This is October 2018

OK folks strap yourself in for this ride. You will need stamina, food, drinks and a possible toilet break as I have been unrelenting in snapping away with all manner of things. I was going to break the photos down into subject groups in separate posts, but I thought “What the heck, you can scroll through at your own pace.”

What better way to start the day (or post) than with a sunrise from my besties new place
sunrise_named_caniaba_oct 2018

Let’s start with things. I don’t know what to call this bunch of photos as they are different. Enough talk. Off we go!

I found these gelatinous blobs on the beach, hundreds of them. Perhaps baby jelly fish?
eggs_beach_named_evans head_oct 2018
When you see a land form that resembles something else
duck rock_beach_named_evans head_oct 2018

The planes have been showing themselves a bit in October.
areoplane_named_home_oct 2018

Just love these rock cliff, the colours and again, can you see a face?
rock formation_beach_named_evans head_oct 2018

The moss gave the tree a bit of a dress with a vine for dramatic effect.
moss_vine_waterhole_named_home_oct 2018
More moss. This time at the waters edge at the beachmoss_rocks_beach_named_evans head_oct 2018

The rock pool took on an ethereal mood
rock pool_beach_named_evans head_oct 2018

Just the shelf at my besties place
the shelf_swant_named_caniaba_oct 2018

When I put on this lamp, I just had to take the photo. Another shelf at my besties
the shelf_light_named_caniaba_oct 2018

October saw the rain come. This dam, I use the water around the house and garden, was about one-eighth full. Seeing the water flow into the dam cured my blues.
house dam_named_oct 2018

The waterhole on my place never is dry but came very close this year. Seeing it full again made me happy. I think the birds and animals are pleased as well
waterhole_named_home_oct 2018

Waterfalls make such a soothing sound don’t you think? Even little waterfalls that help fill the waterhole.
waterfall_beach_named_evans head_oct 2018
Of course a bit of rain and sunshine brings out the fungifungi_named_home_oct 2018

Fungi of all shapes and colours. Some big….
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…some small
fungus_wood_orange_named_home_oct 2018
and some are ediblemushroom_named_caniaba_oct 2018

I love Grass Trees. These are at a place called Naughtons Gap. They are bigger than some of the Grass Trees on my place.
grass trees_named_naughtons gap_oct 2018
A wonderful discovery was a whole street in Grafton lined with Bottle Trees. This will be investigated as to why and how and perhaps a bushboy post about the history of the Bottle Trees in Grafton may evolve.bottle tree_named_grafton_oct 2018

The early morning dew and spiders webs. I can’t resist
spider_web_grass_named_caniaba_oct 2018

Sitting having a cup of tea with my bestie when a large Skink wandered about the garden. Wonderful markings aren’t they?
skink_named_caniaba_oct 2018
Would you believe that this tree is called a Cheese Tree?cheese tree_fruit_waterhole_named_home_oct 2018

Just an ant having a swim. He did get out eventually.
ant_swimming_dam_named_home_oct 2018

The flower and a bee. The flower is on what is called a broad leaf weed which is supposed to be undesirable in a lawn. Look at the bees pollen sacks. I don’t think the bee would be as happy if the “weed” wasn’t there. Think before you mow please.
bee_flower_named_caniaba_oct 2018

Just a feather
feather_striped_named_caniaba_oct 2018

and another
feather_grass_named_caniaba_oct 2018

The Forest Kingfishers have arrived. The male looked about for anything that moved in the grass or the garden.
forest kingfisher_front_named_caniaba_oct 2018

The colours on his back are lovely.
forest kingfisher_back_named_caniaba_oct 2018

This photo shows a bit more of the iridescence
forest kingfisher_named_caniaba_oct 2018

Galahs are funny birds. This bloke is sitting on the stock trough on next doors place at my besties
galah_named_caniaba_oct 2018

It’s a bit of a way down to get a drink.
galah_upsidedowm_named_caniaba_oct 2018

Another arrival in Spring are the Grey Shrike Thrush. They are in the trees around the garden and sing in the morning and in the afternoons. What a delight to have in my garden.
grey shrike thush_named_home_oct 2018

The Pied Currawong didn’t mind a bit of rain.
pied currawong_wet_named_home_oct 2018
Doesn’t he look great. The black with the red of the Flame Treepied currawong_flame tree_named_home_oct 2018

The Fig Bird was spotted eating Mulberries
figbird_male_mulberry_named_caniaba_oct 2018

