Pink

It wouldThe Photo a Week Challenge from Nancy: Pink

I know someone who would love this challenge. I think I may have a bit of pink in here somewhere………….let me see

Something to listen to while you scroll about my photos

It wouldn’t be a Pink Post without some Pink Floyd……….yes I wish you were here ❤
“We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl”

The absurdity of a pink flamingo swimming toy
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The loveliness of a pink Roserose_pink_named_orange_feb 2015
The wonderful pink house in Burano, Italy180918_blog challenge_pink square_burano_house
The many pink flowers of a Pentaspentas_pink_named_binna burra_august 2015
The soft fluffiness of a Lilli Pilli flower (including bonus bee)bee_pink-lilli-pilli_named_home_dec-2016

The characters that are Pink Galahs and what they bring to my day
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The unexpected find of a pink fungi in my garden
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The wonderful and varied pink hues in a flower
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Another pink fungi growing on a log
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One of the beautiful pink flowers from one of my Begonias
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It’s a Pink-eared Duck
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A lovely pink Echinacea flower180916_blog challenge_pink square_ecanacia_flower

A Bee enjoying a snack on a pink flower
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A pink Australian Native Flower, a Grass Trigger Plant, growing on my place
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This is December 2018

First of all, thanks to everyone who has been part of my life this year. I have enjoyed sharing my part of this world with you. Your comments and feedback has been quite overwhelming at times. I take photos because I enjoy the results I achieve. I have a basic Canon PowerShot SX60HS which takes great macros, amazing telephotos and does everything I could ask, except focus where I want sometimes. Even then the capture can be a photo that goes into my Arty Ones folder. Some of those are posted in a recent photo challenge – Abstract.

On to December. This month was taken up in part with Becky’s great square format photo challenge #timesquare The featured image is one of the photos from Beckys challenge. Sometime last year I made a suggestion for the challenge which I cannot remember.

I have tried to cut down the number of photos but again it may be a bit of long read, so a drink, perhaps a snack may be in order. All settled back and ready. Join me in looking at This is December 2018
Sunrise is always a good place to start
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The wind blew the grass seed headsgrass_seed_head_named_caniaba_dec 2018

One morning, the tiny Line-blue Butterflies were all over the grass area while we were having breakfast. They loved the clover flowers.
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A Blue-banded Bee made a morning ritual of visiting the Chinese Lantern flowers. I never was ready to get that photo.
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A delicate flowering plant we were told was called Herb Robert. A lovely flower and bud.
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A Mistletoe Bird was a visitor for a few daysmistletoe bird_branches_named_caniaba_dec 2018

After the demise of the terracotta bird bath, a tempory replacement was found. A Rainbow Lorikeet looks unsure.
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Since the hatching of the Brown Honeyeaters, they have stayed around the garden. This is one of their favourite sitting places in the morning.
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Luckily one of the Grevilleas is flowering for them.
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I love it when you can see our Moon during the day.
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Many people call Dandelions weeds. The flowers add a great splash of colour in the garden.
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The Bees love the flowers too. Look at how much pollen has been gathered into the bees pollen sacs.
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I think it is wonderful.
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A Pumpkin display at the markets. So many varieties to choose from.
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This van belongs to one of the market stall holders at The Channon markets. I would love this van.
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Now Summer is here and it is hot and dry, the birds have to share the bird bath.willie wagtail_brown honeyeaters__bird bath_garden_named_caniaba_dec 2018

Coming in for a landing
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“I made it safely….so what are you looking at?”
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The Brown Honeyeaters. An adult and one of the young ones. Always look up to your elders.brown honeyeaters_adult_child_bird bath_named_caniaba_dec 2018

This is my bird bath the Magpie Lark (or better known as Pee Wee) is telling everyone.
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A spot of grub hunting has paid off.
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The Cape Chestnut Tree at The Channon Market was in full bloom.
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Now for a couple of native flowers I found at my daughters place. I looked in my books to try and identify so I could tell you their names, but wasn’t successful. I will have to ask an ecologist who said I could send him photos and he would try to tell me their names. Isn’t this one pretty?
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Like the above flower, most native flowers are quite small. The one above was about 10 to 15mm from petal tip to petal tip. This little flower is about 5mmsflower_pink_small_native_named_coaldale_dec 2018

Another tiny flower with an amazing structure
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Such a delicate ball of even smaller flowers. Each ball is around 10-15mm in diameter.
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The Stingless Native Bees just love the native flowers. The flower seems huge compared to the beebee_stingless_native_flower_named_coaldale_dec 2018
The start of Summer. The Frangipanni flowers around the garden are stating to emerge.frangipanni_pink_named_home_dec 2018

I love the soft pink and yellow of this Frangipanni flower which has a heavenly fragrance.
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The pinks and yellows of this one are much more stronger.
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The Pink Frangipanni is stunning.
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This Poinciana tree I see on the way home was the best I have seen.
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The tiny flowers of one of the Tea Trees I have in my garden is waiting for the bees.flower_tea tree_garden_named_home_dec 2018
This year, my Agapanthus flowers were the best flowering ever. All through the garden was spots of white and blueflower_agapanthus_garden_named_home_dec 2018
One of the blues.flower_agapanthus_blue_garden_named_home_dec 2018

