Afternoon Delight: A food fight

Beckys square photo challenge: Light

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Come on over to Becky’s and join in the fun
Here’s the rule:
All you really need remember about this photographic challenge is that a square is a rectangle with four equal sides!
Yes the photo format is Square. Look on your camera setting before you get totally inspired and set it to 1:1 There you have it Square Format. If you forget crop your image to Square

Flight

Beckys square photo challenge: Light

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Come on over to Becky’s and join in the fun
Here’s the rule:
All you really need remember about this photographic challenge is that a square is a rectangle with four equal sides!
Yes the photo format is Square. Look on your camera setting before you get totally inspired and set it to 1:1 There you have it Square Format. If you forget crop your image to Square

Through Windows of the World

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #79: Window With A View

Through a window at what’s inside with a reflection of what’s outside in Australia
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Through a window in Split Croatia
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Through a window of my favourite place to stay in Venice
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Through a window to find someone looking back at my place171102_blog challenge_peek_wallaby01

Through a window of a bus at the Dalmatians Croatia
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Through a window in the Dali Museum Figueres, in Catalonia Spain20200112_blog challenge_window_dali_art
Through a window in Toledo Spain20200112_blog challenge_window_spain_toledo
Through a window in the Margaret Olley Exhibition in the Tweed Art Gallery AustraliaIMG_8555
Through a window of my office190816_blog_challenge_blackandwhite_currawong_window
Through a window of my office to find sometimes someone is peeking inmagpie lark_pee wee_looking_window_garden_fire_durranbah_dec 2019

 

The Recovery of Durranbah – New life part one

It has been six weeks since the fire devastated my place. Today was the first time I have been able to get about my property and see the extent of the damage the fire has done. I went mainly to check the fences as they are the things that have been severely impacted by fire.

The best thing was that I didn’t find any large animals that had died from the fire. I didn’t go poking around in burnt logs and under things so smaller animals and reptiles may have not survived.

I did find the recovery of plants starting to commence.
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A Eucalypts lignotuber sends new growth from the ground. I love the red colour.
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A burnt tree sprouts new growth from its trunk.
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Early signs are often red gradually turning green.tree_new_growth_burnt_fire_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
This gold bummed ant was very protective of its tree. After a while it actually leapt onto the camera lensant_tree_burnt_fire_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
Other ants were carrying treasures back to the nestant_ground_burnt_fire_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
I did find the Bower Birds burnt bower which was near to my house. the bower_bower bird_blue_burnt_fire_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
His blue treasures to impress the females a bit charred and molten.bower_bower bird_blue_burnt_fire_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
Some people have asked how did the waterhole fare. The Lomandras in the water course have all started to sprout.new_growth_lomandra_waterhole_burnt_fire_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
The rain on Christmas Day filled the waterhole and it still has a good amount of water. I am not too sure about the quality of the water. On the left under the fallen Brush Box tree is the rock I sit on to watch and photograph the birds. On the right hand side that tree has fallen across the track I use to get down to the waterhole. The rocky gully where the water comes into the waterhole has lots of trees over it but the small water hole up there a bit has water as well. The Powerful Owls weren’t around much to my disappointment.waterhole_trees_water_burnt_fire_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
This is what the water hole looked like
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Dragonflies were flitting around one of the dams near the house.
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I was pleased to see the White-winged Chough family patrolling through the bush. It looks like they have had a good year as there was around three chicks. I counted eleven birds. Last year when I saw a flock there were seven. Choughs are quite good at enticing other Choughs from other family groups into their family.white-winged choughs_bush_walking_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
I was dismayed to see the big Ironbark tree still on fire. It will be a while until this tree stops burning. It is surrounded by a big burnt area so I am not concerned about it getting out of control. Unfortunately my tracks through the bush have so many trees over them I am unable to get anywhere near it and if I did I have no idea how I would be able to cut through the log to separate the burning bit from the rest of the tree. The tree is at least one meter in diameter.log_burning_ironbark_burnt_fire_home_jackadgery_jan 2020

So when I am next able to get about the property, I’ll write again about the recovery of Durranbah. I probably shouldn’t have walked as far as I did. I hurt my back a few weeks ago and am starting to feel better. I did come back to the house, have a shower, a bit of lunch and then went to bed for a few hours. Still am a bit sore still but the constant showers for the last three hours has been lovely. Not much rain I think but steady soaking rain has made me feel a lot better.

