Acres of ochre

Terri’s Sunday Stills: Fall Colour Challenge – Acres of #Ochre

It’s Spring here in Australia so I may have to delve into the achieves for a bit of ochre.

Almost real

Kate’s Friday Fun: Artificial

Did I see
what I
saw?
are those
flowers on the
floor?

Those flowers
don’t seem
real at all.
What is that
on
the wall?

Just there
before my
eyes?
I think
they are
butterflies.

These are
artificial
I feel,
I need
to see
something real

Ahh lots
of
flowers
from
a scent
arise

and truly
wonderous
blue butterfly

This is September 2020

How are you going so far this year? I am still not allowed to drive so I haven’t had many photo excursions and at times didn’t really feel like taking photos. Do you have times like that too?

It is time to be in the garden and enjoy the warm days. A few days at my place the temperature was in the low 30’s which isn’t Spring weather, more like Summer. The rains that have been promised haven’t eventuated so I am using the dwindling dam water to keep the garden going as best I can. I have been doing a few projects both here at my place and at my besties.

The header photo is looking from my verandah into that part of the garden where the Grevilleas are having a great flowering this Spring.

Instead of having my usual song at the end, I decided to have it up front so you can have a listen while you scroll. So grab a cup of tea or coffee, perhaps a snack or if in the evening join me in a glass of your choice as it’s aperitivo time here. Enjoy

One project around the place was to do a rejuvenation of part of the shed. This will be the potting shed and have a lot of the gardening equipment and tools.

One of the bonuses of living on the north coast of NSW is being able to get down to the coast and watch the whales migrate.

Back at home for a few insects to start the photo journey of my September. The Pittosporum had so many flowers this year it was a treasure trove for the tiny Native Stingless Bees.

The Wide_brand Grass-dart butterfly was hard to catch as they didn’t sit still very long.

Southern Silver Ochre butterflies spent more time

The Black Jezebels came flying through regularly in September. The thing you notice is a white butterfly flitting among the flowers with its erratic flight. the next photo helps to explain.

This is the inside wings of the Black Jezebel. When they fly they give a sort of strobe effect designed to confuse any predators along with an erratic flight.

Another of the Jezebels, Southern Jezebels are always a delight to have in the garden. The Honey Gem Grevillea flowers were quite an attraction.

The Honey Gem and other grevilleas had an amazing flowering with a bit of rain in late August enough to get things happening in the garden in September. The Blue-faced Honeyeaters were the bullies of the garden chasing most of the birds, especially the noisy Friarbirds, away from the flowers.

But as you see the Noisy Friarbirds still were able to sneak in for a feed

Another of the Friarbird, Little Friarbirds, were constant visitors as well

I have been putting a bit of food out fro the birds every now and then but not every day so they don’t become dependent on food from me. The Female King Parrot really looked good with her breeding plumage.

The males were quite resplendent too. Remember Tiny, well he is still around the garden most days.

Leaden Flycatchers hung around the old swimming pool always on the lookout for a snack to come along.

I love their inquisitive looks so I had to include a second photo.

The Female Rufus Whistler also has an inquisitive look around the garden

The songs of the Rufus Whistlers have resounded in the bush all September. They are all around the surrounding forest occasionally coming into the garden. This male Rufus Whistler was singing in the garden early one morning.

One afternoon coming home from town, we were driving through South Grafton when a large flock of Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos came screeching into the trees in peoples backyards.

The Satin Bowerbird found where I dropped a few bread crumbs on the verandah. Satin Bowerbirds are quite nervous and will take off at the slightest movement. I often get a few photos through the door while sitting at my desk if I am sneaky enough.

At my besties the little Red-backed Wren come through her garden in the afternoons looking for a bit to eat among the flowers and garden beds.

We were sitting on her verandah having a cup of tea when we saw a large bird fly into the lower part of the garden. When I got to the other end of the verandah I saw a White-faced Heron walking along with a large stick. I watch where he flew into a nearby tree but he nest was too well hidden.

The tiny Scarlet Honeyeaters prefer red Grevillea flowers

If you need a break, here’s a bit of sky with a wispy cloud face or what can you see?

Yes it is Spring in Australia so no Spring post couldn’t go past without a few lots of flower photos, First up, a Daisy with an insect trying to hide. All of the following photos are from my besties garden except when I mention it’s from mine.

