The Faces of Water

The word prompt from Nancy’s Photo a Week Challenge: Water

Why do I say the faces of water?
Water can have a calm face to look at for ages.
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The calm face of the gentle  ripple of waves at sunrise
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The raging face of floodwaters pounding down the river180914_blog challenge_water_clarence river_lilydale

The reflective face of water lapping at the hulls of boats
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The lonely face hanging from a thread of web
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and sometimes the water actually shows its’ faceghost face_named_grafton_august 2015

Country Roads

The word prompt from Bren: Photo for the Week – 6 – Country Roads

As I live in the country, I often travel country roads. Here’s a selection of roads near my place that always go to somewhere.

Along the roads near my place, sometimes there aren’t any fences so signs are helpful.
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Up the road a way, at times the valley is lush and the road just winds along through the countryside
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Some long roads that are dead ends, the postie prefers all the mail boxes in one place.
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The road just seems to go on forever
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And sometimes the road can end abruptly when there’s a flood
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It’s not only vehicles that use the road. I disturbed a Wedge-tailed Eagle having a snack on the side of the road.
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But best of all, the road that leads to home
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Square Rooves #28

Sometimes a roof is all you can see when the flood waters roll into town. The control box for the rowing and other water events in my city of Grafton, stands above the flood water. The railing to the left is on the roof of the shed that houses the rowing boats. The boats are safe and sound in the park, where the photo was taken, out of harms way. Across the river in the background, the levee keeps the houses, shops and industry of South Grafton safe.

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Probably not many flood photos at Beckys. Drop in and find out.

The Force of Water

Frank from Dutch goes the Photo word prompt: Forces

Near my property, sometimes the Clarence River rages when the rains are here and the rivers flow is enhanced. The Clarence River at Lilydale can flow at a sedate 8mgs/day and sometimes a summer flow may get to 12,000mgs/day. Today after some considerable rain fall, the river is flowing at over 20,000mgs/day.  When the flood waters hit the river levels rise to over 100,000mgs/day. Once the flood flows reach Grafton, they can be at 5,000,000mgs/day

Here are some flood flows showing the forces of water in action.

The Clarence River at Lilydale on a lovely day. The river is a bit higher than normal flow.
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A minor flood flow. The bridge was constructed low so when flood flows occur, the rivers debris doesn’t impact on the bridge.
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This is a bit of a lower flow. The water is making waves as it flows over the  old wooden bridge.
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The Bottlebrush trees are able to withstand the flood flows as the have supple trunks and bend with the flow.
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Yes. That is 4 meters above the level of the bridge
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Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Water

There are lots of Water photos. Go ahead and have a look at Cee’s place.

There is some water we like and some water we don’t.

Flood water in Grafton
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The washing up
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Heading out of the river mouth at Yamba
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A beach on a grey day
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Setting course for parts unknown
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Isolated Subjects

Isolated Subjects is the theme for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge.

The cemetery at Clunes New South Wales has a nice outlook

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During a flood, many items get isolated.

The hay bale floating down the Clarence River at Grafton

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The tower of the boat shed on the banks of the Clarence River at Grafton

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The Spangled Drongo sitting on the nest high in the tree.

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CFFC

 

My April: Full of Flowers Birds and Insects

April. An Autumn month where the hot days give way to warm days, a hint of rain and cool nights. Migratory birds stop off, some plants flower and the weather is great for getting into the garden.

My garden helpers. Well maybe not all the time but they can help out with the insect control. They are constantly digging somewhere.

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The end of March saw floods around the region and as a result, the floodwaters that entered the ocean caused the beaches to become foamy wonders. Here is a selection of the water at Sharpes Beach near Ballina.

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I love the structural shapes in cacti

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Some cacti were flowering

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Other flowers bloomed in their own showy way. The camellias were beautiful this year.

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Other flowers were just as spectacular

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The Hibiscus is one of my favourites

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The deep red of the Dahlia is stunning

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The bees are loving the Pentas.

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The fungi were everywhere in March but now just the few last fungi are popping up here and there. This is a wonderful pink fungi.

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It looks almost planetary from the top don’t you think?

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On a young eucalypt I found this amazing growth which I was informed is called Witches Broom. The ants seem to enjoy scurrying over it.

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I have had a visitor in my house since early this year. She has been moving from room to room but has moved into the laundry. She is the biggest Huntsman Spider I have ever seen. When she stretches her legs she has a 16cm span. How big is your hand?

