AS we near the end of this months Bright Squares I thought I would add a bit of the brightness around my place that makes me happy and I hope it does for you. Thanks Becky for a wonderful theme for the April Squares
Hi there, I found February to be a weird month. It rained for thirteen days with heavy rain at the end of the month filling dams and water tanks for the coming Winter. The rest of the time it was hot and humid so I have limited a lot of photos and might use as separate posts later.
The good news is at the end of the month the doctors looked at my latest EEG, this time I was tested for three hours. Well by tested I mean sleep for two and three-quarters of the three hours of the testing. So after almost eight months of not being allowed to drive, I have my drivers licence back with the only condition that I am not allowed to drive between sunset and sunrise. I better have a swag in the back of the ute just in case I’m heading home late from shopping!!!
Anyway, on with the bits and pieces I found in February. I found The Lumineers from a free CD that comes with a music magazine I get. Have a listen while you scroll
It’s morning already. Through the lifting fog, the morning sun kisses the tops of the eucalypts across the valley
High in the dead branches an Old Mans Beard, Tillandsia usneoides which is from Florida but it doesn’t grow meters long like the ones in the swamps, sway in the gentle morning breeze
The farm next door to my besties usually leave the paddock next to her fence as a last minute fattening paddock. They open the gate and the cattle run in to savour the sweet grass or like the bull does, make sue that everyone knows that this is his place.
Meanwhile atop the hillock, a cow wonders what all the fuss is down below while snacking on the long juicy grass.
Willie Wagtails use anything for a vantage spot; not even a sleeping cow is shown any dignity!
One of the downsides of growing grass for cattle to eat is that a lot of small seed eaters come in to feed in the mornings and afternoons. Wrens, Finches, Cisticolas and Chestnut-breasted Mannikins. It’s lucky that there is a lot of grasses along the road verges and fence lines so there is plenty to eat for everyone. This Chestnut-breasted Mannikin contemplates whether the seed head over there will be tastier than the one he’s sitting on.
The Willie Wagtail chicks are out of the nest but still as demanding as ever.
The Scaly-breasted Lorikeets come in for a breakfast of Mistletoe flowers and seeds. I love how they land on the branch on walk down head first, sampling food along the way. These Mistletoe hang down almost two meters from the tree branch. You can see the difference in the leaves. The Eucalypt on the right and Mistletoe on left, both have sickle leaf shapes.
In the garden, A Lewins Honeyeater and a Yellow Grevillea.
When out on a drive before I was allowed to, there was a Black Swan pair are setting up on a dam not far from my place. Now I can drive, I can go and see how they are going and hope they hung around. The property doesn’t have much vegetation and cattle. You can see the edge of the dam in the background.
While out on the drive, at the Raspberry Lookout while I was taking photos, a Wedged-tailed Eagle was watching me
After finding a safe spot to stop on a narrow road, I took the photo of the White-bellied Sea Eagle through the open car window. He was on the far side of the Nymboida River so I was amazed that I managed to get a photo on full telephoto without a tripod.
We went down to Ballina with some friends and on the entrance to the North Wall, a break-wall where the Richmond River meets the sea, on the Marine Rescues radio tower, an Osprey was having his lunch of fish. The young Osprey was sitting nearby and must have been fed as it was asleep.
Late afternoon, low light I came across a juvenile Black-necked Stork doing it’s stretches in preparation for take off from the intermittent wetlands on a farm, again not vegetation in or around the wetland. The next time I had to go to town, the Storks were gone so practice pays off.
While the youngster was flapping about, not far away one of the Black-necked Stork parents was keeping watch.
OK we are heading into the bugs. Nothing to be concerned about in this lot I can assure you. See, first off is the egg casing for Praying Mantis. I must go and try and find it to see if it’s still there.
This Dragonfly almost looks like a helicopter. Such beautiful markings and colours no wonder it is called an Australian Tiger.
A Blue Skimmer found his favourite stick. I was watching for a minute and noticed he would always come back to this stick after a bit of a fly around the river bank. Made for getting a good photo of his wings.
The Lemon Migrants have hung around my place and some are still here.
I have some old chook watering and feed bits and pieces I use when I want to give the birds a snack. I went down that way and noticed a weevil deciding he’d had enough grain for the moment and was off.
Another butterfly that has been around is a Common Albatross Butterfly. They are quite quick and don’t land for long.
The Blue-banded Bees are still hard at gathering pollen. This Salvia is a favourite. Blue-banded Bees are solitary bees and make their nest on the ground.
This year, the lovely pink flowers of the Crepe Myrtle looked stunning
The Cassia flowers are the main attraction for the Lemon Migrant Butterflies. I tried to get butterflies and flowers but the butterflies seem to disappear when the shutter button is pushed. Perhaps there is a lot of Lemon Migrants in there somewhere.
