This is April 2019

Well hello and welcome to my world in April. What started out as an uninspired photography month suddenly came alive at the end. I was thinking that I would have to tell you that a quick flick and scroll was all that was needed earlier in April. I have included a number of photos of the same subject as I couldn’t pick the one that satisfied my desire to give you something that was a wow or hmmmm that’s interesting.

A lack of rain at the beginning of the month probably assisted my malaise and desire to get out and about.  With a lack of rain also brings about a lack of insects, birds and the garden suffered. I did a bit of travelling around so there is some things I found from other parts of New South Wales.

I have put some of the April finds in other blogs. Some are repeated here but I have excluded others to make your checking out a bit less time consuming. So I do recommend a good cuppa or drink of choice as a lot of you are either sitting up late or just having breakfast. This is what makes blogging so good that you may be in any part of this world and I can show you a bit of mine. Enough blah blah blah, let’s get going if you are ready.

May as well start at sunrise
sunrise_named_caniaba_april 2019
One foggy morning while at a friends place in Springwood, the sounds of a helicopter broke the morning silence.helicopter_fog_named_springwood_april 2019
We are going to stay in Springwood for a while. We went to the Norman Lindsay Gallery and studio. The grounds were full of sculptures including these ones. Norman Lindsay wrote a book called the Magic Pudding in 1918 The story is about a pudding no matter how often it is eaten, always reforms in order to be eaten again. This is Albert, the Magic Pudding.magic_pudding_lindsay_gallery_named_springwood_april 2019

Bunyip Bluegum, the Koala, and Benjamin Brandysnap plus Sam Sawnoff and other animals and people who own the pudding have to defend the pudding from being stolen by Pudding Thieves who want it for them selves
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Part of one of the sculpture/fountains
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My friends garden is quite spectacular. There were some butterflies like the Blue Triangle Butterfly who is a bit ragged resting on a Zinnia.blue_triangle_butterfly_flower_named_springwood_april 2019
It did rain a bit while we were there putting water droplets on the Pelargonium geranium_pink_water_drops_named_springwood_april 2019
An Eastern Spinebill enjoyed the Grevilleas
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So did the New Holland Honeyeater. A very striking bird.new holland honeyearter_front_grevillea_named_springwood_april 2019
Had to include a side viewnew holland honeyearter_side_grevillea_named_springwood_april 2019
I really like this capture so in it came.new holland honeyearter_grevillea_named_springwood_april 2019

The cooler weather of the mountains hadn’t quite began so the fungi were still about
fungi_tree_lindsay_garden_named_springwood_april 2019
I like Hydrangeas. This was a small flower head but has delicate colours. hydrangea_blue_lindsay_garden_named_springwood_april 2019

Now for a bit of the flowers at my place as the sporadic rain over the past couple weeks bought out some Autumn flowers, like this Camellia
camelia_named_home_jackadgery_april 2019
This red Hibiscus is from a cutting of my childhood home, one of my Mothers favourites.flower_hibiscus_named_home_jackadgery_april 2019
All around the garden Impatiens self seed and they pop up in many placesflower_impatients_named_home_jackadgery_april 2019
Over at my besties place the Zinnias are a riot of colourflowers_zinneas_pink_red_named_caniaba_april 2019
The Echinacea had it’s petals eaten by a grasshopper probably but the centre caught my eye.flowers_echinacea_pink_orange_centre_named_caniaba_april 2019
A post with flowers would be the same without Pentas flowers and a Blue-banded Beeblue_banded_bee_flower_pentas_pink_pollinate_named_caniaba_april 2019
Bees aren’t the only pollinator. A beautiful iridescent fly helps a Zinnia along flower_zinnea_fly_pollinate_named_caniaba_april 2019
At The Channon Markets (a Which Way a while ago) a stall had Pitcher plantspitcher_plants_green_named_the channon_markets_april 2019

in all manner of colour and shape
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While on the way home from the markets, we stopped off at Rocky Creek Dam (a Silent Sunday post and the Featured Image taken with my phone) where the water lillies looked fabulous
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I loved their reflectionswater_lily_flower_purple_reflection_named_rocky_creek_dam_april 2019

