This is April 2022

April was another wet month but not as wet as March. The ground around the house is still soggy thanks to rain last night. Thankfully a few days of little or no rain made it possible to mow the jungle around the house but it is still too wet to get the chainsaw out to cut firewood for Winter.

I have lots of logs to choose from nearby that have been the fallen trees after the fire. They are nicely seasoned now and will make good burning timber once I can get to them.

Here is your April music to scroll through the photos. I think you will enjoy this one. I haven’t heard it before so a new one for me too.

Here’s an appropriate car so jump in and let’s get going.

Tiny wants me to get off the computer and hand out some seeds for his breakfast.

Another photo from my office. This time through the door of a Satin Bowerbird.

Lots of birds have been making Durranbah a place to rest, eat and have a bit of a song. Golden Whistlers songs fill the bush. This is a female Golden Whistler

The little Brown Honeyeaters like to sip from Pentas flowers

Especially in the early morning

It was good to see a group of Grey-crowned Babblers in my garden

They like to rip apart the Stringybark trees looking for insects or walk about on the ground flicking over leaves and bits of bark.

Another visitor is a number of

Sometimes they look quite serious

A little Silvereye was digging around in some leaves that were bound with web. I kept watching and it found lunch

Always have to include my favourite in the garden, an Eastern Yellow Robin

I heard that the Magpie Geese had arrived at a wetland near Casino, about 100kms north of my place. There is a wetland near Grafton where they spend their Winter so I went to see if they had arrived. I found an Australian Raven silhouetted in a tree on a grey day.

There were a flock of Plumed Whistling Ducks

and a large group of Magpie Geese

They kept on flying in. It looks lie a sequential shot but it is actually three Magpie Geese

In another piece of still inundated farmland in South Grafton, a Pacific Heron is getting lots to eat. I drive past this place when I go to town. This morning I went in early and was able to get a few photos of the birds who I have seen there in the past few times heading into town.

I was so pleased to see a pair of Comb-crested Jacanas foraging among the reeds

There were a number of Black Swans foraging as well

Soon she was joined by her mate

OK back at home there have been a few butterflies but not as many as I would have tough. Probably because of the rain. I was happy to see a Wanderer

The strange looking Leafwing Butterfly was heading past and stopped for a photo

There were a few Black Jezebels in the garden. This one stayed for a while on the Bottlebrush flowers.

This is what the Black Jezebels look like with their wings folded.

This is the inside view. They are like this because when they fly it is similar to a strobe effect to confuse predators.

One of my favourite bees, a Teddy Bear Bee zooms in on a Pentas flower

While my other favourite, a Blue-banded Bee enjoys a Salvia flower

Over at the dam the frogs aren’t as vocal but the dragonflies are in abundance. A Black-headed Skimmer found a twig to rest upon.

A Red Skimmer decided a reed was the place of choice

It took a lot of photos to get a dragonfly zipping around the dam.

The Cape Waterlilies are in bloom this Autumn

I have a couple of Golden Corn plants and this year they have flowered

The Pink Trumpet bushes have had one of the best flowering. Looks like I need to water them a lot more to get lots of flowers like this. The bushes have hundreds of flowers

It is always lovely to see native flowers pop up

I was sitting at the computer when this bloke decided to walk around my desk

Well, Our Moon is up, so I better get going. I hope you enjoyed a look at what I found in April. As always I would like to know your favourite photo or photos.

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The Changing Seasons is a monthly project where bloggers around the world share their thoughts and feelings about the month just gone. We all approach this slightly differently — though generally with an emphasis on the photos we’ve taken during the month.

For many of us, looking back over these photos provides the structure and narrative of our post, so each month is different. Some focus on documenting the changes in a particular project — such as a garden, an art or craft project, or a photographic diary of a familiar landscape.

