5 Minutes Ago – 21 May

Hammads Weekend Sky #101
Lens Artists Challenge #250: Skyscapes or Cloudscapes

Again I have had no luck in getting a wonderful sunrise for Weekend Skies so I have decided to do a double-dip and look at some of my older cloudy skies. You may wonder about the title. I have used this same title, just changed the date since I started with Hammads photo challenge ages ago.

“Clouds in the sky very much resembles the thoughts in our minds! Both changes perpetually from one second to another!”

– Mehmet Murat ildan

OK I think I have an idea of what I want to post so lets have a scroll

At home at night

Johns Cellpic Sunday

Seeing the successful reaction from people for my night scene at the marina, I thought I would give another one a showing. Another surprise from my phones camera.

This is my home, just a few lights and the moon. The surprise for me were the stars. The photo has not been altered or enhanced.

5 Minutes Ago – 13 May

Hammads Weekend Sky #100

I took these photos early this morning. When I looked at my WP site’s Reader, the first post I saw Weekend Sky and then noted it was number one hundred. I didn’t think that this mornings sky was special enough for #100.

I had a look at todays photo downloads and then reconsidered. This mornings sky was a bit special.

Looking east. A glow just beginning. I like the graduated effect.

Here is the direction the sunrise is at the moment, more north-east as winter gets closer

The regular sun in the tree tops photo but the sun isn’t up far enough this morning. But wait, what’s that?

The Moon is still up so I reckon that is special. I don’t think I have ever had a Moon and sunrise photo for Weekend Sky before either

If you are wondering about the title, I started doing photos from the same spot a couple of years ago and that was how it was. For my convenience I call the posts all the same start, just add the days date.
It’s almost eighteen hours since I took the photos 😁

This is April 2023

It was a mixed bag for April. The start of the month was rather wet and then it became hot and dry again and the last few days have been drizzly. All this made for good time to be in the garden. I planted some cuttings and re-potted other cuttings for Spring. The wet Autumn has meant not much mowing was done but when I had the chance off I went for almost three hour rides around the place.

I had Taiwanese guests for one night this month and they were so nice. He spoke English and she, only a small amount so we did a bit of sign language chat. I also have a sore heel which is fine in the mornings but aches when I stop doing stuff so other than sitting around in the afternoons.

I have posted a bit of what I found in other posts this month so they aren’t replicated here. These are all new.

Here is your scrolling April song. A Aotearoa New Zealand band with some Aussies into the mix

Now that has woken you, here’s a sunrise trying to break through the clouds and fog

Sometimes if I am having breakfast in the sunroom I can feel someone watching me. I guess Tiny wouldn’t mind a bit of seed for breakfast as well

A few mornings ago a Crimson Rosella and his mate dropped into the garden for a few minutes

I went to do a bit of tidying up in this garden. When I crawled in under the Grevillea I found a Satin Bowerbirds bower, the courtship area where the male dances and sings. If the female reckons he’s good enough, they’ll head off and make a nest in a tree nearby.

This bird was sitting on the branch in silhouette and hard to identify so I was trying to get a photo. I did get a couple which are dark like this one.

I was down at the Clarence River in town getting some random photos like this jetty when I get photo-bombed by an Australian Raven.

He thought it was so funny

At least I was able to get a few photos eventually.

Standing on the jetty I noticed some bubbles coming to the surface and suddenly there was lots. I have no idea what was under the water. The river is a murky brown unfortunately.

Not like the water in my dam at times when the Cape Water Lilies flourish

Often in my photo of butterflies and bees, occasionally birds, who feed on the Pentas flowers you just get to see a flower. Here is as much of the bush as I can get into a photo. To the left is a Bi-colour Dietes which has just finished flowering. On the left is a Lomandra, a Fan Palm trunk in the shadows and below Walking Iris

I didn’t notice until too late that the Camilla sasanqua had flowered. This is the last flower

The rain early in the month had some fungi appearing

These were almost side by side. The above was bigger than in the photo. I couldn’t get it all in whereas the one below was a easy macro

The toadstool as it was in the morning. By the next day the cap had fully opened

I posted an Orange Lions Tail Hibiscus on Friday. This is another look at the flower so you can see why it’s called Lions Tail.