The Dianthus are a pretty shade of pink in the garden.

The white Gerbera really stands out

There are quite a few different Gazanias. I love this pink one

or perhaps I like this one more

The Cornflowers looked a treat

This Hibiscus was a new planting and I didn’t expect to see a flower this year on a small bush. the deep red is stunning

The violas are self seeding and springing up everywhere in the garden, even in the paths.

This is the red Hibiscus that came from my family home and is one of a couple that are in my garden.

My besties Lions Tails. Such an unusual plant.

It has been a great year for Grevilleas. Here is a selection from my place. Not too sure what this one is. I thought it was a Robyn Gordon but that doesn’t have yellow tips

This is a Robyn Gordon I am sure

The Ever strong Honey Gem, a great food source for birds as well as insects

After the fire at my place, there has been a lot of different species of Lomandra appearing. This is part of the flower stalk of a Lomandra mulitflora

A small native flower – a Gorse Bitter Pea. There are a lot of pea plants and many look similar

This pea flower is a Heathy Parrot Pea. Bunches of flowers on a long stalk. Most of these flowers are about 10mm or about half an inch as are many of the pea plant flowers.

The Paperbarks didn’t flower as well as I thought they would as most of the other native flowers like the Bottlebrush and Grevillea have. The flower is similar to a bottle brush flower only yellow instead of red.

I found this flowering plant on a walk along the trails of Evans Head. The aim was to photograph the native coastal plants flowers but by the time I was able to get there many had finished flowering. At least I saw the whales.

This Australian native flower is one of my all time favourites and is always a treat to find in the bush. I just love Flannel Flowers.

I finally found someone who laughs at my jokes.

Well it’s sunset so I better get going and you should too. Drop me a line if you found a favourite photo

One of the things about this September was that our Moon had risen before the sun had set. I love a Moon and a blue sky don’t you?

Also for Su’s Changing Seasons, September 2020

Butterflies are all around Durranbah

Jez’s Fan of…..#59

I am a fan of Butterflies but who isn’t?
There has been many many butterflies around my garden for quite a while. The Lemon Migrants were here in numbers for almost eight weeks and even now there are a few still here. There are some I haven’t managed to get a photo of in the past few weeks, little Line Blues, a white and black one who is too fast, perhaps a Yellow Albatross and other small butterflies who don’t sit for long.

Here is the butterflies I have managed to photograph. I hope you enjoy the butterflies of Durranbah.
Orchard Swallowtails like Pentas flowersbutterfly_orchard swallowtail_pentas_flower_garden_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
This Common Crow was intent of hanging around on the verandah plants20200316_blog challenge_im a fan of_butterflies_common crow
Lemon Migrants enjoyed Pentas flowers when the Cassia flowers started to wanelemon migrant_butterfly_pentas_flower_garden_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
A Large Yellow was easy to capture. The Small Grass Yellows are just too fast.20200316_blog challenge_im a fan of_butterflies_large grass yellow
A Lesser Wanderer dropped by for a while20200316_blog challenge_im a fan of_butterflies_lesser wanderer

The Northern or Scarlet Jezebel was happy to pose with the Pentas flowers too
20200316_blog challenge_im a fan of_butterflies_northern jezebel_pentas

Also Ragtag Daily Prompt Monday: Delightful

 

Getting in close and green

Terri’s Sunday Stills: Up #Close and personal to #Green

A bit of variety of green, some old, some new images of getting up close and personal.
A green leaf accompanied by a Blue-triangle Butterflyblue triangle butterfly_close_named_binna burra_jan 2018
A Fan Palm leaf prior to openingfern leaf_spikes3_close_home_named_jan 2012
Wonderfully soft mossmoss_hanging01_close_named_june 2014
A bit of a King Parrot190106_blog_challenge_green_king_parrot_feathers
A Green-banded Line Blue Butterfly just sunning on the grasssmall green-banded blue_home_named_april 2013
Pine cones getting ready to growpine tree cones_binna burra_named_aug 2014 - Copy
Water drops are always fascinating water drops_leaf_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
Everyone loves a smiling Green Tree Frog190327_wordless_wednesday_green_tree_frog

