In the lanes of Lismore

The word prompt from Leanne: Street Art

What a fabulous topic. I am sure there will be lots of posts showcasing Street Art from around the world. I love Street Art which is so different from graffiti. So much talent.

On the weekend, we took to the back lanes of Lismore, a city on the north coast of New South Wales, to get from here to there. I wished I had grabbed my camera from the car so it is phone camera shots for this post. I have a few photos from times past and intend spending a Sunday in the lanes when there won’t be delivery van and vehicles parked obscuring the full potential of some of the best of Australia’s Street Art.

Here is a few snippets for your enjoyment

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I found this display wall of Spanish street art tiles in a tile shop in Murwillumbah
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PS The header is in a tunnel in Grafton, my town

The Bells

The Ragtag Daily Prompt: Chime

I decided to chime into this conversation with a few bells that can ring in the day, or chime into your life.
When viewed from below you can see the actual chime that strikes the bell at the Grafton Cathedral.
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The bell in Lismore in it’s ornate metal cage
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The view from the bell tower in Split Croatia
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and here is the bell
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You can’t see the bell but the chimes ring out over London from Big Ben
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A Step at the Start of a Journey

The quote to inspire from Debbie at Travel with Intent

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step”
– Lao Tzu

Sometimes that step can be daunting.
Whether you look up
to see what could lay ahead.
Spiraling upward
perhaps to touch the stars.spiral stairs_lismore_changed_named_june 2014

Or look down
into the depths of darkness.
Making sure each step
is taken with care.
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But ultimately
that step can one of light
showing the way.
Always try to take that step,
even though
sometimes that step can be daunting.
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This is September 2018

Well I have had a big September. So much is happening probably because it is Spring, although the temperatures haven’t changed much as Winter was warm. There are the birds that come here, flowers are blooming and the tadpoles are hatching. I have written some posts this month and have included some of those photos but not all as this is a large post.

Yes, get a cuppa, wine, beer and some snacks and off we go

There has been a bit of teasing by the clouds. Promising rain but either not delivering or just a few drops. I have had some good falls but no run-off to put water into the dams. The water tanks are full which is good. 59mls has kept the garden happy as well as supplementary watering from the dwindling dam.
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I have put the flowers in early this post. Walking among the Mangroves stalking a White-faced Heron, I came across some Hibiscus flowers. There wasn’t a Hibiscus bush nearby so maybe had left a trail to find their way out.
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My besties Gymea Lily has flowered. This flower is about two meters plus in the air.
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Here is the whole photo. The plant is the strappy leaved one.
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This year has been a fabulous year for Grevilleas. The first flowering of this Grevillea in my garden.grevillea_flower_named_home_sept 2018

So many succulents are flowering too. This succulent is in a hanging pot on my verandah.
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I have these flowers in my garden but not in mass like a garden in Grafton.
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My Begonias are flowering well this year too.
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The Iris that is a reminder of my mate who passed on last September. This was one of his plants.
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The hanging Pelagoniums are a constant flower on my verandah.
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I love this flower display on a stall at the Farmers Market in Lismore.
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Flame Trees are spectacular when they flower. My poor struggling tree has started to flower even though it hasn’t had enough water.
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I have garden borders of Dietes. They look great when they are in flower but they are spreading to places I don’t want them to go. Pity the Wallabies don’t eat them.
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Bromiliads are flowering too. Some flowers are so wonderful aren’t they?
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Banksias are a sight when they flower
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Back to the Farmers Market. I spotted this bloke carrying a large dog. I have no idea why as the dog has a lead.
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The Beetroot looked lovely
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The old truck of the vegetable farmer is a great vantage point to see when people drop food.
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Ah…look, an unattended fishers bucket.
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Damn……I was spotted
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I love Gulls as they fly along the shore
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The wooden walk bridge over the estuary so you can walk to the beach.
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The White-faced Heron stalking crabs in the Mangroves
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Out to sea I spotted something breaking the water. I was hoping for a Whale and got a Dolphin.
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In the mist a ghost ship appeared
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The power company has been inspecting the power poles by helicopter. I think the pole at the front of my place will get replaced as they circled around for a while looking at the pole.
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I guess the party is over. Found this on the track to the beach.,
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The butterflies are starting to appear as well. The Line-blue Butterfly was rather shy.
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The old swimming pool is a great place for the dragonflies. A bit of action is going on watched by a Bleating Tree Frog Tadpole.
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There is quite a number of tadpoles who like to snack on the algae.
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Thee are calves in a lot of the paddocks. Who could resist a little white calf?
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The property next door is a miniature goat farm. On a walk a while ago I saw they had some little kids so next walk I took my camera. When I was at the fence I couldn’t see all of the little goats. And then I saw these two.goats_kids_named_scribbly gum goat farm_jackadgery_sept 2018
Another young animal. This foal was camera shy but I managed to get one photo.foal_named_lismore_sept 2018
Why fly when you can get a lift.cattle egret_horse_named_lismore_sept 2018
The Yellow-faced Honeyeaters have found an easy way of getting nesting material. When I have been walking on my place, I often come across nests that have fallen from the trees. Not only has the Yellow-faced Honeyeater been gathering material but the White-throated Treecreeper from last months post is also getting in on the act.yellow faced honeyeater_nest_material_named_home_sept 2018

