International World Bee Day

I do have a few bees around here so lets celebrate #WorldBeeDay together.

Without bees our world would be so different. Bees are the life blood of our plants, all plants even those that some consider weeds.

This gallery of bees are all photos from over the years. Please enjoy
One of the first bee photos I posted way back in 2013. A Blue-banded Bee zooming around my gardenblue bum bee_binna burra_crop_feb 2012
I have lots of Australian Native Stingless Bees. They are quite small, about 5mm. This one is harvesting pollen from a Bangalow Palm flower that had fallen. Aren’t the pollen sacks full!!bangalow palm flowers8_native bee_crop_home_april 2012
Carpenter Bees love coming around my garden when the Cassia trees are in flower.bee_casia_home_named_jan 2014
Considered a weed, Singapore Daisies are food for bees.bee_named_crop_binna burra_feb 2015
As are Fireweed flowersbee_yellow flower_binna burra_named__april 2016
One of a lot of peoples favourite photos of a Stingless Native Bee with a Lilli Pilli flowerstinglessw native bee_named_brunswick heads
A Carpenter Bee foraging in a pink Lilli Pilli flowerbeetle__named_grafton_nov 2017
Stingless native Bees love Crosus flowers too.171220_blog challenge_letter r_crocus_bees
Blue-banded Bees and Blue Ginger flowers go together.180327_before and after_blue banded bee_blue ginger
Another weed flower that bees lovebee_flower_named_caniaba_oct 2018
The herb Basil should always be left when it goes to flower as bees love the flowers.blue-banded_bee_basil_garden_named_caniaba_dec 2018
Zinnia flowers are bee favourites as wellbee_pink_flowers_named_caniaba_jan 2019
Day Lilliesare great calling cards for bees191125_blog_challenge_macro_monday_flower_day lily_ant_stingless native bees
When the Pentas are flowering they are irresistible to Teddy Bear Bees 2020424_blog challenge_top_teddy bear bee_flower_pentas_jackadgery
Salvia flowers are always on the bees shopping listbee_blue banded_salvia_garden_named_caniaba_april 2020
Getting up close with a bee and a Zinnia flowerbee_zinnia_named_caniaba_april 2020
I love Teddy Bear Beesbee_teddy bear_pentas_flower_garden_named_home_jackadgery_april 2020

Raspberry Lookout 1 March 2020

Raspberry Lookout. One of my favourite places to go and have a picnic and chill for a while. I have featured the lookout in past posts but never in a whole post.

We went from my place up the Gibraltar Range to see what had happened there since October 2019. The fires had burnt through there and eventually came down the mountains to my place. As it is a wonderful place to see, I could not bring myself to drive along the highway to Raspberry as the memories of such a special place for me would have had me in tears I reckon. Couldn’t go there anyway as the highway was closed until late January. The amount of very big trees that had burnt down and fallen across the road was amazing. They are still removing trees and fixing protective road barriers.

It has taken me until now to be able to write and show you the photos from the lookout. This is just Raspberry Lookout not the drive up or down the mountain. As they were working there wasn’t the opportunity to stop. I was very heartened by the recovery that had taken place so come on, lets have a look around Raspberry Lookout.

This is the view from Raspberry Lookout. You can see where the fires had been. Some parts of the countryside were patches of rainforestview_named_raspberry lookout_march 2020
In case you were uncertain what to look for, here’s a bit of a close up. Usually this is lush forest and you cannot see the bare ground. Some of the gully lines contained species of rainforest plants. There weren’t many birds to be seen or hear. It was eerily silent.forest_burnt_named_raspberry lookout_march 2020
This ridge line is showing signs of recovery. The ridge behind is what it will look like again.fire_scarred_trees_named_raspberry lookout_march 2020
One of the first to appear after a fire are the fungi. There were a number of these tiny orange fungi dotted through the bush.fungi_small_orange_named_raspberry lookout_march 2020
This fungus was sending a message of love and hopefungi_heart_named_raspberry lookout_march 2020
The colours of the new foliage is amazing. From a burnt stump life springs forth.bush_leaves_new_fire_named_raspberry lookout_march 2020
Everywhere flowers appeared. I must confess we did go over the fence and scramble about the gravelly soil looking around at the wonderful flowers and whatever else we found. Most of the flowers are quite small up to 15mm or half an inch.flower_yellow_small_native_named_raspberry lookout_march 2020
This was the first flower I found as it was right beside the car when I opened the door.flower_pink_named_raspberry lookout_march 2020
So many varieties of Pea Plants that seemed to grow out of the rocks.pea flower_named_raspberry lookout_march 2020
Along with flowers come the insects. Not only bees pollinate flowers, wasps do as well.flower_purple_wasp_named_raspberry lookout_march 2020
A Blue-banded Bee really enjoyed getting right into the flowerflower_purple_blue banded bee_named_raspberry lookout_march 2020
A Teddy Bear Bee was moving from flower to flower quickly.bee_flying_named_raspberry lookout_march 2020
Another wasp on a Billy Buttons flower. It was lovely to see small clumps of Billy Button flowers scattered throughout the lookout.flower_billy buttons_yellow_named_raspberry lookout_march 2020
A wonderful find was a Nobbi sunning on a rock. This male has his breeding colours on. They are distantly related to Bearded Dragons. Not long after I took this shot he was off a great speed. When I looked in book to try and identify who he is, the book said that Nobbi’s run fast. Well they certainly do!nobbi_lizard_named_raspberry lookout_march 2020
As there was a good amount of rainfall in February, the sound of water rushing was an unusual sound at the lookout. Normally you can’t see this waterfall cascading down the mountain and plunging into the stream below.waterfall_named_raspberry lookout_march 2020
I was so glad that this old tree stump survived the fire with a little bit of scorching. The “mouth” is the notch they cut with an axe to slot a board in and cut higher up the tree. It would take four or five people holding hands around the tree to gauge the size of this old beauty.  I would miss his spooky face when I head up the mountain from my place to Raspberry Lookout.tree_old_axe cut_named_raspberry lookout_march 2020

