Double dipping at Raspberry Lookout

Debbie’s One Word Sunday: Weather

Today I went for a drive up the Gibraltar Range as there are wild flowers growing at the moment. Of course a drive into the mountains wouldn’t be the same without a stop off at my favourite place, Raspberry Lookout.

This is what you can usually see when you stop at Raspberry Lookout

Today it was like this

I did mention wildflowers didn’t I? There were daisies and other flowers just on the roadside.

As well as Christmas Bells, the ones I had come to see.

These are for Cee’s FOTD

I don’t know if this satisfies Marsha’s and Cee’s PPAC I found it in the very old tree in a notch they cut out to insert planks to get higher when felling a tree many many years ago

I bet you wondered where all this was going didn’t you? Well this is all part of the Lens-Artists Challenge #181: Double Dipping

But did you notice that some of the photos were square so get prepared for Becky’s Square Photo Challenge February: Odd

Your favourite photos for 2021

Lens-Artists Challenge #180 – Favorite Images of 2021
Sunday Stills: 2021 in the #Rear-view Mirror, Nothing Like the Present, The Future is Ours

Here are YOUR favourite photos from 2021 I didn’t include the photos from my Last on the Card photo challenge as it would have made this post way to big even though they were the the ones that had the most views and comments.

In 2021 bushboys world had 71,916 views, from 25,478 visitors from 125 countries, including one view from Antarctica (I suspect as I had Penguin in my tag) and I did 919 posts!!!! I am obsessed don’t you think?

In January the Last on the Card December 2020 was the most popular post with 231 views. The next popular post was a Ragtag Prompt: Mob with this photo. A group of Red-necked Wallabies, in fact all groups of Wallabies and Kangaroos is called a mob.

In February the most popular post was again Last on the Card January 2021 with 214 views. The next was my Happy Valentines Day post (91 views) which had a slideshow of roses and a sweet Rose Robin

In March the most popular post was Last on the Card February 2021 with 242 views. Next was The Green Tree Snake and the Fence which had 99 views. I saw the Green Tree Snake on the neighbours fence as I was driving home and managed a few photos before he slithered off.

Aprils most popular was again Last on the Card with 173 views. Shades of pink, the first of Jude’s Life in Colour challenges, Pink, with 143 views. Your favourite photos was these two Galahs.

Going into May the most viewed with 250 views was the Last on the Card April. The flying penguin and others, in response to Debbie’s One Word Sunday: Wind, had 108 views

In June the most popular with 225 views was Last on the Card May 2021. Next was Sheds I have known with 106 views from a Ragtag Prompt: The Old Shed. The sheds featured are mine plus there was a poem that went with the post.

Onto July and Last on the Card June had 239 views. Next in line was Getting close at home, a Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge with 110 views. I was Cee’s guest host for this challenge so lots of macro photos in the post. It was fun to be a guest host and there were many contributions for my theme. Your favourites were the biscuit tins and the tap

In August Last on the Card July 2021 had 217 views. your next favourite was No more being a wallflower, Marilyn. Inspired by Debbies Six Word Saturday prompt: No more being the wallflower, Mona. I was a bit cheeky with Debbies words for a lot of last years Six Word Saturday prompts.

I chose photos on the wall at the Grand Hyatt, Seoul South Korea

Did September surprise with the most viewed post? No again it was Last on the Card August 2021 with 171 views. My post, From the kitchen window this afternoon, had 161 views. A Ludwig’s Monday Window post

Last on the Card September fell from the rankings for the first time this year. Only 159 views. Your most surprising photo was one I was debating with myself whether I would delete it or not, so I threw it out there for your opinion. What do you think? had an astonishing 227 views and over 100 replies with everyone saying keep it!

Last on the Card again rose to the top with 165 views. Not surprisingly the Monday Portrait 1 November had 131 views and loads of comments with the word cute appearing many times.

We are at the end of 2021 so lets see what December bought. No surprises again the support for my Last on the Card is so encouraging, perhaps I should continue into 2022. What do you think? With 184 views, Last on the Card November 2021 was the top post.

The next top post was a bit of a sad post as it was for my good friend Cee whose sister passed. Her sister loved Daisies so my post was all Daisies for Cee’s sister

Daisies for Cees Sister

It was with a heavy heart I read that Cees sister had died on her post

I am sending a few of my daisies and a song to Cee for her sister and her memory

A field of Australian Paper Daisies on the roadside in the mountains near my place

Australian Paper Daisies

Another Australian Native Daisy – a Sea Daisy

One from my garden

Sending much love Cee

What do you think?

I took this photo late in the afternoon yesterday. Going through the photos and doing a cull, this one came along. I was about to delete but something said no, don’t. I do like it but there is so much wrong about it. Therefor I am asking – would you have deleted the photo?

Pink #30

My last set of photos for Becky’s square photo challenge: In the Pink

I have been collecting pink flowers for a while and posting some here and there for Becky’s fabulous challenge. It looks like I have run out of days. So, here is an avalanche of pink flowers.
Where many of my flower photos come from – mine and my besties garden. We both have quite a few old wheelbarrows recycled into garden beds.
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I think this is a Daisy variety.
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I have no idea, a vine of some sort trailing over a fence.
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I love looking into flowers. I love their structure and, as with some of the previous Pink flowers, perhaps and insect or two.
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The Kahlanchoe had a wonderful display this year.
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I don’t know what this one is either. We just called it the “Pink Thing” that is covered with delicate bell like flowers in Spring.
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A large Hippeastrum not pink. Can you spot the pink?
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A lovely pink frilly Hibiscus.
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A Gazinia with graduating pink petals
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If you want to join in here are a few ideas from Becky.