While we are around the water, A Broad-palmed Rocket Frog likes to hang around the pot plants on my front verandah
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I am not sure what this small flower is. It was growing on the small dune at the beach.flower_pigface_named_boulder_beach_april 2019
My besties Red Eucalypt is starting to flower possibly a Corymbia ficifolia.eucalypt_flower_buds_red_named_caniaba_april 2019
While at the beach last weekend, yes a almost Summers day in Autumn around 28C, I came across some Small Grass Yellow Butterfliesbutterfly_small_grass_yellow_named_broadwater_beach_april 2019

While we are at the beach, here are some views. We climbed among the dunes to get to Broadwater Beach. In the distance, looking south,  is Chinamans Beach where we often go.
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The north view. The disappointing thing is the wheel tracks made by (*insert appropriate word) people who drive their stupid four wheel drive oversized pieces of junk along this beach. As you enter the walking track, there is a sign that tells you that there are protected birds who nest on the sand plus the other creatures who live in the sand, crabs plus other microscopic beings and that us walkers don’t disturb the ecology but these dickheads barge their way along the sand. Look how deep those wheel tracks are!!! Sorry please enjoy the view.broadwater_beach_north_named_april 2019
The seas were quite big. This rocky part of the headland at Boulder Beach is about 4-5 meters high. wave_before_splash_named_boulder_beach_april 2019
Can you see it now!!!wave_splash_named_boulder_beach_april 2019
One of my favourite photos is Pelicans on the light poles. The bridge has four sets of lights and every one has Pelicans. The best spot is on the light itself where a boss male sits. Further towards the bendy end is a juvenile Pelican.pelicans_light_pole_named_evans_head_april 2019

Upstream of the bridge, a couple of Pied Oystercatchers sat on the sand bar.
pied_oystercatchers_named_evans_head_april 2019
A Silver Gull was keeping an eye on the picnickers in the park in case a chip dropped onto the groundsilver_gull_named_lennox_head_april 2019
A White-faced Heron came to Chinamans Beach looking for a seafood dinnerwhite_faced_heron_named_chinamans_beach_april 2019

I loved finding the Sooty Oystercatchers at the beach. A post with more photos of Sooty Oystercatchers here in case you missed it.
sooty_oystercatcher_named_boulder_beach_april 2019

I am not sure if it was the same White-faced Heron at Boulder Beach too.
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The White-faced Heron and Sooty Oystercatcher didn’t get along and avoided each other.
white_faced_heron_sooty_oystercatcher_named_chinamans_beach_april 2019

The cliff face at Boulder Beach has what could be Ironstone in it. It certainly looked rusty
rocks_rust_named_boulder_beach_april 2019

Now for a bit of reflection. Still with me?
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Speaking of rust, one of my favourite things to photograph. This old door had some wonderful rusty bitsrust_door_locks_handles_named_lennox_head_april_2019
Isn’t the sliding lock marvellous?rust_door_lock_named_lennox_head_april_2019

While at the Farmers Market, I wondered why there seemed to be more cars than usual. There was the Annual Lismore Poultry Show on. Of course because I love chooks I had to go and have a walk around. Here are some of the chooks I found, some of the more unusual ones to say the least. I don’t know all of the breeds as some I have never seen before like this one who looks like it just got out of bed.
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A fabulous hatpoultry_show_fluffy_brown_chook_named_lismore_april 2019
Lace Wyandottes are one of my favourite chooks, ever so pretty.poultry_show_lace_wyandotte_chook_named_lismore_april 2019
I don’t think I have ever seen such a fat chook and purple to boot!!!poultry_show_fluffy_fat_purple_chook_named_lismore_april 2019
Some feathers seem to have a life of their ownpoultry_show_fluffy_white_chook_named_lismore_april 2019

