5 Minutes Ago – 18 June Part 2

Hammad’s Weekend Sky #65

Most unusual I know to do a double post but I had to share this afternoons sunset.

This is looking East over my house almost to the view I always do my usual Weekend Sky photos

The sunset looking West through the trees my usual sunset view.

5 Minutes Ago – 18 June

Hammad’s Weekend Sky #65

Welcome back Hammad.

This morning I was up when the sun had already risen. Last night there was cloud and I really wanted to get some lovely Moon photos. This morning the sky has only wispy clouds and another blue sky. Earlier on this week there had been days where there there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.

Winter around here is single figures during the night, so 4C has been the coldest, and a cold wind comes down the mountains in the early afternoon, so it’s inside and the fire gets lit. During the day, like today’s 23C will be, the temperatures are in the low 20’s. Winter here is quite lovely despite having to have a change of clothes as the day goes on.

Here is this mornings sky with a hint of colour

Some light cloud around

Around thirty minutes later, the blue sky appeared and the clouds still had a hint of colour.

I did take some photos at the beginning of the month as the sky was too colourful to leave out. I didn’t put them on my blog as I awaited Hammad’s Weekend Sky post to link them.

5 Minutes ago – 14 May

Hammad’s Weekend Sky #63

So glad to have Weekend Sky back after an April break Hammad. I didn’t take any Saturday morning photos from the usual spot as they would have all looked much like these. I have had quite a wet few months and this morning was no exception. The sky is grey and I am not sure why the photos have a sepia look about them. All my weekend sky photos are untouched with post photo editing, apart from naming and now resizing.

The usual looking east photo

And looking north. The sun will soon be rising to the right hand side of the photo

Todays bonus photo is a Pied Currawong who came to sticky-beak at what I was doing, from the tree in the bottom right of the first photo, and about to make a fast getaway.

Your sky song for Saturday

5 Minutes ago – 16 April

Hammad’s Weekend Sky #63

Where is Hammad to link this one to? I hope he is too busy to get to his blog today. I found out he was so here’s the link.

The clouds looked so good this morning I can’t let them go unnoticed.

Although on the other usual view there wasn’t anything, not even some sun on the Eucalypts.

5 Minutes Ago – 9 April

Hammad’s Weekend Sky #61

An early morning sky of clouds. Yes it is still raining here. Not sure what day of continuous rainy days I am up to but it seems like months.

Like last week, too early for the sun to get to the tops of the trees

I am playing around with photo sizing after talking with Cee as my media file storage on WordPress is very high and I am going through and deleting photos to diminish the total gigabytes. I don’t think the quality of my photos has suffered but I may have to rethink my name font and size or perhaps not bother with the little photos. Any suggestions?

5 Minutes Ago – 2 April

I always get up on Saturday morning and take photos on the morning sky for Hammad’s Weekend Sky. This morning there wasn’t a post from Hammad to link to, so instead of waiting I thought I would share anyway. I hope Hammad doesn’t mind.

It was a funny early morning sky with clouds and it was perhaps a colourful sky somewhere behind those clouds

The sun was low in the sky below the clouds and at this time of year, heading to the north.

This is March 2022

March has been very uninspiring for taking photos. It has seemingly been raining for the whole month. The first few days I was isolated at home without power or phone, landline and mobile plus landslides had blocked the highway to town for two days. I managed to get to town and charged my phone in the car, buy ice took keep food and drinks cold and ring my bestie as well as charge my camera battery. I didn’t take any photos of the floodwaters as I went into town did what I had to and out in case the river topped the levee and I was stuck in a flooded town.

The rain has been relentless for the month there has been 511mls of rain. The ground is saturated so water is just sitting on the ground. As I write the rain has gotten heavier again. It looks like the lower catchment will be experiencing flooding again by Thursday so those poor people will have to pack up again, move their cattle and horses to high ground and prepare to be inundated again.

On the few moments where the rain had stopped with brief sunshine the garden became alive. All of this months Changing Season are from here.

The most appropriate song for you to scroll through this months Changing Seasons photos.

I thought I would start at the ground and work my way up.

This is the only photo not at my place. We went to Macleay Island but it was a working few days but I managed to find a interesting fungus

I am going to do a whole post on the life in the Ivory Curl tree. As there aren’t many photos for this month here are a few showing the insects that enjoy feeding on the flowers. The butterfly on the left is a Small Green-banded Blue together with possibly a Long-tailed Pea Blue Butterfly. Both butterflies have the most glorious blue/violet inner wing colour that flashes when they fly around the garden.

The wonderful colours of the Small Green-banded Blue Butterfly

Yes that is a Durranbah or Jumping Ant in the tree taking the remains of a Line Blue Butterfly back to the nest. This was at eye level and these ants really have a seriously savage bite, like a hot needle poked into your skin which lasts for ages

Back onto cute and friendly, a Blue-0banded Bee checking out the Pentas flowers

A couple of Yellow-faced Honeyeaters discussing the pros and cons of Bottlebrush flowers

A young Blue-faced Honeyeater and a Yamba Gold Grevillea. The yellow patch on the face gradually turns a greenish colour then becomes blue.

One rare sunny morning an Eastern Yellow Robin stopped by to say hello. One of my favourite birds in the garden.

I was in my office in the early afternoon and I noticed something run down an old palm tree. I grabbed my camera and snuck out onto the verandah hoping what it was would reappear. Shortly a Yellow-footed Antechinus ran up the trunk a short way and down again into the garden and I didn’t see where it went after that.

Well today, the last day of the month, the skies cleared and there was blue sky and sunshine at least until the late afternoon when a bit of drizzle washed over my place.

I took advantage of a bit of sunshine to grab a few last minute photos. Whenever there has been a break in the rain, butterflies make the most of the time. Orchard Swallowtail Butterflies, the largest can always be seen flitting around the garden. This one took a moment to rest on a Frangipanni.

This year the Blue Ginger flowers have been at their very showy best in the garden.

Of course after a lot of rain and a few warm days, the fungi appear. This is a new one I found this morning in the garden. The flies seem to love it as well.

I posted some photos in early March for Hammad’s Weekend Sky which were a bit more dramatic than he soft patchwork of pastels that were over head. So instead of my usual finish of a sunset or Our Moon, it’s a sunrise finish.

As always, thanks for looking through my March and if you had a favourite, can you please let me know in the comments.

This for The Changing Seasons hosted jointly by Ju-Lyn – Touring My Backyard and myself

About The Changing Seasons

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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.

But in the end, it is your changing season, and you should approach it however works for you.

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On the angle

Debbie’s One Word Sunday: Diagonal

Couldn’t decide on one so here’s a few diagonals


Intentional Camera Movement in the garden

A Pelican

Some clouds

A female Golden Whistler on a diagonal branch. There one minute and gone the next