Life of a Golden Lycra Flower

This is number fourteen in my series looking at the life cycle of flowers. The original bulbs came from my old mate who used to live down the road. He was a wonderful gardener and was always giving me plants. He had a raised garden which was quite large full of Golden Lycras. When they bloomed it did look a treat. I scattered the bulb around my garden in around five or six garden beds instead of a mass planting. Now I have splashes of gold throughout my gardens in Autumn.

I’ll spoil you right at the start with one of the clumps of gold shining in the sun.

Before the plants get to that stage, the bulb sends a spear from the ground to greet the morning sun. Can you see the little one just poking its head out?

These have pushed out with one beginning flowering, while the other spear, the buds are starting to open. The ones from the above photo are in the lower right hand corner with the buds just forming

Each spear bursts open with several buds forming and soon all of these will be flowers

The buds push out and away from each other to give room for the flowers to get full advantage for growth.

Even before the flowers are fully open, the Stingless Native Bees start to gather pollen in their pollen sacs. These bees make a spiral shaped hive in the hollows of trees

The flowers open one by one so it seems that there is always a flower open while the other buds wait their turn

The gradual opening of the cluster of flowers

One flower opens while the others wait

I spent a bit of time seeing there were any other pollinators. I didn’t see any honey bees but a few Gold Bum Ants were inspecting the petals.

I am not sure about this fly. He seemed more intent on watching me than examining the flowers

Once most of the flowers have opened the Stingless Native Bees seemed to come from everywhere.

I am glad I was looking for insects on the flowers when I spotted a Jumping Ant whose bite is most painful. They may be small but it feels like a hot needle has been inserted into your skin and it stings for quite a while. To get around they jump as well as walk and are not just on the ground. I have been face to face with one so it was quite a way from the ground. They are also fearless and can summon a gang if needed

OK back to the Golden Lycra flowers

It is quite difficult to get a good macro. This is one of many attempts

After a while, the older flowers start to die, but there is always more to take their place

This cluster is one of the first to open and most of the flowers are starting to wilt while a new lot of flowers below are just starting to open. There is even a new bud in the background.

All but one flower have finally withered

In their finality the stalks with their bulbous seed heads carry the end of the flowers. I let these go to their end so they can put their stored energy back into the bulbs, ready to flower next year.

I hope you enjoyed the Life of a Golden Lycra flower. I don’t have anything planned for the next flower in the series as yet. Let’s see what pops up in the next few months.

Cee’s FOTD

Words of Wisdom Y23 – #3

Paula’s WOW – Words of Wisdom Y23 – #3

I found this quote and I had to use a recent photo of a Blue-banded Bee in my garden

“No day is so bad it can’t be fixed with a nap.”
Carrie Snow

Come on my road

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #240: The Road (most often) Taken

John wrote “This week’s theme is metaphoric–and not about a physical road. For this week’s challenge, I want you to think of your favorite type or style of photography as the road you’ve chosen to take most often. For me, it’s landscape photography as it fits so well with my traveling soul. My examples are all landscapes, but I want to see in what style you like to photograph best.”

Where do I take this prompt without being over the top. I have been thinking about what to post and why, which I do find hard and this is why it has taken me a while to think about my photos and my road.

I am leaving this lot in a bunch so you don’t have to scroll forever 😂

Left to right, top to bottom.

Row 1 – My road to get home especially after going to the Raspberry Lookout & photographing Paper Daisies

Row 2 – Flowers one of my favourite things to photograph as well the birds around my place The little Yellow Robin is a lot of peoples favourite as well as the colourful parrots like this Eastern Rosella

Row 3 – More birds, Blue-faced Honeyeater and Rainbow Lorikeet who enjoy snacking on Bottlebrush flowers and Rainbow Bee Eaters looking splendid on the branches of a dead tree

Row 4 – Of course there has to be insects and a bit of macro. A Scarlet Jezebel Butterfly in a Honey Gem Grevillea, a Native bee my favourite name, Teddy Bear Bee and a Native Stingless Bee flying into a Day Lily

Row 5 – More Macro A close up of a Scarlet Jezebel Butterfly, Tree Fern frond about to uncurl and another favourite to try to get, water drops.

Some new things I have been doing over the past couple of years which is a lot of fun.