So alien
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A rooster who kept an eye on what was going onpoultry_show_rooster_looking_named_lismore_april 2019
Speaking a Roosters. Prehistoric is the only word that comes to mind. I couldn’t get the whole chook in the photopoultry_show_rooster_big_named_lismore_april 2019

Ducks always make me smile
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One morning at my besties there was a cacophony of Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos. The flock was around twenty who all were squawking as they flew about.
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They all stopped in a tree on the hill a bit of a way away. The quality of the photos isn’t that good as it was early morning and the photos are hand held but I had to capture their antics in the trees.yellow_tailed_black_cockatoo_acrobat2_named_caniaba_april 2019

I thought this one was going to do forward rolls.
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OK it’s almost night time, our Moon is on the rise among the cloudsmoon_clouds_colours_named_caniaba_april 2019
The Night Spider has spun it’s web near the light to catch an insects who come to the light.spider_night_web_named_caniaba_april 2019

The centre of the web is a bit ratty
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Our Moon is looking lovely and shining a bright light so you can see your way home
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I gotta go…..see you later I hoperainbow_lorikeet_bird bath_flying_named_caniaba_april 2019

Blue

The prompt for the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Blue
Agapanthus flowerblue agapanthus_named_home_dec 2014
Blue-faced Honeyeaterblue-faced honeyeater01_home_named_oct 2014

The blues of an Australian landscape
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Blue Triangle Butterflyblue triangle butterfly_wings open_named_binna burra_jan 2018
A Blue-banded Bee in a Blue Ginger flower180327_before and after_blue banded bee_blue ginger

Superb Fairy Wren
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Just a blue bottle and a splash of paint
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Of course nothing is bluer than the sky190411_blog_challenge_blue_sky

A bit of blue

The word prompt from Debbie at Travel with Intent: Blue

Here is a bit of Blue from my world

Tiny Native Flowers
native flowers_purple_named_home_oct 2017

Blue Triangle Butterfly
blue triangle butterfly_side_named_binna burra_jan 2018

More butterflies. This time a Butterfly Bush flower
butterfly bush_named_binna burra_april 2014

A double blue, a Blue Ginger with a Blue-banded Bee
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Blue Figs, the fruit from a Quandong Tree (Elaeocarpus angustifolius for those playing along at home)blue figs_named_oct 2013

The lovely Blue-faced Honeyeater
blue faced honeyeater_named_home_aug 2016

A delightful Superb Fairy Wren
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And the blue of blue………..
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The featured image – a Blue Tiger Butterfly

 

Quest

The Ragtag Daily Prompt Wednesday: Quest

I have always liked the idea of a quest probably from reading King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table as a youngster.
Over the years I have set myself a number of quests. These quests involve getting a photo of something I have seen but never able to get any good photos. I have written about one such Quest
I take my self imposed quests quite seriously, much to the bemusement of my bestie who sometimes won’t stop the car when I see what could be an opportunity or calls out when we are going out “What are you doing?” Most times I am ready to go but just outside chasing butterflies, dragonflies, stalking a bird or getting that perfect shot of a flower.

Here are some of my quest conquests.

A Blue Triangle Butterfly. They don’t land that often and have an erratic flight.
blue triangle butterfly_wings open_named_binna burra_jan 2018

A Royal Spoonbill. I have a few photos but never seemed to be able to get close enough for a good photo.
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Rainbow Bee-eaters. Always on the move, never settling for long.
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Catching that Bee in flight
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The featured photo. Always trying to get birds in flight. An ongoing quest.

 

Thursdays Special: Pick a Word in December

For something different, Paula has not chosen words to challenge our imagination, but colours for this months Pick a Word

Aquamarine
blue triangle butterflies_mating_named_binna burra_jan 2018
Cyan181218_blog challenge_cyan_statue_lion
Maroongeoffs garden_day lily03_named_oct 2017
Pale Pink180916_blog challenge_pink square_ecanacia_flower
Golden181218_blog challenge_golden_dali

jupiter najnajnoviji

 

Happiness is….

The photo challenge #22 from Ann-Christine at the Lens-Artists: Happiness is…

So many things to explore with happiness is.

