The word prompt from Bren: Leaves
I was looking about as I have taken a few photos of leaves lately, then changed my mind and decided to go with some of my favourite leaves – Begonia leaves. I have quite a number of Begonias in pots. I was first attracted to the leaves many many years ago and then when the Begonias flowered it was a pleasant surprise. No flowers here just a few of the leaves.
Propagating Begonias is easy. I get a leaf, put some cuts into the veins especially near the stem but not cut through, place in seed raising mixture and keep watered. Begonias don’t mind being a bit dry. Too much water the leaf will rot.
The photo challenge from Jenn at Traveling at Wits End: Drops of Water
A few drops of water
The word prompt from Maria at citySonnet: Leaves
I was surprised at the number of yellows I have as I don’t really have an Autumn season where the leaves fall from deciduous trees. I don’t have any. I live in a Eucalypt forest. So here are a few yellow leaves that I have found.
Stuck to the window after a storm
They fell together
Just a yellow leaf
A tinge of yellow before dropping from the Gum Tree
A tinge of yellow on new shoots
My supplementary photos for Becky’s square photo challenge: In the Pink
I have a quite a number of Begonias in pots around the house, in the shade house and on the verandahs. I fell in love with Begonias many years ago, mainly for their leaf colour and structure. I don’t know any of the names of the individual plants. Some are just Rex begonia or Painted Leaf types. I really should sit down and try to work all of the different plants I have shouldn’t I?
All the photos were taken over the past few days.
I propagate by leaf cuttings. Have been known to “borrow” a leaf from plants I come across in various locations.
I will start with the leaves.
I love the leaf on this Begonia. As you can see, the leaf starts off red and the has shades of pink.
This leaf has texture as well as a blend of colours.
Another leaf with texture and spots of pink.
This one is similar to the above. You can see other Begonias in the background
Now for the flowers
Shades of pink with subtle spots on a very hairy stem. The leaf shape in the background
This pink has come out more of a light tangerine. It really is pink.
The leaf seen in this shot of the flower is red. The flowers white with prominent pink spots again a hairy stem.
The profusion of pink flowers. This is in a pot in the garden and the possums haven’t found it. The leaves when in shade are almost black and dark green in the partial sun.
The same type of plant to the one above only this one is in the shade house.
One of the first Begonias I got. A rather boring leaf but the flowers are lovely. This one is in the sun room.
There so many Begonia species. This list is huge
If you want to join in here are a few ideas from Becky.
The theme for squares this month is ‘In the Pink‘ and the one rule as always is that your main photograph must be square. After that the world is your oyster, or should I say flamingo?! To help you get started here are some ideas you might want to consider;
- ‘In the Pink’ – means perfect condition or in good health, so that could be human or not!
- ‘Tickled Pink‘ – means delighted, so I’m thinking happy, fun and of course delighted. That could be you or the subject of your photograph.
- Pink – you can of course simply share anything that is coloured pink
- There is an extra challenge for those of you up for it – can you manage to combine two of these, or maybe even all three?
Squares is a daily challenge, so your photographs can be from the archives or brand new. Don’t forget though to keep your photo square, and to pingback with #InthePink.
Topics include – Purple, Colours, Wood, Garage, Vintage Cars
A Fig Bird on the nest among the Purple Jacaranda flowers
Not really a Vintage Car but a fabulous truck
A Wood fungus
The wonderful Colour on a leaf
See other fun found at Cees
Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge
An optical illusion. The leaf is stuck on the outside of the window
The martini glass is clean
The Daily Post word prompt: Unlikely
This looks like a good place to set up the wildlife camera with its infra-red sensors to catch the action at the bird bath, or so I thought. It would unlikely that anything could go wrong and I would have a fine gallery of birds at the bird bath.
I didn’t count on the wisteria leaves on the arbor where I fastened the camera to be uncooperative.
Nicely positioned. Unlikely to miss anything. What? The wind has blown up.
Oh dear. Now it’s getting worse.
This is ridiculous. You can hardly even see the bird bath.
But wait. Here are some White-headed Pigeons
A Magpie has landed
The late afternoon sun on the Galah is perfect
So it wasn’t unlikely after all
You will be pleased to know that this month I have been picky in choosing what to put on my April post. This is not a marathon so maybe you won’t need a drink and a snack to get to the end.
Let’s get going then.
It’s just a leaf I found. I just love the colours.
There is a whole ecosystem on this fungi
Down the hill from from the above fungi, a whole miniature forest was growing.
I love the sunsets and these grass seed heads.
More grass seed heads against the late afternoon sky. The camera knows how to lie as these aren’t very big.
One of my favourite garden flowers – Cats Whiskers
I don’t know the name of this flower. We call it The Pink Thing. Bees love disappearing inside of the bell or where the flower joins the stalk.
The small flowers of the Bangalow Palm are waiting to burst out. The outer casing had fallen off early in the morning and the palm was full of buzzing bees.
Trying to get some bee photos I didn’t realise I have taken photos of little Dwarf Eastern Tree Frogs. I don’t know if they were hunting bees or other insects
I only found these two but I am sure there were many more among the hanging stalks.
The snail was having a good time exploring the leaf
I found an interesting looking Shield Insect walking along the electric fence tape.
The Caterpillar was quite disturbed at my presence as you can see the red warning bits shooting out. It certainly made short work of the small bush lemon tree’s leaves.
Just a bee getting some nectare and pollen from the Singapore Daisy flower.
In the Fan Palm, I saw a black shape. Now I am sure I will be careful around the palm with Paper Wasps setting up a nest.
I think this is a Lemon Migrant Butterfly among the purple flowers.
I have lots of photos of Brown Ringlets but none taken from the underside. It was almost like a mother of pearl shining in the sunlight.
The Orange Palm Dart flitted around the Pentas flowers.
There is always someone who pokes their tongue out when a photo is being taken.
I seemed to have an obsession in April with spiders webs. The sun glowing gave the web a golden sheen.
This web was damaged by the rain leaving little gems of water on the web.
Some webs were so traditional looking. The tiny spider sat waiting for someone to get snared.
This is a first for me. An Eastern Curlew was walking about the Gulls and Terns.
Some Pelicans had a snooze while others got on with the washing.
This bloke was a bit late but glided in to try and find a spot on the sand bar.
A Lewins Honeyeater was scanning the Fan Palm for something to eat.
The Yellow-faced Honeyeaters loved the bird bath on a warm Autumn day.
After their bird bath, a couple of Red-browed Firetail Finches sat about doing their laundry.
This Red-browed Firetail Finch showed his firetail
A couple of Buff-rumped Thornbills contemplated going into the water
I am sure the Spangled Drongo was ignoring me.
I have been looking for Royal Spoonbills to photograph for ages. I spied a couple in a flooded park in the middle of Ballina. Not in a wetland as I expected but in town with cars whizzing by. A couple of people wondered what I was doing as they went past.
Don’t my orange eyebrows give me a certain something.
I couldn’t not have a post without a photo of everyones favourite Northern Yellow Robin, our little regular garden visitor, Bobbin.
Thanks for stopping by. Did you have a favourite or two?