In My Garden

The Ragtag Daily Prompt for Tuesday: Garden

Have a quick wander about my garden.

180905_blog challenge_backyard_durranbah_garden

Blue-banded Bees like dropping in
180903_blog challenge_pink_pentas_blue banded bee

When the pink Crocus flowers the Stingless Native Bees all come around
171220_blog challenge_letter r_crocus_bees

One of the wheelbarrow gardens with Hippeastrums
hippeastrum_red_wheelbarrow21_named_home_nov 2018

The Frangipanni flowers scent fills the air
flower_frangipanni_pink_named_home_dec 2018

The Bromiliads flower too
bromiliad_flower_named_home_nov 2018

One of my favourite flowers – Cats Whiskers
cats whiskers_flower_named_home_nov 2018

The Dietis look great buit trhey are taking over in places in the garden
dietes_flower_named_home_sept 2018

One of the many Hibiscus flowers
hibiscus_named_home_may 2018

The Agapanthus put on a show around the garden borders
agapantus_blue_named_home_dec 2017

The garden is a place to relax
red-necked wallaby_named_home_feb 2015

Even Long-necked Tortoise stroll through heading to the dam
long necked tortoise_named_home_nov 2017

Every now and then when working in the garden, I surprise a frog. The Broad-palmed Frog took a while to wake before hopping off
broad-palmed frog_09_named_home_june 2017
Lots of Bottlebrush flowersbottlebrush flower_red_named_home_nov 2017

The Pelagoniums add colour
rose geranium_named_home_sept 2017

There is always help in the garden
chooks_garden_looking_named_home_2017

So many Grevilleas too
grevillea_red_named_home_august 2017

The Native Wisteria winds its way among the foliage
native wisteria01_named_home_august 2017

Always wear gloves and shoes as you never know who you might disturb. The Mouse Spider was rather fiesty
mouse spider_front_named_home_april 2017

The Bullants let you know if you are getting too close to their nest
bullant_named_home_feb-2017

Every now and then another variety of fungus appears
fungi black_named_home_march 2017

The garden is a lovely place to raise a family
joey07_fast_named_home_jan-2017

The fruit trees look wonderful in Spring
nectarine tree_named_home_july 2016

and of course the garden is home to lots and lots of birds from the smallest Honeyeater, the Scarlet Honeyeater
scarlet-honeyeater_male_pink-lilli-pilli_named_home_dec-2016

to the larger birds like the Satin Bowerbirds
satin bower bird_male_bird bath_named_home_aug 2018

Build

The Tuesday Photo Challenge word prompt from Frank: Build has elicited some great entries. Well worth a visit to Dutch goes the Photo

As is my usual want, here are some builds from nature. I have posted bird nests over the past few weeks so I thought I would put some insect builds
The caterpillar builds it’s cocoon from sticks woven with silk thread.
caterpillar_cocoon_home_named_jan 2014

I still don’t know whose nest this is. I have the piece of wood on my verandah waiting to see if anyone emerges. Isn’t it a fabulous build?
insect nest_named_home_august 2017

The Bull Ants build a large mound and if anyone comes near, out they come to defend their nest.
bullants1_nest_home_jan 2013

The spiders web is a fascinating build. This one I found on the ground, complete with dew drops sparkling like jewels, before the suns warmth melted it away
170622_blog challenge_transient_spiders web

 

This is October: Part Two

Part Two will be the animals, reptile, amphibians and insects I came across in October

I put out a bowl with water for animals that come around the house for drinks when the weather is warm. I found a frog in the bowl which needed to be rescued. I think it is a Common Eastern Froglet.
frog_named_home_oct 2017

One morning we looked on the verandah and there was a Carpet Snake skin hanging from the rafter. It was over 2 meters long.
snake skin01_named_binna burra_oct 2017

Isn’t the skin beautiful?
snake skin02_named_binna burra_oct 2017

Brush-tailed Possums are coming into the shed. I surprised this one who has a mosquito on its nose.
brush tailed possum_named_home_oct 2017

I set the live trap as the Brush-tailed Possums are getting into the roof cavity. I heard a crash on the verandah and saw a mother Possum with a baby on her back so I set the trap off. I can’t believe I actually gave the piece of apple to the baby.
brush tailed possum_baby_named_home_oct 2017

