Day twenty-three of Becky’s Square Photo Challenge for October: Kindasquare
Nancy’s Photo a Week Challenge:The Rule of Thirds
When I photograph birds it is quite easy to get the photo within the rule of thirds. I always have the grid switched on so I can see where to place things. I use the rule of thirds to capture what the bird is looking at or doing perhaps.
Although what is it that gets the attention, the flowers or the bird?
A Figbird among Jacaranda flowers
A Noisy Friarbird and Bottlebrush flowers
The Satin Bowerbird enjoying the nectar from Honey Gem Grevillea flowers
Part Three is some of the flowers in my world in October
I thought I would segue with some Native Stingless Bees who absolutely love Hippeastrums. This season was fabulous for Hippeastrums.
This is a Hippeastrum my neighbour Geoff gave me. Have a look at my blog Geoffs Garden
He also gave me there brilliant orange Hippeastrums.
The Nasturtiums enjoyed a bit of rain.
Some of the red flowers were hard to get the colour right. Their mauve insides looked lovely
The Azaleas flowered well this year too.
The Gerbera flowered well too
I am sure this flower was looking back at me.
A new Bromiliad flowered showing its pink and blues.
The Blue Ginger was waiting to burst forth.
Celosia flowers are hard to photograph to show their brilliance
Same with red Celosia
Love the veins and purple flower
The White Hydrangea with its blue “buttons”
Grafton, the city near my place is the Jacaranda City. This is the road to my place.
The many little flowers of the Lomandra
When a Lolly Bush is in flower you follow the scent of lollies to find the flowers.
The Brilliant yellow of a water plant in my dam
Now for some native flowers that are around my place. Most of these flowers are smaller than your little finger nail
The Silky Oak flowers in the morning sun.
Native Frangipanni flowers in a pot near my front door. In the evening the scent of the flowers is heavenly.
Back to the tiny Native Flowers.
I love these tiny purple/blue star shaped flowers.
Some of the flowers are a bit hairy.
This native flower is so tiny.
Another star shaped purple flower
A Mistletoe in the afternoon sun.
Only Part Four to go….ready?
I love this time of year. The warmth starts everything growing, flowers bloom in the garden, many birds arrive to spend the end of the year and life just abounds. It also gives me a chance to find things at my place, at my besties, in town and everywhere I am wandering.
This year, the Hippeastrums were spectacular. The red ones were full of life and colour. Remember the native bees? The other colours bloomed after the reds and I found this little grasshopper while I was admiring the flowers. The grasshopper was inside the flowers trumpet but tended to be camera shy and started to get away from the lens.
I have no idea what this bug is! Maybe a grasshopper? I was standing in the garden when it decided to walk onto my foot. This bloke wasn’t camera shy at all and kept walking towards me. Just after I took this photo, he jumped onto the camera.
On my besties place, a farm for more than one hundred years, I came across this concrete pier from a building long since gone. This is the only pier I have found, covered in moss, laying in what is now a young rainforest.
Also down among the leaf litter are the fungi. This one looks like it has been tied up by the grass.
There is lots of this type of fungi. It seems to grow on rotting wood especially bits of the fig trees which have tumbled from the big old trees, the remnants of the original Big Scrub rainforest.
Now back to my place. I have found a couple of this grass species throughout the bush. The stem has a lot of purple fruit which really catch the eye when walking in the bush. This plant is growing beside the track to the house.
I love Gerberas, don’t you? They come in so many colours adding a splash of colour to the garden.
Enough of bugs and plants. The Bar-shouldered Doves have taken to walking around the garden in the mornings, examining the bits of bark and grass to find their breakfast.
We went to Ballina and came across these fluffy plover chicks who were in constant movement as the walked across the field, closely followed by the parents. Yes I was a chicken and stayed on the other side of the road as the parents didn’t like me getting too close.
My besties birdbath is a constant source of photo opportunities. The Little Wattlebirds have become a fixture in the garden over the past 3 years. This one looks like it saw me hiding on the verandah.
This year the Jacarandas in Grafton were amazing. The large tree near the building where I work had an extra surprise this year. A Figbird pair decided to make their nest close to the building. Here is mum coming back to the nest to feed the young one. I think she saw me at the window don’t you?
But she soon settled down the sit on the nest among the Jacaranda blooms.
A few days later, the wind was blowing when dad turned up to give the little feller a snack, blowing the blossoms away allowing a sneak peak at the young one.
Then he took over the nest sitting duties.
Late in the evening at my besties, the Green Catbirds start making their strange calls from high among the trees.
Yes it is getting dark. The flowers in the garden still shine in the encroaching darkness.
Well the sun is setting, so I must say goodnight and a goodnight from the Kookaburra too.
See you next time. What did you enjoy the most, the bugs, the fungi, the flowers or the birds?