The tree Begonia decided to have another flowering this December.
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I have a number of Datura Erecta plants around the garden. The berries looked lovely one morning. I think they may be poisonous as nothing seem to eat them.
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If anyone would, it would be a Fig Bird, seen here keeping an eye on me as I walked about.
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The King Parrots are starting to want some food as a couple of people who fed them in the street have since moved on. I give them a small amount of wild bird mix occasionally. Actually I hadn’t been home for a couple of days and this bloke came to the verandah and whistled to get my attention
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A migratory visitor to my place are Leaden Flycatchers, This female was scouting the verandah for a snack. Yes a photo taken while I was inside at my desk.
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One afternoon as I drove through the front gates, a Forest Kingfisher swooped in front of me and sat in the tree, almost like a welcome home.forest_kingfisher_tree_named_home_dec 2018
The Australian Air force is saying goodbye to the fleet of Orions. One of the planes is going to an Air Museum at Evans Head. It flew into Lismore. This was taken from my besties backyard.
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The old swimming pool, which is now a frog pond of sorts, is host to so many water insects and frogs. One of the frog species in the pool is the Perons Tree Frog. I think this may be one just emerging from tadpole to frog.
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I am unsure who these beastly looking gang are. Hopefully are dragonflies.
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Christmas is always a wonderful time in December. I wasn’t in a Christmas mood this year. My bestie had some decorations at her place. An op-shop angel and some lights looked great.
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An Australian Lilli Pilli tree in the corner with some little lights mad the room look bright.
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The Full Moon, just before Christmas Day was big and bright.
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One of the photo challenges was Abstract – see the opening words – I didn’t include this Moon photo as I thought it was rather special and needed to be in my monthly wrap-up post.
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I didn’t have my tripod so just had to have a go hand held. At least one turned out OK lol
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Summer arrives and the plants start to thrive so along come the Grasshoppers to have a snack. This one likes Basil….or used to.
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Another little Grasshopper from my daughters place. Her garden hasn’t been attacked yet.
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The Ponytail Palm has so many flowers, the bees don’t know where to begin. I walked outside and the buzzing was quite loud I looked up and the flower spikes were full of bees.
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The Blue-banded bee I couldn’t get in the Chinese Lantern Flower didn’t escape my attention as it buzzed about the Basil flowers.
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The Hover Fly loved the garden too
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The Palm Trees, the water and the ripples
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Late afternoon looking from my besties verandah across the paddocksscene_trees_subdued_named_caniaba_dec 2018

The December sun is almost set.
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Goodbye December and 2018.sunset_orange_named_caniaba_dec 2018

Thanks for being a part of my world. I hope to see you again in 2019.

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It’s all about nature

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: It’s All About Nature

How could I not resist this photo challenge. Showing self restraint here is a bit of the nature from my part of the world.

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Leaves

The word prompt from Bren: Leaves

I was looking about as I have taken a few photos of leaves lately, then changed my mind and decided to go with some of my favourite leaves – Begonia leaves. I have quite a number of Begonias in pots. I was first attracted to the leaves many many years ago and then when the Begonias flowered it was a pleasant surprise. No flowers here just a few of the leaves.

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Propagating Begonias is easy. I get a leaf, put some cuts into the veins especially near the stem but not cut through, place in seed raising mixture and keep watered. Begonias don’t mind being a bit dry. Too much water the leaf will rot.

Pink #31 – The Begonias

My supplementary photos for Becky’s square photo challenge: In the Pink

I have a quite a number of Begonias in pots around the house, in the shade house and on the verandahs. I fell in love with Begonias many years ago, mainly for their leaf colour and structure. I don’t know any of the names of the individual plants. Some are just Rex begonia or Painted Leaf types. I really should sit down and try to work all of the different plants I have shouldn’t I?
All the photos were taken over the past few days.
I propagate by leaf cuttings. Have been known to “borrow” a leaf from plants I come across in various locations.

I will start with the leaves.
I love the leaf on this Begonia. As you can see, the leaf starts off red and the has shades of pink.
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This leaf has texture as well as a blend of colours.
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Another leaf with texture and spots of pink.
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This one is similar to the above. You can see other Begonias in the background
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Now for the flowers
Shades of pink with subtle spots on a very hairy stem. The leaf shape in the background
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This pink has come out more of a light tangerine. It really is pink.
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The leaf seen in this shot of the flower is red. The flowers white with prominent pink spots again a hairy stem.
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The profusion of pink flowers. This is in a pot in the garden and the possums haven’t found it. The leaves when in shade are almost black and dark green in the partial sun.
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The same type of plant to the one above only this one is in the shade house.
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One of the first Begonias I got. A rather boring leaf but the flowers are lovely. This one is in the sun room.
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There so many Begonia species. This list is huge
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Begonia_species

If you want to join in here are a few ideas from Becky.

The theme for squares this month is ‘In the Pink‘ and the one rule as always is that your main photograph must be square. After that the world is your oyster, or should I say flamingo?! To help you get started here are some ideas you might want to consider;

  1. In the Pink’ – means perfect condition or in good health, so that could be human or not!
  2. Tickled Pink‘ – means delighted, so I’m thinking happy, fun and of course delighted. That could be you or the subject of your photograph.
  3. Pink – you can of course simply share anything that is coloured pink
  4. There is an extra challenge for those of you up for it – can you manage to combine two of these, or maybe even all three?

Squares is a daily challenge, so your photographs can be from the archives or brand new. Don’t forget though to keep your photo square, and to pingback with #InthePink.

The Begonia

A photo challenge from Lost in Translation: Once Over

I like this photo challenge as I quite often am not satisfied with a photo I have taken and want to try and capture the feeling or mood when I was attempting to get what I wanted.

Here is the original – the closest of many photos to what I hoped to achieve.
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What I wanted but just couldn’t adjust my camera to the right settings to achieve was a dark background in order to fringe highlight the small hairs on the begonia leaves and stems. Once I had manipulated the image to what I desired, I then removed some of the elements that I didn’t want in the photo with cropping and cloning.
This is my final result.
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