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This is February 2022

What a wet month so there’s not many photos to share this month. Almost 300mls of rain in the last week and everyone is preparing for flooding, except me as I am high in the foothills. The normally dry gullies have been roaring at time and all the dams are overflowing. The ground squelches as I walk about. Just now the rain is thundering on the corrugated iron roof.

Your February song to enjoy while having a peek at my February.

During February we went to Macleay Island in Morton Bay where my bestie has a cottage. We went there to do a few repairs and speak to tradies so not much time for photos. To get there with all the tools and gear we took the ferry

One morning I managed to see a sunrise and get a photo

Near the small cottage we rented the trees had some fabulous shapes

Another favourite tree on the block and in the streets are Scribbly Gums

Just behind the cottage in the garden, the Bush Stone-curlews like to rest during the day. They are never impressed when I turn up with my camera

Maybe a bit more later but now from my place a Willie Wagtail on a post

A Hoya plants flower in a hanging pot on the verandah attracted a Yellow-faced Honeyeater. The photo was taken through the office door hence the poor quality.

I think he really liked that branch

An Azure Kingfisher has been around my place for most of Summer

I wonder if they care about the water beetles in the old swimming pool

While I was out on the verandah this fly kept landing near me so I guess he wanted his photo taken

While out in the garden Blue-banded Bees buzzed about the red Pentas flowers

and Orchard Swallowtail Butterflies flitted from pink Pentas flower to flower

The morning sun on the Hoya flowers looked a treat

I went into town to try and find some Square Odds for a post (look for my last post) and found the yellow Frangipanni near where I used to work with their wondrous flowers

I am not sure what type of flower these are but I think they are a small Orchid. I have lots in my garden

Walking around Macleay Island on an abandoned building there was signs of an old garden. These Gladioli looked so lovely with their soft pink petals, a colour I have never seen before.

Well it’s time to get going so here is a pastel sunset with the four trees I highlighted earlier in a post this month

and back to where we started, a fiery sunset through the trees from Macleay Island

Thanks for having a look at me February. I hope you enjoyed the song. I always ask if you had a favourite photo so did you?

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I often forget to include this part of Changing Seasons

About The Changing Seasons

The Changing Seasons is a monthly project where bloggers around the world share their thoughts and feelings about the month just gone. We all approach this slightly differently — though generally with an emphasis on the photos we’ve taken during the month.

For many of us, looking back over these photos provides the structure and narrative of our post, so each month is different. Some focus on documenting the changes in a particular project — such as a garden, an art or craft project, or a photographic diary of a familiar landscape.

But in the end, it is your changing season, and you should approach it however works for you.

There are no fixed rules around post length or photo number — just a request that you respect your readers’ time and engagement.

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This is December 2021

December and 2021 are gone. It was a mixed bag of weather – rain and lots of it, quite hot days and even cooler nights. My garden and my besties looked fabulous. The rain made everything bloom and look so good. This made reducing the number of flower photos quite difficult.

A lot of birds have come and gone, the regulars stayed around as food is plentiful. Even a pair of Currawongs have been hanging around and have a young one. Most years they go back up into the mountains where it is a bit cooler and return in Winter. The Willie Wagtails at my besties have been busy with nesting and raising babies.

A few photos are from some trips around the area but most are from my besties and here at Durranbah.

Here is you scrolling song. I hope you enjoy Frightened Rabbit, one of my favourite groups

The old wagon up the road is still there and not quite falling apart yet

These tree fungi were the yellowist I have ever seen

Love this plant. The white edges really stand out

From my besties garden

A small native grass flower at my place

The re Frangipanni looked good with a few water drops.