Thanks for coming with me and having a picnic at Raspberry Lookout.
The featured photo is from 2017

Meet the bees

Ragtag Daily Prompt Friday: Macro
Stingless Native Bee just cruisin’native bee_flying_hybiscus_close_home_jan2012
Finding pollen in the Bangalow Palm flowerbangalow palm flowers8_native bee_crop_home_april 2012
Looking for the next flowerbee03_flying_banora point_crop_august 2014
Enjoying a Singapore Daisybee_singapore daisy_named_binna burra_april 2018
Oh but I love this flowerbee_pink_flowers_named_caniaba_jan 2019
Sometimes a Blue-banded Bee has to scrunch to fit in a Blue Ginger flowerblue-banded-bee_ginger_named_binna-burra_feb-2017

Hmmmm…..pollen is my favourite
bee_zinnia_named_caniaba_may 2019
A Blue-banded Bee just buzzing byblue bum bee_binna burra_crop_feb 2012

Getting close with bees

Another double photo challenge with photos of bees taken on the weekend.

First we have the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Close
and  there is Sunshine’s Macro Monday

I must start of mentioning Sue from Nan’s farm who I have had a conversation or two about macro photography. Sue is also one of the hosts of the Weekly Prompts. Sue gave me a mention in her post on Close which did inspire me to get a couple of bee photos. Have a look what Sue said on her Nan’s Farm Close post.

OK, lets get a bit close with some Bees which also follows my theme so far for Sunshine’s Macro Monday.

The Rocket flowers at my besties has been a magnet for the bees over the past few weeks
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Not only honey bees but the tiny Stingless Native Bees as well190902_blog_challenge_close_stingless_native_bee
It is always a challenge to get some bee flying action. Patience and a steady gaze on the bees and the flowers and shoot.
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All of the photos were taken sitting in the chair having morning tea in the garden. I used the telephoto function of my Canon PowerShot SX70HS set on Auto. A bit of cropping using Corel PaintShop Pro 2019

It’s all about wings

This week on Sunday Stills, Terri has prompted with Creatures and Critters with #Wings

What a theme. I did stop eventually so here is my selection
The Beesbee03_flying_banora point_crop_august 2014

 

bee01_cats whiskers flower_named_binna burra_nov 2017

 

stingless native bee_flying_day lily_flower_orange_garden_named_home_nov 2018
The Birdscommon tern_flying_named_ballina_june 2018

 

ibis_flying_named_lismore_july 2018

 

190508_wordless_wednesday_ibis_flying_sunset
The Dragonflies and Damselfliesdragonflies_mating_named_home_oct 2017

 

170315_dragonfly blog_spotted wings
The Butterfliesblue triangle butterfly_wings open_named_binna burra_jan 2018

 

ringed xenica_wings closed_named_home_oct 2017

The Flies
fly_head_named_binna burra_feb 2018fly_named_binna burra_oct 2017
A Cicadacicada01_home_nov 2013

and this bloke
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Busy

The Weekly Word Prompt from Sue: Busy

Who is busier than a Bee?

Stingless Native Bees on a Crocus
native bees_crocus_named_jan 2014

I can’t remember this flower but the Bee is enjoying it
bee02_binna burra_named_aug 2014 - Copy
I am thinking this may be a Fireweed flower which the bees likebee_named_crop_binna burra_feb 2015
The flowers of a Tuckeroo tree which has the bees buzzing when it flowerstuckaroo flower03_bees_named_home_june 2017
Another Fireweed flower170819_blog challenge_yellow_daisy3_bee

 

and for a bit of fun

Unique

The word prompt from the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge 51: Unique

I think I’ll stick to the uniqueness of around here.