A Red-necked Wallaby enjoying the morning sun in front of the house.
red necked wallaby_named_home_oct 2017

When you are small and still in the pouch, you have to do some investigating when ever you can.
red necked wallaby_joey_named_home_oct 2017

It was hard to find the grasshopper amongst the leaves.
grasshopper_named_home_oct 2017

The Bull Ants know when you are about. Time for a quick photo as they Bull Ants poured out from the nest, running away before they ran up my legs.
bull ants_named_home_oct 2017

These lovely ant enjoyed walking about the plants looking for whatever ants look for.
ant_named_home_oct 2017

The Wolf Spider and the Millipede inside escaping the rain.
spider_centipede_named_home_oct 2017

Further up the wall a Huntsman observed the carry on below.
huntsman spider_named_home_oct 2017

Looking among a timber stack, I disturbed a Huntsman Spider having a rest.
huntsman sipider_named_binna burra_oct 2017

Look at the mouth of this butterfly.
butterfly04_named_home_oct 2017

The inside wings of a Ringed Xenica. The first time I have seen a Ringed Xenica on my place.
ringed xenica_wings open_named_home_oct 2017

The outer wings of the Ringed Xenica are far more showy
ringed xenica_wings closed_named_home_oct 2017

The Native Stingless Bees get right inside of the Dietes to get the nectar or pollen.
dietis_native bees_named_home_oct 2017

This fly may look quite pretty but boy can they bite.
fly_named_home_oct 2017

Just resting on a leaf before buzzing off to buzz around the house or just annoy people.
fly_named_binna burra_oct 2017

A dragonfly enjoying the sunshine.
dragonfly_yellow_named_home_oct 2017

Some dragonflies being “friendly”
dragonflies_mating_named_home_oct 2017

Ready for Part Three?

One Word Photo Challenge – Frame

Jennifers One Word Photo Challenge Frame. How many photos that can fit the bill?

The Currawong may have the bill to fit the challenge

170601_currawong_framed

Or perhaps the Bullant emerging from the nest

bullant_named_home_feb-2017

Who is the spooky face in the frame?

looking-out-of-the-window_named_home_nov-2016

The owl my fit the bill as well for Framed

lady shed shelf_owl_binna burra_named_june 2016

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Letters A or B

I love black and white photos possibly because that is all I could afford to get processed when I had my first camera.

The ant guarded his nest. This actually can be in both A (for ant) and B (for bullant)

170303_bandw-challenge_a-or-b_ant

The Eastern Whipbird had a splendid time in the bird bath

170303_bandw-challenge_a-or-b_birdbath

My photos for the Black and White challenge A or B

Februarys Finds

FEBRUARY has been quite busy. A new thing for me this month has been submitting some photos in photo challenges, which I have found to be quite interesting. The photo challenges make me think about my photography and that my photos elicit comments from other bloggers and in turn, I comment on their photos or the words used to enhance the photos in their blogs. So if you would like to see what I have submitted, have a look at my last few blogs in February. Maybe you would like to comment too.

In this blog I would like to take you on an adventure with me.

Lets set off, do you have a cuppa or something to sustain you while we explore my world?

I like to find something unusual to capture. The frangipannis shadow on the fence post caught my besties eye so this photo is inspired by her. I also took the photo in black and white but it didn’t have the same effect as a splash of colour in the background.

shadow-post_binna-burrra_named_feb-2017

We like to get away in February for a couple of days (we call our mini-holiday) to Ballina Beach Resort. Among the gardens there is always a Water Dragon or two sunning themselves. Looking down from the balcony you get a different perspective of the Water Dragon.

water-dragon_rocks_named_ballina_feb-2017

But he is always watchful and spied me looking over the edge.

water-dragon_head_named_ballina_feb-2017

Back at my besties famous bird bath, where many a bird photo has been taken, the Striated Thornbill liked to show off his little reddish leg, almost taking a bow.

striated-thornbill_named_binna-burra_feb-2017

Now we are going for a bit of a walk around my place. For once I just took my camera to get some of the stuff around here. Most walks get disturbed by the habit of pulling out weeds as I walk around. This time I concentrated on getting some of the life around here. OK, I may have pulled a few weeds here and there!

