Happiness is….

The photo challenge #22 from Ann-Christine at the Lens-Artists: Happiness is…

So many things to explore with happiness is.

Among other things, I get great pleasure from nature. Happiness is sitting down and watching the world drift past, from the big to the small. Hope this post can bring a bit of happiness into your day.

A Blue-banded Bee scrunching into a Blue Ginger flower always makes me smile
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Stingless native Bees whizzing about with full pollen sacs are a joy
native bee_flying_hybiscus_close_home_jan2012

A Blue-banded Bee getting a look at me too
blue bum bee_binna burra_crop_feb 2012

Finally finding a Blue Triangle Butterfly was a happy moment
blue triangle butterfly_side_named_binna burra_jan 2018

Having the Caper White Butterflies come into my garden on their migration is lovely
170712_blog challenge_bugs_caper white butterfly

The Black Jezabel is usually high in the canopy and when they come down for a visit I smile
butterfly_common jezabel_binna burra_named_mar 2014

Orchard Swallowtails are large butterflies who make the garden their home
orchard butterfly01_home_named_march 2016

Figbirds song is always a welcome sound around the garden
fig bird02_home_named_dec 2013

A cacophony of sound and colour means the Rainbow Lorikeets are here
rainbow lorikeets04_bird bath_home_named_oct 2014

Even a female Satin Bowerbird snacking on a bunch of bananas is something special
catbird02_binna burra_named_dec2014

A Whipbird calling in the forest is a sound of delight
eastern whipbird_calling_named_binna burra_oct 2017

Having birds nest and raise their young close to the house is happiness
fantail young05_nest_binna burra_named_nov 2014
Or a Hornet building her nest on the wall is nicewasp_nest_named_home_dec 2017

Finding a spiders web in the morning with the dew shining like gems makes me happy
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as is finding an Hyacinth Orchid for the first time in the forest around the house – elation
hyacinth-orchid_named_home_feb-2017

I hope you enjoyed my Happiness is…….

This is February

Oh dear, another month of photos that is too big. I think I should do a week at a time. I haven’t included the photos from the other posts, just a couple I think. It was a weird month. The days were the usual February hot to very hot days with the rain finally appearing at the end of February.

Perhaps, as usual, a cup of tea or a drink of choice, get comfy and I hope you get to the end without nodding off.

This time I am starting off with insects so those who have an aversion to spiders, moths or flies get your scrolling finger ready to zip past some fantastic photos lol
I found a tiny hairy caterpillar who looked so unusual. Yes I did get a bit close with the lens and the centre section did get a bit squashed by the lens
caterpillar_named_binna burra_feb 2018

I surprised a small spider. She ran out to defend her egg nest
spider_nest_named_home_feb 2018

Even a hornet has to have a drink on a hot day
hornet_drink_named_home_feb 2018

One of the more unusual grasshoppers I have at my place
grasshopper_named_home-feb 2018

These flies like to bite. The bit of the proboscis that is hanging down has a spike sheathed inside. The other dagger like thing is the antennae. The angle makes them look fierce.
fly_named_binna burra_feb 2018

You can see why the fly is angry all the time and wants to bite. A bit of baldness can make anyone cross.
fly_head_named_binna burra_feb 2018

With all the places in the garden to hatch out, these cicadas chose the same leaf
cicada_double_named_home_feb 2018

The Line Blue Butterflies had a monopoly in some parts of the garden. This tiny one found a quiet place to sit for a while
line blue butterfly_named_binna burra_feb 2018

A moth, we call a tiger moth, really loved the scent of the Murraya flowers
moth_named_binna burra_feb 2018

Looking at a Crow Eggfly Butterfly who was looking at me
butterfly_named_binna burra_feb 2018

This Dragonfly has been in a mud puddle I think
dragonfly_orange_named_binna burra_feb 2018

Such a dainty tiny Dragonfly
dragonfly_named_binna burra_feb 2018

The fig tree has so many figs which the birds love
fig_named_home_feb 2018

Isn’t this Wood Fungus lovely
wood fungus_named_binna burra_feb 2018

An old fashioned Hibiscus flower. This is one of the smallest Hibiscus flowers in the garden.
hibiscus flower_named_binna burra_feb 2018

The Leopard Lillies liked the hot weather
leopard lily flower_named_home_feb 2018

So did the Ginger flowers
ginger flower_named_home_feb 2018

The Lilli Pilli bush doesn’t flower that much but when it does isn’t it spectacular?
lili pilli flower_named_binna burra_feb 2018

Onto Animals which includes a couple of Python photos so snake phobes get ready to whizz past some really beautiful photos