Native Stingless Bee with a Jumping Ant looking onnative bee_close3_murraya paniculata flowers_home feb 2012

One of the many small Australian Native flowers that grow here
native flower_purple_named_home_august 2017
A Rainbow Lorikeet in a Pink Euodia171206_blog challenge_letter p_parrot_rainbow lorikeets
Purple Fringe Lily170927_blog challenge_square sept_purple fring lily
Hyacinth Orchid that just pops up in the bush around the house170928_blog challenge_square in september_hyacinth orchid
Red-necked Wallaby and her Joeyred necked wallaby_joey1_home_feb 2012
Blue-banded Bee in  Blue Ginger flower180327_before and after_blue banded bee_blue ginger
Koalakoala1_close_looking_binna burra__with border_nov 2011
Native Sarsaparilla or Wisteria among Fringe Wattle flowerswisteria-native_wattle_named_home_aug-2016
Native Gardenia flower170929_blog challenge_square sept_native gardenia
Blue Triangle Butterflyblue triangle butterfly_side_named_binna burra_jan 2018

This is May 2019

Here we are to have a look at my May. I didn’t take many photos to add to this post that I haven’t already shared in some of the photo challenges I contributed to in May. Again the rainfall at my place was very sparse but some of the Australian Native plants had some flowers which received a water from the dwindling water supply in my dam. I have been trying to ensure that most plants in the garden survive by a bit of water every couple of days, hoping I can harden them off for Winter. The weather has been quite warm during the day – mid twenties and the nights were in the low teens so I think some plants may be a bit confused with warm Autumn days.

I don’t think you will need supplies to have a scroll through This is May 2019

Let’s get hopping
I don’t seem to take many photos of Kangaroos, so when some were in a nearby paddock when I was out, I just had to grab a photo. This male was quite wary of my and I made sure I didn’t venture too close as he may have thought I was a threat to his female and joey
kangaroo_eastern_grey_named_caniaba_may 2019
The She Oaks or Casurinas with the seed pods and hanging leaves caught my eye as I was walking on my place.she_oak_forest_nuts_named_home_jackadgery_may 2019
A small shower of rain and the mosses and lichens appearedmoss_lichen_named_home_jackadgery_may 2019
My besties place had so much rain it didn’t seem fair. It did make for some great photo opportunities. The water drops like jewels on the spiders web one morning.spiders_web_water_drops_named_caniaba_may 2019
One afternoon the sunset lit up everything. The Bottlebrush flowers just seem to glowflower_bottlebrush_red_sunset_named_caniaba_may 2019

May was the last huge flowering of the lovely red Hibiscus in the garden
hibiscus_red_named_home_jackadgery_may 2019

The sunset, a leaden sky and a red flowering gum.
red_flower_eucalypt_named_caniaba_may 2019

The tiny Stingless Native Bees loved the Echinacea flowers. Look how full her pollen sacs are!
flower_bee_native_echinacea_named_caniaba_may 2019

The little Grass Dart Butterfly was almost hidden among the flowers
grass_dart_butterfly_flower_purple_named_caniaba_may 2019

The Eggfly Butterflies love the Zinnias
butterfly_varied_eggfly_flower_zinnia_named_caniaba_may 2019
As did the beesbee_zinnia_named_caniaba_may 2019
Water drops on leaves is a must photo opportunityleaf_water_drops_rain_named_caniaba_may 2019
One foggy morning, the old shed on the property next door looked quite spookyshed_old_fog_morning_named_caniaba_may 2019
While walking about my place, I heard just one slight screech and the sound of crunching. I finally saw the Glossy Black Cockatoos in the She Oak enjoying a snack of seeds high up in the tree.glossy_black_cockatoo_she_oak_eating_named_home_jackadgery_may 2019
While further down the track, the Bowerbirds have made a new Bower decorated with blue stuff from all around the neighbourhood. Perhaps a blue peg of mine has gone missing but the rest of the treasures I don’t know where they came from.bower_blue_satin_bowerbird_named_home_jackadgery_may 2019
Every afternoon at my besties, there is a fly over of Cattle Egrets and Ibis as they head off to roostcattle_egrets_flying_sunset_named_caniaba_may 2019
Most days the Wedged-tailed Eagles are riding the currents high in the skywedged_tailed_eagle_flying_named_caniaba_may 2019
A great first for me was finding a small flock of Chestnut-breasted Mannikins as we drove down a lane near my besties. They certainly had a good selection of seeds to choose from.chestnut-breasted mannikin_named_caniaba_may 2019

Bare trees and sunset is another must try and get a photo opportunity.
tree_sunset_named_caniaba_may 2019
Speaking of sunsets, May had so many wonderful sunsets I had to whittle down the pile into just a few. The red tinged grey clouds looked wonderfulclouds_red_grey_named_caniaba_may 2019
Some sunsets were orangeclouds_lumpy_sunset_orange_yellow_named_caniaba_may 2019

Some sunsets had could formations I have never seen before. They were like lumps hanging below the other clouds
clouds_lumpy_sunset_named_caniaba_may 2019
A grass seed and subset, who could resistgrass_seed_sunset_red_named_caniaba_may 2019
Sunset…….bare trees………the black and red won me over.sunset_red_bare_tree_named_caniaba_may 2019

OK here we are at the end. See I told you it was a short month compared to the mammoth efforts you ave gone through in previous months.
Thanks for taking time to have a look at my world.
Did you have a favourite photo?