This is December

This is just the one big photo blog. I hope you have time to scroll through. It started rather small at the start of December and just seemed to grow as stuff happened. I have included some of the skies that may have been in Beckys Square Sky photo challenge or missed out. I really enjoyed Beckys #SquareSky challenge. Perhaps you may need a pot of tea to get to the end!

Lets go. I love skinks and how they just move about on brick walls.
skink_named_toowoomba_dec 2017

Come Summer and the Dragonflies are flitting about the garden.
dragonfly01_named_binna burra_dec 2017

I couldn’t find this Dragonfly at first when it disappeared into the garden.
dragonfly_named_binna burra_dec 2017

Summer in Australia with the deafening cacophony of cicadas. When the tree you were in many years ago has gone, make do with anything to get out of your shell.
cicada shell_steel post_named_home_dec 2017

Brown Ringlets have wonderful “eyes” on their wings.
brown ringlet_named_binna burra_dec 2017

I was visited by an Assassin Bug who did a bit of fluff cleaning for me.
assassin bug_named_home_dec 2017

Mud Daubers make wonderful clay pots to raise their young. They lay an egg in the clay pot, they go about gathering spiders which they comatose for the grub to eat when it hatches.
mud dauber_named_home_dec 2017

I have been watching this one build a cone shape on the architrave of the office door.
wasp_nest_named_home_dec 2017

Some mornings the chicken wire fence has lots of spider webs in the mesh.
spiders web_wire fence_named_home_dec 2017

What a fabulous green the grasshopper has which contrasts with the yellow of the Deities flower.
grasshopper_yellow dirtis_named_home_dec 2017

I love the Line Blue Butterflys antennae
line blue butterfly_named_binna burra_dec 2017

The Bromiliad flower with a bonus spider shell.
bromiliad flower_named_home_dec 2017

The Stingless Native Bees loved the Day Lily flower.
stingless native bees_day lily_named_home_dec 2017

After the rain, the Crocus flowered much to the delight of the Stingless Native Bees
crocus_stingless native bee_named_home_dec 2017

They certainly have a laconic way of flying don’y they?
crocus_stingless native bee_close_named_home_dec 2017
The red Dahlia is one of my favourite flowers.
dahlia_red_named_binna burra_dec 2017

The Tree Begonias supplied a splash of red in the garden too.
begonia flower_named_home_dec 2017

It was a great year for the Agapanthus flowers.
agapantus_blue_named_home_dec 2017

A tiny native flower with a fluffy centre.
yellow star flower_named_home_dec 2017

Another lovely flower I was given from my friend Geoff.
yellow flower_named_home_dec 2017

A very pretty Rose in a friends garden.
rose_pink_named_jiggi_dec 2017

I think this flower is an Egg and Bacon plant flower.
race horse tree_flower_named_home_dec 2017

The Hibiscus flowers welcomed the rain  in December.
hibiscus_flower_red_named_home_dec 2017

A field of Daisys on the side of the road.
daisys_named_washpool_dec 2017

The Curry Bush had a great flowering last year as well
curry tree_flowers_named_home_dec 2017

The storm season arrived a bit late last year but when it came, it was spectacular.
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This sky was incredible
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And again
storm01_named_home_dec 2017

I love capturing the suns rays.
storm clouds_named_home_dec 2017

The palm leaf had shiny spots of water which glistened in the sunlight.
water drops_palm_named_home_dec 2017

People must have thought I was mad walking around trying to get the sun in the right spot.
windmill_named_toowoomba_dec 2017
This sunset was amazing. The colours changed every minute.
sunset_named_binna burra_dec 2017

It’s hard getting a sunrise photo when you live in a forest.
sunrise_named_home_dec 2017

The Spangled Drongo was wondering what I was doing interrupting bath time.
spangled drongo_bird bath_named_home_dec 2017

It isn’t often I see a Peaceful Dove at the bird bath.
peaceful dove_named_home_dec 2017

When White Ibis flocks glide overhead it is just magnificent.
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A female Figbird or a young Figbird just getting his red mask.
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One day he will look like his dad.
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Check out the pants on the Channel-bill Cuckoo
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They have a very serious looking bill don’t they?
channel billed cuckoo01_named_jiggi_dec 2017 - Copy

