This is October: Part One

I have so many things I have found and want to share that to have in one blog would have been too much for anyone to wade through. I guess it is Spring that brings so many things to life and into my camera lens. I hope you can stand a rush of blogs with a bit of my world.

The first part is the miscellaneous stuff, a bit of this, a bit of that with some nature thrown in.

We went on an expedition to South-East Queensland. In the town of Esk we found a timber mill. I wonder how long the shed has been there?
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In the Newrybar Produce store, high in the roof, it looks like no one has used a cobweb broom since the shed was built. They draw straws to see who changes the light bulb I reckon.
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The outdoor table has just the right amount of rust.
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The shelf has some interesting bits and pieces hasn’t it?
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It may be Spring but the trees are dropping leaves. Eucalypts drop leaves when it gets hot to conserve energy. Here are a few leaves with such wonderful colours.
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A bit of rain and some warm weather has teased a couple of wood fungi out.
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The rain has also bought the mosses to life. This little mound of moss appeared in the middle of a track.
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There was a small hollow where a branch had fallen from a tree. I couldn’t see into the hollow to see if anything was in there, so I held my camera up and look what I found. A little world within a world. I was hoping for an insect but it looks like no one was home.
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The ferns are coming up all over the place.
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That’s it for Part One………..are you ready for Part Two?

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: All One Colour

I have gone for a plant theme for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: All One Colour look here for other fabulous all one colour photos.

Some photos are close, some are just some of my favourites.

My abstract banana leaf

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The red leaf of the Red Cordyline

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The old Fan Palm frond

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The fern frond all in a line

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I love Zinnias

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And Roses

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Red berries in the morning sun

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The wonderful yellow Day Lily

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One of my favourite Australian native plant, the Purple Fringe Lily

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CFFC

 

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.

Some things new – Some things discovered

Last weekend my bestie and I went for a walk around my place as well as a bit of a drive to see what we could discover. A walk up the road in the morning was so nice. Listening to the birds in the bush, seeing them fly between the patches of bush and trying to get a photo or two certainly occupied the morning.

The property at the end of the road have dragged the old truck from one property to their front gate. It looked like a painting of a rural scene.

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We found a She-oak that I have never seen before along a track. It felt so soft to the touch unlike the She-oaks that are everywhere. It just cascaded to the ground and was much lighter in colour.

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There seems to be a lot of air fern growing on dead wood as well as on trees.

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As the weather is warming up, lots of insects are on the move, especially the Bull Ants.

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It seemed a bit dangerous to get down to photograph this tiny yellow flower with the Bull Ants prowling about the leaf litter.

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The birds seemed to like sitting on the dead branches of the trees along the road. This little Robin just sat for a while before hearing a call and swooping away.

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The Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike tried to look like the branch it clung onto.

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On the drive we came across a couple of Spoonbills sitting on a Bottlebrush. They didn’t seem to care until I got closer, then they the became restless.

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Overhead a Whistling Kite rode the air currents at speed. I didn’t think I actually got the photo but ended up with two plus a couple of photos of blue sky.

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We went for a walk to the rock pool on my place. On the way, I found a Satin Bowerbird’s bower that was covered in blue items from all around the neighbourhood. There can’t be too many blue pegs left in the neighbourhood as well as bottle tops! I think this bloke has a hoarder issue.

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This pool hasn’t dried out, even in the big drys that have happened since I have been living here. This is one of my favourite spots on the place, lovely and cool on hot days. A Yellow-faced Honeyeater came down for a drink while we were having a cup of tea.

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Although it pretended to be shy at first.

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I saw a flash of red and then a tiny Scarlet Honeyeater dropped in for a drink as well.

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Besides Water Striders, the only other thing in the water was a frog. It splashed into the water and was gone. After a while she came out and sat on the ponds edge. I have heard them, but this is the first time I have seen an Eastern Stony Creek Frog.

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So the She-oak and a photo of a Spoonbill and the frog were the new discoveries. I wonder what new discoveries I’ll find this weekend. I will take my wildlife camera as well and maybe set it up to see who come to my besties bird bath.

Lots of new things to discover

I really enjoy discovering new things as well as seeing things through the lens of my camera in a different way. So far this year the rains that are usually around just haven’t come. But the middle of this month there was a good fall of 60mls and the follow-up rain arrived a week later with 15mls. This rain was the best since the 1st June when 22mls fell. The change to the landscape has gone from browns and yellows to a tinge of green and new shoots appearing on many plants.

The new shoots on the Native Wisteria suddenly started to appear.

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The Pine Trees new cones came in a variety of shapes. Some in a random way.

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With others seemingly more ordered. The Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoos will be pleased.

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The plum trees are flowering, some in groups.

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While others are singles on the bare branches.

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There is plenty of insect activity too. Some plants have evidence of insect activity like these leaves.