I love the grass seeds along my road

Cats Whiskers must be one of my favourite flowers

A Dahlia and the sky

More native flowers along the road

My besties Brugmansia has flowered like mad this year

When we went for a walk in Casino, we found a Sausage Tree

We also found a New Zealand Christmas Bush in flower

The Bahinia has just flowered but not as good as last year

My Honeysuckle looked good among the trees along the fence line

The Blue-banded Bees love the Salvia flowers

I found Metallic Green Carpenter Bees in a shrub I had to look it up to find out what species of bee it was and found that it is endangered after the fires as their nest sites are either damaged or take years to become soft enough to burrow into and nest. They nest in Grass Tree spears and Banksia trees mainly. This one is a female. The males are fuzzy and look similar to Blue-banded Bees

Remember my Pineapple, It’s still growing and will soon be ready to harvest

The Cheese Tree fruit weren’t as abundant as last year as well

I love the purple berries of Dianella (Flax Lily) grasses. Just to photograph as I haven’t tried them but are supposed to be edible

The Olive-backed Oriels arrived in time to sample the Tuckaroo fruit

It is always a decision

The Figbird hid among the foliage snacking on the fruit as well

When I went to the Clarence River near my place to see if the water had receded below the Lilydale bridge, I found Rainbow Bee-eaters enjoying the sun.

As well as a White-faced Heron looking for his breakfast

An Australasian Pipit found something to eat on the road as I went back home

A young morphing King Parrot watched me through the window

The Rainbow Lorikeets seemed to find a snack or two in the garden

A Laughing Kookaburra had breakfast too

The Willie Wagtail babies wanted their lunch. Dad was none to impressed with their carry on

This is the same Willie Wagtail babies a week later. Don’t they grow up fast?

A Satin Bowerbird was not impressed to be spied upon whilst having a bath

but still dived in and splashed about

Well it looks like a wonderful pink sky is telling me to say goodnight

and a wonderful sunset has painted the sky with streaks of red, yellow and orange

Our Moon has risen so I better say goodnight and thanks for stopping by

As usual I always ask if you had a favourite photo.

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About The Changing Seasons

The Changing Seasons is a monthly project where bloggers around the world share their thoughts and feelings about the month just gone. We all approach this slightly differently — though generally with an emphasis on the photos we’ve taken during the month.

For many of us, looking back over these photos provides the structure and narrative of our post, so each month is different. Some focus on documenting the changes in a particular project — such as a garden, an art or craft project, or a photographic diary of a familiar landscape.

But in the end, it is your changing season, and you should approach it however works for you.

There are no fixed rules around post length or photo number — just a request that you respect your readers’ time and engagement.

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This is November 2021

Subtitle: Changing Seasons – in conjunction with Ju-Lyn

I didn’t take many photos in November. I am loving the rain. The frogs have been as well. Some nights it is so loud with all the frogs having their say. The most photographed thing, because the rain has made the garden just grow, are flowers splashed throughout the garden. I am doing a garden post as it is too good not to share. I have spent a bit time in the shed so there’s a post about that on the list as well.

The days we had with sunny blue skies which were taken advantage of, so there was lots of photos to pick from for This is November. Grab your usual drink/snack that you may like to consume at this time of your day and enjoy this bit of my world.

Here is your song to scroll to….a new one for me. I hope you enjoy my discovery. Hit play and let’s get scrolling. You can always come back up and stop the music if you don’t like it.

One Saturday morning I woke very early and there was colour in the sky, so I had to try and take a few photos for Hammad’s Weekend Sky. After taking my usual photos from the usual place, I tried to see what I could get through the trees. Most were ok but didn’t show all that much of the coloured clouds. My favourite of the lot.

The cows next door to my besties were calving. I think these two may be related.

On that hill where the calves are, a Double Bared Finch was having lunch too.

It is always lovely to see an Eastern Rosella or two when out and about.

Sacred Ibis always look spectacular as the glide overhead.

On the lookout tree, a Spangled Drongo (top) and a Dollar Bird keep an eye out for some unsuspecting breakfast to be passing by.

In my besties garden, a Pheasant Coucal was calling for a few days. One morning he decided to come out in the sun.

We went away for a few days to Soldiers Point. One day we went for a walk in a nature reserve at Nelson Bay. There’s a few photos from there following as well. A pair of Corellas were checking out the hollows in the Gum Tree to make home maybe.