This Native Plant grows grows throughout the place. This is the first time one has grown in a garden bed.
The rain had sparked up the Hibiscus. The Miniature Red looks a treat covered in small red flowers…..
…..and there are many more on the way.
The red Salvia has so many flowers
Last month, the Ivory Curl flowers were just in the almost open stage. Now the Ivory Curl Bush is full of scented flowers and full of all manner if insects. Here a bee burrows down inside to get his pollen while the plant “paints” the bee with pollen from each of the tiny paint brushes.
Foxgloves, old and new, with water drops.
One of the weirdness of some Callistemon trees is the flowers come straight from the old growth branch. Here is a three stage of flower development in the one photo.
The tangerine flowers are stunning
The Champagne Pink Callistemon with yellow tips is so lovely.
The Roses are looking so good
I love the explosive effect you can get photographing Eucalypt flowers
A Lomandra flower and seed spear live up to their common name Spiky Club Rush, a waters edge plant that happily lives in garden and makes great borders.
Speaking of spiky, when out driving there always someone who says slow down, I’m sun-baking here mate. I had to get out of the car and almost touch the Bearded Dragon to get him to move off the road and find a safer spot to catch some rays.
I thought I would save the Yellow Paper Daisies so you could have a rest. I found these at the Raspberry Lookout. I had to clamber down the slope to get the photos. This is what I was concentrating on when the Wedge-tailed Eagle was watching me.
The rain and hot days have bought out some fungi. These dome shaped ones were found in a few places.
Some little ones were pushing from the soil and bark.
Instead of the usual sunset photo to finish off, here is a Green Tree Frog just sitting on the glass door. I guess hanging on with your chin helps.
Thanks for hanging around with me for a while. Hope you can come back next month too.
January has been a quiet month for me but then again a lot of the photos I have posted I didn’t include again. The rain was here for most of the month thank goodness and that had made the grass as well as the flowers and plants in the garden have a lovely season. No there aren’t any Hibiscus in this post, you’ll have to go back a day or so to see those flowers.
I don’t think this is a post that will need a snack or drink but do sit back and enjoy. Here’s another bit of Aussie music to listen as you scroll through my January.
I am going to start with some of the insects who have popped into the garden to check out the flowers
I love this red dragonfly so I had to put it in again 🙂
These two were intent on making more Dragonflies
I thought I had found a new butterfly. It is very similar to a Black Jezebel but the markings are a bit different. I may have to ask an entomologist. Not the best photo but it just didn’t sit still long enough.
The Orchard Swallowtails, one of the biggest butterflies, have been cruising the garden.
I found a small Line Blue Butterfly looking at me. It is sitting on the tip of a Frangipanni leaf.
There was a lot of these Shield Bugs on a bush lemon tree and they really let me know not to get too close
Looking at my little Curry Leaf Tree with its fruits from the top down.
The Lolly Bush has had the most amazing flowering. I have seen the white flowers but this is the first time I have seen the bush do this. I was just walking down the paddock and saw the bright red balls everywhere.
A bit of a closer view
The Tea Trees have had such a wonderful flowering as well. The bees are quite content.
I didn’t go walking in the bush that much in January, too wet and hot, so I didn’t find many fungi. This tiny one was in the garden. Yes there are still some remnants from the fire twelve months ago
I did find some lovely soft mosses.
The Frangipannis looked wonderful this year.
The Ivory Curl flower bud? showed with it’s intricate curly bits which open out to make the full flower. It is endemic to Australia and is from the Proteaceae family.
The wonderful Double Delight Rose from my besties garden.
A Peaceful Dove getting the morning sun
A Yellow-faced Honeyeater drying off in the sun after a quick dip in the birdbath
The Blue-faced Honeyeater on the unfurled palm frond looking a bit worried
You have all seen Tiny, the King Parrot who likes to hang around my place. This is one of his young from last year who is morphing into his male feathers. They come back to the garden every now and then too.
This is the young one from this years hatching.
Yes they do actually hang about my place and sometimes get a bit close. My daughter was on the verandah talking to Tiny when there were six King Parrots on the verandah rail. By the time I came back with my camera, two had flown off. The two at the far end are a couple. Tiny is on the left where you can see her hand and Tiny is not sure whether to go closer.
One morning I was in the kitchen getting breakfast and looking out of the window I wondered who frightened the plants on the front verandah.
OK, time’s up. The sun is setting over the hill. I love these trees. Can you see them in the next photo?
Here is the full sky one evening.
