Robins in the garden

Todays Prompt: Robin

How could I not post and share with a prompt like this

Here is a female Eastern Yellow Robin.

The male Eastern Yellow Robins are a bit more colourful

The little Rose Robins are a treat to see

And for something completely different a Robin Gordon Grevillea

From small to tall

The Lens-Artists Challenge #192: Earth Story

My focus for this challenge is vegetation. From a tiny moss “forest”

to grasses that support life

with seeds and flowers

ferns providing shelter

Bottlebrush bush with flowers and food for everyone

Grevilleas giving shade and food for insects and birds

Tree Ferns who are older than dinosaurs, first plants to recover from fires – yes those fires in 2019 – as seen here. The stems of tree ferns are a miniature ecosystem, with epiphytic plants like mosses, small ferns and maybe lichens growing on them.

The first fronds that emerge are called Fiddleheads

Bigger flowering trees can be spectacular like Poinciana trees

Or Illawarra Flame Trees which stand out against the green of the bush when flowering

and then there are the towering giants in the rainforest that support all manner of life from the soil to the tree tops

Where would an Earth Story be without our wonderful plants – from the small to the tall. The featured photo is my favourite spot, Raspberry Lookout where you can sit among the trees as well as look over the valleys and the tree tops.

In the frame

The Friendly Friday Challenge: Framing Your Subject

What was the last good…….

Friendly Friday Challenge: What was the last good

What was the last good……thing I ate. My breakfast a BLT on a sourdough roll and a coffee

What was the last good……song I listened to. Strange Brew by Cream

What was the last good…….nature photo I took. A Yellow-faced Honeyeater in a Yamba Gold Grevillea

What was the last good…..blog I read (and participated in) Paulas Pick a Word.
One of the first Photo Challenges I started doing way back in 2016 I think and has always been a favourite

Here is my contribution to the photo challenge

Pick a Word February 2022

Curls in nature

Today’s Prompt #139: Curls

A Five Fingered Jack Fern curl

The curls of an Ivory Curl tree flower

Looking at the flower’s curls with a bonus bee

The Tree Fern frond getting ready to uncurl

Assorted Grevillea flower curls

Todays squares are pink

Becky’s Square Photo Challenge: Past Squares
Terri’s Sunday Stills: The #Pink Side of October
Cee’s FOTD

Let’s go pink with Becky, Terri and Cee. Mostly #PastSquares but has a few others as well

I’ve burnt some orange squares

Terri’s Sunday Stills Monthly Colour challenge: Burnt or Blood #Orange
Becky’s Square Photo Challenge October: Past Squares
Life in Colour October: Orange

Enjoy a quick scroll

Close in the garden

The Friendly Friday Blog Challenge: Close-ups and Macros

As this is a two week challenge, I’ll just pop in a close-up today with a Female Satin Bowerbird. Over the past week the Satin Bowerbirds have taken over the garden. The males are easily distinguished as they are a shiny blue/black. The Females and the juveniles have the same colouring and markings. The immatures stay much the same colouring for around four years when they start to change colour. By the seventh year the moult will produce the black feathers of a male. The males are promiscuous and their bower is an attractant to lure the females.

Here is the close-up of a female Satin Bowerbird in the Honey Gem Grevillea in my front yard. This photo was taken through my kitchen window.