The Drum

There is a new bridge being built over the Clarence River at Grafton. There is all sorts of construction stuff in the water. I saw this yellow drum but it just looked like a yellow drum in the water. I set my Canon Powershot to Toy Camera function and here is the result.

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Have a look at the other Mundane Monday photos

Thursdays Special: Pick a Word in December

This month Paula has selected some difficult words for Pick a Word in December I hope I am up to the challenge.

Sagacious
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Non-Human
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Portrayal
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Remains
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Stellar
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If you need to know why I selected these photos, write in the comments and I’ll try to explain the workings of this brain.

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Falling Water

Falling Water is the theme from Dutch Goes the Photos Tuesday Challenge Have a look at the great photos others have contributed

The Clarence River water rushes over the rocks at Lilydale near my place.

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Ellenborough Falls are quite spectacular as the water tumbles into the deep ravine.

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Water

Cee’s fun foto challenge Winter – Water

Looking through my photos, my winter photos don’t really reflect winter at all. I guess winter here isn’t the same elsewhere. I don’t get snow, only two or three frosty days and it rarely gets to 0 degrees. So I am just doing water for this challenge.

I like to photograph water especially when there are interesting reflections on the waters surface.

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The sunset adds to the wonderful colours.

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The ripples and colours make a certain mysterious affect.

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And sometimes a ghostly visage makes an appearance

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Late afternoon on a cloudy day and a bit of a breeze with water lilies covering the water surface

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Every now and then the part of Australia I live in has floods. The Clarence River can be spectacular when the floodwaters come. This is the River gauge showing how high the water rises.

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Here are what some buildings look like. This is the tower on top of the boat shed.

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At least it is dry in the pub

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Here are the steps going up to the pub when the water isn’t covering them. The bottom of the steps are about 1 meter above normal river level.

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This what the Clarence River looks like near my place many kilometers upstream

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The floodwaters empty into the ocean creating foam that washes onto the beaches and rocks.

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CFFC

As I wander about

It’s been ages since I have had time to get things sorted, to take time for things and actually sit down to set out to write a bit. I have been taking photos of all manner of stuff – as you will see. It is difficult to have a clear pathway of thoughts, to put ideas down and try to make sense so that you can follow where I have been and what I have seen. Many a time I just take off to see what I can discover and see something that I find interesting, colourful or part of our world that some people would just walk by everyday and not think of the beauty. Perhaps I look at the world in a different way, to imagine in my head what I see, grab my camera and let the lens take me where I think it should go. Enough of a jumble of thoughts – as The Beatles sang

“Thoughts meander like a restless wind
Inside a letter box
They tumble blindly as they make their way
Across the universe”

So lets go across the universe or through a small part of my world. Starting at the beginning. Early one misty morning, some rogue cattle were walking along the road when we was taking a walk.

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Further down the road, the spiders webs were all through patches of grass. Small cup shaped webs dotted the side of the road in their hundreds.

spider webs_purgatory ck rd_named_august 2015

As it is still rather cool here I am still out in the bush every couple of weeks to cut some firewood. One morning I noticed the White-winged Choughs doing their daily march along the clearing with their incessent chatter as they kicked over sticks and rocks looking for their breakfast. They had an almost straight line as they marched up the hill.

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Sometimes you can look up and see a Spangled Drongo fly past the moon, even in the late afternoon.

spangled drongo_moon_binna burra_july 2015

I though the Bellwood Cormorant Hotel was rather fab but the double decker Osprey nest near Chinderah has a far better vantage point.

osprey nest_named_chindara_august 2015

While we were having lunch in the Tweed Heads industrial/shopping complex, we watched as a bird swooped across the car park, grab what we think was a lizard and go back to the roof top and eat away. After I took the photo (OK I took heaps of photos), I discovered it was an Australian or Nankeen Kestral. What a pretty bird don’t you think?

nankeen kesral_named_tweed heads_august 2015

Speaking of pretty, the Emerald Doves are out and about in numbers at the moment. This bird was not all that content having me stalk it to try and get a good photo.

emerald dove_named_binna burra_august 2015

It stuck its bum in the air as if to say “Go on….take a photo of my best side!!!”

emerald dove_rear_named_binna burra_august 2015

This little bird was sitting in the tree singing its little lungs out.

