Orange

The word prompt from Nancy’s A Photo a Week Challenge is Orange

Of course we go to nature for our orange. I found a selection that I think work better in a slideshow. What do you think?

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With an orange sunset and clouds to say goodnight

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Geoffs Garden

My last post, can be viewed here, I mentioned my elderly neighbour Geoff had died. He was a good friend who often came for a cuppa on the verandah on a Sunday to tell of his latest addition to his chooks or what was happening in his garden or have a whinge about his “situation” (I am not going into that as it is too personal and also makes me too angry). He often told of his life, which was very often repeated, where he worked and of his family. One of the amazing coincidences was that we both went to the same High School, although he was there around 21 years before me. He was a great friend to me. Geoff was a Boilermaker by trade and his skills in doing things that i had no idea about, helped my development as a “man of the land”. I helped him in showing him the ways of nature and how the place we live in was very special, possibly developing him as a “bushboy”

There are many a story from the old days but in this I am relating the story of Geoff the gardener whose plants I have in my garden. When Geoff was to go into aged care as he really needed to have the caring he needed, he said to me “come and get as many plants and cuttings as you want” although his family (a cousin and niece as he never married or had any female relationships) did frown upon my doing so.

One of the things he said was that if he died he was leaving me his chooks in his will. Just before he left he asked me to come and get his chooks. A couple are still here, see this link, and are another reminder of Geoff.

Some of the plants I did go to Geoffs’ place and get are flowering and others are well and healthy.

This is his garden. I never took my camera to his place but I did a couple of times. So please enjoy Geoffs Garden.

This is the way into Geoffs place. The power lines to the left are a clearing and the main garden is on the right
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The sign at the front. Geoff said it meant the Gates of Heaven but if my Italian is correct it means Sky Harbour. I didn’t have the heart to tell him it should have been Porte del Cielogeoffs garden_property name_named_oct 2017
This is the only small piece of his garden that I have. The Hippeastrums that year were splendid.geoffs garden_view_named_oct 2017

Geoff  had some Australian native plants in his garden. The Candle Banksia was one my favourites
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There were some Grevilleas but not as many as I have.
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He had a lot of birds at his place as well. Brown Honeyeaters enjoyed his Grevilleas.
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One thing he enjoyed was a huge dish he filled with Sunflower seed, much to my displeasure. I bought him a wild bird mix as it was healthier for the birds but he persisted with his sunflower seeds. His verandah was always overflowing with sunflower seed husks that the Rainbow Lorikeets, King Parrots and other birds came to his place and feed. The King Parrots still hang around my place but the number of Rainbow Lorikeets has dropped. I don’t have any photos of his big bowl bird feeder.

OK. Back to his garden. These are a selection of his day Lilies. He loved the Port Wine Lily best. I hope I have one of these to remember him by.
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If you look in the background, you can see some of his chooks as well.
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It was a bit of pot luck in getting some of the day lilies as he wasn’t very well and couldn’t remember which plant was which until it flowered. The Yellow Day Lily was a lovely splash of yellow in his garden.
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The pink variety was stunning to come across wandering about Geoffs Garden.
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I have had a number of the Leopard Lilies in my garden. One of the first plants he gave me.
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At the back of his house he built a garden complete with rocks he made from concrete. After a few years you couldn’t tell that they weren’t real bush rocks. Among these “rocks” Geoff planted Golden Lycras. When they flowered the back garden was a blaze with yellow. I have so many around my garden as he was always lifting the bulbs and giving them away.
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Here is the Iris which has been on a number of my posts but not from this angle.
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The Iris with bonus Stingless Native Bees who loved the Iris
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Geoff had a nice selection of Gerberas. This one was a rare Gerbera he had.
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The pink Gerbera really stood out in the garden.
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Geoffs favourite flower probably was Hippeastrums. His garden was filled with all colours of Hippeastrums. It is a pity I don’t have a full record of these wonderful flowers.
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This Hippeastrum is currently blooming in the pot that I collected from Geoffs Garden
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The orange Hippeastrum was unusual.
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Another stunning colour
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This is one of my favourites.
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The almost white Hippeastrum is another rare one. Geoff also had a green Hippeastrum but I couldn’t remember which part of his garden the flower was in.
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Geoff loved the fragrance of Frangipannis.
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This Frangipanni greeted you as you came up the driveway to the house.
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Finally, here is Geoff just a short while before he had to go into care. He was a crusty old coot but a good friend.

