This is October 2021

I am quite late with my wrap up for Changing Season for October. Lots has happened and but nothing significant. A lack of rain meant a lot of garden watering but when it did rain it was welcomed by everyone. Managed to do a bit of driving around having a look here and there. The garden looked good when the Hippesatrums flowered adding a splash of colour. Some of the seasonal birds have dropped in, some have stayed, some have kept going to another destination.

Make sure you join in with Ju-Lyn and I for Changing Seasons

Here’s a bit of Aussie rock hoping for a bit of rain. I don’t know if you’ll need a drink and snacks but you could always have some handy just in case. Hit play and start scrolling. If Dragon aren’t to your taste, scroll back up and hit pause or stop.

OK The Sun is up so lets get going. Sunrise at my besties

The fog, the shed and trees next door in the morning

Some mornings everyone is awake early, just singing in the sunrise. Brown Honeyeaters are quite loud for their size.

So are Yellow-faced Honeyeaters. It was a foggy morning at home and sometimes you could hear a bird but not see them.

In the Ponytail Palm, the Willie Wagtails have made a nest. At the moment there are three babies.

Down at the beach a Sooty Oystercatcher takes a stroll past a disinterested Silver Gull

I love these little vertical birds. White-throated Treecreepers start at the bottom of a tree and just hop up and around the tree looking for insects living in the bark. I recently found out that the red spot under the eye means it is a female.

Here is the better one of the Satin Bower Bird and the pear. Much better than my October Last on the Card

At this time of year the Spangled Drongos arrive in the garden.

There is always someone checking out the available real estate. We were out for a walk and on the way I spotted some Rainbow Lorikeets on a big old Spotted Gum. They were inspecting the trees hollows to see if was a move in ready or if someone else already owns the space.

The Leaden Flycatchers were here for a few weeks in October. They don’t stay still for long

The Eastern Rosellas are always lovely to see.

After one of the irregular down pours, a Pied Currawong looked none too pleased……

…….neither did the Australian Raven

No one seems to mind if you hang out your washing when you’re at the beach. The other Darter just looks the other way while the Pied Cormorant tends to his own laundry.

While further along the Evans Head Breakwall an Eastern Water Dragon did a good impression of an Iguana

At my besties we were heading out for the day and the regular Koala to her place was just sitting beneath a tree and then he hopped up the tree a little way

Isn’t she pretty? A young Red-necked Wallaby who comes into my garden regularly. She doesn’t have a Joey or should I say a big Joey yet. Her pouch was flat. When Joeys are born they weigh about two grams. They pop their heads out of the pouch at around six months.

Just a tree and bit of blue sky to segue into the plants and flower section

Looking at the cactus centre as they have just started their Spring spurt. Look sorta familiar. Which blogger has a similar photo as her header?

A view down the garden when the Hippeastrums in the wheelbarrow just dominated the garden colour

The Frangipannis in the garden are starting to shoot

In Grafton the Jacaranda trees are in full bloom, so are the Flame Trees

The Jacaranda flowers have so many shades of purple.

A shower of rain came though giving the cactus with the most fantastic flowers a lovely drink and a water drop display. You’ll have to wait for photos of the flower as they have only just bloomed. Drop by for Macro Monday next week the 8th as there will be an open flower.

The Orange Hippeastrums where starting to bud at the end of October

Getting this photo of a white Daisy and a tiny Ghost Crab Spider, I took quite a lot from all angles. I wrote a post called What do you think? which generated so much traffic, in fact one of my most “popular” posts with 223 views and 124 likes 110 comments. The post was about whether I should delete or keep a photo of the Daisy and spider from another angle completely, as I am trying to be ruthless about keeping some photos that really should go.

On the way to my besties along The Summerland Way, the Coreopsis is flowering and the wind was blowing.

and the flowers stretched out along the side of the road. The background is a forestry pine forest that was burnt in the horrible 2019 statewide fires. Some tree are recovering while others have died. The understory are Eucalypts growing where they used to grow before the pine plantations. Some trees love fire to germinate the seeds that have been stored in the ground for years.