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Having a cuppa on the verandah one morning, one of the local King Parrots decided to pop over and see if we had any snacks.

king parrot_named_home_august 2015

The Bar-shouldered Dove didn’t seem to mind the Brush Turkeys leaf raking exercise. The turkey was flicking leaves so high into the air! The turkey’s litter mound is about 5 meters away from where it was methodically raking leaves.

bar shouldered dove_brush turkey_named_binna burra_august 2015

One morning I found a Rainbow Lorikeet sitting on the ladder in the old swimming pool looking rather grumpy.

rainbow lorikeet_named_home_july 2015

OK….now this is where things take a different direction for a while. One day we decided to walk across the Clarence River on the walkway under the Grafton Bridge. The structure has been graffitied over the years and the layers of paint with a bit of rust made lovely colours and patterns.

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I like the rust colours.

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This green almost looked like moss.

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One of the hundred of thousand rivets holding te bridge together. Small but significent.

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The walkway along the bridge also had two tunnels at either end which have always been “decorated”. Sometimes some of the graffiti has to be added to doesn’t it?

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Othertimes the message is what everyone needs to hear.

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One of my favourite cafes in Grafton is the Tilted Teaspoon. Skye has a wonderful sense of decoration with ever changing bits and pieces gleaned from Op-Shops and garage sales.

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The water below the bridge has shapes that change as the water ripples from passing water craft. This one is rather spooky.

ghost face_named_grafton_august 2015

Speaking of spooky, what is the blue flash that appeared in my besties loungeroom?

ghost room_named_august 2015

I love the “eye lashes” on the bullet hole in the road sign.

bullet hole sign_purgatory ck rd_named_august 2015

Enough of the different stuff and back to colour and nature. The red flower of the eucalypt just seems to burst in a riot of colour.

red flower_named_grafton_august 2015

One of the first flowers that I started to photograph many years ago were the Azalias of the next door neighbours. They had so many varieties that cascaded over the front suburban fence. The colours were superb. My besties Azalias have been a wonderful splash of colour around her garden. The deep pink flowers are lovely. One of the surprises when taking photos is the unexpected bits that are in and around the flowers.

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This flower was hidden inside the same bush as the pink one above.

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The red Azalias are such a stand out in the garden.

azalia_red_named_binna burra_august 2015

The Irises are dotted through the garden not being showy but adding a bit to the shape and form in the garden. It also is the home for a small spider.

iris_named_binna burra_august 2015

The lillies come in a range of colours. I love these ones.

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The yellow Day Lilies bring that end of the spectrum to the garden as they stand tall in the sunshine.

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The undersides are just as impressive.

day lily01_named_binna burra_august 2015

The Nastursiums are just starting to appear. I love their colours and shapes as the sit low in the garden trailing over rocks, logs and borders.

nastursium_named_binna burra_august 2015

The Pentas are wonderful as so many little flowers gather together in a ball of colour.

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These flowers like to look at what is going on at ground level. The little bells cluster together.

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This is such a tight ball of very small flowers that have such a lovely scent as you brush past.

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The orchids are out now as well. Again, this flower is so small as it spikes out from the plant with it’s almost see through petals.

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Walking about, it is always good to look up. The shapes colours and forms of the Foam Bark leaves are great.

foam bark leaves_named_binna burra_august 2015

A good discovery walk wouldn’t be complete without a fungi find. I have never seen a pink fungi before, have you?

fungus_pink_named_binna burra_august 2015

The fire has been lit, giving its colours that always surprise.

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Or the swirling shapes where you can see so many different things. What can you see?

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Looking deep inside the fire.

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The Moon was smiling that night. A glowing grin in the sky.

