This is February 2019

February didn’t see me taking many photos. I was feeling rather uninspired and a bit flat. A lot of things were happening and I think that a lack of rainfall was one of the reasons I didn’t get out and about finding new and wonderful things to share.

So this month it isn’t a case of getting a cuppa or snacks. I won’t take up too much of your time so scroll on folks

Perhaps this shopping cart sums up my month.
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With the heat and lack of rain, the fire crews were doing their best to make sure everyone was safe. From my besties place near the airport, the fire crews and the spotting helicopter flew out every morning.
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An angel of the sky, the Sky Crane does wonders in helping the ground crews put out the fires. We watched as it flew out in the mornings and back in late evening.
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Enough of the gloom. Here’s a Koala climbing a tree. It looks like he has Koala shorts on too.koala_tree_climbing_caniaba_feb 2019

The ever present Australian Raven finding a snack in the garden outside the Art Gallery
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I had to include the inquisitive Pacific Heron who was frog hunting on my dam.
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The Bar-shouldered Dove doesn’t look all that impressed with the White-throated Honeyeaters sharing the bird bath
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Up close a Bar-shouldered Dove looks quite pretty even if the wind is ruffling feathers.
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Every morning and evening, the Ibis fly over the house either to feeding grounds or to their roosts.
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A Silver Gull takes a walk along the beach
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There is nothing better that laying under the shade of a Pandanus Tree on a hot day at the beach.
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Remember the little Sand Crab. Well here he is again
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The little Blue-banded Bees are buzzing around the garden checking out the Pentas flowers.
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Despite the hot dry weather, the butterflies are returning to the garden. The Orchard Butterflies enjoy the Pentas too.orchard swallowtail_butterfly_pentas_garden_home_jackadgery_feb 2019
At night, the outside Velvet Geckos hang around getting their snacks from the insects hanging around the light that spills from the house onto the verandahs.gecko_window_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2018

The Full Moon reflecting on the water with a rare rain shower at night.
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I wonder if the mural or the lock on the door came first.
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OK the sun is setting and here you are at the end already.sunset_yellow_orange_caniaba_feb 2019

I hope you found a favourite

In My Garden

The Ragtag Daily Prompt for Tuesday: Garden

Have a quick wander about my garden.

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Blue-banded Bees like dropping in
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When the pink Crocus flowers the Stingless Native Bees all come around
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One of the wheelbarrow gardens with Hippeastrums
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The Frangipanni flowers scent fills the air
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The Bromiliads flower too
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One of my favourite flowers – Cats Whiskers
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The Dietis look great buit trhey are taking over in places in the garden
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One of the many Hibiscus flowers
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The Agapanthus put on a show around the garden borders
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The garden is a place to relax
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Even Long-necked Tortoise stroll through heading to the dam
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Every now and then when working in the garden, I surprise a frog. The Broad-palmed Frog took a while to wake before hopping off
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Lots of Bottlebrush flowersbottlebrush flower_red_named_home_nov 2017

The Pelagoniums add colour
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There is always help in the garden
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So many Grevilleas too
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The Native Wisteria winds its way among the foliage
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Always wear gloves and shoes as you never know who you might disturb. The Mouse Spider was rather fiesty
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The Bullants let you know if you are getting too close to their nest
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Every now and then another variety of fungus appears
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The garden is a lovely place to raise a family
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The fruit trees look wonderful in Spring
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and of course the garden is home to lots and lots of birds from the smallest Honeyeater, the Scarlet Honeyeater
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to the larger birds like the Satin Bowerbirds
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This Is My Post

This is a tale of a fence post, a Spangled Drongo and a Noisy Friarbird  –  as told by the Spangled Drongo.

What started out as a normal day, you know, a bit of flying about, some singing with my mates and looking for insects and other snacks around the place.
I always drop onto this fence post nearly every day. It’s a great perch to see if any insects or bugs are moving about in the garden or on the grass.