Rainbow Lorikeets are quite raucous as they nibble about on the Lemon Scented Tea Tree.
rainbow lorikeets_tea tree_named_home_dec 2017

I am so glad the Forest Kingfisher has returned this Summer to forage around the house.
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An activities box outside of a Cafe in Toowoomba.
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The Moon was just wonderful with the coloured rings on a cloudy night.
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If pupils were white it could look like an eye.
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Some people have said this photo has a Japanese feel about it. What do you think?
moon03_named_binna burra_dec 2017

Thanks for dropping by

This is November: The Flowers

The final installment of This is November. The flowers that appear in November are fabulous. The small native flowers shoot out of the ground for a short time. The garden is resplendent with most of the flowering shrubs a hive of activity as you saw in This is November: The Insects. Enjoy the flowers of November.

You saw the Jacaranda flowers in the This is October: Part Three Did you know that the Jacaranda flower is not only purple but white as well?
white jacaranda_named_grafton_nov 2017

Some flowers are just made to be photographed.
pink flower_named_binna burra_nov 2017

A close-up shot of the Blue Salvia which the Lewins Honeyeater was feeding on in This is November: The Birds
salvia_blue flower_named_binna burra_nov 2017

A few drops of water and an early morning sun make for wonderful flower photography
yellow flower_named_binna burra_nov 2017

The second flowering for some of the Grevilleas
grevillea_red_named_home_nov 2017

The cactus had so many buds and flowers this year.
cactus flower_named_binna burra_nov 2017

When the rain comes, the Crocus add splashes of colour throughout the garden.
crocus_named_home_nov 2017

One of the Day Lilys I was given by my mate Geoff. There is always a Stingless Bee flying around somewhere.
day lily_named_home_nov 2017

This orchid was at my besties sons place. An amazing cascade of flowers.
orchid_whole plant_named_modanville_nov 2017

Here is the orchid flower
orchid_named_modanville_nov 2017

The Pandorea were flowering high in the canopy
pandorea_flower_named_home_nov 2017

My White Hydrangea has a pink hue
white hydrangea flower_named_home_nov 2017

One of the best years for the Silk Tree flowering
silk tree flower_named_binna burra_nov 2017

The Roses at my besties are magnificent this year too.
rose bud_named_binna burra_nov 2017

And the scent is divine
rose_pink_named_binna burra_nov 2017

The little yellow puff balls are everywhere
yellow puff ball flowers_named_home_nov 2017

I love this Hibiscus which seems to have many names – I like Dancing Ballerina
red lantern hibiscus_named_binna burra_nov 2017

The Lomandra growing on the forest floor has many flower spikes
lomandra flowers_named_home_nov 2017

The new leaves on the Paperbark are fabulous
paperbark_new leaves_named_home_nov 2017

The Paperbark was covered in white creamy flowers from top to bottom.
paperbark tree_flowers_named_home_nov 2017

Growing in the paddock was a tiny yellow flower about 5mm in diameter. Once I saw this one I then noticed all the others.
flower_yellow_named_home_nov 2017

The Bottlebrush flowers were their showy best this year. The Pink Bottlebrush flower is the second year it has flowered since planting about 10 years ago.
bottlebrush flower_pink_named_home_nov 2017

This is the red Bottlebrush flower I used as an experimental technique late last month
bottlebrush flower_red_named_home_nov 2017

many people wanted to know what the bush looked like. Here is the Miniature Bottlebrush about 1.5M tall
bottlebrush tree_red_named_home_nov 2017

The birds have been fighting over the Black Bean tree flowers
black bean tree_flowers_named_home_nov 2017

Have you ever seen a Pineapple flower? Now you have. I had no idea they had flowers like this
pineapple_flowers_named_home_nov 2017

Last year, I found the Hyacinth Orchid growing in the forest at my place. I went looking again this year to where I thought it was but to no avail. Looking around my garden not only did I find one growing but two!
hyacinth orchard_named_home_nov 2017

That’s the last post on This is November. I hoped you like all the posts.