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Well it’s time to sweep and tidy up before I get going. See you next time OK

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“Limitless undying love
Which shines around me like a million suns
It calls me on and on across the universe”

May marches on

May has certainly flown by. There has been much to do as the season marches on. So far this month there has been a change in the weather, from warm to cool to some cold nights. The rain came with a huge deluge bringing about some minor flooding around the place. The Autumn seems to herald new birds and a change in the guard of who owns what tree or bush. Soon the cold weather in the mountains will send the Currawongs down to my place and also the Satin Bowerbirds will arrive to chatter among the branches, building bowers, decorating with all sorts of bits of blue and to dance for their females.

The change in the colour of the leaves always lets us know that the cooler weather is on its way.

autumn colours_named_home-may 2015

I drove over to Newbold Crossing to see how much the Clarence River had risen. This is what around 130,000 megalitres looks like at 6 meters. The next day the river had risen to 10.4 meters!!

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Some paddocks had water on them for days after but the ducks didn’t seem to mind.

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In some parts of the valley it was standing room only. Every fence post was occupied.

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One morning I saw a hornet buzzing around the garden and just land on the leaf and walk about for a bit. I wondered what it was doing.

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Then it went around the leaf.

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It was then I found out what it was doing…just getting a drink!

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The dragonfly was rather shy.

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I am going to have to rename my bird bath by the looks of it. Even butterflies like to get a drink every now and then.

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There has been some flowers showing their colours this May as well. I found this flower growing on the side of the road.

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Whereas this little flower, a murrdannia-graminea, was growing in the bush at my place

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While on the road to Newbold Crossing to see how high the water had risen in the Clarence, I came across all these little birds, Black-fronted Plovers, running along the road and then flying off only to land on the road behind my car. They were so fast I couldn’t get a good photo. Plus it was late in the afternoon.

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The branches had many birds coming to find their last snacks for the day or find a roost for the night. The Crested Pigeon just flew in and sat.

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The magpies were having a great time swooping around chasing each other and then stopping to survey the scene before whizzing off again.

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In the garden, the Yellow-faced Honeyeaters have taken ownership of the Honey Gem.

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They do have to share at times with the Brown Honeyeaters.

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The Bottlebrush around the back is also a favourite spot.

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And make a show of fancy eating techniques.

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The Eastern Spinebills have also set up home in the garden this Autumn.

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They too don’t mind how they get a snack

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The Golden Whistlers have introduced new sounds into the garden.

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They also add a splash of colour to the garden.

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But best of all was the sighting of a new bird into the garden. Another flash of yellow was the give-a-way as the Yellow-tufted Honeyeater dropped into the Honey Gem for a quick snack before going on its way again.

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That’s a good start for May but there has been lots more going on. Hope you can stop by for the next “installment” of May.

Lots of things to discover

It’s been a while since I have put a bit about what I have discovered in my travels around the north coast. A lot of these photos are from my place and my besties plus some from places in between. There has been many a thing to find, some accidental, some that made me go wow and of course an assortment of themes.

Last week at work, I looked out of the window and there was a rainbow’s end in the park. But I looked again and saw the second rainbow so I thought that is rather special to share. Yes folks, that is the view from my desk. Looking across the mighty Clarence River to Susan Island and beyond to South Grafton.

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I think these tiny plants are a moss growing along a small north facing bank. They look like little stars but are tiny erect plants when the macro lens gets into the structure.

star moss_named_binna burra_april 2015

These yellow flowers of the Beach Primrose are helping to hold the dunes together on Cabarita Beach.

beach plant_named_cabarita beach_march 2015

There is so much debris on the beaches most of it natural. I love the shapes and random patterns it makes interspersed with a splash of colour, a bit of green here, a bit of pink there.

beach debris_named_cabarita beach_march 2015

The coastline has some interesting geology as well as all the other stuff we see at the beach. The vertical strata caught my eye at Cabarita.