This made me laugh, the Darter look so serious too.

We found this lily like plant and it has the most wonderful flower. I haven’t been able to ID it yet.

I just love Red and Green Kangaroo Paw flowers which were growing along the track in the nature reserve

At a cafe having a coffee while the waiting for the rain to ease a bit, I saw Bougainvillea flowers had fallen on a table out in the rain.

That’s all from our mini holiday. Remember the last two “This is…..” I have shown the progress of the amazing Gymea Lily flower. I don’t think it will be there next time.

Here is a few from around my garden as a bit of a teaser lol. The agapanthus in the garden have never had as many flowers ever! Mostly blues but some are from plants with white flowers that I never knew their colour.

This white Agapanthus flower stalk was so tall, well over a meter.

The Crinums or Spider Lilys are flowering well this year.

I have been trying to find the right place for the Walking Iris as I love their flowers

I have a Jacaranda tree which is a bit scraggly but this year showed itself as best it could.

Scattered around the garden are Spiny-headed Mat Rush (Lomandra) plants that have long strappy leaves most of the time but they do flower

The Paperbark Trees (Melaleuca quinquenervia) are flowering and the insects and birds are loving them.

I can’t grow roses at my place. It gets too wet and the Possums and Wallabies love them too much. My besties place is ideal. Here is a selection of Roses. This is a tiny climbing variety.

Some of the flowers are amazing. I love this pink one.

Such a deep colour, it is more orange than red in real life

Some Zinnias are appearing.

This is the flower from a Bromiliad which I found in the plant rescue section of a nursery. I took three and said these be easy. He rolled his eyes. Five years later, two survived and this one has flowered for the first time.

Sometimes Thistle flowers look so good.

I always forget to take photos of the Zig-Zag plant when it flowers.

I cannot believe this Pineapple plant. It has been in the garden for as long as I can remember. Every now and then it pops out a fruit. This is the flower stage. Pineapple plants are Bromiliads.

The Day Lilys have been wonderful this year

Even the Stingless Native Bees thinks so as well.

The Variegated Duranta has been flowering since start of Spring. Now it has rained there are flowers everywhere.

There was a break in the rain. A Blue-banded Bee decided to take advantage too.

In the nature reserve we found this amazing way the Lichen has formed. What shapes or things can you see in the photo? IN the top right hand corner is a tiny fern similar to an air plant. They grow on anything organic wood, rock etc

OK Who was paying attention as I would really like to know what was your favourite photo? Did you like the music?

The Changing Seasons is a monthly project where bloggers around the world share their thoughts and feelings about the month just gone. We all approach this slightly differently — though generally with an emphasis on the photos we’ve taken during the month.

For many of us, looking back over these photos provides the structure and narrative of our post, so each month is different. Some focus on documenting the changes in a particular project — such as a garden, an art or craft project, or a photographic diary of a familiar landscape.

But in the end, it is your changing season, and you should approach it however works for you.

There are no fixed rules around post length or photo number — just a request that you respect your readers’ time and engagement.

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This is July 2019

Welcome to This is July 2019.

What a month it has been. Over the month the lack of rain has started to bite again. There was 10mls of rain at the start of the month and since then it has been quite warm during the day. Some days have been in the low 20’s while the nights have been in single figures. The warm days are not that unusual for my winter but the constant sunny days are. There has been rain on the coast, yesterday (1 August) there was 20mls of rain while some sporadic rain clouds drifted overhead here. My dam I use to water the garden around the house is very low. I have to decide what part of the garden I’ll give water to to try and keep plants alive. I am loathe to use the dam’s water because it is so dry and I may need that water in case a bush fire springs up nearby. There has been a few fires but they have been a fair way from here. I am glad I don’t have any animals or crops to look after as it is depressing enough as it is.

July was Becky’s #JulySquares so all of those plus others I have used in other photo challenges aren’t in here but I thought I would use the photo that had the most comments and likes as the header.