One of the weird and wonderful are the air ferns. They look rather alien at times don’t you think? This one is growing on a fence post.

air-fern_named_home_feb-2017

As I walked around, every now and then, I smelt the heady scent of honeycomb. The Bloodwoods are in flower. I love the creamy colour of the flowers and green of the leaves against the blue sky.

bloodwood-blossoms_named_home_feb-2017

OK back to ground level. The native flowers that abound the bush come in a number of colours, blues, purples, yellows and occasionally red. Most of the flowers are quite small, ranging from about 5mm to 15mm. I have to find something to take with me to show the size of the flowers.  I also need an identification guide to let you know what the flowers are so if anyone knows a good publication on native flowers of north-east NSW please let me know

This blue flower is one of the bigger ones.

blue-flower_named_home_feb-2017

It was hard to capture the lovely mauve of this little pea like flower. The flower is around 5mm.

orchid_named_home_feb-2017

The star shape is common. Previous blogs have had the yellow and blue star shaped flower. This walk I found a pale purple star shaped flower. This flower is about 10mm in size.

purple-flowers_named_home_feb-2017

More purple flowers. A bit bigger in size and a bit hairier. Grows closer to the ground than the other flower which are on stalks.

purple-hairy-flower_named_home_feb-2017

A small yellow pea type of flower similar to the mauve flower a few flowers back, a about the same size. I  love the red stripes. This one comes with a bonus water droplet.

yellow-pea-flower_named_home_feb-2017

More yellow flowers. A lovely bunch of tiny yellow puff balls. The whole bunch would be no more than 12mms.

yellow-puff-balls_named_home_feb-2017

A bit of rain saw the mosses come back to life after seemingly disappearing during the dry spell. The smaller star moss and the feathery moss that cascades over the log.

moss_named_home_feb-2017

A wonderful discovery was the Hyacinth Orchid just standing tall in the bush. No leaves or anything else, just a lovely flower spike about 20cms tall. It was the only one in the surrounding area. I haven’t been back for a week or so, so I wonder if it is still there?

hyacinth-orchid_named_home_feb-2017

Rain has put a bit of water into the dam, freshening up the water and the water plants are flowering. The Water Snowflake’s flower is a lovely flower. A wonderful fringe form and so white against the dark green leaves and water.

water-snowflake-flower_namedl_home_feb-2017

The Cape Waterlily is also flowering and the reeds are starting to set seed. Among the reeds is a number of frogs whose song at night is quite loud. Also flitting about the dam are a variety of Dragonflies.

house-dam_named_feb-2017

The little iridescent blue dragonfly doesn’t sit still as long as the larger dragonflies. They are different to the other Dragonflies as they  have their wings folded along their body.

dragonfly-small-blue01_namedl_home_feb-2017

The many blue dragonflies fly off, swoop and then land to catch their breath on any small piece of reed they can find.

dragonfly01_blue_named_home_feb-2017

There is as many red dragonflies as blues. They seem to land on the dead reeds on the ground although some never seem to land. The red and blues also fly around the house almost like a patrol flying back and forth along the front verandah, occasionally flying under the verandah roof.

dragonfly01_red_named_home_feb-2017

Now this little bloke is so different from the others, not only in colour and patterns, but seems to prefer to land on the end of seed heads of the water plants and then stick it’s rear end up in the air. It doesn’t seem to mind how it has it’s wings either.

dragonfly01_spots_namedl_home_feb-2017

I found this orange dragonfly at my besties but they are also at my place but not as common as the others.

dragonfly_named_binna-burra_feb-2017

The Blue Gingers have the most delightful flowers. The flower spikes have so many tiny flowers and buds that there is always a number of flowers open so the bees have a chance to get inside. As I have said before, the bees have to scrunch to get at the pollen of the Blue Ginger flowers.

bee_ginger_named_binna-burra_feb-2017

The native Blue-banded Bees certainly love the Blue Ginger flowers and have a good scrunching technique as well.

blue-banded-bee_ginger_named_binna-burra_feb-2017

This Summer, my verandahs have been taken over by night spiders. Unfortunately they have become very lazy and leave their webs up during the day. Luckily they have been catching lots of insects so the web is easy to see but there may have been a time or two where I have walked into a web.

