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
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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
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I hope you enjoyed my Happiness is…….

Purple

Who could resist a photo challenge from Nancy Merrill with the theme: Purple

So much Purple, here is a taste. Do you have a favourite?

Berries on a Native vine
purple fruit_home_named_nov 2015

Among the Wisteria flowers
purple flower_bud_named_binna burra_april 2014

Another beautiful Native flower
purple star flowers_binna burra_nov 2013
Caper Water Lilies
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A Purple Swamp Hen
purple swamphen_clarrie hall dam_named_oct 2014

Inside a Torenia flower
torinia_purple yellow flower6_close_name_jan 2011

An orchid flower I think
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The wonderful Native Purple Fringe Lily
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The Native Hyacinth Orchid that grows wild at my place and this year appeared in my garden for the first time
hyacinth orchard_named_home_nov 2017

This is November: The Flowers

The final installment of This is November. The flowers that appear in November are fabulous. The small native flowers shoot out of the ground for a short time. The garden is resplendent with most of the flowering shrubs a hive of activity as you saw in This is November: The Insects. Enjoy the flowers of November.

You saw the Jacaranda flowers in the This is October: Part Three Did you know that the Jacaranda flower is not only purple but white as well?
white jacaranda_named_grafton_nov 2017

Some flowers are just made to be photographed.
pink flower_named_binna burra_nov 2017

A close-up shot of the Blue Salvia which the Lewins Honeyeater was feeding on in This is November: The Birds
salvia_blue flower_named_binna burra_nov 2017

A few drops of water and an early morning sun make for wonderful flower photography
yellow flower_named_binna burra_nov 2017

The second flowering for some of the Grevilleas
grevillea_red_named_home_nov 2017

The cactus had so many buds and flowers this year.
cactus flower_named_binna burra_nov 2017

When the rain comes, the Crocus add splashes of colour throughout the garden.
crocus_named_home_nov 2017

One of the Day Lilys I was given by my mate Geoff. There is always a Stingless Bee flying around somewhere.
day lily_named_home_nov 2017

This orchid was at my besties sons place. An amazing cascade of flowers.
orchid_whole plant_named_modanville_nov 2017

Here is the orchid flower
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The Pandorea were flowering high in the canopy
pandorea_flower_named_home_nov 2017

My White Hydrangea has a pink hue
white hydrangea flower_named_home_nov 2017

One of the best years for the Silk Tree flowering
silk tree flower_named_binna burra_nov 2017

The Roses at my besties are magnificent this year too.
rose bud_named_binna burra_nov 2017

And the scent is divine
rose_pink_named_binna burra_nov 2017

The little yellow puff balls are everywhere
yellow puff ball flowers_named_home_nov 2017

I love this Hibiscus which seems to have many names – I like Dancing Ballerina
red lantern hibiscus_named_binna burra_nov 2017

The Lomandra growing on the forest floor has many flower spikes
lomandra flowers_named_home_nov 2017

The new leaves on the Paperbark are fabulous
paperbark_new leaves_named_home_nov 2017

The Paperbark was covered in white creamy flowers from top to bottom.
paperbark tree_flowers_named_home_nov 2017

Growing in the paddock was a tiny yellow flower about 5mm in diameter. Once I saw this one I then noticed all the others.
flower_yellow_named_home_nov 2017

The Bottlebrush flowers were their showy best this year. The Pink Bottlebrush flower is the second year it has flowered since planting about 10 years ago.
bottlebrush flower_pink_named_home_nov 2017

This is the red Bottlebrush flower I used as an experimental technique late last month
bottlebrush flower_red_named_home_nov 2017

many people wanted to know what the bush looked like. Here is the Miniature Bottlebrush about 1.5M tall
bottlebrush tree_red_named_home_nov 2017

The birds have been fighting over the Black Bean tree flowers
black bean tree_flowers_named_home_nov 2017

Have you ever seen a Pineapple flower? Now you have. I had no idea they had flowers like this
pineapple_flowers_named_home_nov 2017

Last year, I found the Hyacinth Orchid growing in the forest at my place. I went looking again this year to where I thought it was but to no avail. Looking around my garden not only did I find one growing but two!
hyacinth orchard_named_home_nov 2017

That’s the last post on This is November. I hoped you like all the posts.

Square in September #8

Another Australian native flower for Becky’s Square in September.

I found this Hyacinth Orchid while walking about my property in February this year. I think it only grows in one place as I have not seen another growing any where else. I love finding something special.
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Februarys Finds

FEBRUARY has been quite busy. A new thing for me this month has been submitting some photos in photo challenges, which I have found to be quite interesting. The photo challenges make me think about my photography and that my photos elicit comments from other bloggers and in turn, I comment on their photos or the words used to enhance the photos in their blogs. So if you would like to see what I have submitted, have a look at my last few blogs in February. Maybe you would like to comment too.

In this blog I would like to take you on an adventure with me.

Lets set off, do you have a cuppa or something to sustain you while we explore my world?

I like to find something unusual to capture. The frangipannis shadow on the fence post caught my besties eye so this photo is inspired by her. I also took the photo in black and white but it didn’t have the same effect as a splash of colour in the background.

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We like to get away in February for a couple of days (we call our mini-holiday) to Ballina Beach Resort. Among the gardens there is always a Water Dragon or two sunning themselves. Looking down from the balcony you get a different perspective of the Water Dragon.

water-dragon_rocks_named_ballina_feb-2017

But he is always watchful and spied me looking over the edge.

water-dragon_head_named_ballina_feb-2017

Back at my besties famous bird bath, where many a bird photo has been taken, the Striated Thornbill liked to show off his little reddish leg, almost taking a bow.

striated-thornbill_named_binna-burra_feb-2017

Now we are going for a bit of a walk around my place. For once I just took my camera to get some of the stuff around here. Most walks get disturbed by the habit of pulling out weeds as I walk around. This time I concentrated on getting some of the life around here. OK, I may have pulled a few weeds here and there!