Enough of that. This has been a bit of a cropper month for photos though so I do suggest that you get a drink, perhaps a snack, settle back and scroll along.

Hey ho let’s go……………

I spent a few days down the coast visiting my mate whose wife is quite unwell. It is a lovely place and the ferry that goes across the bay is so cute. The size of the other boats docked at the marina make the ferry look so small.
ferry_marina_boats_nelson_bay_july 2019
We found a secondhand shop on the way home. We didn’t buy as their prices were a bit over the top. The glassware was well displayed.glass_coloured_vase_nabiac_july 2019
Don’t look at this too long as you will probably see it move.wind_chime_nabiac_july 2019
In Lismore, a nearby town, they have a train in a park that the kids love, OK I have been on it once or twice. I was getting photos of the park and I really liked the tunnel photo.tunnel_train_heritage_park_lismore_july 2019
My bestie found a Wanderer Butterfly caught in a spiders web in the garden. After removing the web, the butterfly sat on her hand for ages before flying off.wanderer_butterfly_saved_hand_caniaba_july 2019
I wonder if this is the same Wanderer Butterfly?wanderer_butterfly_grass_caniaba_july 2019
While away down the coast, we did a bit of exploring the surrounding area. I found these flowers on a most unusual plant in the sand dunes.flower_dune_plant_harbour_beach_july 2019
Isn’t this flower and it’s hairy plant lovely? I think it is called Herb Robert.flower_herb_robert_caniaba_july 2019
My Billbergia Nutans are floweringflower_bromiliad_billbergia_nutans_home_jackadgery_july 2019
I found this flowering native shrub while out on my place cutting firewood.flower_native_wide_gully_home_jackadgery_july 2019
The Magpies found a warm place in the sun. They were warbling away as we walked down the street to where we were staying.magpies_wall_sun_nelson_bay_july 2019
Pied Currawongs are a sign of Winter as they come down from the mountains when the weather get cold up there. This one seems to be taken with the house and the verandah.pied_currawong_verandah_ball_home_jackadgery_july 2019
The Willie Wagtails at my besties like riding around on the cows next door. I think they may be collecting nesting materials from the cows.willie_wagtail_cow_farm_caniaba_july 2019
The Cattle Egrets love riding around on the cows too.egret)cattle_standing_cow_farm_caniaba_july 2019
Back at home, the King Parrots are still hanging around despite the dry conditions.king_parrot_male_garden_home_jackadgery_july 2019
The females are quite different compared to the males.king_parrot_female_garden_home_jackadgery_july 2019
Among the garden bushes, a little Striated Thornbill was hunting for insects.striated_thornbill_caniaba_july 2019
The Scarlet Honeyeaters are always around the garden. It is lucky I have some Eucalypts flowering so there is a food source for these wonderful little birds.scarlet_honeyeater_home_jackadgery_july 2019

