy walking the paths of the Lismore Rainforest Botanical Gardens
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This post is also for sonofabeachs Which Way photo challenge and Jo’s Monday Walk

Quest

The Ragtag Daily Prompt Wednesday: Quest

I have always liked the idea of a quest probably from reading King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table as a youngster.
Over the years I have set myself a number of quests. These quests involve getting a photo of something I have seen but never able to get any good photos. I have written about one such Quest
I take my self imposed quests quite seriously, much to the bemusement of my bestie who sometimes won’t stop the car when I see what could be an opportunity or calls out when we are going out “What are you doing?” Most times I am ready to go but just outside chasing butterflies, dragonflies, stalking a bird or getting that perfect shot of a flower.

Here are some of my quest conquests.

A Blue Triangle Butterfly. They don’t land that often and have an erratic flight.
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A Royal Spoonbill. I have a few photos but never seemed to be able to get close enough for a good photo.
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Rainbow Bee-eaters. Always on the move, never settling for long.
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Catching that Bee in flight
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The featured photo. Always trying to get birds in flight. An ongoing quest.

 

Blue and Yellow

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Blue and Yellow

The cute little flight simulator at a recent airshow. No I wasn’t allowed to get in.
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I thought I had more blue and yellow flowers. At least I found one of a Wandering Jew plant
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The Ponytail trees have an abundance of yellow flowers and lots of bees
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