Hope you enjoyed a look at my January 2021. Did you have a favourite photo? Also for Su’s Changing Seasons
How late am I getting this done? So many things of no consequence happening and I am being very slack in sorting photos and getting myself together.
This may be a bit haphazard and not quite concise with the flow and descriptions but I just wanted to get this post out for my own piece of mind. Admittedly I did get a bit wayward with trying to get things together for Becky’s wonderful #SquareKind photo challenge.
On a personal note, I saw the Neurologist in October and I saw the MRI of my brain. It was fascinating to see the slices and was very happy to see there wasn’t anything untoward. But as I thought, she reaffirmed the legal requirement that I don’t drive a vehicle, that includes the farm ute, ride-on lawnmower as well not operate a push mower, chainsaw, power tools or climb ladders. Well that stops me from doing about 80% of my life. It’s for my own safety and the safety of others. Social isolation and Covid lock downs are almost mainstream but now I am in Neuro Lock down as well as my normal social isolation due to living in a almost remote location.
Enough of that, let’s get started. All sitting comfy with some refreshments to hand as you should know by now I do post a lot of photos which summarises what I saw and found in My October 2020. Have a bit of a listen as you scroll too. I am sure you may enjoy a song…..
AS usual, lets start with a wonderful sunrise
The Spangled Drongos were awake enjoying the morning
Rufous Whistlers sang in the morning
A Red-backed Fairy Wren had his morning bath
The female Satin Bowerbird dived right in
A White-faced Heron stood guard in the morning protecting the nest high in the tree
A Yellow-faced Honeyeater came for breakfast on the Honey Gem Grevillea
Two White-naped Honeyeaters debated whether to grab a snack or have a bath
The Striated Pardalote looked for food on my verandah.
This Satin Bowerbird has set up home in my garden.
The old swimming pool, now a bit of a dragonfly and frog haven, attracted the attention of a Scared Kingfisher who decided that this was the place to have a bath.
The first of the Rainbow Lorikeets turned up in the garden to check it out for Summer.
Rainbow Bee-eaters were a splash of colour for a Spring morning
Only a mother could love a baby Noisy Friarbird
Sometimes King Parrots like to hang about in the garden
We went to one of our favourite spots for a bit of a look around to see the fire recovery and have a picnic. Raspberry Lookout is just up the range from my place and a favourite spot.
The Banksia trees had a good burn but this helps the seeds germinate as they pop open and scatter with papery like seed that blow on the wind. Children’s stories talk of the Banksia men. They do look a bit scary don’t they
It was good to see that a lot of the vegetation was growing. I love the colours of the new growth of the Trigger Plant.
The Native Lilac False Sarsaparilla were flowering quite well. I also have this species on my place.
The Trigger Plant flowers attracted a Native Bee
IN my garden, the Stingless Native Bees filled their pollen sacks from the Hippeastrums
A Large Yellow Butterfly came for a visit to the Bottle Brush flowers
Common Grass Blue Butterflies were everywhere in the garden this Spring
The first of the Caper White Butterflies arrived in late October and many more were here a few days ago. They love the Pentas flowers in my garden
It is always lovely to see Orchard Swallowtail Butterflies in the garden. One of the largest butterflies that I get here
I think this may be a mosquito being a pollinator on a Daisy in the garden
Some of the succulents are getting ready for Summer
The Roses at my besties place looked a treat over Winter and Spring. I have too many animal who love to eat the leave and flower buds as well as the flowers for me to grow Roses here.
By the end of October, the Grevilleas have finished their Spring flowering and are setting seeds
This year my Begonias had a very showy flowering.
Another not your usual pollinator, a fly on the Marigolds this time
This tiny Grevillea, called Billy Bonkers, flowers have some attendant ants
The Stingless native Bees like the Dietes flowers too
Agapanthus in the garden had a great flowering this Spring
The bees loved the Cornflowers in my besties garden. I love the radiant blue of Cornflowers.
I wasn’t sure if thge Lolly Bushes would have survived the fire but they have bounced back and the flowering was quite wonderful. Yes the flowers smell like lollies.
Looking inside of the Orange Hippeastrum
Red Dragonflies were all around the garden
After watering the garden one morning, this spiders web attracted my attention with sparkles in the morning sun
After a bit of rain, I went to check to see how much water went into the dam. I noticed one of the Cape Lillies in the middle of the dam looked a bit different. Nestled in among the flower was a Dwarf Green Tree Frog.
Our Moon has risen in the afternoon. I love the blue sky and our Moon
Thanks for visiting and taking the time to have a look at my October. I would like to know if you had a favourite photo. I’ll try not to be so tardy for My November. Have a great day or evening depending on what side of the world you are.