Shades of grey

Terri’s Sunday Still: Living in Shades of Grey

All around
shades of grey
the birds
shades of grey
grey fantail_named_binna bura_aug 2016
A Greyt Fantailgrey_crowned_babbler_gully_home_jackadgery_july 2019
A Grey-crowned Babblergrey-shrike-thrush_named_home_sept-2016
A Grey Shrike Thrushgrey goshawk_named_binna burra_july 2017
A Grey Goshawk

Some animals
shades of grey
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A calfpretty face_joeyscrtch_frontgarden1_feb2009
Pretty-faced Wallaby and her Joeyred necked wallaby_named_home_aug 2018
Red-necked Wallaby

Some insects
shades of grey
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Orchard Swallowtail Butterflytriclista-singularis-horse-fly06_named_home_jan-2017
March Flyline blue butterfly_named_crop_binna burra_feb 2015
Line-blue Butterfly insideochre butterfly_small_home_named_jan 2012
and outer wings

Of course
the sky
shades of grey
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storm02_named_home_dec 2017

and sometimes
our Moon
shades of grey
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Goodnight

Work

The word prompt from Nancy for Photo for the Week Challenge: Work

One of the main bits of work I have to do around here is cutting and getting firewood for Winter. Yes, it does get rather hot but over Winter here in the foothills, the nights can get quite cool. Sometimes this can be quite a challenge or a quite peaceful way to spend a Winters day.
Come with me and help out with a bit of work.

Quite often I would start the chainsaw and the Pied Butcherbirds would appear
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After a bit of cutting and time to have a rest, the Butcherbirds would swoop in and check out the log.pied butcher bird03_chain saw_named_home_july 2018
Synchronised bug huntingpied butcher bird04_chain saw_named_home_july 2018
Always on the look out making sure I had a longer rest than necessary. Are you ready to go again?pied butcher bird05_chain saw_named_home_july 2018
Back at home time to unload the cut rounds and start splitting the wood for the fire. Of course the sound of wood being split attracts the chooks who come looking for snacks. Standing on the chopping block is one way of delaying the work that has to be done.chooks1_block_looking_named_home_2017
What are they looking for? Most times it might be white ants which chooks love or sometimes it could be a Centipede hiding in the crevices in the wood. 190816_blog_challenge_yellow_centipede
A ute load of wood split and ready for the Winters fire.190219_blog_challenge_winter_firewood_ute

The Recovery of Durranbah – New life part one

It has been six weeks since the fire devastated my place. Today was the first time I have been able to get about my property and see the extent of the damage the fire has done. I went mainly to check the fences as they are the things that have been severely impacted by fire.

The best thing was that I didn’t find any large animals that had died from the fire. I didn’t go poking around in burnt logs and under things so smaller animals and reptiles may have not survived.

I did find the recovery of plants starting to commence.
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A Eucalypts lignotuber sends new growth from the ground. I love the red colour.
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A burnt tree sprouts new growth from its trunk.
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Early signs are often red gradually turning green.tree_new_growth_burnt_fire_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
This gold bummed ant was very protective of its tree. After a while it actually leapt onto the camera lensant_tree_burnt_fire_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
Other ants were carrying treasures back to the nestant_ground_burnt_fire_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
I did find the Bower Birds burnt bower which was near to my house. the bower_bower bird_blue_burnt_fire_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
His blue treasures to impress the females a bit charred and molten.bower_bower bird_blue_burnt_fire_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
Some people have asked how did the waterhole fare. The Lomandras in the water course have all started to sprout.new_growth_lomandra_waterhole_burnt_fire_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
The rain on Christmas Day filled the waterhole and it still has a good amount of water. I am not too sure about the quality of the water. On the left under the fallen Brush Box tree is the rock I sit on to watch and photograph the birds. On the right hand side that tree has fallen across the track I use to get down to the waterhole. The rocky gully where the water comes into the waterhole has lots of trees over it but the small water hole up there a bit has water as well. The Powerful Owls weren’t around much to my disappointment.waterhole_trees_water_burnt_fire_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
This is what the water hole looked like
waterhole_named_home_oct 2018
Dragonflies were flitting around one of the dams near the house.
dragonfly_dam_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
I was pleased to see the White-winged Chough family patrolling through the bush. It looks like they have had a good year as there was around three chicks. I counted eleven birds. Last year when I saw a flock there were seven. Choughs are quite good at enticing other Choughs from other family groups into their family.white-winged choughs_bush_walking_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
I was dismayed to see the big Ironbark tree still on fire. It will be a while until this tree stops burning. It is surrounded by a big burnt area so I am not concerned about it getting out of control. Unfortunately my tracks through the bush have so many trees over them I am unable to get anywhere near it and if I did I have no idea how I would be able to cut through the log to separate the burning bit from the rest of the tree. The tree is at least one meter in diameter.log_burning_ironbark_burnt_fire_home_jackadgery_jan 2020