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One day out in the garden, I dug out some old plants and also dug out a spider. At first I thought it was a Funnel Web Spider but it was a Mouse Spider. Both species of spider are quite venomous. It was too fussed about being disturbed.

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The Line Blue Butterfly stopped for a rest on the hanging pot support.

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The Eastern Yellow Robins have been zooming around the garden chasing one another. The female Robin sat on the bush just outside of the window. I think she was looking in the window.

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The Yellow-faced Honeyeaters have returned for the winter.

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The Plumed Whistling-Ducks have also come to rest for a while. I found a large flock in Waterview Heights, a outer suburb of Grafton. They were walking up and down the edge of a dam, chatting among themselves.

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The ever present Kookaburra is not far away when I am digging in the garden, either sitting in a tree or like this bloke, on a fence post.

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That was a bit of Bushboys World in April. Hope you liked stopping by.

Water

Cee’s fun foto challenge Winter – Water

Looking through my photos, my winter photos don’t really reflect winter at all. I guess winter here isn’t the same elsewhere. I don’t get snow, only two or three frosty days and it rarely gets to 0 degrees. So I am just doing water for this challenge.

I like to photograph water especially when there are interesting reflections on the waters surface.

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The sunset adds to the wonderful colours.

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The ripples and colours make a certain mysterious affect.

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And sometimes a ghostly visage makes an appearance

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Late afternoon on a cloudy day and a bit of a breeze with water lilies covering the water surface

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Every now and then the part of Australia I live in has floods. The Clarence River can be spectacular when the floodwaters come. This is the River gauge showing how high the water rises.

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Here are what some buildings look like. This is the tower on top of the boat shed.

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At least it is dry in the pub

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Here are the steps going up to the pub when the water isn’t covering them. The bottom of the steps are about 1 meter above normal river level.

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This what the Clarence River looks like near my place many kilometers upstream

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The floodwaters empty into the ocean creating foam that washes onto the beaches and rocks.

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CFFC

May marches on

May has certainly flown by. There has been much to do as the season marches on. So far this month there has been a change in the weather, from warm to cool to some cold nights. The rain came with a huge deluge bringing about some minor flooding around the place. The Autumn seems to herald new birds and a change in the guard of who owns what tree or bush. Soon the cold weather in the mountains will send the Currawongs down to my place and also the Satin Bowerbirds will arrive to chatter among the branches, building bowers, decorating with all sorts of bits of blue and to dance for their females.

The change in the colour of the leaves always lets us know that the cooler weather is on its way.

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I drove over to Newbold Crossing to see how much the Clarence River had risen. This is what around 130,000 megalitres looks like at 6 meters. The next day the river had risen to 10.4 meters!!

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Some paddocks had water on them for days after but the ducks didn’t seem to mind.

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In some parts of the valley it was standing room only. Every fence post was occupied.

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One morning I saw a hornet buzzing around the garden and just land on the leaf and walk about for a bit. I wondered what it was doing.

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Then it went around the leaf.

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It was then I found out what it was doing…just getting a drink!

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The dragonfly was rather shy.

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I am going to have to rename my bird bath by the looks of it. Even butterflies like to get a drink every now and then.

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There has been some flowers showing their colours this May as well. I found this flower growing on the side of the road.

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Whereas this little flower, a murrdannia-graminea, was growing in the bush at my place

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While on the road to Newbold Crossing to see how high the water had risen in the Clarence, I came across all these little birds, Black-fronted Plovers, running along the road and then flying off only to land on the road behind my car. They were so fast I couldn’t get a good photo. Plus it was late in the afternoon.

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The branches had many birds coming to find their last snacks for the day or find a roost for the night. The Crested Pigeon just flew in and sat.

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The magpies were having a great time swooping around chasing each other and then stopping to survey the scene before whizzing off again.

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In the garden, the Yellow-faced Honeyeaters have taken ownership of the Honey Gem.

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They do have to share at times with the Brown Honeyeaters.

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The Bottlebrush around the back is also a favourite spot.

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And make a show of fancy eating techniques.

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The Eastern Spinebills have also set up home in the garden this Autumn.

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They too don’t mind how they get a snack

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The Golden Whistlers have introduced new sounds into the garden.

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They also add a splash of colour to the garden.

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But best of all was the sighting of a new bird into the garden. Another flash of yellow was the give-a-way as the Yellow-tufted Honeyeater dropped into the Honey Gem for a quick snack before going on its way again.

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That’s a good start for May but there has been lots more going on. Hope you can stop by for the next “installment” of May.