This was my March

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?

boat_named_grafton_march 2017

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.

rocks_tannin water_named_emerald beach_march 2017

Rust. As you know I love rust, the colours and textures rust gives to metal.

rust01_named_grafton_march 2017

More rust on the fence around the riverbank park in Grafton.

rust02_named_grafton_march 2017

In Lismore, wandering the back lanes I came across this furnace door that is still in operation at the rear of a cafe.

furnace door_named_lismore_march 2017

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.

graffiti_doorway_lismore_named_march 2017

The fish managed to swim out the flood waters I am told.

graffiti_fish_lismore_named_march 2017

I love this ghostly face.

graffiti_face_lismore_named_march 2017

How clever.

graffiti_shoes_lismore_named_march 2017

The butterflies in the rainforest.

graffiti_butterflies_lismore_named_march 2017

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.

yellow meadow butterfly_named_home_march 2017

The Small Green-banded Blue butterfly kept trying to hide from me.

small green banded blue butterfly_named_home_march 2017

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.

fly_yellow face_named_home_march 2017

The green eyes are striking. The long proboscis also lets this fly give you a very sharp sting.

fly_named_home_march 2017

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?

huntsman_named_home_march 2017

The Fire-wheel trees are flowering.

fire wheel tree flower_named_grafton_march 2017

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.

golden lycras_above_named_home_march 2017

They looked so lovely in the morning sun.

golden lycras_named_binna burra_march 2017

This Hibiscus was in my parents place and the cutting has lived on at my place filled with abundant flowers this Autumn.


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The miniature Hibiscus adds small red spots in the garden

hybiscus_miniture red_named_home_march 2017

One of the original Hibiscus. This one is in my besties garden. Such a delicate flower. The petals almost look transparent.

white flower_named_binna burra_march 2017

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.

purple flower_named_home_march 2017

The Bromiliads had a good flowering this March. They gathered enough water that’s for sure.

bromilliad flower_named_home_march 2017

I hadn’t seen white Crocus before. Stunning flowers aren’t they?

white crocus_named_emerald beach_march 2017

I have loved the colours of Coleus since I first saw them in my grandfathers garden.

coleus_named_binna burra_march 2017


The rain has revived the Lichen.

lichen_named_home_march 2017

Wandering around the garden looking for snacks, the Bar-shouldered Dove and Emerald Dove shared the space.

emerald dove_peaceful dove_named_binna burra_march 2017

A little Jacky Winter enjoying the morning sun.

jackie winter_named_home_march 2017

The Brown Pigeon sat in the Poinsettia striking a lovely pose.

brown pigeon_named_binna burra_march 2017

Not the best angle for a Blue-faced Honeyeater though.

blue faced honeyeater_named_home_march 2017

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.

forest kingfisher_frog_named_home_march 2017

The Forest Kingfisher has beautiful colours don’t you think?

forest kingfisher_close_named_home_march 2017

Thanks for taking the time to have a look at my March.

Here is December so far

December has been quite warm to hot and I wish it would rain. The birds are coming into the garden for the watering places I have set out for them. The garden is getting drier but most of the plants are hanging on.

The Red-necked Wallabies are hanging around the house. Some have taken to the cool under the house or in the shade offered by the house and sheds.This bloke just hopped into the garden and lay down for a rest.


The Pink Lilli Pilli had a fantastic flowering this year, and the insects and birds made the most of what was on offer. The bees were buzzing around and sampling the Lilli Pillis wares.


I never get tired of watching Blue-banded Bees scrunch into the Blue Ginger flowers so their blue bums are on show.


When the Crocus flower, the Stingless Native Bees come flying in the early morning when the flowers first open for the day. How much more pollen can a bee fit into its pollen sac?


First off, I must apologise for the poor photo of this Planthopper. It was in the kitchen late one night and I have never seen one at my place before. It wouldn’t sit still enough to get a good photo. The black with stunning orange spots and those eyes!!!!


On a hot day the Australian Painted Lady came onto the verandah. The colours are far more prominent than the other Australian Painted Lady butterflies I have found.


The hanging pot bird bath, the subject of so many bird photos, also hosts insects as well as birds looking for a drink.


Yes it is hot. The little White-throated Honeyeater does look he needs a drink doesn’t he?


“Well George, do you come here often?”


On a hot day, everyone has to share. The Scarlet Honeyeater and White-throated Honeyeater both enjoyed a drink.


The female Scarlet Honeyeater thought it was a good time for a bath. A quick dunk in and out.