The theme for squares this month is ‘In the Pink‘ and the one rule as always is that your main photograph must be square. After that the world is your oyster, or should I say flamingo?! To help you get started here are some ideas you might want to consider;

  1. In the Pink’ – means perfect condition or in good health, so that could be human or not!
  2. Tickled Pink‘ – means delighted, so I’m thinking happy, fun and of course delighted. That could be you or the subject of your photograph.
  3. Pink – you can of course simply share anything that is coloured pink
  4. There is an extra challenge for those of you up for it – can you manage to combine two of these, or maybe even all three?

Squares is a daily challenge, so your photographs can be from the archives or brand new. Don’t forget though to keep your photo square, and to pingback with #InthePink.

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.
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Come Summer and the Dragonflies are flitting about the garden.
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I couldn’t find this Dragonfly at first when it disappeared into the garden.
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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.
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Brown Ringlets have wonderful “eyes” on their wings.
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I was visited by an Assassin Bug who did a bit of fluff cleaning for me.
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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.
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I have been watching this one build a cone shape on the architrave of the office door.
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Some mornings the chicken wire fence has lots of spider webs in the mesh.
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What a fabulous green the grasshopper has which contrasts with the yellow of the Deities flower.
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I love the Line Blue Butterflys antennae
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The Bromiliad flower with a bonus spider shell.
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The Stingless Native Bees loved the Day Lily flower.
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After the rain, the Crocus flowered much to the delight of the Stingless Native Bees
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They certainly have a laconic way of flying don’y they?
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The red Dahlia is one of my favourite flowers.
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The Tree Begonias supplied a splash of red in the garden too.
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It was a great year for the Agapanthus flowers.
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A tiny native flower with a fluffy centre.
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Another lovely flower I was given from my friend Geoff.
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A very pretty Rose in a friends garden.
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I think this flower is an Egg and Bacon plant flower.
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The Hibiscus flowers welcomed the rain  in December.
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A field of Daisys on the side of the road.
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The Curry Bush had a great flowering last year as well
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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
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I love capturing the suns rays.
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The palm leaf had shiny spots of water which glistened in the sunlight.
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People must have thought I was mad walking around trying to get the sun in the right spot.
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This sunset was amazing. The colours changed every minute.
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It’s hard getting a sunrise photo when you live in a forest.
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The Spangled Drongo was wondering what I was doing interrupting bath time.
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It isn’t often I see a Peaceful Dove at the bird bath.
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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?
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Rainbow Lorikeets are quite raucous as they nibble about on the Lemon Scented Tea Tree.
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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?
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Thanks for dropping by

December’s Discoveries

So much to do in the next few days. I wanted to get a little bit of my world out there for you to enjoy. I looked at some of the photos and there are some that are recurring from years gone by. I guess that’s what happens in nature. The cycles just keep rolling on. I wonder if you can spot the photos subjects that have appeared before. All of the flower and insect photos are from my besties fantastic garden. I love wandering around her garden discovering flowers and insects.

I took many photos of this tree as the textures and lines are so good. It was so hard to settle on one photo.

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The air ferns are increasing in the bush and around the garden. They are so primitive looking don’t you think?

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The way the moss just cascades over the old tree trunk, filling crevices giving life to the dead wood of a large tree from the past.

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The water vine grew in the fork of the tree long ago and now it looks like the tree has an appendage. The vine is still alive reaching up into the canopy.

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The flowers of the Silk Tree aren’t around for long. The birds sure make a mess of the flowers when they come to gather the bit of pollen or nectar the flowers supply.

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This hibiscus flower grows high in the tree and sends the occasional flower to hang down adding a splash of red to the garden.

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The little balls laden with pollen usually have native bees buzzing around except when I was taking photos.

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The delicate blue centres of the white hydrangea are quite stunning when you get close to the large white flower ball.

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These tiny daisies are popping up all through the garden. They are about 10mm in diameter.

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I love the Cats Whiskers with their purple tips.

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I am not sure what this orange flower is called but it makes a bold statement in the garden’s borders.

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Flowers aren’t just to be seen in the garden, they are also a source of joy in the house or even in the lady shed.

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I can’t find my spider book so I can’t let you know the names of these spiders. This little one is quite small but very fast.

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Another tiny spider who sat still for a photo or two then decided that enough was enough and jumped onto the camera.

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When we were fixing up the studio I came across a few insects, mainly black ants by the thousands, but this long skinny spider was staying where he was, pretending to be a stick I guess.

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There have been lots of dragonflies flitting around my besties garden and mine as well. There have been blue and large red dragonflies at my place, whereas there appears to be a lot of these orange/yellow ones at her place. This one was happily flying around the rainforest near the creek.

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This dragonfly is one of the bigger dragonflies in the rainforest.

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Back at my place I have been keeping an eye on the Friarbirds nest.

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I think the female or juvenile Satin Bowerbird spotted me as I was staking out the bird bath.

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The tiny Thornbill didn’t seem to care as it contemplated taking a plunge into the water.

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As usual the garden has its resident Easter Yellow Robin. I love the way they seem to enjoy landing on vertical things.

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We went to Broken Head for the afternoon. There are always White-bellied Sea Eagles soaring on the currents around the headland.

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It was a surprise to see the Sooty Oystercatcher strolling around the beach. It looked a bit tired so maybe it was the first landing on its migration?

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The little bit of rain I have had has certainly sent the frogs into a cacophony of a night. I think these tadpoles may be Bleating Tree Frogs as I hear them around the pool.

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I think the one on the right may enjoy getting its pictue taken.

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That’s all for the time being so if I don’t get to post another blog soon, have a great Christmas. Remember to look after our nature because it’s the only one we have.