This is December 2018

First of all, thanks to everyone who has been part of my life this year. I have enjoyed sharing my part of this world with you. Your comments and feedback has been quite overwhelming at times. I take photos because I enjoy the results I achieve. I have a basic Canon PowerShot SX60HS which takes great macros, amazing telephotos and does everything I could ask, except focus where I want sometimes. Even then the capture can be a photo that goes into my Arty Ones folder. Some of those are posted in a recent photo challenge – Abstract.

On to December. This month was taken up in part with Becky’s great square format photo challenge #timesquare The featured image is one of the photos from Beckys challenge. Sometime last year I made a suggestion for the challenge which I cannot remember.

I have tried to cut down the number of photos but again it may be a bit of long read, so a drink, perhaps a snack may be in order. All settled back and ready. Join me in looking at This is December 2018
Sunrise is always a good place to start
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The wind blew the grass seed headsgrass_seed_head_named_caniaba_dec 2018

One morning, the tiny Line-blue Butterflies were all over the grass area while we were having breakfast. They loved the clover flowers.
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A Blue-banded Bee made a morning ritual of visiting the Chinese Lantern flowers. I never was ready to get that photo.
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A delicate flowering plant we were told was called Herb Robert. A lovely flower and bud.
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A Mistletoe Bird was a visitor for a few daysmistletoe bird_branches_named_caniaba_dec 2018

After the demise of the terracotta bird bath, a tempory replacement was found. A Rainbow Lorikeet looks unsure.
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Since the hatching of the Brown Honeyeaters, they have stayed around the garden. This is one of their favourite sitting places in the morning.
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Luckily one of the Grevilleas is flowering for them.
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I love it when you can see our Moon during the day.
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Many people call Dandelions weeds. The flowers add a great splash of colour in the garden.
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The Bees love the flowers too. Look at how much pollen has been gathered into the bees pollen sacs.
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I think it is wonderful.
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A Pumpkin display at the markets. So many varieties to choose from.
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This van belongs to one of the market stall holders at The Channon markets. I would love this van.
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Now Summer is here and it is hot and dry, the birds have to share the bird bath.willie wagtail_brown honeyeaters__bird bath_garden_named_caniaba_dec 2018

Coming in for a landing
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“I made it safely….so what are you looking at?”
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The Brown Honeyeaters. An adult and one of the young ones. Always look up to your elders.brown honeyeaters_adult_child_bird bath_named_caniaba_dec 2018

This is my bird bath the Magpie Lark (or better known as Pee Wee) is telling everyone.
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A spot of grub hunting has paid off.
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The Cape Chestnut Tree at The Channon Market was in full bloom.
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Now for a couple of native flowers I found at my daughters place. I looked in my books to try and identify so I could tell you their names, but wasn’t successful. I will have to ask an ecologist who said I could send him photos and he would try to tell me their names. Isn’t this one pretty?
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Like the above flower, most native flowers are quite small. The one above was about 10 to 15mm from petal tip to petal tip. This little flower is about 5mmsflower_pink_small_native_named_coaldale_dec 2018

Another tiny flower with an amazing structure
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Such a delicate ball of even smaller flowers. Each ball is around 10-15mm in diameter.
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The Stingless Native Bees just love the native flowers. The flower seems huge compared to the beebee_stingless_native_flower_named_coaldale_dec 2018
The start of Summer. The Frangipanni flowers around the garden are stating to emerge.frangipanni_pink_named_home_dec 2018

I love the soft pink and yellow of this Frangipanni flower which has a heavenly fragrance.
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The pinks and yellows of this one are much more stronger.
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The Pink Frangipanni is stunning.
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This Poinciana tree I see on the way home was the best I have seen.
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The tiny flowers of one of the Tea Trees I have in my garden is waiting for the bees.flower_tea tree_garden_named_home_dec 2018
This year, my Agapanthus flowers were the best flowering ever. All through the garden was spots of white and blueflower_agapanthus_garden_named_home_dec 2018
One of the blues.flower_agapanthus_blue_garden_named_home_dec 2018