Good bye mate

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Birds, Bugs, Butterflies and Flowers

Another hot day has made me think it will be better being inside rather than the baking sun out there. At the moment there is thunder rumbling about. But that happened last night and didn’t result in rain. I hope this lot will as it is dry as anything here.

This is the third year of lower than average rainfall. There has been enough to keep the water tanks topped up but the dams are either empty or very low. The main dam I use for watering the house gardens is about one third full so it is rationing the water to the plants in pots first and then the new plantings (planted in the hope of rain).

From there I feel like the bad parent and water the plants that look like they need water more and the others are left to fend for themselves. Most are OK and I have only lost one or two plants although they may surprise and send out shoots when the rains come.

I am always putting water into the bird baths which is appreciated by the birds who come to my garden for a drink. The hanging pot is usually a favourite for the small birds. Once when I was watering the plants, a White-throated Honeyeater sat in a branch near the hanging pot and almost seemed to say “How about you top up the hanging pot so we can get a drink.” After putting some water into the pot, about 4 or 5 of its mates went to the pot for a drink.

Sometimes a bigger bird will also like to have a drink like this Little Friarbird.

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The hanging pot is the best place to get a drink. The female Scarlet Honeyeaters are regular visitors.

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The male Scarlet Honeyeaters seem to get on when there’s a drink involved.

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This young one waited until everyone else had gone before venturing in for a drink.

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Another place to get a drink is an old wheelbarrow which collects water from the car port roof when it rains. Some of the birds love it as it is in shade in the afternoon. You may have seen previous photos of the Spangled Drongos and Friarbirds over there.  This time the Lewins Honyeater and the White-throated Honeyeater had a bit of a squabble about who should drink and bathe in the wheelbarrow bird bath.

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In early December the lovely Satin Flycatchers drop in for a few days.

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The Square-tailed Kites are often harassed by the nearby nesting Friarbirds when they take off from their nest to go and get food for the young ones. I haven’t been able to see the young ones yet but both parents have been busting getting food and coming back to the nest. This Friarbird got very up close and personal.

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But eventually the Kite wheeled around and headed off on its mission.

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Soon it was circling around getting higher and higher showing its wonderful wing feathers.

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Meanwhile, back at my besties bird bath the normally sleek looking Red-browed Finch was looking rather ruffled.

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The sounds of Summer in Australia are the Cicadas. There are Cicada shells on most tree trunks or posts and like this one, under the leaf of a Frangipanni.

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The Dragonflies are constantly  zipping about the garden. This dragonfly seemed to really like the stick and sat there for quite a while.

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Everyday there is the buzz of the Blue-banded Bees as the source out the meager flower offerings in the garden.

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A new visitor to the garden at the end of November was the Common Albatross Butterfly. There was only 1 or 2, nowhere as many as the Caper Whites.

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I have fallen in love with photographing the Caper White Butterflies as they feed on the Pentas. Knowing they will soon be gone, I have been getting some nice photographs while I can.

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In this close-up, you can almost see the scales on the wings.

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I saw a Painted lady on the road as I walked down the drive to the house and suddenly she flew up and disappeared. It took a while to find where she had taken refuge in the rough bark of the Red Ironbark.

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Even butterflies have to do it. These little Lineblue Butterflies even flew about the garden locked together.

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Perhaps because it has been so dry, the Agapanthus bloomed so well this year. Spots of blues and whites are dotting the garden.

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The Frangipannis are just starting to bloom so  this year I am going to take notice of the colours I have planted in the garden.

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The shed down the back has these frosted glass casement window I bought when I first moved onto the bush block. They were used in the first shed/house I built and now are in another shed that is underway. As I walked about the garden, it seemed as though someone was watching me. I saw this “face” in the window.

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Remember the last blog. I said I was going to try and get a photo of the verandah skinks face. Well he sat long enough in the morning sunshine for me to get a photo. Always try to deliver lol.

