Stopping for a drink

I have always had bird baths place around my garden. There are big ones, shallow ones and small ones that the birds come to every day for a drink or a quick splash. I also have a number of containers on the ground and tucked into spots in the garden for the animals that may like a drink, mainly small animals. I fill containers daily in this long drought I am currently experiencing.

One such container is on the garden seat where Satin Bowerbirds like to get a drink. Yesterday I was in the kitchen and looked out of the window and to my surprise a Red-necked Wallaby was having a drink. Wallabies normally drink from the dam. I have never seen a Wallaby drink from the containers in the garden before. She must have been thirsty.

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He mate was keeping watch nearbyred-necked wallaby_male_watching_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019

You may wonder about the weird colour in the photos. The smoke from the nearby bushfires is quite thick and the sunshine is quite coloured.  Shadows are muted. As you can see there eucalypt trees have dropped their leaves to try and save themselves in this  drought. The Sun certainly highlights the dead leaves. A lot of these leaves are on the road which have been raked away from buildings. The bush where I live is very dry. The only thing that will stop these fires is rain.

I am keeping safe and watchful. The Rural Fire Service is doing a great job keeping everyone safe.

Also for LMP – Photo Adventure – Animals

 

Sunsets

The Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Not the Norm

Some of the sunsets over the past few weeks are definitely “not the norm,” a mixture of dust from the farms out west whipped up by strong winds and smoke from the twenty or so bushfires burning around my place. None very close but tomorrow and Wednesday is set to be quite a challenge. I am prepared and will go when and if I have to. I have an escape route and plan.

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The eerie atmosphere of a bushfire

Time for Debbie’s Six Word Saturday

I am sorry for bombarding you with fire stuff but it’s my life at the moment.

I was in town when the atmosphere turned a different shade than I am used to seeing which gave my world an eerie glow.
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Looking across the Clarence River at the Jacaranda trees which usually stand out in the landscape191109_blog_challenge_six_word_saturday_fire_clarence river_grafton_jacaranda_tree
Looking upstream towards the Great Dividing Range where you see mountains. My place is in there somewhere191109_blog_challenge_six_word_saturday_fire_clarence rivert_water

At 12:45pm
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The reflection of the sun on the water which was being whipped up by a very strong wind. There was even small waves on the river191109_blog_challenge_six_word_saturday_fire_sun_reflection_water

More fires November 2019

I thought I should let you know that I am safe and all is OK at my place.

The fires in the Clarence Valley and the North Coast of New South Wales are unbelievable. The smoke is thick everyday and combined with the dust blown in from farmland to the west, it is almost unbearable.

I have friends who have lost their houses, the habitat for our wonderful birds and animals is decimated and the Rural Fire Service people are doing an amazing job trying to contain fires. Strong winds are pushing fires out of the containment lines and fires are linking up creating a massive fire front. Over one thousand trained fire people are here to help from all over Australia. They are a blessing.

Last night I didn’t sleep very much and am quite tired. The changing conditions are keeping me alert. The nearest fires are around 50lms away from here and so far the winds have been keeping the fires away.

This is what I see most days on my drive home from town.

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This is what it looked like yesterday afternoon at around 2pm

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I often stop at this spot to grab a sunset photo

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I was fortunate to spend the last ten days away from home in Tasmania. Clean air, green fields, cool weather and even a bit of rain. I am home recharged but the current situation is wearing me down a bit. The smoke is descending again now this morning and the smell of smoke may take some time to dissipate from my house and clothes.

Thank you to everyone who has been in contact and made sure I am safe. I love my blog family

See a website https://sentinel.ga.gov.au/#/  On the location search put in Jackadgery which is near my property

One of my favourite Jimi Hendrix songs

 

 

Lines and Squares #28

Day twenty-eight of Becky’s Photo Challenge Lines and Squares

This is how a Eucalypt tree recovers after a fire has burnt the tree. The wonderful green against the blackened limbs with the new red tips of the leaves as the tree returns to its beautiful best.

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Sunset through the tree

Franks Tuesday Photo Challenge: Sunset

Most of this month the sunsets have had lots of colour mainly reds and oranges. I should have waited another day and I would have had the Sunset on Saturday post as mine for this challenge.

A few weeks ago, the fires came too close to my place and the sun was more orange as the atmosphere was smoke filled.

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The fires smoke darkened the sky

It’s time for Debbie’s Six Word Saturday

Over the weekend the wind blew like the fury and of course there have been fires. Why people are lighting fires when the bush is tinder dry I don’t know. I was driving on my way home from my besties and I could see the smoke in the distance and knew there were fires near where I was heading. I caught up to the Rural Fire Service truck not far from town and followed along behind as he going the speed limit or a bit over.
The smoke ahead was quite thick and covered the horizon190810_blog_challenge_six_word_saturday_fire_smoke
Of course some dickhead decided to overtake me. The closer I got the more the smoke started to cover the landscape. The fire truck put on their flashing lights.190810_blog_challenge_six_word_saturday_fire_smoke2

The day almost became night as the sun was blotted out by the smoke from the fire
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After I was home I found out that that road had been closed due to the heavy smoke from the fire. It is most unusual for so many bushfires at this time of year.

This is the map of where the fires are. I was on the yellow road running down the picture

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Seeking Warmth

The prompt from Terri for the Sunday Stills: Seeking #Warmth

We all seek warmth in our own way
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Some have a way to catch those rayswattlebird1_sunning_binna burra_march 2013
It’s blissful with the sun warming your backred necked wallaby_named_home_oct 2017
When the chill of the afternoon strikes you need family to huddle togetherkookaburras_named_lilydale_june 2018
Or have a little brother to keep you warmsuperb fairy wren_chicks_lismore lake_named_oct 2014