Of course my water abstracts I create for Jez’s Water Water Everywhere

There is always a face to find for Monday Portrait. Cattle seem to be a lot of peoples favourites

Dipping in and out of Monochrome

Creating for Silent Sunday where I have been using photos of churches or religious items

Macro Monday – 13 March

There’s nothing worse that flying all the way from the hive to your favourite Blue Ginger flower only to find a huge blockage of a Teddy Bear Bee filling its pollen sacs

The little Stingless Native Bee flying in is about 10mm in length. The pollen sacs in his rear legs are empty so it will off to find another flower.

Not for your eyes

Todays Prompt: Vanity

What do I see?
They call me ugly
they call me scary
they call me hairy
What do I see?


What do I see?
I see strong legs
I see a true heart
I see all of me
What do I see?


What do YOU see?
I am me
I am with you
see all of me
What do YOU see?

Beware the following photo contains a spider about the size of your hand

This is February 2023

I did a bit of hibernating during the middle of the day in February. The mornings were quite pleasant, then the heat of the day arrived, in the low to high 30’sC, and the humidity usually crept up to around 60%. This went even higher if it had rained the day before which didn’t happen very much. This February there was 38mm in total for the month, whereas last year it was well in excess of 500mm. Actually as I write, a storm is brewing like yesterday. Unfortunately yesterdays .5mm was disappointing.

Most of these photos are from around my place. My trips to town I usually continued my quest for window shades for Ludwigs Monday Windows or it was too hot and I scampered home or sat in an air-conditioned cafe. The opening photo is from a cafe where I was having a coffee waiting for my car’s registration inspection to be done.

Some of the other February photos have been sprinkled through other posts so this post isn’t as long as some of my other monthly wrap-ups..

I guess I better give you your song to listen to as you scroll through while looking at the things I discovered in February.

A rainy morning in town. Water drops making patterns on the marble windowsill

I looked out of the door of my office when a Carpet Snake came past in the late afternoon. I know I should have warned you but aren’t patterns and colours just the wonderful on this two metre hard working snake. Unfortunately I had just set some traps on the verandah over the past few nights and caught three Black Rats. I guess their scent was still on the verandah boards.

The resident Laughing Kookaburra on his lookout tree in the front garden. I love watching them as they scan the garden and suddenly drop onto the ground to grab whatever unsuspecting creature happened to move at the wrong time.

A Blue-faced Honeyeater wonders if a better snack may be found over there.

Haven’t seen a Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike around my place for a while then this one turns up and hung about for a few days. Their colours and patterns are lovely. This one was sitting on the edge of the bush and I took the photo from my verandah.

It is always a delight when the Grey-crowned Babblers come into the garden trees to look for insects under the bark. They do quite a good job of bark peeling on their quest. There is a constant chatter while foraging so you always know when they are around. Have a listen – from

The Grey-crowned Babblers live in family groups of between four and twelve so it’s common to see a couple of Babblers digging away together on the same tree. One will call another over and they systematically dig under the bark. Instead of withdrawing their beaks, they flick their heads upwards sending bark flying.

Yes I did try to get an action photo but failed miserably. These two were fun to watch. At one stage the one at the top decided that there was better food where the other one was and just sat on top of him. A bit of get off, no I’m holding on scuffle took place until one of them went elsewhere

The Rainbow Lorikeets are a bit cheeky peeping through the window to see what I am having for breakfast.

This is the first time I have seen a Red-browed Firetail Finch getting nectar or something from the Grevillea. Most times they are hopping along the grass eating seeds and any unfortunate insect who happens by.

I think the Yellow-faced Honeyeater caught me sneaking with my camera while he was enjoying the yummy Ornamental Ginger flowers.

It’s all hands on deck when the Cassia flowers in January. This year the full flowering didn’t happen until February and then the tree was full of bees. The Metallic Green Carpenter Bees are the big fellas among the flowers, while the tiny Stingless Native Bee flies in to get his share

I can’t resist Teddy Bear Bees when they come around to see if the Red Pentas flowers have anything to offer.

This poor old Tree Begonia has had a hard life. Always munched by possums mainly, then, as the Bangalow Palm died during the drought of 2017-19, large fronds dropped on it which broke it almost to ground level. Then I was doing a bit of a garden tidy when I managed to break the whole top off once again.