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Birds, Bugs and Flowers

I have been meaning to do the last lot of photos for December. Being on holidays makes it hard to sit and do useful things. I haven’t really gone anywhere. Just doing the usual day trips around the north coast of NSW, trying to avoid the places where the tourists are massed and clogging the roads. Managed to get caught in a 7km traffic jam because I didn’t check Live traffic before I left home. A useful website when driving around here in the school holidays.

The title doesn’t really tell you everything that is in this blog but there are birds, bugs and flowers. I suppose I should warn some of my more squeamish readers that this blog may contain spiders and moths. Yes someone doesn’t enjoy my moth photos.

The Ibis is the garbage scavenger quickly replacing the Seagull. I looked up one fine day and there, high above me, wheeling around on the air currents were some Ibis. They looked so graceful.

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It was a hot day and the young Magpie Lark or Pee Wee as we called them as kids, was in the trees occasionally squawking but mainly panting – that’s if birds pant.

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The heat of the day also brings some visitors to the verandah into the cool. The hanging plants make a good resting place for this King Parrot. King Parrots are regular visitors.

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Walking around Lismore Heights, we stopped at the lookout where there were heaps of Copperheaded Skinks. Mostly small ones that were quite fast who ran away when I got too close.

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I love coming across caterpillars. I have no idea what this one is and am feeling too lazy to get the books out. They are always ready to have their photo taken.

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There has been a hatching of Cabbage White butterflies. There were quite a few flitting about the garden. I am not sure of the name of the flower this butterfly was enjoying.

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Bugs. I really need a bug book as there are so many in the gardens and places I go to. I just call these types of insects shield bugs. It was quite intent on sucking on the stem of the plant and didn’t mind me taking a few photos.

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Whereas this bloke was quite busy trotting about the vege garden. As you can see it wasn’t a very big bug.

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The tiny moth just settled on the door frame, keeping dry from a passing shower. I love how hairy some moths can be. This one looks like it even has feathers on its back.

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Bees. I love trying to get good photos of bees as you would know. I wonder how many bee photos I have?

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As I was doing a bit of a tidy up in the garden, I came to the Crinum and was removing some of the debris that had gathered in the leaf stalks. I was also looking for spiders as well because they love to make a home in there. This time it wasn’t a spider I found but a cricket. It tried to wiggle its way deeper into the stem. This was the first photo before it made itself smaller.

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One evening I got into the shower and this girl was in there as well. I gently moved her out of the shower as I don’t think she would find hot water beneficial. She decided that the mirror was a good place to sit. Maybe she was reflecting on her day.

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I have developed an obsession in photographing Dragonflies. I didn’t realise there were so many different colours in dragonflies. This one almost looks like the stick it is sitting on.

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Some dragonflies are quite orange. They seem to hold their wings out to the side when they are resting.

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And then there are the red dragonflies that I have been trying to get a photo of for quite a while. The red is almost fluorescent. The red dragonflies hold their wings to the front.

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Dragonflies can also be a bit hairy.

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Of course any blog of mine would be complete without a fungi appearing somewhere.

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It looks like we are up to the flowers. I have had a fascination with photographing flowers since I got my first SLR camera. The small geranium flowers all seem quite different if you look carefully.

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The ball of flowers that make up the Pentas flowers looks so striking even when you get right into the flower and see the individuals that make up the whole ball.

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Flowers grow in all sorts of shapes and patterns. I didn’t notice the structure of this flower until I looked from directly above. What a lovely circle of flowers.

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These marigolds have so many subtle shades of orange that changes when viewed in sunlight. In the shade they seem to darken with lighter highlights.

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What would summer be without the scent of a Frangipani? I can almost smell them when I see the photos, can’t you?

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Buddha has a nice shady spot to sit. I like to visit him often for a chat.

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Well that is the last of the 2015 photos. I hope you have enjoyed being with me as I made some lovely discoveries over the 2015. Here is the year in review that WordPress build – http://bushboy54.com/2015/12/31/2015-in-review/

Thanks for the positive comments and support and I hope I can let you see what will be in my world in 2016.