Many years ago there were Impatiens plants in garden beds at the front of my house. I have since removed those garden beds. This year all of these plants have sprung up all around the place with lovely flowers but not necessarily in the garden bed they were planted originally.

Going for a walk at Evans Head we were lucky to find some Flannel Flowers still growing. One of my favourite Australian Native Flowers.

A few days before a Full Moon, Our Moon was around in the early afternoon

I love it when the sunset is so good from my besties place in a spot we call Sunset Hill, the highest part of her place. My favourite is capturing these four trees that are a long way in the distance

Here is the same sunset a while later on from lower down in the yard. The tree and fence posts on the right hand side is Sunset Hill

I do hope you enjoyed a scroll thought my October. Any favourites?

I should add this into Cee’s FOTD

Square Trees #28 – in my town

Becky’s Square Photo Challenge July: Square Tree

The nearest town to my place is Grafton. It hosts an annual floral festival, the oldest in Australia where the town spend ten days of purple madness and fun. Set when the Jacaranda Trees are in flower, this year from 29 October to 7 November, the town is awash in purple from the townsfolk dressed in purple to the magnificent trees showing all their glory.

Here is your song for today

The trees do look a treat

I love the purple of the trees against a grey sky, which seems to happen most years as it is also the start of our wet season.

The mass of flowers is great but they individual flowers look good as well.

While writing this post I also thought of a photo I posted many years ago. The building I was working in had a Jacaranda Tree close by. One day I noticed there was something in the tree. Sorry Becky, it’s not square.

Under the trees, a purple carpet

Debbies Six Word Saturday

In my town, Grafton, it is time for the Jacaranda trees to be at their showy best. Known as the Jacaranda City, the annual Jacaranda Festival has been put on hold but no one told the trees.

Purple

The word prompt from Debbie at Travel with Intent: Purple

Check out Debbies Purple – click on the above link – It is stunning and I was thinking what do I have that’s purple to be able to contribute to this photo challenge. There is no way I can do wonderful lights like Debbies post. But I do live in a city which just had it’s Jacaranda Festival and has Jacaranda trees. But I wanted more so it’s floral all the way.

Here’s my bit of Purple
Better start with a Jacaranda tree
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Purple berries from a native vine
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Looking into a Torenia flower
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Another Native flower from my place. Haven’t identified it as yet.
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The Native Wisteria or Wild Sarsparilla that grows all over my place
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and a regular Wisteria  with bonus Wanderer Butterfly
wisteria02_wanderer butterfly_crop_named_binna burra_sept 2017

Purple Pansies
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Another purple flower I found somewhere
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Wonderful Water Lilies
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Another Australian Native flower found on the coast, Purple Fringe Lily
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My old mates Iris
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Back to the streets of Graftonjacarands_named_grafton_oct 2017

Thought about a song. Here is the original from 1958

Places People Visit

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge : Places People Visit

I am going to be very home town for places people visit. At this time of year, my town of Grafton is awash with purple. The Jacaranda trees are starting to come into flower and the town is gearing up for the annual Jacaranda Festival.

The Jacaranda Festival is the longest running floral festival in Australia. People come from all over the world to Grafton to visit and wander the town, look at the gardens and marvel at the purple everywhere.

The trees look a treat
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There is even a few White Jacaranda trees around town
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The streets look a treat. When the blossoms drop the ground is a carpet of purple.
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Even the birds like to nest in the Jacaranda trees
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There is poignant street art.
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I have some people booked into my place this weekend from Taiwan so maybe I will have a busy few days over the weeks to come at the Durranbah Bush Retreat

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Week 3

Topics include – Purple, Colours, Wood, Garage, Vintage Cars

A Fig Bird on the nest among the Purple Jacaranda flowers
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Not really a Vintage Car but a fabulous truck
truck_dog_m-bah_named_jan 2014

A Wood fungus
fungi_wood_named_home_june 2015

The wonderful Colour on a leaf
coloured leaf_named_binna burra_july 2017

See other fun found at Cees

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