So when I am next able to get about the property, I’ll write again about the recovery of Durranbah. I probably shouldn’t have walked as far as I did. I hurt my back a few weeks ago and am starting to feel better. I did come back to the house, have a shower, a bit of lunch and then went to bed for a few hours. Still am a bit sore still but the constant showers for the last three hours has been lovely. Not much rain I think but steady soaking rain has made me feel a lot better.

For Cee’s On the Hunt for Joy Challenge – Get Outside

LPM – Photo Adventure – Rural Life

White

The Word/Photo Challenge: White

“For January 2020, our colour challenge is White, and was chosen because Chinese New Year 2020 is the year of the White Metal Rat!”

I do have a Rat She’s not completely white though
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I guess I’ll have to find other stuff that’s White

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white crocus_named_binna burra_april 2014

 

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white flower_red centre_named_binna burra_april 2014

 

white agapanthus_named_home_dec 2014

 

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white crocus_named_emerald beach_march 2017

 

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calf_white_named_caniaba_sept 2018

 

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This is December 2019

December 2019. A month and a year to remember. As this decade draws to a close I shall always remember the past couple of years. The drought has all but decimated my garden. The bush has been blackened but being Australian bush, the fire will bring about a renewal and the trees will flourish. A lot of the smaller shrubs and bushes will disappear as will the pioneer rainforest species that were starting to grow in the gullies.

I shall endeavour not to dwell on the fire but I have to include a bit as since the sixth of December my place has changed. I was lucky to get a good amount of rain on Christmas Day which has given my garden a temporary reprieve. I have some water to last for a month or so but the run-off has come over ash laden ground which may not be the best. I heard some frogs at the dam for the first time in months so the water may be OK.

You may need a cuppa or glass of something, depending when you are reading this. I would include a snack to keep you going as it is rather long. I know I have already done a birds edition but there are some more bird images in here as well. OK Let’s go………..