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The day was getting stormy and the gulls were gliding in the wind.

seagul flying_named_cabarita beach_march 2015

Away from the beach the Wonga Pigeons were calling in the trees. This pigeon was just walking along the branches.

wonga pigeon_named_binna burra_march 2015

The Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike had a fine place to spot any potential food source at Lismore Lake.

black faced cuckoo shrike_named_lismore lake_april 2015

There were a lot of Egrets wading on the edge of the Lake when all of a sudden they all took to the skies, wheeled about for a while then just settled back to their preening and looking for a snack or two to come along. There were plenty of frogs calling.

egrets01_named_lismore lake_april 2015

Also watching from a vantage point was the Azure Kingfisher. They look quite regal as they survey their realm.

azure kingfisher_named_lismore lake_april 2015

Back at home, a stunning blue shape was flying around the garden. The Leaden Flycatcher found time to sit for a while.

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Of course my blog wouldn’t be right if I didn’t have a Spangled Drongo doing something different. This bloke seemed to have his head on backwards.

spangled drongo_named_binna burra_march 2015

I reckon the Wattlebird said to its mate “Show him your best side”

wattle birds_named_binna burra_march 2015

I caused a bit of a Twitter conversation with this photo of a Praying Mantis egg casing. Thanks to all the people who let me know what it was as I have seen them before but had no idea what it was.

praying mantis egg sack_named_small_home_march 2015

There has been lots of butterflies around. I think this one may be a Ringlet.

skipper_butterfly_named_binna burra_april 2015

The Orchard Butterflies certainly liked getting a feed from the red Pentas.

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The Meadow Argus put on a bit of a show.

meadow argus_named_home_march 2015

The bees weren’t getting left out either. The Blue-banded Bee zipped about the garden gathering pollen from the flowers.

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The mauve Pentas look a treat. Did you spot the ant as it was exploring the flowers?

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The white Pentas certainly put on a show with a touch of pink highlights.

white pink pentas_named_binna burra_april 2015

I have never seen a galangal flower before.

galangal flower_named_binna burra_april 2015

The red Hibiscus flowers seem to burst out with their petals cascading from the centre.

hibiscus red_named_home_march 2015

My bestie planted the seeds of the Gaillardia and only one flower emerged but hopefully more will appear later.

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The rain drops were hanging from the Pink Trumpet Flowers. The drops on the top of the flower can be seen through the petals.

pink bell flowers_named_binna burra_april 2015

The Blue Gingers are stunning this year. A bit of a dry start to summer and the rains have made the bloom explode.

blue ginger flower_named_binna burra_april 2015

The rain on the fungi gave it a shiny coating

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These two little fungi looked like a fungi with a mini-me.

fungi_two_named_binna burra_april 2015

The wet ground has allowed the wood fungus to appear all through the bush. This one is one of my favourites.

fungi_named_binna burra_april 2015

The huge fig tree at my besties has possible reached the end of its life and has been dropping its huge branches so only two remain. The recent rain has seen a lot of the dead wood covered in this fungi.

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It is so white and fans out from the branch.

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All through the fungi are all sorts of insects. The Ear Wigs were scurrying under and over the fungi so not a clear photo but I was surprised that I actually got it.

fungi_earwig_named_binna burra_april 2015

On the way home from work, I drive past a small pond which has had a tyre in it as long as I can remember. On this day I had to do a quick U-turn as the tyre had two Long-necked Tortoises enjoying the sun. I have called them the Tyre Turtles as it sounds better than the Tyre Tortoises.

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Well as she catches the last rays of sunshine, I better get going as well. Did you enjoy this small peek into my world?

tyre turtle_named_grafton_april 2015

The last of Spring

There has been so much going on this Spring, especially since I put the bird bath up, that I haven’t had time to keep up with everything. I have been on an adventure nearly every weekend, plus spotting things around here, so there has been a lot of photos to sort. Here is the last few days of Spring, mainly things around the Clarence Valley.

The Gardenias have flowered despite not having much water and some quite hot days. Their scent drifts into the house every now and then.

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One drive took us to Brooms Head where it was such a lovely day, albeit quite windy but still warm. The Gazanias were out.

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The difference in the petal colour of the plants was quite striking.

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Pig Face covered the dunes in places. Wonder why it’s called Pig Face?

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The Hibiscus also flowered in the garden. The pink one was a bit later than the red Hibiscus.

hybiscus_home_named_oct 2014

All the Grevilleas flowered well this Spring. The colours on this one went from the yellow to pink whereas the other flowers were predominantly one colour, either the yellow or a russety pink.