Here are the first flowers since it was planted probably over fifteen years ago. It is sort of protected by a surrounding of Calathea plants which have decided that that part of the garden is where they are going to really settle,

I have no idea what the Bottlebrush trees are doing. Some of the trees are having another flowering now. I love this soft pink Bottlebrush flower

While all the Flame Trees in town had a spectacular flowering, my poor tree managed to pop out a few bracts of flowers

The Chinamans Hat plant has flowered since it was planted three years ago. I actually thought it was a Butterfly Bush so now I’ll have to get a Butterfly Bush cutting or plant. I would like the pink one I posted for Cee a few days ago that was in the Art Gallery Garden.

I did a Cee’s FOTD post of the Cape Blue Water Lily in the Art Gallery Garden from another angle. This is the whole flower from a different angle.

The Art Gallery Garden also had a lot of the Feverfew flowers

Again, the light on the Art Gallery Garden made the White African Daisy stand out

The Gardenias in my garden also had another flowering in February when it looked like they had finished for the year.

Both of the Pavonia Hastata hibiscus bushes have flowered for the first time this year as well. Such a tiny flower with so much detail going on. the petals are 25mm or one inch

After a few rainy day hot days, there weren’t as many fungi appearing as I had hoped. I did find this one on a morning walk about the garden with another nearby.

I did manage to get away to Ballina for a couple of days. I was keen to get to the sand bar in the Richmond River to see if the Eastern Curlews were still about. They migrate, after breeding, from Russia and NE China to Australia in September and leave Australia in February/March.

“These amazing migrations are among the most awe-inspiring journeys of the natural world, with birds covering tens of thousands of kilometres each year,” he says. One bird, banded in Victoria, was next reported from Yakutyia in Siberia, 11,812 kms distant.” – Dr Fuller

Just strolling the sand bar looking for small crabs and molluscs.

I just love the layers looking across the sand bar towards the far bank of the North Arm of the Richmond River.

While in Ballina I was staying near Lighthouse Beach. I have seen the top of the lighthouse from a few places but have never gone up to the Richmond River Light, as it is officially known and I expected it would be like a regular lighthouse.

You may have seen the black and white version of the lighthouse earlier this month. It has to be the smallest. cutest lighthouses ever and yes it is still active.

While on a walk in the afternoon, suddenly there was a rustling in the undergrowth. A Brush Turkey wandered out from the dunes, then another, then another and another. As I walked along, they followed me. When I stopped, they looked nonchalant. I suspect someone is feeding them.

Anyway. here is a shadow selfie with my four new friends – until they found out I didn’t have any snacks.

I enjoyed sitting on the breakwall watching the various passers-by. There were the exercisers running or walking up to the end and down again, young mums pushing strollers, people on bicycles either fun or exercise, holiday makers and a bloke who gets around on a mobility scooter. Every time if I am there in the afternoons, I see him and say g’day and have a chat.

In the late evening, just as the sun is setting, the fishing trawlers head out for a nights fishing.

I just love how you can see all of the craters of Our Moon. Not a full Moon but it was quite bright.

As the Moon is up, it’s time for me to say goodbye to Changing Seasons for another month. I really do like to know if you have a favourite photo. Which one is yours?

About The Changing Seasons

The Changing Seasons is a monthly project where bloggers around the world share their thoughts and feelings about the month just gone. We all approach this slightly differently, though generally with an emphasis on the photos we’ve taken during the month.

For many of us, looking back over these photos provides the structure and narrative of our post, so each month is different. Some focus on documenting the changes in a particular project — such as a garden, an art or craft project, or a photographic diary of a familiar landscape.

But in the end, it is your changing season, and you should approach it however works for you.

There are no fixed rules around post length or photo number — just a request that you respect your readers’ time and engagement.

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Tag your photos with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so that others can find them

Create a ping-back to Ju-Lyn at Touring My Backyard or this post, so that we can update it with links to all of yours.

This is January 2023

Welcome to a new year.

Again another quiet be at home mostly month. The weather started to turn warm to hot signalling that Summer is here. The hot days were just that so time was spent inside in the middle of the day.
Towards the end of the month, the rains came with hot days and afternoon storms, some of which were doozies. Thunder, house shaking a couple of times when the storm was directly over head, not much lightning and torrential rain. So much so that the gutters couldn’t hold the water and there were curtains of water around the house!

