The Ragtag Daily Prompt Saturday: Commence
along the bridge
a long way
never get there
The Ragtag Daily Prompt Saturday: Commence
along the bridge
a long way
never get there
My favourite photo challenge, Lost in Translations Pick a Word
This month Paula has supplied some words that had me thinking and trying to find just the right photo to match the word supplied.
How did you think I went?
The word prompt from Leanne: Piers
These piers have seen better times
Trains don’t rattle across this bridge any more but the piers are solid. They have survived many a flood. See the debris on top of the piers.
Luckily these piers are OK. It is a walkway to the beach from town in Brunswick Heads
Well I have had a big September. So much is happening probably because it is Spring, although the temperatures haven’t changed much as Winter was warm. There are the birds that come here, flowers are blooming and the tadpoles are hatching. I have written some posts this month and have included some of those photos but not all as this is a large post.
Yes, get a cuppa, wine, beer and some snacks and off we go
There has been a bit of teasing by the clouds. Promising rain but either not delivering or just a few drops. I have had some good falls but no run-off to put water into the dams. The water tanks are full which is good. 59mls has kept the garden happy as well as supplementary watering from the dwindling dam.
I have put the flowers in early this post. Walking among the Mangroves stalking a White-faced Heron, I came across some Hibiscus flowers. There wasn’t a Hibiscus bush nearby so maybe had left a trail to find their way out.
My besties Gymea Lily has flowered. This flower is about two meters plus in the air.
Here is the whole photo. The plant is the strappy leaved one.
This year has been a fabulous year for Grevilleas. The first flowering of this Grevillea in my garden.
So many succulents are flowering too. This succulent is in a hanging pot on my verandah.
I have these flowers in my garden but not in mass like a garden in Grafton.
My Begonias are flowering well this year too.
The Iris that is a reminder of my mate who passed on last September. This was one of his plants.
The hanging Pelagoniums are a constant flower on my verandah.
I love this flower display on a stall at the Farmers Market in Lismore.
Flame Trees are spectacular when they flower. My poor struggling tree has started to flower even though it hasn’t had enough water.
I have garden borders of Dietes. They look great when they are in flower but they are spreading to places I don’t want them to go. Pity the Wallabies don’t eat them.
Bromiliads are flowering too. Some flowers are so wonderful aren’t they?
Banksias are a sight when they flower
Back to the Farmers Market. I spotted this bloke carrying a large dog. I have no idea why as the dog has a lead.
The Beetroot looked lovely
The old truck of the vegetable farmer is a great vantage point to see when people drop food.
Ah…look, an unattended fishers bucket.
Damn……I was spotted
I love Gulls as they fly along the shore
The wooden walk bridge over the estuary so you can walk to the beach.
The White-faced Heron stalking crabs in the Mangroves
Out to sea I spotted something breaking the water. I was hoping for a Whale and got a Dolphin.
In the mist a ghost ship appeared
The power company has been inspecting the power poles by helicopter. I think the pole at the front of my place will get replaced as they circled around for a while looking at the pole.
I guess the party is over. Found this on the track to the beach.,
The butterflies are starting to appear as well. The Line-blue Butterfly was rather shy.
The old swimming pool is a great place for the dragonflies. A bit of action is going on watched by a Bleating Tree Frog Tadpole.
There is quite a number of tadpoles who like to snack on the algae.
Thee are calves in a lot of the paddocks. Who could resist a little white calf?
The property next door is a miniature goat farm. On a walk a while ago I saw they had some little kids so next walk I took my camera. When I was at the fence I couldn’t see all of the little goats. And then I saw these two.
Another young animal. This foal was camera shy but I managed to get one photo.
Why fly when you can get a lift.
The Yellow-faced Honeyeaters have found an easy way of getting nesting material. When I have been walking on my place, I often come across nests that have fallen from the trees. Not only has the Yellow-faced Honeyeater been gathering material but the White-throated Treecreeper from last months post is also getting in on the act.
