Looking back

Lens-Artists Challenge #230: Last Chance

I was going to do a photo a month for the year but that was boring trying to find something interesting that I hadn’t already posted. I some of the folders I flicked through were some that were blog resized and named. It looks like I intended to do something with them but they somehow became lost some how.

I’ll start with a few things I found in my garden.

Perhaps a better photo of a Tufted Honeyeater was posted. This one actually shows the yellow tuft on the neck feathers

I remember the next two. I was going to do a post showing the difference of Line Blue butterflies.
The first photo shows how they were named Line Blue

But on the outside they have intricate patterns and shapes that make it so hard to ID what actual Line Blue Butterfly it is.
The Line Blues are about 10mm in length

A Fuscous Honeyeater contorting to get a drink from a Pink Pentas flower. Probably wasn’t used as some people object to birds bums.

and why wouldn’t I have found a reason to post a red leaf?

It looks like Tiny the King Parrot wants us to go outside for a while. This is one of his “Look at me, aren’t I cute” looks as he poses outside of my office window

Another photo ready to go but didn’t get anywhere. At least it is bright enough to start the day and have a look at what’s to come.

The Intermediate Egret coming into land among the old oyster racks

Livin’ the dream on the Queenlands Gold Coast

Heading back home here is an old wagon at the front entrance of a neighbours. I really like this photo and not sure why it was never used. The stalks of Barbed Wire Grass and seed heads add to the rural feel I think

Love seeing an afternoon Full Moon against a blue sky. Another unused photo together with the last photo below

Heading up the road, that farm has a variety of stock. I love Belties (Belted Galloways) as much as I like coos.
This one was a long way down the hillside and the focus wasn’t sharp. It did have a certain feel so I couldn’t help but play around a little

Later in the night Our Moon was further along the sky so a close up against a black sky can sometimes show some of the craters of the rocky moonscape

I did have to restrict my self as I wanted to post so much more but aimed for a variety where some photos may have a lot more going on. Like bird or insect photos usually involve a flower.

I am only an occasional Lens-Artists poster but have fun when the theme strikes a chord. I am looking forward for our Donna to start posting some wonderful prompts

No apples, but red

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Apple Red Colours

I had to go to town early this morning so I had a chance for a quick walk around after having breakfast. Keeping my eyes out for some apple reds The first thing I saw was this car parked across the road from the cafe. There three other red cars in the street but this one had a red that was hard to replicate with a camera.

Further down the street, on the way back to pick up my car, I saw the part of a street that has Poinciana trees instead of the usual Jacarandas. This splash of red just after the purple was delightful to see.

The worse thing was I went into the Green Grocers but didn’t take a camera.Didn’t even think of red apples either 🙄🤪

Among the machines

The Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #199: Mechanical/Industrial

For this lot of photos I have gone back and found a few old ones and have added a couple of new ones. I chose to use monochrome as I think it adds to the vintage feel of my images.

Start off with some oldies

Here are some new photos never been posted before

This had to be a slider don’t you think

The most appropriate song I could think of

This is April 2022

April was another wet month but not as wet as March. The ground around the house is still soggy thanks to rain last night. Thankfully a few days of little or no rain made it possible to mow the jungle around the house but it is still too wet to get the chainsaw out to cut firewood for Winter.

I have lots of logs to choose from nearby that have been the fallen trees after the fire. They are nicely seasoned now and will make good burning timber once I can get to them.

Here is your April music to scroll through the photos. I think you will enjoy this one. I haven’t heard it before so a new one for me too.

Here’s an appropriate car so jump in and let’s get going.

Tiny wants me to get off the computer and hand out some seeds for his breakfast.

Another photo from my office. This time through the door of a Satin Bowerbird.

Lots of birds have been making Durranbah a place to rest, eat and have a bit of a song. Golden Whistlers songs fill the bush. This is a female Golden Whistler

The little Brown Honeyeaters like to sip from Pentas flowers

Especially in the early morning

It was good to see a group of Grey-crowned Babblers in my garden

They like to rip apart the Stringybark trees looking for insects or walk about on the ground flicking over leaves and bits of bark.

Another visitor is a number of

Sometimes they look quite serious

A little Silvereye was digging around in some leaves that were bound with web. I kept watching and it found lunch

Always have to include my favourite in the garden, an Eastern Yellow Robin

I heard that the Magpie Geese had arrived at a wetland near Casino, about 100kms north of my place. There is a wetland near Grafton where they spend their Winter so I went to see if they had arrived. I found an Australian Raven silhouetted in a tree on a grey day.

There were a flock of Plumed Whistling Ducks

and a large group of Magpie Geese

They kept on flying in. It looks lie a sequential shot but it is actually three Magpie Geese

In another piece of still inundated farmland in South Grafton, a Pacific Heron is getting lots to eat. I drive past this place when I go to town. This morning I went in early and was able to get a few photos of the birds who I have seen there in the past few times heading into town.

I was so pleased to see a pair of Comb-crested Jacanas foraging among the reeds

There were a number of Black Swans foraging as well

Soon she was joined by her mate

OK back at home there have been a few butterflies but not as many as I would have tough. Probably because of the rain. I was happy to see a Wanderer

The strange looking Leafwing Butterfly was heading past and stopped for a photo

There were a few Black Jezebels in the garden. This one stayed for a while on the Bottlebrush flowers.

This is what the Black Jezebels look like with their wings folded.

This is the inside view. They are like this because when they fly it is similar to a strobe effect to confuse predators.

One of my favourite bees, a Teddy Bear Bee zooms in on a Pentas flower

While my other favourite, a Blue-banded Bee enjoys a Salvia flower

Over at the dam the frogs aren’t as vocal but the dragonflies are in abundance. A Black-headed Skimmer found a twig to rest upon.

A Red Skimmer decided a reed was the place of choice

It took a lot of photos to get a dragonfly zipping around the dam.

The Cape Waterlilies are in bloom this Autumn

I have a couple of Golden Corn plants and this year they have flowered

The Pink Trumpet bushes have had one of the best flowering. Looks like I need to water them a lot more to get lots of flowers like this. The bushes have hundreds of flowers

It is always lovely to see native flowers pop up

I was sitting at the computer when this bloke decided to walk around my desk

Well, Our Moon is up, so I better get going. I hope you enjoyed a look at what I found in April. As always I would like to know your favourite photo or photos.

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About The Changing Seasons

The Changing Seasons is a monthly project where bloggers around the world share their thoughts and feelings about the month just gone. We all approach this slightly differently — though generally with an emphasis on the photos we’ve taken during the month.

For many of us, looking back over these photos provides the structure and narrative of our post, so each month is different. Some focus on documenting the changes in a particular project — such as a garden, an art or craft project, or a photographic diary of a familiar landscape.

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