Common

Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge: Common

Here is a few of the “commons” around here

Common Ringlet
common ringlet_binna burra_named_aug 2012
Common Jezebel butterfly_common jezabel_binna burra_named_mar 2014
Common Crowcommon crow butterfly_named_lismore_march 2016
Common Bronze-wing Dovecommon-bronzewing_named_home_oct-2016
Common Brown171115_blog challenge_letter M_butterfly_common brown
Common Dart171115_blog challenge_letter M_butterfly_common dart
Common Eggflycommon eggfly01_named_binna burra_jan 2018
Common Albatross common albatross_inside_named_binna burra_may 2018
Common Terncommon tern_flying_named_ballina_june 2018

It’s all about wings

This week on Sunday Stills, Terri has prompted with Creatures and Critters with #Wings

What a theme. I did stop eventually so here is my selection
The Beesbee03_flying_banora point_crop_august 2014

 

bee01_cats whiskers flower_named_binna burra_nov 2017

 

stingless native bee_flying_day lily_flower_orange_garden_named_home_nov 2018
The Birdscommon tern_flying_named_ballina_june 2018

 

ibis_flying_named_lismore_july 2018

 

190508_wordless_wednesday_ibis_flying_sunset
The Dragonflies and Damselfliesdragonflies_mating_named_home_oct 2017

 

170315_dragonfly blog_spotted wings
The Butterfliesblue triangle butterfly_wings open_named_binna burra_jan 2018

 

ringed xenica_wings closed_named_home_oct 2017

The Flies
fly_head_named_binna burra_feb 2018fly_named_binna burra_oct 2017
A Cicadacicada01_home_nov 2013

and this bloke
190322_spiky_square_statue_caniaba

Orange – flowers, the sun and more

The Weekly Photo Challenge from Jenn: The Colour Orange
Orange Nasturtium nasturtium_orange _close_binna burra_named_oct 2014
Orange Trumpet flowerorange-trumpet-creeper_named_home_sept-2016
Gerbera171017_orange flowers02
Leopard Lily171017_orange flowers03

Rose
190130_blog_challenge_rose_orange_toowoomba
Just a leafleaf04_named_binna burra_oct 2017

Ochre Orange Butterfly
butterfly_ochre orange_named_toowoomba_jan 2019
Orange Palm Dart Butterflyorange palm dart01_binna burra_named_june 2017

Orange Streaked Ringlet Butterfly
orange streaked ringlet_named_binna burra_aug 2016
A fungifungus_small_orange01_home_jan 2012
Sunsetsunset_orange_named_caniaba_dec 2018
and anothersunset2_orange_named_caniaba_march 2019

Butterfly Beauty

The word prompt from Nancy: Beauty

For me the beauty of butterflies is a wonder to behold. I dare you to pick your favourite.

Black Jezabel
butterfly_common jezabel_binna burra_named_mar 2014
Blue Tigerblue tiger butterfly01_named_ballina_feb 2015

Australian Gull Butterfly
australian gull butterfly_named_home_feb 2015
Small Green-banded Line Blue Butterflysmall green-banded blue butterfly_named_binna burra_april 2015

Scarlet Jezebel Butterfly
northern jezabel butterfly_named_home_feb 2015
Orchard Swallowtail Butterflyorchard butterfly01_home_named_march 2016
Caper White Butterflycaper-white-butterfly01_named_home_nov-2016

Small Green-banded Line Blue
small green banded blue butterfly_named_home_march 2017
A Common Grass Yellow Butterfly
171115_blog challenge_letter M_butterfly_common yellow

Common Crow Butterfly
common crow butterfly_named_grafton_nov 2017
Blue Triangle Butterflyblue triangle butterfly_wings open_named_binna burra_jan 2018
Wanderer Butterflywanderer butterfly_binna burra_march 2018

Lesser Wanderer Butterfly
lesser wanderer_butterfly_wings_open_purple_flower_named_caniaba_jan 2019

Meadow Argus Buterfly
meadow argus_butterfly_pink_flowers_named_caniaba_jan 2019
Black Jezebel Butterflycommon jezabel butterfly_named_binna burra_may 2018

Common Ringlet Butterfly
171115_blog challenge_letter M_butterfly_common ringlet
Line-blue Butterflycommon jezabel_named_home_feb 2015