A Dragon in my garden

A few days ago, I was quite surprised to see an Eastern Bearded Dragon sunning itself on the driveway. It has been a while since I have seen an Eastern Bearded Dragon on my place, so of course I had to grab a few photos.

It didn’t seem to mind me getting a few photos and didn’t move apart from turning its head to keep a watch on me. Here’s a bit about Bearded Dragons –

“They’re often seen basking on tree stumps, fence posts, branches or boulders. From here they can see predators, prey and mates, all the while soaking up some sun. Bearded dragons are primarily diurnal (day active), though in summer they’re busiest in the early morning and late afternoon. They’re omnivorous lizards: they eat fruits and leaves, invertebrates (such as ants and beetles) and small vertebrates, including other lizards.

When threatened or alarmed bearded dragons puff out their beards and face intruders with an open mouth. At the same time they expand their bodies by inhaling air, making them seem larger than life, and may emit a low hiss. (I am lucky this one didn’t seem to find me a threat and was quite calm.)

Researchers recently discovered that bearded dragons have primitive venom glands, though the venom has little effect on people.

The biggest threats to bearded dragons are habitat loss and degradation due to land clearing and cattle grazing. They’re also sadly sometimes illegally captured for the pet industry”

“I’m keeping an eye on you mister”

“No good sneaking up behind”

“Now where did he go?”

“I might as well let him show everyone my markings and colours…..

….and my sharp claws which are great for climbing and digging”

“I am rather handsome aren’t I?”

“Yes, handsome I said to you……yes you!”

“I can be quite dignified as well”

Information from https://www.bushheritage.org.au/species/bearded-dragons

Let’s go for a drive

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #203: Local Vistas

Everyone ready. Get comfortable. Put some music on

OK, turn left out of the gate and down the road

Turn left and head down to Lilydale

Go past the Ospreys nest

Yes someone has to open the gate

and here we are at Lilydale. Want to go for a quick swim?

Back in the car we rattle over the old wooden bridge and are soon at Cangi

It is rather peaceful and a good place to grab a bit to eat

Back onto the highway and head up the Gibraltar Range

First stop is always at the Raspberry Lookout

Where we will find native wildflowers like these Paper Daisies

or other native flowers with Blue-banded Bees

and perhaps a Nobbi Lizard sun baking on the rocks

among the yellow Paper Daisies

Just a bit further up the road is Washpool National Park where the first stop is Granite Rocks

and then further into the valley and into the rainforest where the giants live

Time to head for home back down the highway

and down the road to home

Through the gate

and time for a cup of tea

Life of a Leopard Lily

In February the Leopard Lillies are in full flower and add a spectacular splash of orange to the garden. The flowers don’t last all that long, less than a week, but the plants this year have been the best I have ever seen them. Actually they are not a lily but an Iris – Iris domestica

Let’s have a look at the life of a Leopard Lily flower

In the early morning as the sun rises, the flowers are still all tucked up after sleeping during the night

A bud and a flower about to unfurl

The buds slowly open in the morning

This one is just starting to open for the day

A selection of the flowers life cycle

The flowers just are so lovely don’t you think? There is always an insect hanging around

I love the markings that make a Leopard Lily

A flower has finally given us its splendor

The plants in full bloom

Hope you enjoyed the Life of a Leopard Lily. Added to Cee’s FOTD

A golden future

Sunday Stills: The #Future is Ours

First up I must admit I have stolen this idea from Cee. I have been sorting my photos (yes still almost a year behind Becky!!) and found this sequence of Golden Lycra flowers from my garden.

Terri’s title made me think of this song. Many of you may not know Normie Rowe. He was a pop sensation in Australia in the 1960-70’s but you will know the song. Not a sugary sweet as the Doris Day version though.

Meanwhile while you are having a 60’s bop here is the future in flowers

From these Golden Lycra buds……

……to these flowers which appeared so quickly I didn’t get a chance to get any in between photos

Also for Cee’s FOTD

This is November 2021

Subtitle: Changing Seasons – in conjunction with Ju-Lyn

I didn’t take many photos in November. I am loving the rain. The frogs have been as well. Some nights it is so loud with all the frogs having their say. The most photographed thing, because the rain has made the garden just grow, are flowers splashed throughout the garden. I am doing a garden post as it is too good not to share. I have spent a bit time in the shed so there’s a post about that on the list as well.

The days we had with sunny blue skies which were taken advantage of, so there was lots of photos to pick from for This is November. Grab your usual drink/snack that you may like to consume at this time of your day and enjoy this bit of my world.