 

night-spider_named_home_feb-2017

There are quite a number of Bull Ant nests in the bush. When I try to get a photo, I make sure I look all around to see if there are any outside the nest on patrol or bring back food to the nest. When they bite you know you have been bitten!

bullant_named_home_feb-2017

I was surprised to find the Satin Bower Birds bower was still in operation and chock-a-block with a variety of blue bits and pieces in the collection. The only things that come from my place are the blue pegs. I know when a Bower Bird has come calling when I find the peg basket up ended. The Satin Bower Birds have made my place home. Years ago they only came here when it was too cold in the Gibraltar Ranges and leaving when it got too hot here.

the-bower_named_home_feb-2017

On our mini-holiday, we managed to get to the beach at sunrise one morning. The sunrise over the sea is fantastic.

sunrise_gold_named_ballina_feb-2017

The Seagull was patient and seemed to like getting its picture taken early in the morning.

seagull_sunrise_named_ballina_feb-2017

There was a line-up of Seagulls checking out the surf.

seagull_lineup_named_ballina_feb-2017

One of my favourite photos of February. Just a branch on the beach. I was tempted to put the photo in the blog upside down.

beach-reflection_named_ballina_feb-2017

Well it’s getting dark so I must head off to bed. I hope you have enjoyed this little bit of my world in February.

I leave you with the Paperbark tree and the street light.

tree_night_named_ballina_feb-2017

Some things new – Some things discovered

Last weekend my bestie and I went for a walk around my place as well as a bit of a drive to see what we could discover. A walk up the road in the morning was so nice. Listening to the birds in the bush, seeing them fly between the patches of bush and trying to get a photo or two certainly occupied the morning.

The property at the end of the road have dragged the old truck from one property to their front gate. It looked like a painting of a rural scene.

old truck_horse_duroux rd_named_sept 2014

We found a She-oak that I have never seen before along a track. It felt so soft to the touch unlike the She-oaks that are everywhere. It just cascaded to the ground and was much lighter in colour.

she_oak_home_named_sept 2014

There seems to be a lot of air fern growing on dead wood as well as on trees.

air fern_home_named_sept 2014

As the weather is warming up, lots of insects are on the move, especially the Bull Ants.

bull ant_home_named_sept 2014

It seemed a bit dangerous to get down to photograph this tiny yellow flower with the Bull Ants prowling about the leaf litter.

yellow flower_home_named_sept 2014

The birds seemed to like sitting on the dead branches of the trees along the road. This little Robin just sat for a while before hearing a call and swooping away.

rose robin female_home_named_sept 2014

The Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike tried to look like the branch it clung onto.

black-faced cuckoo shrike_home_named_sept 2014

On the drive we came across a couple of Spoonbills sitting on a Bottlebrush. They didn’t seem to care until I got closer, then they the became restless.

royal spoonbill_junction hill_named_sept 2014

Overhead a Whistling Kite rode the air currents at speed. I didn’t think I actually got the photo but ended up with two plus a couple of photos of blue sky.

whistling kite_junction hill_named_sept 2014

We went for a walk to the rock pool on my place. On the way, I found a Satin Bowerbird’s bower that was covered in blue items from all around the neighbourhood. There can’t be too many blue pegs left in the neighbourhood as well as bottle tops! I think this bloke has a hoarder issue.

bower bird_bower_full_home_named_sept 2014

This pool hasn’t dried out, even in the big drys that have happened since I have been living here. This is one of my favourite spots on the place, lovely and cool on hot days. A Yellow-faced Honeyeater came down for a drink while we were having a cup of tea.

yellow-faced honeyeater_pool_home_named_sept 2014

Although it pretended to be shy at first.

yellow-faced honeyeater_home_named_sept 2014

I saw a flash of red and then a tiny Scarlet Honeyeater dropped in for a drink as well.

scarlet honeyeater_home_named_sept 2014

Besides Water Striders, the only other thing in the water was a frog. It splashed into the water and was gone. After a while she came out and sat on the ponds edge. I have heard them, but this is the first time I have seen an Eastern Stony Creek Frog.

Eastern Stoney Creek Frog_home_named_sept 2014

So the She-oak and a photo of a Spoonbill and the frog were the new discoveries. I wonder what new discoveries I’ll find this weekend. I will take my wildlife camera as well and maybe set it up to see who come to my besties bird bath.