Kate’s Friday Fun: Hiding
Bren’s Photo For The Week Photo Challenge: Yellow
So much yellow to find but I shall have restraint lol
Sue’s Weekly Photo Challenge word prompt: Yellow
Let’s have an avalanche of yellow. So many yellows.
Some with a surprise inside
A native flower that is everywhere on my place
I had to have a Yellow Buterfly
Some Australian native plants have amazing yellow flowers
Gazania flowers burst yellow
Lovely yellow of a Zinnia
Yellow-faced Honeyeater outside of my window
A fly with a yellow face
The beauty of a yellow Rose
The fabulous yellow of a Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
Zipping around the garden Yellow Dragonflies are jewels
and of course the wonderful Eastern Yellow Robin
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: the letter Y – Needs to be at the start or end with the letter Y
I have been contemplating this foto challenge and decided to go with a basic lot of Y photos. Can you guess my theme?
A selection of Yellow flowers to start
Yellow Australian Native flower growing on my place
Another Yellow Australian Native flower growing on my place
A Yellow Gazania
A Yellow water lily
Another tiny Yellow Australian Native flower growing on my place
A Yellow butterflY
Another Yellower butterflY
One of my favourite Australian birds Eastern Yellow Robin
A Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo eats a pine cone like an ice cream.
A Yellow fungus which looks like someone has had a nibble.
A fly with a Yellow face
Yes you guessed it I went with a Yellow theme
In this Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: The Letter M the word used must have two M’s anywhere in the word.
For this challenge I have used the word Common which is common among butterfly names
March was a month of contrasts, a couple of hot days followed by a bit of rain and then Cyclone Debbie came along. I was fortunate not to be in the path of Debbie but on the edge of the system. I missed the strong winds and abundant rainfall. I still managed to have 476mls of rain for March. This rainfall ended the long dry period over Summer when usually the rains come. The total rainfall for March exceeded the total rainfall for the 6 months prior.
The few dry day did allow for some wandering about and finding some interesting stuff. The weather also bought out a good variety of fungi which have their own blog.
So onward to the stuff of March.
Isn’t this little boat the cutest?
The flood waters made the creeks run and the creek at Emerald Beach broke through the sand and flowed to the sea. The strong tannin coloured water gave the rocks an interesting hue.
Rust. As you know I love rust, the colours and textures rust gives to metal.
More rust on the fence around the riverbank park in Grafton.
In Lismore, wandering the back lanes I came across this furnace door that is still in operation at the rear of a cafe.
One of the treasures of Lismore is the street art in the back lanes. The recent flooding of Lismore didn’t damage most of the art works although some may need a bit of a clean and touch up. The following selection is from just one lane way.
The art on the door is perhaps a portend.
The fish managed to swim out the flood waters I am told.
I love this ghostly face.
The butterflies in the rainforest.
Speaking of butterflies, I just love photographing butterflies. Of course many a while is spent chasing them around trying to get THAT capture. The Common Yellow butterfly seemed to enjoy time on the ground.
The Small Green-banded Blue butterfly kept trying to hide from me.
I haven’t had such a variety of flies at my place or perhaps I haven’t really taken a close look at them. The yellow face and bottle green body look great.
The green eyes are striking. The long proboscis also lets this fly give you a very sharp sting.
This beautiful Huntsman spider lived in my house for around two months. She has now gone outside I think as I haven’t seen her for a couple of days. Her leg span from front to back or side to side is 16cm. Her body length is 5cm. How big is your hand?
The Fire-wheel trees are flowering.
I have a number of Golden Lycras that my aged neighbour loved. He gave me lots of corms and this year they flowered the best ever. They gave me lovely memories of him. The view from the top.
They looked so lovely in the morning sun.
This Hibiscus was in my parents place and the cutting has lived on at my place filled with abundant flowers this Autumn.
The miniature Hibiscus adds small red spots in the garden
One of the original Hibiscus. This one is in my besties garden. Such a delicate flower. The petals almost look transparent.