As it was hot, the Carpet Python came out from the roof space and stretched along the rafter. It must have been quite warm so close to the corrugated iron
carpet snake_named_binna burra_feb 2018

When the weather was a bit cooler, the Python managed to knot up into a smallish ball. This is about 2 meters of snake all rolled up
carpet snake_curled_named_binna burra_feb 2018

When it was a too hot, the Python decided that Charlies little pond was a cool place to be. Charlie didn’t care and swam about the snake while the snake ignored Charlie thankfully.
snake and fish_named_binna burra_feb 2018

Charlie also had another unwelcome visitor. How ugly are Cane Toads?
cane toad_named_binna burra_feb 2018

Enough of ugly, here is some cute. Early one morning, a couple of Yellow-footed Antechinus were hopping around the verandah
antechinus_named_home_feb 2018

When I went into the shed, I disturbed some Lesser Long-eared Bats. Aren’t their little feet lovely?
lesser long eared bat_named_binna burra_feb 2018

We are now in the bird zone so those who have been rushing past the previous photos can relax now

A great way to spend part of a hot day is in one of the many bird baths scattered around the place. A Grey Fantail contemplating a plunge
grey fantail_bird bath_named_binna burra_feb 2018

A Variegated Fairy Wren checking out the mosaic bird bath
vareigated fairy wren_named_binna burra_feb 2018

The little Thornbill jumped straight in, splashing about
thornbill_bird bath_named_binna burra_feb 2018

A Red-browed Firetail Finch just dunked under to cool off
red browed finch_named_binna burra_feb 2018

A Jenny Wren looked on from the safety of the bushes
fairy wren_named_home_feb 2018

A Spangled Drongo was looking for some grubs in the Poinciana tree after his dip in the bird bath
spangled drongo_named_binna burra_feb 2018

The Eastern Yellow Robin took his usual lookout on the garden chair to scan the garden for dinner
eastern yellow robin_chair_named_binna burra_feb 2018

We wondered who was making a mess on the car doors early in the morning. I finally was able to catch the culprit – a Green Catbird
catbird_car_named-binna burra_feb 2018

This White-headed Pigeon was on lookout at the bird bath while its young one had a drink of water
white headed pigeon_named_binna burra_feb 2018

One morning there was a terrible sound in the garden. There were Ravens calling and flying about. I finally spotted a Channel-billed Cuckoo young who was being raised by the Ravens
channel billed cuckoo_named_home_feb 2018

The birds were all calling out, making a real noise in the garden. I finally spotted the culprit who set them off. A Pacific Baza was sitting in a tree. Nearby another two were calling as well. They bought their young one to check out the garden.
pacific baza_named_binna burra_feb 2018

When I go outside I always look up as often a Wedged-tailed Eagle or two will be wheeling about looking for an unsuspecting snack
wedged tailed eagle_binna burra_named_feb 2018

I think I was lucky to have everything just right to capture this spiders web. The Primrose flowers add a splash of colour
spider web_named_binna burra_feb 2018

The door latch from the Cathedral in Grafton. It doesn’t look very worn so I don’t think it is the original but looked quite good enough to photograph
door handle_grafton cathedral_named_grafton_feb 2018

I loved the lighting in the loungeroom one night
the room_named_binna burra_feb 2018

Thanks for your staying power. Enjoy a sunset
sunset_named_binna burra_feb 2018

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.

autumn colours_named_home-may 2015

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!!

lilydale_grafton flood_named_may 2015

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

pacific black duck_south grafton_grafton flood_may 2015

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

egrets_south grafton_grafton flood_named_may 2015

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.

hornet01_named_home_may 2015

Then it went around the leaf.

hornet02_named_home_may 2015

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

hornet03_named_home_may 2015

The dragonfly was rather shy.

dragonfly_named_home_april 2015

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.

small green-banded blue_named_home_april 2015

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

lilydale_weed yellow  flower_named_may 2015

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

murrdannia graminea_named_home_april 2015

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.

black-fronted plover_lilydale_named_may 2015

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.

lilydale_top knot pigeon_named_may 2015

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

lilydale_magpies_named_may 2015

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

yellow-faced honeyeater_named_home_may 2015

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

brown honeyeater_named_home_may 2015

The Bottlebrush around the back is also a favourite spot.

brown honeyeater01_named_home_may 2015

And make a show of fancy eating techniques.

brown honeyeater02_named_home_may 2015

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

eastern spinebill_named_home_may 2015

They too don’t mind how they get a snack

eastern spinebill01_named_home_may 2015

The Golden Whistlers have introduced new sounds into the garden.

golden whistler01_named_home_may 2015

They also add a splash of colour to the garden.

golden whistler02_named_home_may 2015

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.

yellow-tufted honeyeater_named_home_may 2015

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.