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Almost all of the orange Hippiastrums flowered and look lovely as the pop up around the garden.

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I love the red Hippiastrums. I love getting inside them and seeing their different “bits”

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The other “bits” of the red Hippiastrum.

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The red Hippiastrums seem to attract the little native bees.

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And attract them they did! The flowers were almost too full of bees sometimes.

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The Bottlebrushs had ants all through them.

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While this lily had bugs walking around. They were quite camera-shy.

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The first of the young birds to appear were the Blue-faced Honeyeaters

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While the King Parrots followed me around the garden, whistling to get my attention it seemed.

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Once they saw me looking, they liked to pose for photos and look quite cheeky.

king parrot_named_home_oct 2014

At Brooms Head, the Rainbow Bee Eaters were zooming around the streets, stopping occasionally on the power lines.

rainbow bee eater_brooms head_named_oct 2014

On the way home, just near Ulmarra, we saw the Black-necked Storks stalking around the Clarence River flood shutes. Getting out of the car, the heat of the day was terrible, especially after being cool at Brooms Head beach.

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The pair just walked away from me. They are lovely big birds.

black necked storks_ulmarra_named_oct 2014

At home, after the Lorikeets had gone up into the eucalypts to feed, the Satin Bowerbird took advantage of the bird bath.

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That’s the end of Spring, so now onto Summer. I wonder where this weekends adventure will take me.

Spring brings new life

I love Spring. Many of the birds who have left my place over winter come back to feed and to generally hang out. The past blogs have had photos of the new arrivals and perhaps the next one after this will have as well. The last adventure drive my bestie and I went on, was around the many roads in the lower Clarence River area, some which lead to dead ends and others to sights that were unexpected.

Many of the roads had old sheds and abandoned houses which supplied an idea for a future drive about, camera in hand to record some of the past buildings in the Clarence Valley. I did take a few photos on this adventure. When photographing this place, I had the interest of the local cattle as well as the residents.

old shed01_clarence valley_named_oct 2014

A small village, Tucabia, was one of the stop offs as a lady there has the most wonderous garden and plants (around $5 to $10) for sale. The proceeds of the weekends plant sales was donated to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter, a vital service here on the North Coast of NSW. So far on the Saturday, when we stopped by, she had raised $800!!! She apologised for the state of the garden as she has had breast cancer surgery but it was one of the best gardens I have visited in a long time. Here are a few of the flowers.

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One of my favourite flowers are gazanias as they remind me of growing up in my Mum’s garden. The Tucabia garden had a variety of colours. Yellow

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Reds with yellow centres

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Deep maroon with dark centres. The photo doesn’t really reflect the true colour.

gazania01_tucabia_named_oct 2014

And being Spring, some had tiny butterflies having a drink.

gazania_butterfly_tucabia_named_oct 2014

Spring also heralds the flies. This one has a tendency to have a bite or two when it can.

fly_close_home_named_oct 2014

The Blue-faced Honeyeaters are back in control of the garden. The constant “pweep” rings around the garden.

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But the Friarbirds often sneak in for a quick snack.

friar bird_home_named_oct 2014

Often almost upside down!!

friar bird01_home_named_oct 2014

The Rainbow Lorikeets have come for the blossoms on the Ironbarks and Tallowwoods, but still find time to annoy the Blue-faced Honeyeaters.

rainbow lorikeet_home_named_oct 2014

Early in the morning, the Spangled Drongos have a bite to eat before the others are around.

spangled drongo_home_named_oct 2014

During the drive around I spotted a bunch of birds cruising along a small stream. The Swan was the slowest to escape my camera.

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But the most exciting part of the drive was spotting a Brolga in a wetland near Tucabia. The first photos I have taken of a Brolga.

brolga_tucabia_named_oct 2014

He was way off in the distance and, of course, took off after a while of me stalking trying to get closer.

brolga01_flying_tucabia_oct 2014

I hope to go down to the wetlands again, perhaps this weekend. I hope there are Brolgas still around. I hope you liked this bit of my world.