This is December 2021

December and 2021 are gone. It was a mixed bag of weather – rain and lots of it, quite hot days and even cooler nights. My garden and my besties looked fabulous. The rain made everything bloom and look so good. This made reducing the number of flower photos quite difficult.

A lot of birds have come and gone, the regulars stayed around as food is plentiful. Even a pair of Currawongs have been hanging around and have a young one. Most years they go back up into the mountains where it is a bit cooler and return in Winter. The Willie Wagtails at my besties have been busy with nesting and raising babies.

A few photos are from some trips around the area but most are from my besties and here at Durranbah.

Here is you scrolling song. I hope you enjoy Frightened Rabbit, one of my favourite groups

The old wagon up the road is still there and not quite falling apart yet

These tree fungi were the yellowist I have ever seen

Love this plant. The white edges really stand out

From my besties garden

A small native grass flower at my place

The re Frangipanni looked good with a few water drops.

I love the grass seeds along my road

Cats Whiskers must be one of my favourite flowers

A Dahlia and the sky

More native flowers along the road

My besties Brugmansia has flowered like mad this year

When we went for a walk in Casino, we found a Sausage Tree

We also found a New Zealand Christmas Bush in flower

The Bahinia has just flowered but not as good as last year

My Honeysuckle looked good among the trees along the fence line

The Blue-banded Bees love the Salvia flowers

I found Metallic Green Carpenter Bees in a shrub I had to look it up to find out what species of bee it was and found that it is endangered after the fires as their nest sites are either damaged or take years to become soft enough to burrow into and nest. They nest in Grass Tree spears and Banksia trees mainly. This one is a female. The males are fuzzy and look similar to Blue-banded Bees

Remember my Pineapple, It’s still growing and will soon be ready to harvest

The Cheese Tree fruit weren’t as abundant as last year as well

I love the purple berries of Dianella (Flax Lily) grasses. Just to photograph as I haven’t tried them but are supposed to be edible

The Olive-backed Oriels arrived in time to sample the Tuckaroo fruit

It is always a decision

The Figbird hid among the foliage snacking on the fruit as well

When I went to the Clarence River near my place to see if the water had receded below the Lilydale bridge, I found Rainbow Bee-eaters enjoying the sun.

As well as a White-faced Heron looking for his breakfast

An Australasian Pipit found something to eat on the road as I went back home

A young morphing King Parrot watched me through the window

The Rainbow Lorikeets seemed to find a snack or two in the garden

A Laughing Kookaburra had breakfast too

The Willie Wagtail babies wanted their lunch. Dad was none to impressed with their carry on

This is the same Willie Wagtail babies a week later. Don’t they grow up fast?

A Satin Bowerbird was not impressed to be spied upon whilst having a bath

but still dived in and splashed about

Well it looks like a wonderful pink sky is telling me to say goodnight

and a wonderful sunset has painted the sky with streaks of red, yellow and orange

Our Moon has risen so I better say goodnight and thanks for stopping by

As usual I always ask if you had a favourite photo.

This post is also part of Changing Seasons – Shared hosting between Ju-Lyn and myself. Just add your Changing Seasons post to Ju-Lyns Changing Seasons or here. We would love to see what you have and for you to have a look at what the others have posted.

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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This is November 2021

Subtitle: Changing Seasons – in conjunction with Ju-Lyn

I didn’t take many photos in November. I am loving the rain. The frogs have been as well. Some nights it is so loud with all the frogs having their say. The most photographed thing, because the rain has made the garden just grow, are flowers splashed throughout the garden. I am doing a garden post as it is too good not to share. I have spent a bit time in the shed so there’s a post about that on the list as well.

The days we had with sunny blue skies which were taken advantage of, so there was lots of photos to pick from for This is November. Grab your usual drink/snack that you may like to consume at this time of your day and enjoy this bit of my world.

Here is your song to scroll to….a new one for me. I hope you enjoy my discovery. Hit play and let’s get scrolling. You can always come back up and stop the music if you don’t like it.

