This river is wild

The Lens-Artist Photo Challenge #89: A River Runs Through It
Jez’s Water Water Everywhere #20

The Clarence River, a few kilometers from my place is one of the largest rivers in Australia. When the river floods the amount of water that flows through the countryside is incredible at times five million million liters flows downstream. (one million liters is equal to an Olympic swimming pool).

On Saturday we went for a drive further upstream to a place we haven’t been before for a picnic. Didn’t encounter many people as the gravel road is quite rough but a very picturesque drive through some lovely country, through farms, across many cattle grids and a bit of forest.

Coming down the hill there is the river and the bridge

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Signs of the recent flood are evident, a bit of debris on a fence and high in the trees. 20200322_blog challenge_river_clarence river_carnham_flood debris_fence
Looking upstream at what appears to be calm water and not much of a sign of the flood20200322_blog challenge_river_clarence river_carnham_upstream
Looking downstream the river runs over some rocks and picks up speed. The trees on the front left hand side of the photo would have been under water.20200322_blog challenge_river_clarence river_carnham_downstream
Away from the main channel some side pools still have some water. This pool also had some algae.20200322_blog challenge_river_clarence river_carnham_algea_green

Get ready to run

The Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #88: Chaos

A casual stroll
the leaves crackle
underfoot.
Watching birds
the sky above
calmly.
A stop to see
up there
searching.
Unaware below
near the feet
danger.
They sense intruders
this is theirs
forest.
Looking down
a tingle sends
messages.
Here they come
from the nest
rushing.
Quick move away
running in
chaos.

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A Treasure Hunt

The Lens-artists Challenge #85: Treasure Hunt

I went through my archives for this Treasure Hunt

  • Challenge Items: Sunrise and/or sunset, Something cold and/or hot, a bird, a dog, a funny sign, a bicycle, a seascape and/or mountain landscape, a rainbow, a church, a musical instrument, a boat, a plane, a waterfall

Sunsetsunset_grafton_named_nov 2015
Something hot20200112_blog challenge_light_fire
A bird. A Catbird180905_blog challenge_lime_light green_catbird
A dog171113_blog challenge_wish_dog
Funny signsign_bears_motel
A bicycle190329_blog_challenge_blackandwhite_wheels_bike_sculpture
Seascapeseascape_named_march 2010
Double Rainbowrainbow_named_caniaba_oct 2018
Church190318_spiky_square_church_grafton
Musical Instrument 190910_blog_challenge_guitars_electric_epiphone
A Boat190127_blog_challenge_voyager_sculpture_boat
A Plane190702_blog_challenge_blue_airforce_aeroplane
A Waterfall170510_blog challenge_falling water_ ellenborough falls

  • Extra Credit Items:  An expressive portrait of one or more people, a very unusual place, knitting or sewing, a fish, an animal you don’t normally see, a bucket, a hammer, a street performer, a double rainbow, multiple challenge items in a single image.

Street performers being expressive180531_blog challenge_flags_banners_banner_lotus lantern festival_south korea
Unusual Place20200124_blog challenge_light_enlighten_toilet_south korea
Knitting181010_blog challenge_things_people_play_with_sofias_creation_puppets
A Fishfish_bob_named_aquarium_tasmania_oct 2019
An animal you don’t usually see – An Echidnaechidna_binna burra_named_june 2014
A Bucketred-necked walabies_joey_bucket_water_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019

 

 

 

 

 

A sweet future

The Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #83: Future
Terri’s Sunday Stills: #Sweet

Since the fire, I have been putting out food for the Red-necked Wallabies and anyone else who was hungry. A while ago I noticed one of the females pouch was getting bigger and eventually a Joey poked their head out (Jump for Joy) and the update

This morning a Red-necked Wallaby hopped in to the garden. I have seen her before as she was one of the regulars who came for food. Today, I noticed her pouch was a bit squirmy and yes she also has a Joey.

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As the Wallabies have Joeys, it points to a good season ahead. When the years are not that good as the past 2 – 3 years have been, there hasn’t been many young around. During hard times, Wallabies won’t produce young.

I’ll be keeping an eye out for others now. Having a photographic record I should be able to identify the females and those who have young.

A hunt for red

Patti from the Lens-Artists sent us on a scavenger hunt to hunt for things that are Red

I had to go to town yesterday so I set out to find a few things from around town instead of my usual combing my place for bits of red among the nature that abounds here at times.

Here is what I found
A red post and a fortuitous red car driving pst20200127_blog challenge_red_post_car
A red motorbike at a service station with bits of red everywhere20200127_blog challenge_red_motorbike
A red ute livening up the street
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I just happened to be near the Fire Station when the truck came out of the station20200127_blog challenge_red_fire truck
OK I did lie. I had to include the miniature red Hibiscus in my garden that are just flowering as there has been good rainfall over the past two weeks20200127_blog challenge_red_hibiscus_garden_durranbah

Through Windows of the World

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #79: Window With A View

Through a window at what’s inside with a reflection of what’s outside in Australia
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Through a window in Split Croatia
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Through a window of my favourite place to stay in Venice
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Through a window to find someone looking back at my place171102_blog challenge_peek_wallaby01

Through a window of a bus at the Dalmatians Croatia
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Through a window in the Dali Museum Figueres, in Catalonia Spain20200112_blog challenge_window_dali_art
Through a window in Toledo Spain20200112_blog challenge_window_spain_toledo
Through a window in the Margaret Olley Exhibition in the Tweed Art Gallery AustraliaIMG_8555
Through a window of my office190816_blog_challenge_blackandwhite_currawong_window
Through a window of my office to find sometimes someone is peeking inmagpie lark_pee wee_looking_window_garden_fire_durranbah_dec 2019

 

Special Spot

The Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #78: Special Spot Shots

A special spot on my place is the waterhole.

This was in October 2018 in the middle of this three year drought. This was the lowest water level I had ever seen.
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Then in November there was rain on one day which put water into the waterholewaterhole_named_home_oct 2018
In August 2019 the water level plunged even further leaving a small puddle.190816_blog_challenge_yellow_waterhole

November 2019 another day of rain put a small amount water back into the waterhole
waterhole_named_home_jackadgery_oct 2019
I guess you want to know why this is a special spot?
When the water level is full, which used to be most of the time, life abounds from the moss and vines on the treesmoss_vine_waterhole_named_home_oct 2018
to the birds who rely on the water hole like the White-throated Honeyeaters190829_blog_challenge_reflections_white-throated_honeyeater_waterhole_jackadgery
Fuscous Honeyeatersfuscous_honeyeaters_wet_waterhole_named_home_jackadgery_august 2019
Red-browed Firetail Finchesred_browed_firetail_finch_drinking_waterhole_named_home_jackadgery_august 2019
They come in large numbers and enjoy the water hole together, Fuscous and Yellow-faced Honeyeaters181010_blog challenge_pool_pond_yellow faced honeyeater_fuscous honeyeaters
A Scarlet Honeyeater Keeps an eye on mescarlet honeyeater_home_named_sept 2014

I haven’t been down there when any animals have come to drink. My clomping through the bush or the sound of Old Smokey the farm ute alerts them and off they go. I have found fish in the water and there has been signs of Crayfish. The water usually has a variety of insects.

Always a Dragonfly or two flitting about
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Water Striders make interesting shadowswalking on water

Hope you liked a view of the Special Spot on my place