One of the weird and wonderful are the air ferns. They look rather alien at times don’t you think? This one is growing on a fence post.

air-fern_named_home_feb-2017

As I walked around, every now and then, I smelt the heady scent of honeycomb. The Bloodwoods are in flower. I love the creamy colour of the flowers and green of the leaves against the blue sky.

bloodwood-blossoms_named_home_feb-2017

OK back to ground level. The native flowers that abound the bush come in a number of colours, blues, purples, yellows and occasionally red. Most of the flowers are quite small, ranging from about 5mm to 15mm. I have to find something to take with me to show the size of the flowers.  I also need an identification guide to let you know what the flowers are so if anyone knows a good publication on native flowers of north-east NSW please let me know

This blue flower is one of the bigger ones.

blue-flower_named_home_feb-2017

It was hard to capture the lovely mauve of this little pea like flower. The flower is around 5mm.

orchid_named_home_feb-2017

The star shape is common. Previous blogs have had the yellow and blue star shaped flower. This walk I found a pale purple star shaped flower. This flower is about 10mm in size.

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More purple flowers. A bit bigger in size and a bit hairier. Grows closer to the ground than the other flower which are on stalks.

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A small yellow pea type of flower similar to the mauve flower a few flowers back, a about the same size. I  love the red stripes. This one comes with a bonus water droplet.

yellow-pea-flower_named_home_feb-2017

More yellow flowers. A lovely bunch of tiny yellow puff balls. The whole bunch would be no more than 12mms.

yellow-puff-balls_named_home_feb-2017

A bit of rain saw the mosses come back to life after seemingly disappearing during the dry spell. The smaller star moss and the feathery moss that cascades over the log.

moss_named_home_feb-2017

A wonderful discovery was the Hyacinth Orchid just standing tall in the bush. No leaves or anything else, just a lovely flower spike about 20cms tall. It was the only one in the surrounding area. I haven’t been back for a week or so, so I wonder if it is still there?

hyacinth-orchid_named_home_feb-2017

Rain has put a bit of water into the dam, freshening up the water and the water plants are flowering. The Water Snowflake’s flower is a lovely flower. A wonderful fringe form and so white against the dark green leaves and water.

water-snowflake-flower_namedl_home_feb-2017

The Cape Waterlily is also flowering and the reeds are starting to set seed. Among the reeds is a number of frogs whose song at night is quite loud. Also flitting about the dam are a variety of Dragonflies.

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The little iridescent blue dragonfly doesn’t sit still as long as the larger dragonflies. They are different to the other Dragonflies as they  have their wings folded along their body.

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The many blue dragonflies fly off, swoop and then land to catch their breath on any small piece of reed they can find.

dragonfly01_blue_named_home_feb-2017

There is as many red dragonflies as blues. They seem to land on the dead reeds on the ground although some never seem to land. The red and blues also fly around the house almost like a patrol flying back and forth along the front verandah, occasionally flying under the verandah roof.

dragonfly01_red_named_home_feb-2017

Now this little bloke is so different from the others, not only in colour and patterns, but seems to prefer to land on the end of seed heads of the water plants and then stick it’s rear end up in the air. It doesn’t seem to mind how it has it’s wings either.

dragonfly01_spots_namedl_home_feb-2017

I found this orange dragonfly at my besties but they are also at my place but not as common as the others.

dragonfly_named_binna-burra_feb-2017

The Blue Gingers have the most delightful flowers. The flower spikes have so many tiny flowers and buds that there is always a number of flowers open so the bees have a chance to get inside. As I have said before, the bees have to scrunch to get at the pollen of the Blue Ginger flowers.

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The native Blue-banded Bees certainly love the Blue Ginger flowers and have a good scrunching technique as well.

blue-banded-bee_ginger_named_binna-burra_feb-2017

This Summer, my verandahs have been taken over by night spiders. Unfortunately they have become very lazy and leave their webs up during the day. Luckily they have been catching lots of insects so the web is easy to see but there may have been a time or two where I have walked into a web.

 

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There are quite a number of Bull Ant nests in the bush. When I try to get a photo, I make sure I look all around to see if there are any outside the nest on patrol or bring back food to the nest. When they bite you know you have been bitten!

bullant_named_home_feb-2017

I was surprised to find the Satin Bower Birds bower was still in operation and chock-a-block with a variety of blue bits and pieces in the collection. The only things that come from my place are the blue pegs. I know when a Bower Bird has come calling when I find the peg basket up ended. The Satin Bower Birds have made my place home. Years ago they only came here when it was too cold in the Gibraltar Ranges and leaving when it got too hot here.

the-bower_named_home_feb-2017

On our mini-holiday, we managed to get to the beach at sunrise one morning. The sunrise over the sea is fantastic.

sunrise_gold_named_ballina_feb-2017

The Seagull was patient and seemed to like getting its picture taken early in the morning.

seagull_sunrise_named_ballina_feb-2017

There was a line-up of Seagulls checking out the surf.

seagull_lineup_named_ballina_feb-2017

One of my favourite photos of February. Just a branch on the beach. I was tempted to put the photo in the blog upside down.

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Well it’s getting dark so I must head off to bed. I hope you have enjoyed this little bit of my world in February.

I leave you with the Paperbark tree and the street light.

tree_night_named_ballina_feb-2017