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Some plants visitors are more obvious. This little beetle was very camera-shy and kept walking away from the camera despite my efforts. Those red legs were very determined to trudge away!

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The Raspberries had a mixture of fruits and flowers but mainly flowers. The fruits were hard to find and weren’t all that nice to eat, but looked good.

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I had never really looked at Raspberry flowers. They are quite pretty.

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The bees seemed to think so as well. They were buzzing around going from flower to flower.

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They were very intent on their pollen collecting.

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The bees were also drawn to Fireweed. I can see why someone decided that they would be pretty in the garden, not realising what they would end up doing to the paddocks.

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As always, there was an Eastern Yellow Robin nearby to see what was flushed out with the weed pulling going on.

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While higher up the Little Wattlebird kept an eye on things.

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But much, much higher up still, a Brahminy Kite wheeled over head.

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During a drive into Ballina, we came across a puddle on a small park where a small flock of Plumed Whistling Ducks were having a good time wandering about.

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I have never seen Plumed Whistling Ducks before. They are a very striking bird.

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Seeing them really made my weekend. They have great plumage don’t they? Hope you enjoyed a bit of my weekend.

brian

In the bush at home

I have been roaming around my property finding some things of wonder in the bush and some things that I seem to regard as everyday stuff in my life. I would like to share some of the world of nature that inhabits my part of this Earth.

There is a small vine that entwines itself around the small Cheese Trees in the gullies. I haven’t found it on any other small trees. It was first found by my eldest brother many years ago so I call it the John Vine as I have no idea what it is called.

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This Summer the Cicadas seemed to be everywhere and they were at times rather deafening. This tree was the one of the ones where they hatched. How many can you count?

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Some hatched in precarious places.

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Heading down the gullies there are always Grass Trees to walk by.

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In the bottom of the gullies are ferns. This is a Five Fingered Jack. Perhaps a local name.

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There are also mosses and lichens which are so small and feel ever so soft as they cascade over logs and some even had “flowers”. I couldn’t decide which photo I liked best so here are three.

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They look almost like fox tails.

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Here are the “flowers”

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Among the logs laying in the gullies I can always find some fungus.

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This is what it looks like from beneath.

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Scattered throughout the bush are small plants with little yellow flowers which are about 10mm in diameter.

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Here is a close up of the flower.

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Of course, when wandering around the bush you are never alone. There are always birds and animals. Red-necked Wallabies are always hopping here and there.

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And someone is always keeping an eye on what you are doing.

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I often hear birds but they are so hard to find. But around the house they love to hang in my garden. The little Golden Whistler was calling and I found the female watching me as I split the firewood.

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There are always Eastern Yellow Robins around and this bloke made sure the firewood load was just right.

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The Rose Robin is such a pretty little bird.

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I just love to see them flitting around the garden.

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The Blue-faced Honeyeaters are the boss of the garden. They have adopted the Honey Gem as their own.

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They love the Bottle Brush as much as I do. I just love the flowers.

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Well thats a bit of a wander around my place. I hope you enjoyed discovering stuff as much as I do.

brian

Flowers in the bush

Around my place flowers seem to pop up all the time. Many are hard to see as they are so tiny. Most of the flowers are in the open paddocks or in the margins of the bush, with some plants in the gullies that run down from the ridge country down to the intermittent creeks that flow perpendicular to the gullies.

In these gullies are the pioneer rainforest plants which have been emerging over the years interspersed with an assortment of mosses, lichens and ferns. When the seasons and conditions are right for ferns one gully’s side is covered in Maiden Hair Ferns.

Some of the flowers are smaller than a 5 cent piece but I find that small is quite beautiful. I hope you enjoy a stroll among the native plants and flowers that inhabit my special place in the bush.

Some of the lichens and mosses seem to be alive with their small stems reaching out.

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While other mosses are just so soft as the cascade out of the base of a Brushbox

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Nearby an Elkhorn is trying to make its place in the world on the rock attended by little star moss trying to het a start as well

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One of the ferns is a Five Fingered Fern which grows in every gully. This is a local name so elsewhere it may have another name.Image

One of the red flowers that grows on a longish stalk is almost translucent.

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There is a small bush, Egg and Bacon, that has lovely flowers that native bees like.

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These little mauve flowers seems to pop up on their own in random places from the paddock to the forest.

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Orange flowers are easy to spot in the paddocks and these ones grow everywhere.

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This one is similar to the other mauve flower. The bug who wanted to get into the photo is very tiny. Can you spot it?

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Some have interesting stamen with their anthers ready to entice a pollinator.

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The native wisteria spreads and trails throughout the bush.

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This little hairy stemmed yellow flowering plant was one that I came across and not seen it again.

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I just love this little beauty and it’s another that is seldom seen.

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I just love flowers….don’t you?

brian