The tree Begonia decided to have another flowering this December.
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I have a number of Datura Erecta plants around the garden. The berries looked lovely one morning. I think they may be poisonous as nothing seem to eat them.
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If anyone would, it would be a Fig Bird, seen here keeping an eye on me as I walked about.
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The King Parrots are starting to want some food as a couple of people who fed them in the street have since moved on. I give them a small amount of wild bird mix occasionally. Actually I hadn’t been home for a couple of days and this bloke came to the verandah and whistled to get my attention
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A migratory visitor to my place are Leaden Flycatchers, This female was scouting the verandah for a snack. Yes a photo taken while I was inside at my desk.
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One afternoon as I drove through the front gates, a Forest Kingfisher swooped in front of me and sat in the tree, almost like a welcome home.forest_kingfisher_tree_named_home_dec 2018
The Australian Air force is saying goodbye to the fleet of Orions. One of the planes is going to an Air Museum at Evans Head. It flew into Lismore. This was taken from my besties backyard.
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The old swimming pool, which is now a frog pond of sorts, is host to so many water insects and frogs. One of the frog species in the pool is the Perons Tree Frog. I think this may be one just emerging from tadpole to frog.
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I am unsure who these beastly looking gang are. Hopefully are dragonflies.
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Christmas is always a wonderful time in December. I wasn’t in a Christmas mood this year. My bestie had some decorations at her place. An op-shop angel and some lights looked great.
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An Australian Lilli Pilli tree in the corner with some little lights mad the room look bright.
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The Full Moon, just before Christmas Day was big and bright.
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One of the photo challenges was Abstract – see the opening words – I didn’t include this Moon photo as I thought it was rather special and needed to be in my monthly wrap-up post.
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I didn’t have my tripod so just had to have a go hand held. At least one turned out OK lol
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Summer arrives and the plants start to thrive so along come the Grasshoppers to have a snack. This one likes Basil….or used to.
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Another little Grasshopper from my daughters place. Her garden hasn’t been attacked yet.
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The Ponytail Palm has so many flowers, the bees don’t know where to begin. I walked outside and the buzzing was quite loud I looked up and the flower spikes were full of bees.
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The Blue-banded bee I couldn’t get in the Chinese Lantern Flower didn’t escape my attention as it buzzed about the Basil flowers.
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The Hover Fly loved the garden too
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The Palm Trees, the water and the ripples
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Late afternoon looking from my besties verandah across the paddocksscene_trees_subdued_named_caniaba_dec 2018

The December sun is almost set.
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Goodbye December and 2018.sunset_orange_named_caniaba_dec 2018

Thanks for being a part of my world. I hope to see you again in 2019.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter L

So many great blogs have already contributed to the Fun Foto Challenge: Letter L

My search found some “L” birds for your enjoyment

A Little Friarbird wondering what’s going on over there
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Lewins Honeyeater feeling rather proud of himself
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Little Wattlebirds “Oh come now Dave…..turn around”
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The lovely little Leaden Flycatcher
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Early morning, the Laughing Kookaburra has always something to say
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Lots of things to discover

It’s been a while since I have put a bit about what I have discovered in my travels around the north coast. A lot of these photos are from my place and my besties plus some from places in between. There has been many a thing to find, some accidental, some that made me go wow and of course an assortment of themes.

Last week at work, I looked out of the window and there was a rainbow’s end in the park. But I looked again and saw the second rainbow so I thought that is rather special to share. Yes folks, that is the view from my desk. Looking across the mighty Clarence River to Susan Island and beyond to South Grafton.

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I think these tiny plants are a moss growing along a small north facing bank. They look like little stars but are tiny erect plants when the macro lens gets into the structure.

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These yellow flowers of the Beach Primrose are helping to hold the dunes together on Cabarita Beach.

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There is so much debris on the beaches most of it natural. I love the shapes and random patterns it makes interspersed with a splash of colour, a bit of green here, a bit of pink there.

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The coastline has some interesting geology as well as all the other stuff we see at the beach. The vertical strata caught my eye at Cabarita.

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The day was getting stormy and the gulls were gliding in the wind.

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Away from the beach the Wonga Pigeons were calling in the trees. This pigeon was just walking along the branches.

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The Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike had a fine place to spot any potential food source at Lismore Lake.

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There were a lot of Egrets wading on the edge of the Lake when all of a sudden they all took to the skies, wheeled about for a while then just settled back to their preening and looking for a snack or two to come along. There were plenty of frogs calling.

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Also watching from a vantage point was the Azure Kingfisher. They look quite regal as they survey their realm.

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Back at home, a stunning blue shape was flying around the garden. The Leaden Flycatcher found time to sit for a while.

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Of course my blog wouldn’t be right if I didn’t have a Spangled Drongo doing something different. This bloke seemed to have his head on backwards.

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I reckon the Wattlebird said to its mate “Show him your best side”

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I caused a bit of a Twitter conversation with this photo of a Praying Mantis egg casing. Thanks to all the people who let me know what it was as I have seen them before but had no idea what it was.