As you can see, This is My Post.
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A mate was flying past and he said “Hey, can I come for a visit to your post”spangled drongo_my post2_named_home_oct 2018
Sure, but I don’t really like anyone sitting up here on my post.spangled drongo_my post3_named_home_oct 2018

Oh, that’s OK. I’ll just hang on this side if that’s alright with you.
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And then, out of the blue, this big ugly bloke decides to sit on MY post. Oi, you. Get off my post
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Yeah. Right. get down there. This is my post.
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Suddenly, he looks at me and of all things, he pokes his tongue out.
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Well, that’s not on. You better get off now.
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Oh I see. You want to make a bit of a do about sitting on my post do you?
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Cop that buddy. Just get away.
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No you don’t. You can’t get back on there. This is my post.
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OK you. I don’t want to sit on the ground. I am a bird who likes to sit on posts.
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Well I am really afraid buddy. This is MY post
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I better be off then. I don’t want to sit on the ground and argue with you and your stupid post. I’m going, see ya.
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I’ve had enough of hanging around here. I going as well. I will be back later and sit there. Because, This is My Post
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The Waterhole

The word prompt from Amanda at Life Amazing: Pools or Ponds

I have been meaning to post a bit about my property for a while. One day it will be whole post. For the moment, thanks to Amanda, here is a bit about the waterhole or pool on my place. It always has water and I have never seen it dry. I went for a bit of a bush walk a few weeks ago, before the rains came, just to see how the environment and and birds and animals had been coping with a lack of rain.

This is how the waterhole or pool looks when there has been a bit of rain.
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This is what I found. A small pool behind some gravel and leaves.
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To my surprise, the waterhole was filled with the sounds of birds. This is the only water source down this part of my place so the birds were there in numbers. A tiny Scarlet Honeyeater makes the waterhole look big.
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A White-throated Honeyeater enjoyed a drink.181010_blog challenge_pool_pond_white throated honeyeater
A yellow-faced Honeyeater was joined by some Fuscous Honeyeaters. There were so many Fuscous Honeyeaters that I couldn’t count them.181010_blog challenge_pool_pond_yellow faced honeyeater_fuscous honeyeaters

This is a small amount of the birds that were there. The air was filled with bird song. A lovely way to spend the afternoon, sitting and watching until the mosquitoes sent me on the track back home.

Our World

The Tuesday Photo Challenge from Frank at Dutch goes the Photo!: Our World

A mixture of places I have been.
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And my take home messageone planet

Pink #23

My twenty-third photo for Becky’s square photo challenge: In the Pink

The Bromiliad flower from my garden
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If you want to join in here are a few ideas from Becky.

The theme for squares this month is ‘In the Pink‘ and the one rule as always is that your main photograph must be square. After that the world is your oyster, or should I say flamingo?! To help you get started here are some ideas you might want to consider;

  1. In the Pink’ – means perfect condition or in good health, so that could be human or not!
  2. Tickled Pink‘ – means delighted, so I’m thinking happy, fun and of course delighted. That could be you or the subject of your photograph.
  3. Pink – you can of course simply share anything that is coloured pink
  4. There is an extra challenge for those of you up for it – can you manage to combine two of these, or maybe even all three?

Squares is a daily challenge, so your photographs can be from the archives or brand new. Don’t forget though to keep your photo square, and to pingback with #InthePink.

Trees in black and white

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Trees

I had a bit of a hard time deciding on trees for Cees photo challenge. I have just found a few that may be of interest.

This is one of the tallest Ironbark Trees in my street. I haven’t measured the tree but estimate it to be around 30meters tall. The front of my place has some big Ironbark trees like this one which was one of the attractions when I bought Durranbah.
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Along the road a towards the river is some forest gums. When they shed their bark, the timber underneath is a bright orange colour. They really stand out in the forest.180921_blog challenge_blackandwhite_trees_forest gums_orange

 

Here is a close up of one of the trees.180921_blog challenge_blackandwhite_trees_forest gums_orange_close

This is looking down towards the back of my place from the house
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In the gullies that run through my place are many Grass Trees. The one in front is about 100 years old. The one at the back is a youngster which was probably a small bunch on the ground when I bought Durranbah around 30 years ago.
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Durranbah is the name I gave this place. It means small jumping ants in Aboriginal language.