Among other things, I get great pleasure from nature. Happiness is sitting down and watching the world drift past, from the big to the small. Hope this post can bring a bit of happiness into your day.

A Blue-banded Bee scrunching into a Blue Ginger flower always makes me smile
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Stingless native Bees whizzing about with full pollen sacs are a joy
native bee_flying_hybiscus_close_home_jan2012

A Blue-banded Bee getting a look at me too
blue bum bee_binna burra_crop_feb 2012

Finally finding a Blue Triangle Butterfly was a happy moment
blue triangle butterfly_side_named_binna burra_jan 2018

Having the Caper White Butterflies come into my garden on their migration is lovely
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The Black Jezabel is usually high in the canopy and when they come down for a visit I smile
butterfly_common jezabel_binna burra_named_mar 2014

Orchard Swallowtails are large butterflies who make the garden their home
orchard butterfly01_home_named_march 2016

Figbirds song is always a welcome sound around the garden
fig bird02_home_named_dec 2013

A cacophony of sound and colour means the Rainbow Lorikeets are here
rainbow lorikeets04_bird bath_home_named_oct 2014

Even a female Satin Bowerbird snacking on a bunch of bananas is something special
catbird02_binna burra_named_dec2014

A Whipbird calling in the forest is a sound of delight
eastern whipbird_calling_named_binna burra_oct 2017

Having birds nest and raise their young close to the house is happiness
fantail young05_nest_binna burra_named_nov 2014
Or a Hornet building her nest on the wall is nicewasp_nest_named_home_dec 2017

Finding a spiders web in the morning with the dew shining like gems makes me happy
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as is finding an Hyacinth Orchid for the first time in the forest around the house – elation
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I hope you enjoyed my Happiness is…….

Blue

The word prompt from Debbie at Travel with Intent: Blue

A pile of Blue Figs from a Quandong Tree
blue figs_named_oct 2013

A Superb Fairy Wren looking down
blue wren_grafton_changed_named_jan 2014

The Blue-faced Honeyeater and a Bottlebrush
blue faced honeyeater_named_home_aug 2016

The wonderful Blue Triangle Butterfly
blue triangle butterfly_wings open_named_binna burra_jan 2018

A Blue-banded Bee buzzes past
blue bum bee_binna burra_crop_feb 2012

The clouds are dark and stormy
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The blue hour
tree_sunset_named_caniaba_july 2018

The Quest

As you know, I love taking photos of nature. I love the colours of butterflies and it is a great pleasure to have so many different species of butterfly in our gardens.

One butterfly became a quest to get a photo – the Blue Triangle. Blue Triangles are seldom still and have such a fast and erratic flight, it is so hard to get a photo of them in flight. They zip around the garden and suddenly they will fly to the top of the trees, up and over and gone in an instant.

One thing they do is come down to puddles on the road near my besties to have a drink. They seem to have a 6th sense and in the blink of an eye they are off when I get close. Similar to birds they know when I am almost focused with my camera and then gone.

The other day, walking about, camera in hand, spotting a bird here a dragonfly there, getting a photo or two of a Common Crow butterfly, when suddenly I am zoomed by a Blue Triangle. Now’s my chance, I thought. I followed it around the corner of the shed and saw the butterfly disappear into the shrub.

I know the Blue Triangle landed in here somewhere. Can you spot the butterfly?
blue triangle butterfly_where_named_binna burra_jan 2018

Ah…..there. I can see the butterfly. How long will it sit still for?
blue triangle butterfly_tree_named_binna burra_jan 2018
When they fly all you see is a dark colour and the flash of blue. Look, it has blue legs too.
blue triangle butterfly_side_named_binna burra_jan 2018

The colour cahnges a bit as the wings begin to open. Perhaps it is time to take off.
blue triangle butterfly_wings opening_named_binna burra_jan 2018

You can see a bit better why they are called Blue Triangles
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A truly stunning butterflyblue triangle butterfly_close_named_binna burra_jan 2018

My quest is over….until the next time I spot a Blue Triangle