So was his mate
figbird_female_mulberry_named_caniaba_oct 2018
A Coucal Pheasant came for a visit and sat high in the Gum Tree.coucal pheasant_named_caniaba_oct 2018

Later on, I think he was checking me out through the undergrowth.
coucal pheasant_named_naughtons gap_oct 2018

Another October visitor, a Brown Honeyeater
brown honeyeater_garden_named_home_oct 2018
He soon found the bird bathbrown honeyeater_bird bath_named_home_oct 2018

The Blue-faced Honeyeaters have arrived in numbers to feast on the Honey Gem Grevillea
blue faced honeyeater_honey gem_grevillea_named_home_oct 2018
The female Blue-faced Honeyeaters also drop in for a snackblue faced honeyeater_honey gem_female_grevillea_named_home_oct 2018

Remember the post about the Post where the Noisy Friar Bird was chased away by the Spangled Drongo. Here Rainbow Lorikeets get a serve from the Friar Bird. A bit of a peck to the head.
rainbow lorikeets_noisy friar bird_honey gem_grevillea_fight_named_home_oct 2018

The Rainbow Lorikeets were a bit bemused by all the carry on.
rainbow lorikeets_honey gem_grevillea_named_home_oct 2018

A female Satin Bowerbird enjoyed the nectar in the Yamba Sunshine Grevillea.
satin bower bird_female_reaching_honey gem_named_home_oct 2018
But like everyone else, the Honey Gem Grevillea is the best place to get a meal.satin bower bird_female_honey gem_named_home_oct 2018

Yellow-faced Honeyeaters seem to have a constant scowl on their faces.
yellow-faced honeyeater_named_home_oct 2018
I think this Yellow-faced Honeyeater spotted me and my camerayellow faced honeyeater_named_home_oct 2018
The gravity defying White-throated Treecreeper taken from the comfort of the chair in my officewhite throated treecreeper_named_home_oct 2018

They are lovely as they hop up and down the trees looking for something to eat.
white throated treecreeper_garden_named_home_oct 2018

Another photo from my office chair. I call this one, “I can see what you are doing” is what the King Parrot is saying.
king parrot_looking_named_home_oct 2018
A young King Parrot morphing into a maleking parrot_young_named_home_oct 2018

Getting a good Eastern Rosella photo quest continues
eastern rosella_named_caniaba_oct 2018

Out for a drive, we spotted a smallish bird run across the road and into a paddock. A new bird has been seen, an Australasian Pipit.
australaisin pipit_named_caniaba_oct 2018

On another adventure drive, we spotted flashes of green zooming across the road. A flock of Rainbow Bee Eaters were hanging about. This is a breeding pair
rainbow bee eaters_rambaldini rd_naughtons gap_named_oct 2018

Aren’t the males colours amazing?
rainbow bee eater_close_rambaldini rd_naughtons gap_named_oct 2018

You may wonder why we are back at a couple of young King Parrots. I thought it was lovely to have them sitting on a hanging pot under the verandah, until I spotted what they were doing
king parrots_young_succulent_named_home_oct 2018

Yes, these “lovely” young birds had eaten half of the succulents in the pot. All around the pot, the succulent trailed over the edge. Can you see the bit trailing over the edge now. This hanging pot is no longer hanging where pesky King Parrots can get at it.
succulent_hanging pot_named_home_oct 2018

Water drops and new growth
succulent_water_drop_named_home_oct 2018
I love the colour of this Succulent. Was tempted to pinch a leaf or twosucculent_named_caniaba_oct 2018

I love the colours in this photo of a Hanging Violet with red in the background
violet_behind_named_caniaba_oct 2018

A lovely Native Geranium growing in the “lawn” Another reason not to mow
native geranium_named_caniaba_oct 2018
Pansies, pansies, pansiespansies1_named_caniaba_oct 2018
and more Pansiespansies2_named_caniaba_oct 2018
This year the Silky Oaks flowering was spectacularsilky oak_grevilea_named_caniaba_oct 2018

A flower of a Succulent
cactus_flower_named_caniaba_oct 2018

The Budlea flower spike wonderful and smells delightful
budlea_flower_named_caniaba_oct 2018

Some of the Roses looked a treat this year
rose_pink_named_caniaba_oct 2018
A pink Bottlebrush flowerbottlebrush_flower_named_caniaba_oct 2018

The native water lillies on my dam. Water Snowflake
water lilies_dam_named_home_oct 2018

The rain knocked a lot of the flowers off the Flame Tree. The little cups filled with water
flame tree_flowers_named_home_oct 2018