One Saturday morning I woke very early and there was colour in the sky, so I had to try and take a few photos for Hammad’s Weekend Sky. After taking my usual photos from the usual place, I tried to see what I could get through the trees. Most were ok but didn’t show all that much of the coloured clouds. My favourite of the lot.

The cows next door to my besties were calving. I think these two may be related.

On that hill where the calves are, a Double Bared Finch was having lunch too.

It is always lovely to see an Eastern Rosella or two when out and about.

Sacred Ibis always look spectacular as the glide overhead.

On the lookout tree, a Spangled Drongo (top) and a Dollar Bird keep an eye out for some unsuspecting breakfast to be passing by.

In my besties garden, a Pheasant Coucal was calling for a few days. One morning he decided to come out in the sun.

We went away for a few days to Soldiers Point. One day we went for a walk in a nature reserve at Nelson Bay. There’s a few photos from there following as well. A pair of Corellas were checking out the hollows in the Gum Tree to make home maybe.

This made me laugh, the Darter look so serious too.

We found this lily like plant and it has the most wonderful flower. I haven’t been able to ID it yet.

I just love Red and Green Kangaroo Paw flowers which were growing along the track in the nature reserve

At a cafe having a coffee while the waiting for the rain to ease a bit, I saw Bougainvillea flowers had fallen on a table out in the rain.

That’s all from our mini holiday. Remember the last two “This is…..” I have shown the progress of the amazing Gymea Lily flower. I don’t think it will be there next time.

Here is a few from around my garden as a bit of a teaser lol. The agapanthus in the garden have never had as many flowers ever! Mostly blues but some are from plants with white flowers that I never knew their colour.

This white Agapanthus flower stalk was so tall, well over a meter.

The Crinums or Spider Lilys are flowering well this year.

I have been trying to find the right place for the Walking Iris as I love their flowers

I have a Jacaranda tree which is a bit scraggly but this year showed itself as best it could.

Scattered around the garden are Spiny-headed Mat Rush (Lomandra) plants that have long strappy leaves most of the time but they do flower

The Paperbark Trees (Melaleuca quinquenervia) are flowering and the insects and birds are loving them.

I can’t grow roses at my place. It gets too wet and the Possums and Wallabies love them too much. My besties place is ideal. Here is a selection of Roses. This is a tiny climbing variety.

Some of the flowers are amazing. I love this pink one.

Such a deep colour, it is more orange than red in real life

Some Zinnias are appearing.

This is the flower from a Bromiliad which I found in the plant rescue section of a nursery. I took three and said these be easy. He rolled his eyes. Five years later, two survived and this one has flowered for the first time.

Sometimes Thistle flowers look so good.

I always forget to take photos of the Zig-Zag plant when it flowers.

I cannot believe this Pineapple plant. It has been in the garden for as long as I can remember. Every now and then it pops out a fruit. This is the flower stage. Pineapple plants are Bromiliads.

The Day Lilys have been wonderful this year

Even the Stingless Native Bees thinks so as well.

The Variegated Duranta has been flowering since start of Spring. Now it has rained there are flowers everywhere.

There was a break in the rain. A Blue-banded Bee decided to take advantage too.

In the nature reserve we found this amazing way the Lichen has formed. What shapes or things can you see in the photo? IN the top right hand corner is a tiny fern similar to an air plant. They grow on anything organic wood, rock etc

OK Who was paying attention as I would really like to know what was your favourite photo? Did you like the music?

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 this post, so that we can update it with links to all of yours.