Meanwhile at the other bird bath, the King Parrot enjoyed the bird bath to himself.


At my besties bird bath, the birds who arrive in the afternoon for a quick bath and drink are different to the ones at my place, although the Eastern Yellow Robins are at my place too.


A very fluffy Eastern Yellow Robin after a number of dives into the water.


A view from the back shows the yellow feathers aren’t just on the chest of the Eastern Yellow Robin.


The Eastern Whipbirds always look at their legs and feet when they get out of the water!!! Remember this blog


The Red-browed Finches come to the bird bath in a large flock. Some have better eyebrows than others lol


The Superb Fairy Wrens arrive at the same time as the Finches. They are such delightful birds.


The males are so different to the females. I like the Jenny’s eye make-up.


It’s the same with the Scarlet Honeyeaters. The females are so different.


I think this one may be a juvenile male just starting to get his scarlet colours.


Soon he will be as striking as this Scarlet Honeyeater male.


Meanwhile, from high atop the gum tree, a Peaceful Dove watched what was going on in and around the chook yard.


My poor Flame Tree gave it its best shot this year. The dry resulted in sparse flowers but the Little Friarbird still enjoyed what was on offer.


The Satin Flycatcher likes to visit as you saw in my last blog. Here is his lady who was peeping out from the bushes.


For the first time a gang of Grey-crowned Babblers came into the garden and had a quick snack in the fig tree. They are normally in the forest away from the house and in the semi-open country under the power lines. It was lovely to see them forage around the garden with their constant chatter..


The last full moon, my bestie and I were lucky to be home to see the Moon Flower bloom. In the afternoon she said that the bud looked like it was ready to open so late that night we went into the garden to see this amazing flower.


We used torch light to get the photos.


The Moon Flower is so alien looking when you look deep inside the bloom.


Thanks for stopping by and looking at what I have found this December. I love taking photos and sharing.

See you next year

Brian x

At the beach and in the garden

This time of year plants get a boost on before the cold sets in around here. March is the best time to plant. This year summer was extremely dry but when the rains came flowers appeared showing their fantastic colours, shapes and scents attracting pollinating insects. The days are quite warm and quite often a trip to the beach is taken and sometimes, if the water isn’t too cold, a swim but usually I sit around camera in hand hoping something interesting will come into view.

Here is a few things I found, the good the bad and the ugly. Ready to go? I think I might start with a couple of photos at the beach and see where we go from there. I like to find a nice pandanus to sit under out of the sun.


Always there are seagulls whizzing around, perhaps looking for that chip tossed by someone.


But this day the bonus was the Osprey wheeling about the sky.


And occasionally hovering over the water.


As I said, it was wonderful when the rain came, clouds full of promise and delivery. I liked the way the clouds and trees matched shapes.


The insects are busy buzzing around before the cold sets in. They are everywhere looking for nectar or whatever will sustain them for the coming months. The honey bees and little native bees were all over the Hibiscus zipping from flower to flower.


This year, the cicadas were in full song, at time deafening. The garden is full of their shells.


I found this tiny tiny moth on the door. It is about 10mm in length and very hairy.


Among the flowers in the garden, the Pink Euodia was the pick of many insects and birds.


The Lewins Honeyeater was very protective of “his” tree giving anyone who dared try to sample the blossoms a quick seeing off.


The Butterfly Bush was full of flowers as well. They just look superb as the flowers seem ready to fly.


This year the Cats Whiskers seemed to have more purple on the tips.


I was disappointed that the bees didn’t seem to want to be around the White Crocus as much as they were around the pink one.


This so white flower with its lovely red centre was the only one in the garden.


I love the shadow of the stamens shadow on the petals of the flower.


Early morning and the buds were almost ready to burst.


On the ground, the Grey Shrike-thrush hopped about the garden looking here and there for a bit of lunch.


While one of my favourite bird, the Eastern Yellow Robin sat on the post watching for movement in the garden.


During the long hot summer days I go down to the chook house to gather the eggs. Sometimes I come back empty-handed. This bloke is one of the reasons for that. I went into the chook house and he scarpered out, too fast for me to catch and sat up in the tree.


Well the Moon has risen so it must be time for bed. I hope you have had a good time at the beach and in the garden with me.