A bit of Spring

Lens-Artists Challenge: Spring

Spring. Well that was a few months ago now here. Now approaching Autumn, I say approaching as Summer is still hanging around with day time temperatures in the mid to high 30C’s

So it’s into the folders and find a few Spring photos which I hope you enjoy

The first buds of a Hippeastrum

A Stingless Native Bee and a European Bee discussing the qualities of a peach blossom

Here comes Mum with some more snacks for three hungry mouths

The Frangipannis buds just starting to unfold

What can be cuter than a little fluff ball chicken

The Hibiscus had lots of buds as Spring was a wet one last year

Lots of calves in the paddocks around the place

Fresh leaves appearing on the Eucalypts

New fur and almost ready to hop out of the pouch

Well it is spring

A different way of colour

The Photo a Week Challenge: The Changing Seasons

Whilst everyone else is posting there leaves that are changing into fabulous Autumn colours just before they drop to the ground awaiting some poor people who will have the task of sweeping them up and hopefully composting.

Here I am entering Spring and I also have colourful leaves but they will be staying on the trees as they are the colouful new Spring growth. There is one exception that does drop leaves to make room for renewal.

New leaves on a Paperbark

New leaves on an Eucalypt

New leaves on a Bottlebrush

New leaves on a Lilli Pilli

The only exception is a White Fig who has a carpet of leaves that drop in late winter early Spring.

Going on a treasure hunt

Lens-Artists Challenge #219: Treasure Hunt

Tina wants us to search for:-

  • A pet or pets (yours or someone else’s)
  • The moon or the sun (extra credit for both in one image)
  • Clouds (extra credit if you also include rain or snow)
  • A reflection
  • A child (extra credit if with other family members)
  • An umbrella (extra credit if you include a person using it)
  • A truck (extra credit if you include the driver or what the truck is hauling)
  • Autumn foliage (extra credit if it’s something that only blooms in the fall)
  • Something fun you found on a walk

Teddie enjoying the morning sun

I love Our Moon

Clouds with rain in the distance – extra credit photo πŸ™‚

One of my favourite reflection photos

A little bee riding her horse at the Glen Innes show in the dress-up parade – extra credit photo as she is with her Mum πŸ™‚

Models walking through Rome and I have no idea what they were advertising – extra credit as they are using their umbrellas πŸ™‚

In the fire truck on their way to a fire or emergency – extra credit as you can see the driver πŸ™‚

I don’t really have any Autumn leaves as I don’t really have Autumn here. These leaves are Autumn leaves in Lyon

Something I found on a walk on my place after the fires. First time I have ever seen Purple Fringe Lillies here.

It was fun going through my folders on this treasure hunt. A great idea Tina

A bit and a lot

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Minimalism/Maximalism

Most people know I like minimalism, especially using nature, but in particular trees. I started doing a series of photos of a Tuckaroo tree in my garden but I couldn’t get the feel I wanted for this theme.

I dug around my archives and folders to find what I wanted and hope this sequence works well.

Using a bit of a dead tree and a cloudy sky for dramatic effect

Much the same but this time using sunlight to stand out from the clouds

More of a She Oak and using the distant mountains as a background

Or going green with a solo tree in a paddock. Cattle tracks in the grass break up a total green scene

Going more maximalism with a fine Fig tree to showcase its richness of form and design

Again highlighting the burnt branches after a fire with new growth and colour. The maximalism of every surface covered with something

Do you regard this photo as minimalism or maximalism. The sky bathed in colour and trees in the distance made to look small

Perhaps this is the opposite with a tree in silhouette dominating the foreground and a strong sky fighting for recognition

The theory of maximalism in that every part of the mountains covered in trees even though there isn’t a chaotic array of colours but a subdued hue of blues

I must end on minimalism with a concurrence between a branch, a leaf and Our Moon

Here are the V’s

Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge January Alphabet: The Letter V Anywhere in the Word

Jump in and let’s get going

We can look at some leaves

Find an Ivory Curl flower with a bee inside

Beautiful Violas – just one

or we can see a bunch

We will have to look hard to find a couple of Stingless Native Bees hard at work in the Clivia flowers

The Zinnia flower attracts a Hover Fly just over there

I wonder where that Weevil is going don’t you?

Back outside, let’s go to the bird bath where we can see an Olive-backed Oriel

Over there, a Bar-shouldered Dove on the fence post

and up there, a Peaceful Dove is sitting on that branch

It looks like a Varied Sittella is nearby as well

Make sure you look lower among the bushes as that’s where you can find a Variegated Fairy Wren

and nearby an Emerald Dove enjoys a bit of sunshine

Thanks for joining me in my tour around, I hope you can feel the love