Also for Cee’s FOTD

Seeds and other things

Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge November Alphabet: Two S’s in the word

Seeds

Grass seeds at sunset

Dandelion

More grass seeds at sunset

Grass seeds in the morning

Lomandra seeds

Dancing Lady Hibiscus flower

Grass Trees

Grasshoppers

Eastern Spinebill

Eastern Rosella

Scaly-breasted Lorikeet

Common Albatross Butterfly

Common Grass Dart Butterfly on a yellow Dietes flower

They are all naturally grey

Life in Colour November: Black/grey

Jude has asked “What Greys in nature do you have to share?” I think you may have sent a loaded question Jude

The front and the rear (not the best sorry) of a Grey Fantail and then onto a few more

Peaceful Dove – Grey Goshawk – Grey Crowned Babbler
Little Friarbird – Common Brushtail Possum – Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike
Koala – Grey-shrike Thrush Spotted Gum
Ibis Feathers Old tree – Granite Boulders –
Line-blue Butterfly – Crested Tern

This is October 2021

I am quite late with my wrap up for Changing Season for October. Lots has happened and but nothing significant. A lack of rain meant a lot of garden watering but when it did rain it was welcomed by everyone. Managed to do a bit of driving around having a look here and there. The garden looked good when the Hippesatrums flowered adding a splash of colour. Some of the seasonal birds have dropped in, some have stayed, some have kept going to another destination.

Make sure you join in with Ju-Lyn and I for Changing Seasons

Here’s a bit of Aussie rock hoping for a bit of rain. I don’t know if you’ll need a drink and snacks but you could always have some handy just in case. Hit play and start scrolling. If Dragon aren’t to your taste, scroll back up and hit pause or stop.

OK The Sun is up so lets get going. Sunrise at my besties

The fog, the shed and trees next door in the morning

Some mornings everyone is awake early, just singing in the sunrise. Brown Honeyeaters are quite loud for their size.

So are Yellow-faced Honeyeaters. It was a foggy morning at home and sometimes you could hear a bird but not see them.

In the Ponytail Palm, the Willie Wagtails have made a nest. At the moment there are three babies.

Down at the beach a Sooty Oystercatcher takes a stroll past a disinterested Silver Gull

I love these little vertical birds. White-throated Treecreepers start at the bottom of a tree and just hop up and around the tree looking for insects living in the bark. I recently found out that the red spot under the eye means it is a female.

Here is the better one of the Satin Bower Bird and the pear. Much better than my October Last on the Card

At this time of year the Spangled Drongos arrive in the garden.

There is always someone checking out the available real estate. We were out for a walk and on the way I spotted some Rainbow Lorikeets on a big old Spotted Gum. They were inspecting the trees hollows to see if was a move in ready or if someone else already owns the space.

The Leaden Flycatchers were here for a few weeks in October. They don’t stay still for long

The Eastern Rosellas are always lovely to see.

After one of the irregular down pours, a Pied Currawong looked none too pleased……

…….neither did the Australian Raven

No one seems to mind if you hang out your washing when you’re at the beach. The other Darter just looks the other way while the Pied Cormorant tends to his own laundry.

While further along the Evans Head Breakwall an Eastern Water Dragon did a good impression of an Iguana

At my besties we were heading out for the day and the regular Koala to her place was just sitting beneath a tree and then he hopped up the tree a little way

Isn’t she pretty? A young Red-necked Wallaby who comes into my garden regularly. She doesn’t have a Joey or should I say a big Joey yet. Her pouch was flat. When Joeys are born they weigh about two grams. They pop their heads out of the pouch at around six months.

Just a tree and bit of blue sky to segue into the plants and flower section

Looking at the cactus centre as they have just started their Spring spurt. Look sorta familiar. Which blogger has a similar photo as her header?

A view down the garden when the Hippeastrums in the wheelbarrow just dominated the garden colour

The Frangipannis in the garden are starting to shoot

In Grafton the Jacaranda trees are in full bloom, so are the Flame Trees

The Jacaranda flowers have so many shades of purple.

A shower of rain came though giving the cactus with the most fantastic flowers a lovely drink and a water drop display. You’ll have to wait for photos of the flower as they have only just bloomed. Drop by for Macro Monday next week the 8th as there will be an open flower.

The Orange Hippeastrums where starting to bud at the end of October

Getting this photo of a white Daisy and a tiny Ghost Crab Spider, I took quite a lot from all angles. I wrote a post called What do you think? which generated so much traffic, in fact one of my most “popular” posts with 223 views and 124 likes 110 comments. The post was about whether I should delete or keep a photo of the Daisy and spider from another angle completely, as I am trying to be ruthless about keeping some photos that really should go.