Another tiny native flower that I have found around my property. The flower is about 12mm across so imagine the size of the insect that was getting some nectar or pollen.
The Bromiliads had a good flowering this March. They gathered enough water that’s for sure.
I hadn’t seen white Crocus before. Stunning flowers aren’t they?
I have loved the colours of Coleus since I first saw them in my grandfathers garden.
The rain has revived the Lichen.
Wandering around the garden looking for snacks, the Bar-shouldered Dove and Emerald Dove shared the space.
A little Jacky Winter enjoying the morning sun.
The Brown Pigeon sat in the Poinsettia striking a lovely pose.
Not the best angle for a Blue-faced Honeyeater though.
The little Forest Kingfisher sat in the tree looking about then suddenly plunged to the ground. When he resumed his perch, he did the bash bash on the branch to tenderise his snack. It looks like he managed to find a frog in the garden.
The Forest Kingfisher has beautiful colours don’t you think?
Thanks for taking the time to have a look at my March.
THIS month has been a frustrating month for my writing and photographs. My computer hasn’t been performing to “manufacturers specifications” which took me many a night of working out what was happening but finally the solution happened. For the geeks out there, the C: drive space was disappearing, just filling up, despite my making room to have that space disappear overnight. The solution was in the back-ups that was happening daily or sometimes twice a day to the C: drive was stopped and back-ups deleted freeing 880GBs!!!! That’s enough of that….onto March and what discoveries I have found for the month.
Took another drive around the back roads and on the road between Uki and Tyalgum there was a huge tree, a Camphor Laurel, which was laden with Birds Nest Ferns and Stags. The photos I took just don’t give the wonder that is this tree. Can you count them all?
Trees are important as they can provide so much for everyone. Even a dead tree has its uses. They make great lookouts.
From such a great spot, the Black Shouldered Kite was able to survey the surrounds of Cowans Pond Wetland and nearby farmlands. I think he saw me don’t you?
While spending a warm day sitting in the Clarence River at Lilydale, a White_bellied Sea Eagle soared over the water looking for a snack.
The Osprey was so high up as it wheeled across the sky I didn’t think I would get any photos. Getting two different bird of prey photos made my day!
While back on the ground, a lovely song was being sung in my besties garden. It took a while to find the tuneful bird but persistence found the Varied Triller singing away high in the branches of a coastal pine.
Everyone likes the bird bath photos. This time one of the small birds was having a lovely time. A Brown Thornbill was looking particularly fluffy during his bath time. He even was concerned about how clean his feet were just like the Whipbird
Afterwards, among the branches of the wisteria looked like a safe place to dry off.
Around the garden, even though there hadn’t been much rain, some plants put on their end of summer show. Everyone knows how much I love to photograph flowers The colours are amazing, so onward with a small flower show, starting with a stunning red flower.
The bromeliads were full of flowers. The white inside with red spires and the twisty ends of a purple/mauve colour.
The little Chinamans Hat flower looked stunning covering the bush with its little yellow curled up stamen.
The cream colouring on the Zinnia made it stand out among the others.
Passionfruit flowers can look rather messy.
The Camelias showed plenty of welcome for the insects to gather pollen.
The Blue Banded Bees loved these purple flowers
While way up in the eucalypt, the blossoms made a spectacular sight. Even the insects were enjoying what the gum blossoms had to offer. Can you see the little bug searching among the blossoms?
Travelling around the north coast it’s not hard to find a beach somewhere. Even the beach has its insects. There were a few flies just chillin’ on the sand.
The garden was also full of butterflies, many who were too fast for me, but there were a few who I managed to get while they were resting or sampling what the flowers had to offer. The Wanderers are always accommodating when the camera is near.
And the Jezabels are always dressed in their brightest colours with a fluffy coat.
The Common Grass Yellow certainly stands out among the darker green foliage as it feeds on a Farmers Friend flower.
See more butterflies here
So the usual suspects were around in March plus a few new discoveries. I hope you have enjoyed some of my March wanderings. See you next time for more adventures through the lens of my camera.