They were quite quick to get some nesting material and get back again. I found this lovely little nest in a Paperbark just outside of the sun room. They used some air fern to help bind the nest.
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Remember the post about the Welcome Swallows. Well the babies are starting to learn to fly but still like to get back in the nest for a feeding.welcome swallow_young_three_nest_named_caniaba_sept 2018
Spring also heralds Magpie swooping season. Not many people don’t get a swoop or two. Even a Wedge-tailed Eagle was getting the Magpie treatment.wedged tailed eagle_magpie_named_lismore_sept 2018

A farm near my besties has Sulpher-crested Cockatoos. I hope they don’t come to her place. They are quite destructive and squawk quite loudly when they get into a bunch.
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Little Friarbirds are timid but enjoy the nectar of the Honey Gem Grevillea in my garden.little friarbird_honey gem_named_home_sept 2018

 

King Parrots  have set up their breeding pairs. This couple have taken up residence in the garden.king parrots_named_home_sept 2018

I had to include the Satin Bowerbird. Such a spectacular bird to have in the garden.
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Here is the Great Cormorant who caught a fish from the Clarence River in Grafton. Scroll back a few posts and see the story if you like.great cormorant07_fish_clarence river_named_grafton_sept 2018
The Intermediate Egret has to have the longest neck I have ever seen.intermediate egret_named_caniaba_sept 2018
I think the horse may be in for a surprise!ibis_horse_named_lismore_sept 2018

A small flock of Galahs are hanging around the farms near my besties. They sometimes come to her place to get a drink of water.
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The Figbird didn’t know I was under the tree.figbird_named_brunswick heads_sept 2018
Spring brings the Blue-faced Honeyeaters back to my place.blue faced honeyeater_named_home_sept 2018
My arty Pelican photopelican_reflection_named_brunswick heads_sept 2018
The best arrival has been the Grey Shrike Thrush. Their lovely song fills the garden in the morning and afternoon. They too are nesting. I have them “knocking” on the windows in search for spiders webs and any insect who happens to be around the windows. It’s a constant tap tap tap most of the day.grey shrike thrush_named_home_sept 2018

Thanks for taking the time to wade through my rather large This is September post. If you would like to know more or have a comment, please leave me a note in the comments.

Pink #25

My twenty-fifth photo for Becky’s square photo challenge: In the Pink

I think I found the little girls stall at the market
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Who wouldn’t want to have a car like this?
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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;

  1. In the Pink’ – means perfect condition or in good health, so that could be human or not!
  2. Tickled Pink‘ – means delighted, so I’m thinking happy, fun and of course delighted. That could be you or the subject of your photograph.
  3. Pink – you can of course simply share anything that is coloured pink
  4. 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.

Here come the planes

A couple of weekends ago, we went to the Lismore Air Show. There were some fabulous planes on exhibition but the flying was spectacular.

I don’t know all the planes so here is just a few of the photos I took plus a video of the crazy blokes flying stunt planes.

The crowd was quite big and it was an unseasonably hot day. Being on the tarmac and the exhibits being in metal hangers didn’t help either.

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Some planes were much much bigger than others
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AQ propeller shot and a stunted selfie.
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The nose of this plane was a bit off the ground.
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“OK….now I push this button, watch the gauge, flick a toggle switch, watch the other gauge, move the joy stick, watch the gauge, talk on the radio, watch another gauge and shit….what’s that warning for, read the warning, watch the gauge, push a button….see I told you flying was easy”
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Even the commercial flights tried to get among the action.
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So did the birds. A Black Kite thought it was just as fast.
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They flew all around the airport and surrounding district.
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Those wheel look rather small to me
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I think this pilot preferred flying upside down
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Some planes didn’t get off the ground
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Although some pilots looked like they were going fast.
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Flying in a straight line is easy
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I hope that wasn’t an essential part of his plane.
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I wondered why two planes took off together
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It became clear. See the small yellow dot in the last spiral?
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That small yellow dot was a person.
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Imagine parachuting with a crazy bloke in a plane circling you
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He also liked to get up close to the crowd. I hope the people from the house on the hill like planes
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When we were going home, this tiny plane was flying around.
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Back at my besties place, later in the afternoon, the RAAF did a bit of a fly over the Air Show site and turned around overhead to fly back again.
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Here is my video of the stunt planes

Thanks for visiting the Air Show with me.