OK It’s time to have a look at what I found in January. There were a couple of exciting moments as you’ll see so away we go.

This is your scrolling song which is perfect for the rain I have had so far this month.

The frogs have been loving the rain as well. This Australian Green Tree Frog could have been living in the downpipe and was washed out with the force of the water. Their croaking has been so loud as it echos in the downpipes. They love the rain and that’s when they do their best croaking.

A regular on the verandah, a Garden Skink, who investigates every morning to see if a snack arrived over night

One of the annoying Brush-tailed Possums who clomp around the roof, thump onto the verandah and are generally noisy during the night. I think this female has a young one ready to be born judging by her big belly. When the young are bigger, they ride around on Mums back.

I spotted this unusual shaped insect scurrying across the verandah. Looking at the photo, I saw that it had a spider for lunch. You can see the fangs of the spider under the insect. It was moving quite quickly dragging lunch somewhere safe to consume.

Some of you have seen this Katydid before on a Macro Monday post. The Katydid flew onto my desk one night, no I didn’t jump, why would you ask! It was quite happy for a few snaps until I tried to get too close. The Katydid has already been in battle with a Huntsman Spider or one of the Velvet Geckos that live inside my home.

I chose two views from the kitchen window, the first is a young female who has just arrived as a garden visitor

And the other is the big young male who has staked my garden out as part of his territory

This is the first of the excitement photos. My old mate who lived down the road, gave me a whole lot of plants from his garden before he went into care. This is the first time this lily had flowered. Isn’t it fabulous.

All of the Hibiscus plants are flowering, the pinks and reds and this one is a favourite. It is in a neglected part of the garden (which is the next garden project area) but still has hung on for a very long time. The pink in the centre wrapped in a mass of messy orange petals.

The Ornamental Ginger plants are flowering through the garden giving off a wonderful scent at night that mingles with the Murraya and Frangipanni flowers perfumes.

The big black Orchard Swallowtail Butterflies have been in the garden for a while but in January several arrive and were flitting around the garden. The lone male had company. When I took this photo, there were five butterflies on the Pentas bush.

Thornbills are a regular around the bush and garden. A Buff-rumped Thornbill watched me closely as I walked around the garden.

For a while it seemed like there was a lack of small birds in the garden again. The Currawongs had gone for Summer but suddenly there were lots of small birds hopping around the garden again. A family, a male and five or six females or juvenile Red-Backed Fairy Wrens came looking for grass seeds.

Scarlet Honeyeaters are around most of the time. They are quite small and a flash of a red jewel zooming through the garden is a wonderful sight.

Yellow-faced Honeyeaters have established the garden as their territory but are always bullied by the bigger Friarbirds or Blue-faced Honeyeaters.

Just thought I’d drop in to see if you are still with us.
A Rainbow Lorikeet examines the verandah in case something important may be happening.

The next bit of excitement was that a pair of Brown Goshawks came for a week or so to see what happens at my place. This is a reason for a lack of small birds around the garden I think.
This photo is heavily edited as the Brown Goshawk was in shadow so I had to lighten and correct.

I always knew where they were in the garden because the pair chatted, probably letting each other know where I was in the garden. I thought they may have nested nearby but I haven’t seen them for over a week now.

Another reason the Goshawks may have moved on is the resident Square-tailed Kites may have encouraged them to move on. The Kites have been patrolling the area a lot more so maybe they have young in the nest.

As the Square-tailed Kites effortlessly soar and glide over head, the Noisy Friarbirds who also have lots of nests around at the moment, try to scare the Kites away with lots of squawking and dive bombing the kites if the get too close to the tree tops.
This Noisy Friarbird decided it was time to get out of there real fast. One of the perils of pissing off a Kite

Another Yellow-faced Honeyeater just looking cute and inquisitive

The Spangled Drongos look rather majestic as they check the garden for a snack

Not happy about a photo being taken at bath time. I get “that look” from a Scarlet Honeyeater.