A different tail, an Orchard Swallowtail Butterfly

This is called find the Grasshopper. The green leaves are a Native Violet that just appeared in the garden

On afternoon’s sunset tinged the clouds in tangerine

When it was a bit wet outside, Perons Tree Frogs liked to hang out on the verandah, competing with the Geckos for the insects attracted to the house lights. This is from inside look at their feet and pads hanging only the glass.

From the outside. A rough skin with small green spots. Those feet are big.

There were a few nice moon events over the month. A lot of nights there was cloud cover. When Our Moon shone it was quite bright.

I enjoy mixing Eucalypt leaves and branches against a full moon.

One night the halo around the moon was very bright throwing rainbow colours through the clouds for a moment until the clouds swallowed the moons light

I hope you enjoyed a roam through my April. As always did you have a favourite?
Also for Cees FOTD

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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From some other place

Terri’s Sunday Stills: Out of This #World

So much of what I see and find could be out of this world. What do you think?

Here is a quick selection.

Some flowers have another world feel to them like this Lilli Pilli flower.

Reflections on water give the ordinary something else

or give a ghostly image

The insect world always is otherworldly

A hatching Cicada is even stranger that the cicada or shell it leaves behind

Caterpillars are so weird as they munch their way through their short lives. This caterpillar one day will be a beautiful Orchard Swallowtail Butterfly

A tiny Jewel Spider is one of the most amazing looking spiders on my place. It is around 10-15mm

Another jewel, the beauty of the Common Crow Butterfly chrysalis

The amazing structure and colours of Dragonflies lovely to see zooming about but up close they are so different

Of course fungi are the most strange and out of this world plants I could have done a whole post just on fungi. Finger Fungi are the most weird

Truly out of this world

Congratulations, you have just scrolled through the bushboys world post number 5,000!!!

This made me look at my stats which I haven’t for ages. Thank you to the 2,330 people who follow my blog, I didn’t realise there were that many but we know that the number of real bloggers and people is much less.

From 2014 with 4,372 views, 77 likes and 25 comments to 2022 with 74,645 views, 45,687 likes and 19,953 comments

For those who may want to go back in time, here is post number one. I don’t know why the stats for 2012 & 2013 aren’t there maybe there’s a ten year limit on stats??

Last on the Card- January 2023

Last Photo for January 2023

Thank you to everyone who contributes their good and not so good photos. This year I enter in the forth year of lots of fun I hope. Thanks to those of you being brave enough to show everyone your last photo for the month.
It doesn’t have to be on the very last day of the month if you didn’t take any photos. Maybe it was earlier in the month when the last photo was taken.

So let’s see what you have for January 2023

The rules are simple:
1. Post the last photo on your SD card or last photo on your phone for the 31st January or whenever your last photo was taken.
2. No editing – who cares if it is out of focus, not framed as you would like or the subject matter didn’t cooperate.
3. You don’t have to have any explanations, just the photo will do
4. Create a Pingback to this post or link in the comments
5. Tag “The Last Photo”

Here’s mine.

From my Samsung Galaxy S9

From my Canon PowerShot A1200

From my Canon PowerShot SX70HS

From my Canon EOS 1300D

5 Minutes Ago – 28 January

Hammad’s Weekend Sky #86

Last weekend the sky had a wonderful morning display. I just had to take those photos for Weekend Sky but didn’t post them. The morning sky also held a surprise as well.

21 January skies

It is hard to get the full effect of the sunrise with it’s blazing yellow sun

While to the north, the sun is just reaching the tops of the Eucalypts and our Moon was still shining bright. This photo is from the old little camera which is not being used for morning sky photos any more but still is the small pocket sized camera I will use for my emergency camera if out and about and my main cameras don’t function as I would like.

These are this mornings photos. I was awake about an hour after sunrise this morning. After wild storms over the past few days, the blue morning skies are back, heralding more hot days with afternoon storms.

The northern sky, the sun fully lighting the Eucalypts and a wisp of cloud

Here is the sky on the 26th at around 5pm just before the wild wind and rain arrived

and coloured tinged clouds at sunset

5 Minutes Ago – 14 January

Hammad’s Weekend Sky #85

Another early morning wake up for me. The sunrise was well worth it

I haven’t included this song before. I don’t know why. I learnt to play guitar to lots of Donovan songs

The colours brushed the clouds and reduced as the clouds moved away from the sunrise

In the northern sky, not a cloud in sight just a bright moon and the tree tops starting to greet the dawn

After a few moments the sun burst over the horizon in a blaze of yellow