There seems to be lots of small birds around at the moment. The Double-barred Finches were happy to hop around the grass eating grass seeds.
double_barred_finch_caniaba_july 2019
A new bird for me, a Black-faced Woodswallow at my besties placeblack_faced_woodswallow_garden_caniaba_july 2019
Some of my grevilleas are bravely trying to flower despite the lack of water. The wonderful bird attracting Honey Gem which usually has an abundance of flowers has a few straggly flowers that the Lewins Honeyeaters have found.grevillea_lewins_honeyeater_garden_home_jackadgery_july 2019
Yes, I am looking at you Satin Bower Bird. Taken while sitting in my office through the door. The camera is always on the desk.satin_bowerbird_male_looking_garden_home_jackadgery_july 2019
The female Satin Bower Bird was also curious to see what I was going.bowerbird_female_verandah_home_jackadgery_july 2019
While down in the lower part of my place there is a wide grassed gully which I drive along to find suitable fallen timber for firewood. Often when I arrive there is a flurry of activity from White-winged Choughs or these birds, Grey-crowned Babblers. A small group walk along the gully flicking over leaves, bark and small rocks to find insects to eat. They have a constant chatter as they do and there is one bird who is the lookout who will let everyone know that danger lurks. As I approached, they flew into the trees so I just sat and waited until they resumed normal business.grey_crowned_babblers_three_home_jackadgery_july 2019
Here you can see their grey crowngrey_crowned_babbler_gully_home_jackadgery_july 2019
If the piece of wood is too hard to kick over, you have to get down and get your beak in to get your snack.grey_crowned_babbler_digging_gully_home_jackadgery_july 2019
Back at home, the White-throated Honeyeaters love this little hanging pot which I fill with water for the birds. If I am outside and the pot is empty, one of these birds will sit near me and let me know.white_chinned_honeyeater2_hanging_pot_july 2019
I love the olive colour on their back and wings.white_chinned_honeyeater_hanging_pot_july 2019
The Yellow-faced Honeyeaters also come to drink and bathe here.yellow_faced_honeyeater_hanging_pot_july 2019
After a bust day at the grevilleas, a Lewins Honeyeater enjoys a drink and a dunk.lewins_honeyeater_hanging_pot_july 2019
“Hello….is anyone using this bird bath?”
A White-throated Treecreeper looks over the edge of the bowl. This is a replacement for my wonderful terracotta bird bath which doesn’t attract as many visitors as the terracotta one.white_throated_treecreeper_bird_bath_home_jackadgery_july 2019
The Welcome Swallows are starting to nest at my besties under the verandah as they have for years.welcome_swallow_caniaba_july 2019
Busy collecting nesting material, it’s time to line the mud nest with feathers, probably from the Cattle Egrets on the farm next door.welcome_swallow_feather_nest_caniaba_july 2019
The Willie Wagtails are nesting too. Unfortunately the next day after I took this photo the whole nest was gone. We looked around the garden, under and nearby, but there wasn’t even a sign of the nest. The Wagtails were distraught in the morning. willie_wagtail_nest_build_caniaba_july 2019
Time to look up and see who has been flying over head. This is a collection of the Raptors. A White-bellied Sea Eagle was cruising around Harbour Beach at Port Stephens.sea_eagle_flying_port_stephens_july 2019
The Black Kite is a regular at the Lismore Waste Facility. We go there usually on a Saturday as their Revolve Shop has some great bargains from items recovered from the waste collections.  black_kite_flying_lismore_tip_july 2019
A very brave Magpie was making sure the Wedged-tailed Eagle wasn’t hanging around near their nests. It harassed the Eagle until it flew higher than the magpie could. wedged_tailed_eagle_magpie_flying_caniaba_july 2019
I love seeing the Wedged-tailed Eagles soar overhead.wedged_tailed_eagle_flying_caniaba_july 2019

No I wasn’t in the Sahara. At Harbour Beach the sand dunes are enormous and there is a Camel ride operator. We were there late in the afternoon and this was the last tour of the day coming back in.
camels_sand_dunes_harbour_beach_july 2019
Well the sun is on the way down so I better say see ya.sunset_red_caniaba_july 2019
On the road from my place to the river the setting sun gave the road a redder hue than the normal red gravel on the roads surface.sunset_jackadgery_purgatory_creek_road_named_july 2019
I had to get a close up as the sun started to disappear behind the mountainssunset_close_jackadgery_purgatory_creek_road_named_july 2019

Well that’s all from me for July. I hate to end on a sad note but Chicken, the last of my chooks, died last month. Chicken came to me from my friend who lived down the road, the same one who gave my the beautiful Iris. When he had to go into care, he asked me to look after his chooks and Chicken is the last one. She was quite old and had been ill for a while and I used to take her with me when I went to my besties and also to my daughters. Since the start of the cold weather at night, I would pop her into her travelling crate and she would sit inside with me near the fire.

chicken_home_jackadgery_june 2019

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