Some native flowers that grow on my place. This yellow beauty is Dogwood
flower_native_waterhole_named_home_oct 2018
I think this native flower is a Hairy Guinea Flowerflower_native_yellow_waterhole_named_home_oct 2018

I have been encouraging a lot of Egg and Bacon plant to grow on one part of my property. It’s spikey habit is good for protecting small birds when it is in a fairly dense thicket
egg and bacon_plant_named_home_oct 2018
Plus the flowers are lovely. You can see the sharp points in the leavesegg and bacon_flower_named_home_oct 2018

A small pink Grevillea.
grevillea_flower_named_caniaba_oct 2018

My besties flower beds are looking great
flowers_pink_red_named_caniaba_oct 2018
and yet more flowersflowers_pink_named_caniaba_oct 2018
This flower has caused great excitement for me. This is the first time I have seen a Hakea Florulenta on my property.hakea florulenta_stem_named_home_oct 2018

Aren’t the tiny flowers delightful?
hakea florulenta_flower_named_home_oct 2018

The early morning fog gives a sense of wonder to start the day
rainy_morning_named_caniaba_oct 2018
Of course when it rains, you also find rainbows. This one had a faint double above.rainbow_named_caniaba_oct 2018

Well, the sun is setting and you have reached the end. Well done for sticking around to get to the end and thanks for having a look at my October 2018
sunset_named_caniaba_oct 2018

Did you have a favourite photo?

Februarys Finds

FEBRUARY has been quite busy. A new thing for me this month has been submitting some photos in photo challenges, which I have found to be quite interesting. The photo challenges make me think about my photography and that my photos elicit comments from other bloggers and in turn, I comment on their photos or the words used to enhance the photos in their blogs. So if you would like to see what I have submitted, have a look at my last few blogs in February. Maybe you would like to comment too.

In this blog I would like to take you on an adventure with me.

Lets set off, do you have a cuppa or something to sustain you while we explore my world?

I like to find something unusual to capture. The frangipannis shadow on the fence post caught my besties eye so this photo is inspired by her. I also took the photo in black and white but it didn’t have the same effect as a splash of colour in the background.

shadow-post_binna-burrra_named_feb-2017

We like to get away in February for a couple of days (we call our mini-holiday) to Ballina Beach Resort. Among the gardens there is always a Water Dragon or two sunning themselves. Looking down from the balcony you get a different perspective of the Water Dragon.

water-dragon_rocks_named_ballina_feb-2017

But he is always watchful and spied me looking over the edge.

water-dragon_head_named_ballina_feb-2017

Back at my besties famous bird bath, where many a bird photo has been taken, the Striated Thornbill liked to show off his little reddish leg, almost taking a bow.

striated-thornbill_named_binna-burra_feb-2017

Now we are going for a bit of a walk around my place. For once I just took my camera to get some of the stuff around here. Most walks get disturbed by the habit of pulling out weeds as I walk around. This time I concentrated on getting some of the life around here. OK, I may have pulled a few weeds here and there!

One of the weird and wonderful are the air ferns. They look rather alien at times don’t you think? This one is growing on a fence post.

air-fern_named_home_feb-2017

As I walked around, every now and then, I smelt the heady scent of honeycomb. The Bloodwoods are in flower. I love the creamy colour of the flowers and green of the leaves against the blue sky.

bloodwood-blossoms_named_home_feb-2017

OK back to ground level. The native flowers that abound the bush come in a number of colours, blues, purples, yellows and occasionally red. Most of the flowers are quite small, ranging from about 5mm to 15mm. I have to find something to take with me to show the size of the flowers.  I also need an identification guide to let you know what the flowers are so if anyone knows a good publication on native flowers of north-east NSW please let me know

This blue flower is one of the bigger ones.

blue-flower_named_home_feb-2017

It was hard to capture the lovely mauve of this little pea like flower. The flower is around 5mm.

orchid_named_home_feb-2017

The star shape is common. Previous blogs have had the yellow and blue star shaped flower. This walk I found a pale purple star shaped flower. This flower is about 10mm in size.

purple-flowers_named_home_feb-2017

More purple flowers. A bit bigger in size and a bit hairier. Grows closer to the ground than the other flower which are on stalks.

purple-hairy-flower_named_home_feb-2017

A small yellow pea type of flower similar to the mauve flower a few flowers back, a about the same size. I  love the red stripes. This one comes with a bonus water droplet.

yellow-pea-flower_named_home_feb-2017

More yellow flowers. A lovely bunch of tiny yellow puff balls. The whole bunch would be no more than 12mms.