On the way to my besties along The Summerland Way, the Coreopsis is flowering and the wind was blowing.

and the flowers stretched out along the side of the road. The background is a forestry pine forest that was burnt in the horrible 2019 statewide fires. Some tree are recovering while others have died. The understory are Eucalypts growing where they used to grow before the pine plantations. Some trees love fire to germinate the seeds that have been stored in the ground for years.

Many years ago there were Impatiens plants in garden beds at the front of my house. I have since removed those garden beds. This year all of these plants have sprung up all around the place with lovely flowers but not necessarily in the garden bed they were planted originally.

Going for a walk at Evans Head we were lucky to find some Flannel Flowers still growing. One of my favourite Australian Native Flowers.

A few days before a Full Moon, Our Moon was around in the early afternoon

I love it when the sunset is so good from my besties place in a spot we call Sunset Hill, the highest part of her place. My favourite is capturing these four trees that are a long way in the distance

Here is the same sunset a while later on from lower down in the yard. The tree and fence posts on the right hand side is Sunset Hill

I do hope you enjoyed a scroll thought my October. Any favourites?

I should add this into Cee’s FOTD

Big and small at Durranbah

Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge: October Alphabet – must have a Q or U in the word

The Big – A Square-tailed Kite that nests across the road and often hunts over my place

Little Brown Quail – one of the smallest birds on my place

Superb Fairy Wrens are also small birds that hop around the garden

Orange Palm Dart Butterfly – one of the smallest butterflies in the garden. Here on a Yellow Dietes flower

Orchard Swallowtail Butterfly – the biggest butterfly in my garden. Here on a Pentas flower

Blue Butterfly Bush flowers. Hopefully the bush I planted a while ago will flower this year.

Blue Agapanthus flowers are already starting to appear in my garden.

Share Your Desktop – 15 October

Clare’s Share Your Desktop October 2021

My change for this month is from October 2016. I am enjoying changing my desktop every month. Why don’t you give it a go as well.

My ordinary life

The Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #169: Ordinary

My ordinary, commonplace or standard, of what I see most days. Included in this post is what is seasonal as well but as the seasons roll on it all becomes ordinary for me.

From my front door……

Something to listen to as you scroll through my ordinary world

Looking out of the kitchen window

Through the garden…….

Into the bush…..

or a place to relax in the garden to watch whats going on……..

Maybe watch a sunset

*Disclaimer: Not a sunset from my place. This is what sunset looks from my place

This is September 2021

This was a dry month, following a dry August, a month of wanting rain to fill water tanks and dams which are so low – not enough to water gardens for the next few months. Last night the first good rainfall happened, 17mls in a storm which has made today a smiling day. The garden is happy. With a growth of grass around my house the Red-necked Wallabies have returned to graze which is a lovely sight to see.

I was quite amazed at the amount of flowers in the garden which bought in the birds. The butterflies are yet to arrive in numbers, there are a few small ones here and every now and then a bigger butterfly flits through the garden.

As you will see the warm weather has bought out many animals including a few reptiles. So let’s get into what I found in September.

One of my favourite September songs for you to scroll to

I put together the photos and thought that I would start with a sunrise. I don’t see much coloured sky living in the bush but sometimes the colours get above the trees. After looking back I now realise that this is really a sunset. Oh well the pastel colours above the blazing reds and oranges looked great.

Here is a lone butterfly photo drinking from a Lavender flower.

My bestie has started a new garden bed and is slowly adding soil, mulch, compost and plants. The Poppies are the best flowering for a while.

Remember last month when I was able to photograph the Gymea Lily that was still in bud? Well the flower was still around when I finally was able to get there after Covid lock downs. The flower is just starting to fade.

This is the first flowering of the Pink Trumpet Tree, an Australian rainforest tree, and now the tree is covered in flowers after a bit of a false start in August.

The Bottlebrush are also having the best flowering for years.