Here is your song to scroll to….a new one for me. I hope you enjoy my discovery. Hit play and let’s get scrolling. You can always come back up and stop the music if you don’t like it.

One Saturday morning I woke very early and there was colour in the sky, so I had to try and take a few photos for Hammad’s Weekend Sky. After taking my usual photos from the usual place, I tried to see what I could get through the trees. Most were ok but didn’t show all that much of the coloured clouds. My favourite of the lot.

The cows next door to my besties were calving. I think these two may be related.

On that hill where the calves are, a Double Bared Finch was having lunch too.

It is always lovely to see an Eastern Rosella or two when out and about.

Sacred Ibis always look spectacular as the glide overhead.

On the lookout tree, a Spangled Drongo (top) and a Dollar Bird keep an eye out for some unsuspecting breakfast to be passing by.

In my besties garden, a Pheasant Coucal was calling for a few days. One morning he decided to come out in the sun.

We went away for a few days to Soldiers Point. One day we went for a walk in a nature reserve at Nelson Bay. There’s a few photos from there following as well. A pair of Corellas were checking out the hollows in the Gum Tree to make home maybe.

This made me laugh, the Darter look so serious too.

We found this lily like plant and it has the most wonderful flower. I haven’t been able to ID it yet.

I just love Red and Green Kangaroo Paw flowers which were growing along the track in the nature reserve

At a cafe having a coffee while the waiting for the rain to ease a bit, I saw Bougainvillea flowers had fallen on a table out in the rain.

That’s all from our mini holiday. Remember the last two “This is…..” I have shown the progress of the amazing Gymea Lily flower. I don’t think it will be there next time.

Here is a few from around my garden as a bit of a teaser lol. The agapanthus in the garden have never had as many flowers ever! Mostly blues but some are from plants with white flowers that I never knew their colour.

This white Agapanthus flower stalk was so tall, well over a meter.

The Crinums or Spider Lilys are flowering well this year.

I have been trying to find the right place for the Walking Iris as I love their flowers

I have a Jacaranda tree which is a bit scraggly but this year showed itself as best it could.

Scattered around the garden are Spiny-headed Mat Rush (Lomandra) plants that have long strappy leaves most of the time but they do flower

The Paperbark Trees (Melaleuca quinquenervia) are flowering and the insects and birds are loving them.

I can’t grow roses at my place. It gets too wet and the Possums and Wallabies love them too much. My besties place is ideal. Here is a selection of Roses. This is a tiny climbing variety.

Some of the flowers are amazing. I love this pink one.

Such a deep colour, it is more orange than red in real life

Some Zinnias are appearing.

This is the flower from a Bromiliad which I found in the plant rescue section of a nursery. I took three and said these be easy. He rolled his eyes. Five years later, two survived and this one has flowered for the first time.

Sometimes Thistle flowers look so good.

I always forget to take photos of the Zig-Zag plant when it flowers.

I cannot believe this Pineapple plant. It has been in the garden for as long as I can remember. Every now and then it pops out a fruit. This is the flower stage. Pineapple plants are Bromiliads.

The Day Lilys have been wonderful this year

Even the Stingless Native Bees thinks so as well.

The Variegated Duranta has been flowering since start of Spring. Now it has rained there are flowers everywhere.

There was a break in the rain. A Blue-banded Bee decided to take advantage too.

In the nature reserve we found this amazing way the Lichen has formed. What shapes or things can you see in the photo? IN the top right hand corner is a tiny fern similar to an air plant. They grow on anything organic wood, rock etc

OK Who was paying attention as I would really like to know what was your favourite photo? Did you like the music?

The Changing Seasons is a monthly project where bloggers around the world share their thoughts and feelings about the month just gone. We all approach this slightly differently — though generally with an emphasis on the photos we’ve taken during the month.

For many of us, looking back over these photos provides the structure and narrative of our post, so each month is different. Some focus on documenting the changes in a particular project — such as a garden, an art or craft project, or a photographic diary of a familiar landscape.

But in the end, it is your changing season, and you should approach it however works for you.

There are no fixed rules around post length or photo number — just a request that you respect your readers’ time and engagement.

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Also for Cee’s FOTD

What do you think?

I took this photo late in the afternoon yesterday. Going through the photos and doing a cull, this one came along. I was about to delete but something said no, don’t. I do like it but there is so much wrong about it. Therefor I am asking – would you have deleted the photo?

5 Minutes Ago – 7 August

Hammad’s Weekend Sky #36

Your weekend sky song, just a touch of country

From my usual spot, where I have been taking all of my Weekend Sky photos, and the same view

Looking through the trees to the sun low on the horizon

I love the way the sun highlights the Eucalypts looking to the Northern sky.