After the first decent rain, the Crocus sprouted from various places in the drought ravaged garden adding more hope for the future.
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Even in decay the Crocus looked lovely.crocus_flower_wilted_garden_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
Although the dam was almost dry the Cape Water Lillies did their best to put on a showcape water lily_dam_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
The hanging Geraniums always have flowers in the three pots hanging from the verandahflower_geranium_pink_pot_garden_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
The Hydrangea struggled in the dry and heat but managed a flower or twohydrangea_red_garden_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
I was surprised the Frangipannis flowered. There weren’t as many flowers but some flowers made the garden a bit betterfrangipanni_yellow_garden_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
All the different colours came outfrangipanni_pink_flowers_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
The Duranta flowers attracted a Caper White Butterflycaper white butterfly_purple flower_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
A Mud Dauber wasp poked around the pots of Pentas looking for small spiders to place in the clay nest for the hatching grub to feed on. wasp_mud dauber_flower_pentas_verandah_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
Some insects tried to get in out of the smoke and heatinsect_bug_screen_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
The Dragonflies seemed to like the heat and there were quite a number around even though the dam was almost emptydragonfly_red_garden_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
I found this Weevil in the kitchen sink. So I helped it out, put it on the bench, took a photo or two and threw it back outside. Amazing looking insect weevil_kitchen_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
Looks like the heat of the fire got this beetle I found the next day as I was doing my inspection of the destructionbeetle_green_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
The Bullants survived the fire and were quite belligerent bullants_nest_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
You may have seen these before but had to include the Grass Trees again as they are my favourite plants in the bush around my placegrass trees_burnt_fire_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
This was a tree stump that was tall and hollow. I found an Owlet Nightjar in there many years ago. See the holes where the roots were. There is heat coming from the holes so the fire was still burning underground!!stump_hole_fire_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
Even the rocks were burntrock_burnt_fire_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
I often found blackened leaves around my place weeks prior to the fire hereleaf_burnt_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
This tall tree, possibly a dead tree, crashed down and burned completelytree_ashes_fire_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
The day after the fire life emerged. There were quite a number of this species of Fungi dotted through the landscape. Some even had munch marks fungi_fire_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
The fire has left not much for the Goannas to forage in. I have a couple who walk through my garden regularlygoanna_tongue_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
This bloke is about two meters long. That light patch on his tail shows signs of shedding skin so maybe he may have had the fire go over his hiding spotgoanna_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
The lovely Velvet Geckos who live behind the pictures on the wallsgecko_satin_wall_house_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
These Eastern Water Skinks live at my besties place are quite big for a skink. It looks like a Soft-shelled Snail is going to be breakfast for an Eastern Water Skinkgarden skink_soft-shelled snail_garden_named_caniaba_dec 2019
Nom Nom Nom garden skink_eating_garden_named_caniaba_dec 2019
I spotted a Brown Falcon on a fence post when we were driving down a back road. It flew onto a power pole and kept watching a spot on the ground. I guess it may have swooped down for its meal after we drove off.brown falcon_farmland_named_caniaba_dec 2019
A pair of Sacred Kingfishers are often in the tress at my besties. In the background, a Jacaranda tree has had a second floweringsacred kingfisher_tree_named_caniaba_dec 2019
A Striated Thornbill watches the Brown Honeyeater have a quick bathstriated thornbill_brown honeyeater_bird bath_caniaba_dec 2019
I love the little Thornbillsstriated thornbill_bird bath_caniaba_dec 2019
Sometimes after a bath Rainbow Lorikeets look a bit disheveled rainbow lorikeet_wet_bird bath_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
There was quite a queue for a drink when a flock of Crimson Rosellas came to my placecrimson rosellas_bird bath_water_garden_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
This Magpie Lark or commonly called Pee Wee just yells at everybodymagpie lark_pee wee_garden_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
King Parrots can be such clowns and acrobats king parrot_acrobat_fun_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
The sounds of the Common Koel ring through the bush sometimes all night. They are migratory birds and lay their eggs in the nests of other birds. This male Koel was sitting quite still as he had already been dive-bombed by a Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike trying to get the Koel to move away from his nest.common koel cuckoo_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
The messy nest of an Australian Raven among a Mistletoe australian raven_nest_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
The Square-tailed Kite is still soaring the skies above my placesquare-tailed kite_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
Waiting for the shop to openred necked wallaby_waiting_shed_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
While Mum found a cool spot under the shed to spend the dayred necked wallaby_shed_shade_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
When munching Grevilleas in the garden, a Red-necked Wallaby had to watch out for that poke in the eyered necked wallaby_grevillea_eating_eye_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
After a hearty breakfast of Macropod Pellets, supplied by me for the Red-necked Wallabies, it is lovely to stretch out in the morning sun in the gardenred-necked wallaby_laying_garden_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
As the pellets are dry, I leave water containers near where I put the pellets.red-necked walabies_joey_bucket_water_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
One Saturday we went to the Tip Shop, where things that people throw out in the garbage service get recycled and sold at the Water Management Facility, we saw this tin car head out on the back of a ute. The next day here was the same little car at the Lismore Car Boot Markettoy_car_markets_named_lismore_dec 2019

I hope you enjoyed a scroll through My December. Did you have a favourite image? Hopefully next decades, next months “This is” will be more cheerful.

Also part of Su’s Changing Seasons

 

Favourite photos for 2019

The Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #77: Favourite Photos for 2019

This is quite difficult for me to pick my favourite photos for 2019 so I decided to find your favourites.

January
silvereye_honeygem grevillea_named_home_may 2018

February
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March
sunrise_gold_named_ballina_feb-2017

April
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May
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June
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July
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August
plane_parachute_lismore air show_named_july 2018

September
sun_sky_fence_post_sihouettte_sunset_fire_named_caniaba_sept 2019

October
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November
red-necked wallaby_female_drinking_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019

December
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Thanks for dropping by and having a look at my world in 2019. The last 3 months have been quite trying for my culminating in the fire that consumed my place with only my home and the drought ravaged garden being left unburnt.

In 2020 there will be photos of the re-birth of Durranbah I am sure.

Yellow

Bren’s Photo For The Week Photo Challenge: Yellow

So much yellow to find but I shall have restraint lol

tree_flowers_yellow_garden_named_home_nov 2018

 

flower_frangipanni_yellow_named_home_dec 2018

 

171115_blog challenge_letter M_butterfly_common yellow

 

pansy_yellow_named_binna burra_sept 2017

 

grevillea_yellow_named_home_august 2017

 

170823_blog challenge_solitary_yellow tailed black cockatoo

 

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yellow-faced-honeyeater_named_home_nov-2016

 

yellow_grevillia_bexhill catherdral_named_june 2014

 

spider_yellow flower_named_oct2013

 

yellow robin_binna burra_named_april 2016