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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Feathers
When thinking about this photo challenge I was flooded with so many ideas, funnily enough, I seem to have lots of feathers in my folders.
But my thoughts turned to where all this photo challenge started. One day in 2014 I received a comment asking about my post. I started chatting with Yvette from https://priorhouse.blog/ who encouraged me to enter photo challenges.
You may wonder what this has to do with feathers I guess. The post that Yvette found was My Rooster
Yvette asked if she could link my post to her post Of course I said yes. From this, I met Paula who also encouraged me to enter photo challenges. Yes these two are responsible for my addiction to photo challenges.
OK on to the feathers of Flaming Prince who is no longer with us but his memory lives on in bushboys world
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
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?
When you see a land form that resembles something else
The planes have been showing themselves a bit in October.
Just love these rock cliff, the colours and again, can you see a face?
The moss gave the tree a bit of a dress with a vine for dramatic effect.
More moss. This time at the waters edge at the beach
The rock pool took on an ethereal mood
Just the shelf at my besties place
When I put on this lamp, I just had to take the photo. Another shelf at my besties
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.
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
Waterfalls make such a soothing sound don’t you think? Even little waterfalls that help fill the waterhole.
Of course a bit of rain and sunshine brings out the fungi
Fungi of all shapes and colours. Some big….
and some are edible
I love Grass Trees. These are at a place called Naughtons Gap. They are bigger than some of the Grass Trees on my place.
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.
The early morning dew and spiders webs. I can’t resist
Sitting having a cup of tea with my bestie when a large Skink wandered about the garden. Wonderful markings aren’t they?
Would you believe that this tree is called a Cheese Tree?
Just an ant having a swim. He did get out eventually.
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.
Just a feather
The Forest Kingfishers have arrived. The male looked about for anything that moved in the grass or the garden.
The colours on his back are lovely.
This photo shows a bit more of the iridescence
Galahs are funny birds. This bloke is sitting on the stock trough on next doors place at my besties
It’s a bit of a way down to get a drink.
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.
The Pied Currawong didn’t mind a bit of rain.
Doesn’t he look great. The black with the red of the Flame Tree
The Fig Bird was spotted eating Mulberries
So was his mate
A Coucal Pheasant came for a visit and sat high in the Gum Tree.
Later on, I think he was checking me out through the undergrowth.
Another October visitor, a Brown Honeyeater
He soon found the bird bath
The Blue-faced Honeyeaters have arrived in numbers to feast on the Honey Gem Grevillea
The female Blue-faced Honeyeaters also drop in for a snack
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.
The Rainbow Lorikeets were a bit bemused by all the carry on.
A female Satin Bowerbird enjoyed the nectar in the Yamba Sunshine Grevillea.
But like everyone else, the Honey Gem Grevillea is the best place to get a meal.
Yellow-faced Honeyeaters seem to have a constant scowl on their faces.
I think this Yellow-faced Honeyeater spotted me and my camera
The gravity defying White-throated Treecreeper taken from the comfort of the chair in my office
They are lovely as they hop up and down the trees looking for something to eat.
Another photo from my office chair. I call this one, “I can see what you are doing” is what the King Parrot is saying.
A young King Parrot morphing into a male
Getting a good Eastern Rosella photo quest continues
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.
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
Aren’t the males colours amazing?
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
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.
Water drops and new growth
I love the colour of this Succulent. Was tempted to pinch a leaf or two
I love the colours in this photo of a Hanging Violet with red in the background
A lovely Native Geranium growing in the “lawn” Another reason not to mow
Pansies, pansies, pansies
and more Pansies
This year the Silky Oaks flowering was spectacular
A flower of a Succulent
The Budlea flower spike wonderful and smells delightful
Some of the Roses looked a treat this year
A pink Bottlebrush flower
The native water lillies on my dam. Water Snowflake
The rain knocked a lot of the flowers off the Flame Tree. The little cups filled with water
Some native flowers that grow on my place. This yellow beauty is Dogwood
I think this native flower is a Hairy Guinea Flower
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
Plus the flowers are lovely. You can see the sharp points in the leaves
A small pink Grevillea.
My besties flower beds are looking great
and yet more flowers
This flower has caused great excitement for me. This is the first time I have seen a Hakea Florulenta on my property.
Aren’t the tiny flowers delightful?
The early morning fog gives a sense of wonder to start the day
Of course when it rains, you also find rainbows. This one had a faint double above.
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
Did you have a favourite photo?
The word prompt from Terri’s Sunday Stills: Texture
Texture is all around us
The word prompt from Lens_Artists Photo Challenge: Patterns
So many patterns in this world it was hard to stop myself from just going on with too many photos.