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There has been lots of butterflies around. I think this one may be a Ringlet.

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The Orchard Butterflies certainly liked getting a feed from the red Pentas.

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The Meadow Argus put on a bit of a show.

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The bees weren’t getting left out either. The Blue-banded Bee zipped about the garden gathering pollen from the flowers.

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The mauve Pentas look a treat. Did you spot the ant as it was exploring the flowers?

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The white Pentas certainly put on a show with a touch of pink highlights.

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I have never seen a galangal flower before.

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The red Hibiscus flowers seem to burst out with their petals cascading from the centre.

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My bestie planted the seeds of the Gaillardia and only one flower emerged but hopefully more will appear later.

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The rain drops were hanging from the Pink Trumpet Flowers. The drops on the top of the flower can be seen through the petals.

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The Blue Gingers are stunning this year. A bit of a dry start to summer and the rains have made the bloom explode.

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The rain on the fungi gave it a shiny coating

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These two little fungi looked like a fungi with a mini-me.

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The wet ground has allowed the wood fungus to appear all through the bush. This one is one of my favourites.

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The huge fig tree at my besties has possible reached the end of its life and has been dropping its huge branches so only two remain. The recent rain has seen a lot of the dead wood covered in this fungi.

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It is so white and fans out from the branch.

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All through the fungi are all sorts of insects. The Ear Wigs were scurrying under and over the fungi so not a clear photo but I was surprised that I actually got it.

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On the way home from work, I drive past a small pond which has had a tyre in it as long as I can remember. On this day I had to do a quick U-turn as the tyre had two Long-necked Tortoises enjoying the sun. I have called them the Tyre Turtles as it sounds better than the Tyre Tortoises.

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Well as she catches the last rays of sunshine, I better get going as well. Did you enjoy this small peek into my world?

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Around here at Christmas

I have had some new visitors to my garden over the past week or so. First of all, a Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike sat in the tree near me

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and a while later, way over there, collecting small twigs for a nest I guess. It has been quite a while since I last saw a Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike around here.

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The other new one arrived a few days ago….meet the White Cheeked Honeyeater

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They are quite athletic when getting into the blossoms

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No blossom is safe

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The Little Friarbird arrived about the same time

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The everyday things wanted to be discovered or rediscovered. The birds and flowers that are nearly always here at the same time most years seemed to attract my attention, perhaps it was the light or as with the Leaden Flycatcher, seemed to sit and pose for a while which is unusual for a bird who just loves to flit about the bushes and trees singing at every stop.

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As usual the Noisy Friarbirds dominated this part of the yard as well. They have a never-ending flight between the Honey Gem out the front, and the Callistemon out the back, trying to stop all the other birds having a snack. They certainly love to swoop at the bushes to scare the other smaller birds. Or they will sit there trying to give the death stare to anyone who is anywhere within eye shot.

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The poor little Scarlet Honeyeater is always on the look out when it grabs a quick snack before the bullies come back from their other bush protection flight.

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But always get a good feed

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Willie Wagtail managed to get a cicada and was banging it about the tree branch

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Elsewhere around the place, things are looking good with just the right amount of rain to keep everything growing and flowering. I looked down the back and saw a lot of yellow flowers. I thought I had the Fireweed beaten and was a bit dismayed at seeing the many spots of yellow everywhere!!! Having a good look up close I was relieved to see it was a little native star-shaped yellow flower.

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Sitting among the star-shaped flowers was this little one as well. Many of the native flowers here are very small, around 10 – 15 millimetres in diameter.

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Some of the white flowers are just waiting to burst out.

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While some are out enjoying the sunshine already

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There are a few little yellow fluffy flowers that are more like Fireweed.

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In the trees, the Spangled Drongos enjoy having their weird sounding conversations.

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Which didn’t bother the King Parrots very much as they were more intent on seed hunting.

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The Figbird was looking rather splendid as it hopped about the lower branches

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Just looking about

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I don’t think I have ever looked at one of the many blooms of the Agapanthus flower before

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The little pink Grevillea flower is quite small and I don’t think any of the honeyeaters visit as most of the flowers are intact.

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All over there has been a certain busyness which has even effected the insects. Some ants were marching up and down the wall

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While a grasshopper thought that some of the indoor plants were worthy of investigation to ascertain their edibility

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I guess anytime around here there is always a young Red-necked Wallaby. As I haven’t included at Joey shot for a while, here you go as I know a lot of you like these fluffy little blokes.

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There’s been a bit happening around here hasn’t there…..

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