Prolific

The Daily Post word prompt: Prolific

A flock of Cormorants skim the Clarence River one foggy morning
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The design on a glass bowl
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Lilli Pilli berries and leaves scatter the ground after a storm
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The flowers open on a Bangalow Palm this morning
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Once the bird bath gets prolific, someone has to leave
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The Force of Water

Frank from Dutch goes the Photo word prompt: Forces

Near my property, sometimes the Clarence River rages when the rains are here and the rivers flow is enhanced. The Clarence River at Lilydale can flow at a sedate 8mgs/day and sometimes a summer flow may get to 12,000mgs/day. Today after some considerable rain fall, the river is flowing at over 20,000mgs/day.  When the flood waters hit the river levels rise to over 100,000mgs/day. Once the flood flows reach Grafton, they can be at 5,000,000mgs/day

Here are some flood flows showing the forces of water in action.

The Clarence River at Lilydale on a lovely day. The river is a bit higher than normal flow.
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A minor flood flow. The bridge was constructed low so when flood flows occur, the rivers debris doesn’t impact on the bridge.
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This is a bit of a lower flow. The water is making waves as it flows over the  old wooden bridge.
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The Bottlebrush trees are able to withstand the flood flows as the have supple trunks and bend with the flow.
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Yes. That is 4 meters above the level of the bridge
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Thursdays Special: Pick-a-Word

Paula has given us some great words to challenge our thinking. This time I have failed to find a photo in my folders or even find a subject to grab a shot. Where I live there aren’t many sheep as it is too wet. I have seen sheep about but do you think I could find any over the past few days. Looks like Ovine will have to wait.

Slivered
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Converted
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Traversed
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Muted
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Find some fabulous photos at Lost in Translations Thursday Special for March

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Return to port

I don’t usually do double photo challenges but looking a photo for for Cees Black and White Photo Challenge: Water and then the idea for Colours that Start With the Letter S  came along, which just started words tumbling from my mind.

Upon a silver sea
the fishers return.
A hold full of fish
economic return.
At the dock
the buyers return.
Their partners and children
await their return.
Once unloaded and refreshed
to the sea again they return.

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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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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.

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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.

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

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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?

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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”