In Sydney on a rainy day

Debbie’s One Word Sunday: Fame

Two pieces of Australian fame in one photo

As an after thought. I have to add a bit more Australian fame that isn’t in the rain or in Sydney. This time a Kangaroo not a Wallaby

Mr Sleepy

Your favourite photos for 2021

Lens-Artists Challenge #180 – Favorite Images of 2021
Sunday Stills: 2021 in the #Rear-view Mirror, Nothing Like the Present, The Future is Ours

Here are YOUR favourite photos from 2021 I didn’t include the photos from my Last on the Card photo challenge as it would have made this post way to big even though they were the the ones that had the most views and comments.

In 2021 bushboys world had 71,916 views, from 25,478 visitors from 125 countries, including one view from Antarctica (I suspect as I had Penguin in my tag) and I did 919 posts!!!! I am obsessed don’t you think?

In January the Last on the Card December 2020 was the most popular post with 231 views. The next popular post was a Ragtag Prompt: Mob with this photo. A group of Red-necked Wallabies, in fact all groups of Wallabies and Kangaroos is called a mob.

In February the most popular post was again Last on the Card January 2021 with 214 views. The next was my Happy Valentines Day post (91 views) which had a slideshow of roses and a sweet Rose Robin

In March the most popular post was Last on the Card February 2021 with 242 views. Next was The Green Tree Snake and the Fence which had 99 views. I saw the Green Tree Snake on the neighbours fence as I was driving home and managed a few photos before he slithered off.

Aprils most popular was again Last on the Card with 173 views. Shades of pink, the first of Jude’s Life in Colour challenges, Pink, with 143 views. Your favourite photos was these two Galahs.

Going into May the most viewed with 250 views was the Last on the Card April. The flying penguin and others, in response to Debbie’s One Word Sunday: Wind, had 108 views

In June the most popular with 225 views was Last on the Card May 2021. Next was Sheds I have known with 106 views from a Ragtag Prompt: The Old Shed. The sheds featured are mine plus there was a poem that went with the post.

Onto July and Last on the Card June had 239 views. Next in line was Getting close at home, a Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge with 110 views. I was Cee’s guest host for this challenge so lots of macro photos in the post. It was fun to be a guest host and there were many contributions for my theme. Your favourites were the biscuit tins and the tap

In August Last on the Card July 2021 had 217 views. your next favourite was No more being a wallflower, Marilyn. Inspired by Debbies Six Word Saturday prompt: No more being the wallflower, Mona. I was a bit cheeky with Debbies words for a lot of last years Six Word Saturday prompts.

I chose photos on the wall at the Grand Hyatt, Seoul South Korea

Did September surprise with the most viewed post? No again it was Last on the Card August 2021 with 171 views. My post, From the kitchen window this afternoon, had 161 views. A Ludwig’s Monday Window post

Last on the Card September fell from the rankings for the first time this year. Only 159 views. Your most surprising photo was one I was debating with myself whether I would delete it or not, so I threw it out there for your opinion. What do you think? had an astonishing 227 views and over 100 replies with everyone saying keep it!

Last on the Card again rose to the top with 165 views. Not surprisingly the Monday Portrait 1 November had 131 views and loads of comments with the word cute appearing many times.

We are at the end of 2021 so lets see what December bought. No surprises again the support for my Last on the Card is so encouraging, perhaps I should continue into 2022. What do you think? With 184 views, Last on the Card November 2021 was the top post.

The next top post was a bit of a sad post as it was for my good friend Cee whose sister passed. Her sister loved Daisies so my post was all Daisies for Cee’s sister

It’s black and white around here

Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Animals – Farm or Wild

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

Discovering your emotions

The Ragtag Daily Prompt Tuesday: Emotion

Can you find your emotion among this lot? No responsibility taken for any mental scaring, they are your emotions. Perhaps I can facilitate some change. Try and stop for a while and appreciate the colours or patterns of the photo that builds a flight response or just stop on the photo that makes you go aahhh and soak up the emotion

I’ll come to your emotional rescue

shoes boots and feet

The Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #161: Feet and Shoes

An underrated song from the 60’s which still has relevance today. Please enjoy

“Well, I may be common people
But I’m your brother
And when you strike out
You’re trying to hurt me
It’s hurting you”