They were quite quick to get some nesting material and get back again. I found this lovely little nest in a Paperbark just outside of the sun room. They used some air fern to help bind the nest.
Remember the post about the Welcome Swallows. Well the babies are starting to learn to fly but still like to get back in the nest for a feeding.
Spring also heralds Magpie swooping season. Not many people don’t get a swoop or two. Even a Wedge-tailed Eagle was getting the Magpie treatment.
A farm near my besties has Sulpher-crested Cockatoos. I hope they don’t come to her place. They are quite destructive and squawk quite loudly when they get into a bunch.
Little Friarbirds are timid but enjoy the nectar of the Honey Gem Grevillea in my garden.
King Parrots have set up their breeding pairs. This couple have taken up residence in the garden.
I had to include the Satin Bowerbird. Such a spectacular bird to have in the garden.
Here is the Great Cormorant who caught a fish from the Clarence River in Grafton. Scroll back a few posts and see the story if you like.
The Intermediate Egret has to have the longest neck I have ever seen.
I think the horse may be in for a surprise!
A small flock of Galahs are hanging around the farms near my besties. They sometimes come to her place to get a drink of water.
The Figbird didn’t know I was under the tree.
Spring brings the Blue-faced Honeyeaters back to my place.
My arty Pelican photo
The best arrival has been the Grey Shrike Thrush. Their lovely song fills the garden in the morning and afternoon. They too are nesting. I have them “knocking” on the windows in search for spiders webs and any insect who happens to be around the windows. It’s a constant tap tap tap most of the day.
Thanks for taking the time to wade through my rather large This is September post. If you would like to know more or have a comment, please leave me a note in the comments.
The tale of a White-faced Heron
The afternoon drew on and as I was feeling a bit peckish, I decided to walk among the Mangrove roots and see if any tasty morsels appeared. Being a White-faced Heron, the roots of the Mangroves didn’t phase me, my long legs and well spread toes made the task quite easy. You may wonder why I call these things sticking out of the mud on the shore line roots. Well this species of Mangrove has pneumatophores, a specialised root-like structures which stick up out of the soil like straws for breathing which are also covered in pores called lenticels. So lets go crabbing on the Brunswick River.
I strolled casually keeping an eye out for a snack.
Sometimes the Mangrove roots make you step a bit higher.
Oh look, there something was moving among the roots, I am sure. I better hurry
What!! I am sure it was over there
I was right. A tasty snack of crab.
Now just to position the crab in the right place.
Bugger………it’s got a hold of my bill.
Maybe if I can move this crab up a bit.
There. Now it has let go I can perhaps get it just so.
Crab? What crab? I don’t have a crab
Well I must be off now. Thanks for dropping by.
You can read more about mangroves here
What a weekend!! Decided to go to Brunswick Heads for breakfast….well a late breakfast….and after getting into Bruns, found that my favourite “secret” parking spot, under the trees, was gone….as was parking in general.
What is going on? A glance towards the sky soon resolved the mystery……it was the Kites and Bikes Festival. Yep, all around were all manner of folk on decorated bikes, bikes of all descriptions….even a six wheeler with room for three people to peddle!! Plus small children on the own bikes all tarted up, some trailing their little kites or the parents trotting along beside loaded up with kites, picnic baskets, blankets and folding chairs.
Once a yummy breakfast in Conti…..my favourite place for brekkie in Brunswick Heads…was eaten, we headed down to the river and beach to see the vast array of kites.
There were so many kites of all sorts shapes and colours…….so lets have a look at a few shall we?
The Tiger had good reason to have a concerned look on its face….too close to the trees!!! But it did look like the kite was stalking the bloke in the tree who came to save it
There was a dragon whizzing around the sky………
The frog was just wonderful as it hopped about…….
Even the afternoon storm building didn’t keep the smile off the little orange smiley kite
So, that was the day of kites…..so many kites of all sizes flown by people of all sizes, ages and everyone had a great time.
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