I thought that I had lost the Champagne Pink Bottlebrush but it was just slow to flower.

I love the grass seed heads and flowers, so do the bees.

and the Galahs do as well

The Blue-faced Honeyeaters have taken over the garden making sure that no one else gets into the various grevillea flowers. Always keeping watch as you have a snack, even upside down.

The Paperbark trees are flowering as well much to the delight of the Scarlet Honeyeaters.

The Satin Bowerbird was always in the garden as he set up the bower to attract the females. He didn’t scare off easily much to the vocal displeasure of the Blue-faced Honeyeaters.

Here is the contents of his bower. This is the fifth bower he has constructed in the garden carting most of his treasures from place to place. This site is one of the same places he used last year. What can you see?

Here’s a closer look. I have no idea where he collects his treasures from as none of the contents are from my place, except the snail shells possibly. I don’t know whose blue feathers they are either.

I love the Spangled Drongos shape outlined against the morning sky.

The Yellow-faced Honeyeaters mad a nest just outside of the sun room. The nest was well concealed and I had to wait until the babies were out of the nest to have a look at them.

There is always someone looking in the office window to see if I have any snacks. This is a female King Parrot and is Tiny’s mate.

and this is Tiny trying to get my attention.

We went for a drive and on the way home we stopped off at a wetland towards my besties place. In one part of the wetland, two Black-necked Storks were standing around. Here is a back and front photo of them, possibly a male and female.

On the other side some Australian Pelicans were settling down for the night.

Over the month sometimes the sky looked rather spectacular. I love clouds. These were at my place

These were at my besties

With the warm sunshine starting, the Water Dragons were around sunning themselves.

I had to chase this Goanna from the front of the house. I think he wanted to come inside.

A Carpet Snake was sunning himself on the warm gravel of the driveway until I came outside and he headed off. I think he spent most of the winter in the roof space of my house as I heard shuffling every now and then.

OK I know how much some of you have just sped by the reptiles so here is a bit of cute. A Red-necked Wallaby Joey just hanging in the garden, warming in the morning sun.

Even if you think you are a big boy, Mum always knows you need a good wash. Despite some protests, the face washing went on for a while.

One day we went to Ballina just to get out of the house after the Covid seven day lock down had finished. By the afternoon the sky looked ominous and the seas were quite rough.

It must have been a bumper season and the pink marshmallows are stacked and ready

OK it’s time to head off into the sunset. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you found a favourite or two.

Also for the Changing Seasons which I am co-hosting with Ju-Lyn. Here is Ju-Lyn’s Changing Seasons


Also for Cee’s Mid-week Madness Challenge September: Autumn or Spring
and Terri’s Sunday Stills: #Signs of…. Autumn? Spring?

Warning!!! Do not look at this post. It is lethal

The Ragtag Daily Prompt Wednesday: Lethal

Of course you know me, I am going to post something lethal.

There is a story to the photos.

I was doing a bit of gardening, weeding here and there, planning on expanding the size of the garden and moving the rock border.

Well, I worked out what I am going to do and started shifting the garden border rocks.

Much to my surprise there it was, all ready to have a go.

I hoped it would stay as I replaced the rock and went inside for my camera as I don’t carry my camera when I garden. For those who need to stop, here is a pretty picture of my garden

As you can see I am stretching out the post so those who are afraid of lethal insects can stop now, close the post and sigh a big relief that they weren’t scared out of their wits.

Those brave souls who have decided to continue on, let’s get to the photos of a Mouse Spider, a common spider but seldom seen around my garden.

Oh yeah, one gardening tip is to always wear gloves as you never know what you may encounter.

Are you ready?

Here is the Mouse Spider all fanged up and ready to strike

Some mouse spiders have a very toxic venom which is potentially as dangerous as that of the Sydney Funnel-web Spider. However, few cases of serious envenomation have been reported. Unlike funnel-web spiders, the mouse spider is believed to use less venom and possibly even “dry bite”. https://australian.museum/learn/animals/spiders/mouse-spiders/