For Cee’s On the Hunt for Joy Challenge – Get Outside

LPM – Photo Adventure – Rural Life

A quarrel

Debbie from Travel With Intents quotation inspired image

At first I was unsure of what I could find to satisfy Debbies quote of  of William Ralph Inge
“It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favour of vegetarianism while the wolf remains of a different opinion.”  William Ralph Inge, “Patriotism”, in Outspoken Essays (1919)

I am sure I had a image of Sheep somewhere but alas I have no idea where they are. They would have not been as good as Debbies Sheep anyway!! Also a Wolf image would be good, but no Wolves in the wild to be found in Australia.

So I decided to dig a bit further as the quote inspired me to look at more from William Ralph Inge This is what I found which made it much easier for me to supply an image to match more of the quote. I know Debbie this is a bit of a cheat. Also I have added more than one image.

“It takes in reality only one to make a quarrel. It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favour of vegetarianism, while the wolf remains of a different opinion.” William Ralph Inge — 1919  Outspoken Essays (first series),’Patriotism’.

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Thirst

The Daily Word Prompt January 6: Thirst

As this drought drags on I have been putting out water for the birds (I always have had bird baths and water for birds)  and animals. Since the fires have ravaged my property I have also been putting out Macropod food for the Wallabies and any other marsupial who cruises through. The food is dry so they need a water source nearby to quench their thirst.
An Olive-backed Oriel enjoys a drinkolive-backed oriel_bird bath_garden_fire_durranbah_dec 2019
A Pied Currawong dropped by to quench his thirstpied currawong_bird bath_garden_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
A drink and a bath was needed by a couple of Rainbow Lorikeetsrainbow_lorikeets_bird_bath_fun_splash2_named_caniaba_oct 2019
The Crimson Rosellas lined up to take their turncrimson rosellas_bird bath_water_garden_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
A King Parrot really enjoyed his drinkking parrot_drinking_hanging pot_garden_fire_durranbah_dec 2019
A Red-necked Wallaby and her Joey found the bucket of water after they had a snackred-necked walabies_joey_bucket_water_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
The Big Bloke, the boss of the garden, licked his lips after a drink 20200106_blog challenge_thirst_wallaby_bucket_drink_thirst

 

Special Spot

The Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #78: Special Spot Shots

A special spot on my place is the waterhole.

This was in October 2018 in the middle of this three year drought. This was the lowest water level I had ever seen.
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Then in November there was rain on one day which put water into the waterholewaterhole_named_home_oct 2018
In August 2019 the water level plunged even further leaving a small puddle.190816_blog_challenge_yellow_waterhole

November 2019 another day of rain put a small amount water back into the waterhole
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I guess you want to know why this is a special spot?
When the water level is full, which used to be most of the time, life abounds from the moss and vines on the treesmoss_vine_waterhole_named_home_oct 2018
to the birds who rely on the water hole like the White-throated Honeyeaters190829_blog_challenge_reflections_white-throated_honeyeater_waterhole_jackadgery
Fuscous Honeyeatersfuscous_honeyeaters_wet_waterhole_named_home_jackadgery_august 2019
Red-browed Firetail Finchesred_browed_firetail_finch_drinking_waterhole_named_home_jackadgery_august 2019
They come in large numbers and enjoy the water hole together, Fuscous and Yellow-faced Honeyeaters181010_blog challenge_pool_pond_yellow faced honeyeater_fuscous honeyeaters
A Scarlet Honeyeater Keeps an eye on mescarlet honeyeater_home_named_sept 2014

I haven’t been down there when any animals have come to drink. My clomping through the bush or the sound of Old Smokey the farm ute alerts them and off they go. I have found fish in the water and there has been signs of Crayfish. The water usually has a variety of insects.

Always a Dragonfly or two flitting about
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Water Striders make interesting shadowswalking on water

Hope you liked a view of the Special Spot on my place

White

The Word/Photo Challenge: White

“For January 2020, our colour challenge is White, and was chosen because Chinese New Year 2020 is the year of the White Metal Rat!”

I do have a Rat She’s not completely white though
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I guess I’ll have to find other stuff that’s White

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white flower_red centre_named_binna burra_april 2014

 

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white crocus_named_emerald beach_march 2017

 

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