I must tell you that no bird was killed from the incident with the sun room window. It must have been a shock for the poor bird. I didn’t hear anything so I may not have been at home or elsewhere in the garden or shed. There wasn’t a hurt, injured or dead bird in the garden which surprised me

When the storms arrived they were good ones. This storm also was very windy bringing tree down some across the roads to get to the highway as well as across the highway.
I had to go to town and I could just squeeze past the downed trees. On the way home, the bloke next door was finishing cutting the trees off the road. I was thinking I would have to do it when I got home and the day was hot and muggy.

After the storm has passed from over head, the sunset gave the storm clouds a lovely tinting

That’s a quick look through my January. Did you like the song? As always, did you have a favourite photo? Join in The Changing Seasons too

About The Changing Seasons

The Changing Seasons is a monthly project where bloggers around the world share their thoughts and feelings about the month just gone. We all approach this slightly differently, though generally with an emphasis on the photos we’ve taken during the month.

For many of us, looking back over these photos provides the structure and narrative of our post, so each month is different. Some focus on documenting the changes in a particular project — such as a garden, an art or craft project, or a photographic diary of a familiar landscape.

But in the end, it is your changing season, and you should approach it however works for you.

There are no fixed rules around post length or photo number — just a request that you respect your readers’ time and engagement.

Tags and ping-backs

Tag your photos with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so that others can find them

Create a ping-back to Ju-Lyn at Touring My Backyard or on this post, so that we can update it with links to all of yours.

Life of a white Agapanthus flower

Number twelve in the Life of….flower series.

Thanks for everyone’s lovely comments and encouragement over the past posts. I have already shown the blue Agapanthus flower life cycle and, as promised, here is the white Agapanthus flowers life cycle.

“Agapanthus (Agapanthus  spp.) also known as the African Lily or the Lily of the Nile is a fleshy rooted perennial. It is part of the Liliaceae family and is native to Southern Africa.”

Some of the spears appear to be quite small at the start of flowering

Gradually filling out

Then a slight opening to reveal the white flower buds

Finally breaking free from the casing into the sunshine

The remnant of the casing still clinging on

The buds are so full and soon the umbrel will explode into flower

When some of the buds open, it doesn’t take long for the Stingless Native Bees to come for some pollen

An open flower makes it easy to hang on while gathering pollen

Many of the flowers have opened and other buds are waiting

The flowers are so white

Finally some of the flowers are dying while there are still lots of buds yet to open

The flower heads are almost finished leaving stalks where the flowers once were

I hope you have enjoyed the white Agapanthus flowers life story. There are some more that I am working on but they will have to wait a while until I can get organised and the flowers cooperate.

Cee’s FOTD

Some selections from 2022

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge #231: Favourite Images From 2022

The last 2022 favourite image post I selected your favourite images month by month. This time it is going to be an avalanche of my favourites.

January saw the first of my Life of a flower series which is now up to issue #11. It all started with a Hibiscus

Minimalism became a sort of theme for Wordless Wednesday 2022

Odd Squares was the first of Becky’s Square format challenges

There were always a cow appearing for Monday Portrait

Black and white challenge always give scope for selective colour

I started to become more adventurous with my Water Water Everywhere abstracts

There is always cuteness in my garden

Coastal scenes from around the coast where I live

Or images of the Aussie bush appeared every now and then

With a few trips up the mountains to my favourite place, the Raspberry Lookout

More monochrome images were created for a lot of different photo challenges

Eastern Whipbirds have been in the bush around my home for a few years now. 2022 saw them venture into the garden.

Always lots of bird photos. Variegated Fairy Wrens are popular to share

Not all was nature. I did venture into the city every now and then

My updated photo editing program gave me great pleasure in being creative

2022 was the start of the Shades of Grafton series for Ludwigs Monday Windows

Always flowers

Australian native flowers as well

I started taking part in Dan’s Thursday doors

Goannas like to explore my garden and will run up the nearest tree when discovered

Macro Monday is always fun

Colourful fungi popped up around the place

Playing with toys can evoke memories

Jacaranda time in Grafton is everyone’s favourite time

I had a great time editing photos for Silent Sunday

Discovering a new butterfly was exciting

Sharing my excitement of discovering new plants and flowers on my place in 2022. Purple Fringe Lillies are one of my all time favourite Australian flowers

Thanks for getting this far. I will try to promise that I won’t take more of your time next year and hope that all of those who run looking back photo challenges can all set the challenge at the same time. Yes I am joking 😂