yellow-puff-balls_named_home_feb-2017

A bit of rain saw the mosses come back to life after seemingly disappearing during the dry spell. The smaller star moss and the feathery moss that cascades over the log.

moss_named_home_feb-2017

A wonderful discovery was the Hyacinth Orchid just standing tall in the bush. No leaves or anything else, just a lovely flower spike about 20cms tall. It was the only one in the surrounding area. I haven’t been back for a week or so, so I wonder if it is still there?

hyacinth-orchid_named_home_feb-2017

Rain has put a bit of water into the dam, freshening up the water and the water plants are flowering. The Water Snowflake’s flower is a lovely flower. A wonderful fringe form and so white against the dark green leaves and water.

water-snowflake-flower_namedl_home_feb-2017

The Cape Waterlily is also flowering and the reeds are starting to set seed. Among the reeds is a number of frogs whose song at night is quite loud. Also flitting about the dam are a variety of Dragonflies.

house-dam_named_feb-2017

The little iridescent blue dragonfly doesn’t sit still as long as the larger dragonflies. They are different to the other Dragonflies as they  have their wings folded along their body.

dragonfly-small-blue01_namedl_home_feb-2017

The many blue dragonflies fly off, swoop and then land to catch their breath on any small piece of reed they can find.

dragonfly01_blue_named_home_feb-2017

There is as many red dragonflies as blues. They seem to land on the dead reeds on the ground although some never seem to land. The red and blues also fly around the house almost like a patrol flying back and forth along the front verandah, occasionally flying under the verandah roof.

dragonfly01_red_named_home_feb-2017

Now this little bloke is so different from the others, not only in colour and patterns, but seems to prefer to land on the end of seed heads of the water plants and then stick it’s rear end up in the air. It doesn’t seem to mind how it has it’s wings either.

dragonfly01_spots_namedl_home_feb-2017

I found this orange dragonfly at my besties but they are also at my place but not as common as the others.

dragonfly_named_binna-burra_feb-2017

The Blue Gingers have the most delightful flowers. The flower spikes have so many tiny flowers and buds that there is always a number of flowers open so the bees have a chance to get inside. As I have said before, the bees have to scrunch to get at the pollen of the Blue Ginger flowers.

bee_ginger_named_binna-burra_feb-2017

The native Blue-banded Bees certainly love the Blue Ginger flowers and have a good scrunching technique as well.

blue-banded-bee_ginger_named_binna-burra_feb-2017

This Summer, my verandahs have been taken over by night spiders. Unfortunately they have become very lazy and leave their webs up during the day. Luckily they have been catching lots of insects so the web is easy to see but there may have been a time or two where I have walked into a web.

 

night-spider_named_home_feb-2017

There are quite a number of Bull Ant nests in the bush. When I try to get a photo, I make sure I look all around to see if there are any outside the nest on patrol or bring back food to the nest. When they bite you know you have been bitten!

bullant_named_home_feb-2017

I was surprised to find the Satin Bower Birds bower was still in operation and chock-a-block with a variety of blue bits and pieces in the collection. The only things that come from my place are the blue pegs. I know when a Bower Bird has come calling when I find the peg basket up ended. The Satin Bower Birds have made my place home. Years ago they only came here when it was too cold in the Gibraltar Ranges and leaving when it got too hot here.

the-bower_named_home_feb-2017

On our mini-holiday, we managed to get to the beach at sunrise one morning. The sunrise over the sea is fantastic.

sunrise_gold_named_ballina_feb-2017

The Seagull was patient and seemed to like getting its picture taken early in the morning.

seagull_sunrise_named_ballina_feb-2017

There was a line-up of Seagulls checking out the surf.

seagull_lineup_named_ballina_feb-2017

One of my favourite photos of February. Just a branch on the beach. I was tempted to put the photo in the blog upside down.

beach-reflection_named_ballina_feb-2017

Well it’s getting dark so I must head off to bed. I hope you have enjoyed this little bit of my world in February.