The colourful patterns on the cliff face
The amazing patterns created by spiders
The reflection on the water make a very liquid pattern
The crazy cat pattern made by the bark of a Spotted Gum Tree.
Wonderful patterns made by Sand Crabs
The patterns on an aeroplanes tail
The patterns made by water lillies
Amazing patterns on the underside of a Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
Fabulous patterns on the feathers of an Ibis
And of course, the wonderful patterns on our Moon
Again I have taken too many photos of the things I enjoy and of new discoveries so I will do This is November in a couple of posts. One post will be birds, another flowers and also insects that I have encountered during the month. You will thank me for saving or over exercising your scrolling finger. The posts won’t come out in a flood like October as I have other stuff to do.
This is a taste of whats to come as these photos are just odds and ends of this and that.
It was just a feather on the ground
The new growth of a Davidson Plum, an Australian Native tree, is rather stunning in its hairy pinkness
This is how Davidson Plums grow on the tree. They aren’t very tasty raw from the tree. Quite bitter. They make a nice jam though.
When the wet arrives, I am always stopping and getting Long Necked Tortoises off the roads as they journey to a new waterhole. Sometimes I also rescue them from the Ravens who have learnt to flip the tortoise on its back when the are on the road. This bloke was heading across the road to my dam.
One afternoon, the birds were squawking and screeching so we knew there was a goanna or a snake nearby. Looking up I saw the Python gliding through the trees. The Python was about 2 meters long and was quite hungry as it ignored me with its eyes on its prize.
The full Moon in November gave me an opportunity to get some good photos.
That’s it for this quick This is November. Hope you can come back for the next installment
The world seems to be travelling at a fast pace and I have not been able to keep up!!! I looked back and see that I have put some photos on my blog in May and now it’s the end of June almost. I have so many photos to sort that I need to have a holiday just to get on top of everything.
It’s not that I haven’t done any travel over the past months as I have been to the Central Coast of NSW where the weather wasn’t all that condusive to taking photos or just roaming about.
This pigeon I have been calling a Top Knot Pigeon I now have discovered is a Crested Pigeon. It was wandering about in a park and just waddled over to where we were sitting and hunted under the table and seat for snacks.
The marking on it’s feathers are rather striking and that red eye makes it look like it has had a hard night.
On the way home we stopped at Bellwood, between Nambucca Heads and Macksville, for a hot chocolate at a well know fast food chain who we discovered make one of the best hot chocolates. On the way back to the car, we looked across the Pacific Highway toward the river and there was a Cormorant “high-rise hotel” with around fifteen nests.
Judging by the open bills, it was hot work nest sitting.
Back home and it’s time to gather firewood. I enjoy this time of year when I can get into the bush, do a bit of bushcare and wander about my place looking for suitable logs for firewood. It is always fantastic to discover the plants, birds and insects that live with me.
The forest has a lot of these yellow flowers scattered about most of the year. They grow close to the ground sometimes I find a number of flowers close together.
The Autumn flowers are spent but leave behind their little hairy holders where, I hope, the seeds have spread onto the forest floor.
I love this vine. I was at the same location last weekend and this fruit has turned orange. I knew I should have taken a photo of it in its orange form. I don’t think it is edible.
There are a few butterflies still fliting about the forest floor. I chased this one for a few minutes before it tired and sat on the log. I was grateful for the rest as well.
There has been some small falls of rain through the month – .5 of a ml to 2.5mls, recorded in the rain gauge at the house which is on the ridge line. The seems to rain more down at the bottom of the property as all around the forest are fungi. This one was one of a few who were pushing their shiney gold caps through the leaf litter.
I love the wood orange fungus as it seems to be melted onto the bark of the fallen tree, tiny toes gripping onto the bark.
The strangest of all are this fungi which sends crooked fingers reaching from the ground.
I hope to have the photos sorted and ready for another blog soon. Thanks everyone for the feedback as well as letting me know what I have found. So if you know the names of anything in theis or any other of my blogs, please let me know ‘cos I love learning about our wonderful planet and it’s life.
My rooster is a large, mainly red bloke, who thinks he is the best as he struts around the yard.
Looking a bit closer at his feathers you can see the subtle shades and the complex colours that make for a magnificent bloke. The neck feathers just fall nicely
And cascade onto the contrasting back feathers
The dark red on his back is so different to the feathers on his chest
The dark tips on the breast feathers carries on around the side to the softer feathers under the wing
The brilliant colours on his back near the tail feathers are quite bright
Which contrast with his magnificent tail feathers
Even some of the chooks don’t mind a bit of a glance at those tail feathers
That’s a look at my rooster….time to say see ya….cock-a-doodle-doooooooo