I leave you with the Paperbark tree and the street light.

tree_night_named_ballina_feb-2017

June had something new as well as old

The rain finally came in June. The big dam, which leaks, almost filled which is lovely to see even though it only lasts a few weeks before it’s a puddle again. The frogs certainly liked the water and there were a number of different types of frogs calling.

dam_home_named_june 2016

The frogs were also on this little dam which is more of a wetland than a functioning dam. The animals drink from here as well as some birds. Dragonflies were flitting about on both dams.

dam_reeds_home_named_june 2016

As usual, we do our drives around the north coast and one day, as we were heading west out of Casino we came across this Long-necked Tortoise in the middle of the road with cars and trucks speeding by. A quick rescue mission unfolded and it was taken to the dam up a side road not far from where we picked it up.

long-necked tortoise_casino_named_june 2016

At my besties one of the old farm sheds, this one was a piggery, we have created a studio space for art exhibitions and rent the Lady Shed for workshops by all manner of people. We love rearranging and decorating the Lady Shed with all sorts of things found or created

lady shed shelf_binna burra_named_june 2016

I love this owl!!!

lady shed shelf_owl_binna burra_named_june 2016

Quite often when pillows or things are moved there are skinks that scurry away. This day it was a bit cold and some of the skinks were a bit too cold to move too fast.

lady shed_skink_binna burra_named_june 2016

Spiders are also disturbed as we do a bit of a cleaning and moving stuff around when there is someone else going to use the Lady Shed Studio. I have lost my spider ID book so I can’t tell you what is this one.

lady shed_spider_binna burra_named_june 2016

There is a lovely cane light shade in the Lady Shed Studio. We always check to ensure that no one has decided that the light shade would make quite a nice house. Most times a spider or two is moved on or a mud daubers nest is removed. This time a little micro bat with only a face a mother could love had taken up residence. Luckily it had gone the next day before the workshop has started. I think it may be a Lesser Long-eared Bat.

lesser long eared bat_lady shed_binna burra_named_june 2016

In the insulation, just under the corrugated iron, lives a Carpet Snake. It is a lovely warm place for a snake to spend winter. This Carpet Snake has been living in the Lady Shed Studio for ages and sometimes can cause a bit of angst among the workshop participants.

lady shed_carpet snake_binna burra_named_june 2016

One afternoon I was driving home from work when I spied a Black-necked Stork patrolling after the rains had replenished a wetland. When he saw me he just casually walked away.

black necked stork_south grafton_named_june 2016

On the drive west of Casino in a place called Piora, we came across a little watercourse that had a couple of Spoonbills, some ducks and a Heron. The Spoonbill was the only one who didn’t move off when the car stopped.

spoonbill_piora_named_june 2016

As it has been very dry at my place with only occasional showers and 2 days of good rainfalls. The normally abundance of birds has deserted the garden and surrounding bush. The Lewins Honeyeater has stayed waiting for the blossoms to appear. The rain bought out the Honey Gem flowers.

lewins honeyeater_home_named_june 2016

The Satin Bowerbirds have also stayed around as they steal snacks from the chook yard. They also have a been stealing all manner of blue things from the surrounding properties.

satin bowerbird_male_home_named_june 2016

The number of Satin Bowerbirds usually increases when it gets a bit cold in the Gibraltar Ranges. This day when I took these photos the trees were full of the mad chattering of Satin Bowerbirds.

satin bowerbird_female_home_named_june 2016

I did a bit of a bush walk one day. Just near the dam in the first photo there has been a bower for a number of years. The blue objects were strewn in all directions from the bower up to 2 metres away.

satrin bower birds bower_home_named_june 2016

So many blue objects. I have no idea whose place they get the blue bottle tops from as I don’t have any and my recycling is always in a sealed wool bale sack. I do think the strips of blue are from a disintegrating tarp in my building materials area.

satrin bower birds_treasure_home_named_june 2016

The bird bath is always kept with water in it for the birds. Actually I have three places where the birds can get a drink and a wash. This one is one of the favourites. You can always hear the constant call of Eastern Yellow Robins in the bush and they come to the garden for an insect snack or head to the bird bath.

eastern yellow robin_home_named_june 2016

The little Striated Thornbills are regular bird bath regulars. They only stay for a quick wash and drink before they are off.

striated thornbills_home_named_june 2016

One day I heard a call I didn’t recognise at the bird bath. At first I didn’t see anyone but then a head popped up whilst the bird was clinging to the edge of the bird bath with its tail in the water. Just then, another bird flew in a sat on the edge. The big feet gave it away. This was the first time I had seen the White-throated Treecreepers in the bird bath.

white-throated treecreepers_home_named_june 2016

At my besties there are always Eastern Whipbirds calling and foraging in the garden. This one was muttering to itself while it turned over leaves and small rocks hoping for a bite to eat.

eastern whipbird_binna burra_named_june 2016

Of course there a the little Eastern Yellow Robins in her garden as well. They are such a cute little bird don’t you think?

eastern yellow robin_binna burra_named_june 2016