This is May 2020

OK. This is the first go at using the editor for my monthly wrap-up. I usually write about the photos before the image and now I may have to use captions. I reckon you should know what the image is before you see it not after, especially for those who follow my blog and are a bit “wary” of my spiders and snakes. I like to put in a warning. Loading the images individually would solve this but it may be time consuming, we’ll see anyway.

May was the last of Autumn and I did get out and about as this is a lovely time of year here, not too hot and the Winters chill hasn’t fully arrived. Many flowers are blooming and some on the wane. There are the usual birds still around and haven’t departed for warming climates and the Winter birds are yet to arrive.

Maybe I should start with the misty mornings that are part of the landscape.

I bet you are wondering about Joey and how he’s been getting on, so let’s visit him and Mum first on a wet morning.

There is also another new Joey in the garden

The birds – Tiny, the King Parrot, was still around in May with his partner

A Peaceful Dove having a stretch
The Cuban Royal Palms at my Besties are flowering and the Rainbow Lorikeets a loving the flowers
The Grey Shrike Thrush has a lovely song and sings every morning in the garden. Here on the verandah rail making sure I am up and about
Sometimes Kookaburras fluff up and seem quite fat
White-throated Treecreepers are always around hopping up and down the trees looking for insects under the bark
The berries almost match the Satin Bowerbirds eye colour
His Bower is still going and looks quite well constructed. I hope the female Bowerbirds like his efforts
Sometimes you have to get into difficult positions to get a snack. A Blue-faced Honeyeater hanging on
Going for our morning walk at my Besties, there are lots of birds along the roadside vegetation. Red-backed Wrens flashing about attract my attention
The Golden Whistlers are around still and the female is often in the garden
The Eastern Yellow Robin is a frequent visitor to the garden. One of my favourite birds
The first of the Winter visitors, the Eastern Spinebill has arrived
Cheeky Eastern Rosellas are in my besties garden chatting away in the trees
Another of the birds on our walk is Chestnut-breasted Mannikins. This one is eyeing off the seeds for breakfast
The latest ones to be on the edge of the road are Double Barred Finches. These two are deep in conversation
It was a surprise to see a White-breasted Sea Eagle on the tree. He kept a wary eye on us as we walked along the road
The Magpie was having a lovely song on a tree top in Tenterfield when we were there. The Magpie Lark, or Pee Wee didn’t seem to enjoy the song as much as us

The insects are slowing down although there are still some Butterflies about. A selection from my place and my Besties

A Blue Tiger Butterfly finding a comfortable spot on the Bottlebrush flower
Scarlet Jezebels are everywhere in May
A small spiders web glistened in the sunlight
A St Andrews Cross Spider with a snack and only half of the cross completed on the web
The Orchard Swallowtail Butterflies caterpillar on the Lemon Tree. They love citrus leaves
A Common Crow having a rest
while this Common crow had found the Bottlebrush flowers. The bees didn’t like sharing and soon buzzed off the butterfly
I think this may be a Bee Fly on one of the last Zinnia flowers of May
A Butterfly playing peek-a-boo over a Frangipanni leaf in the garden

Speaking of flowers, I did manage to capture a couple of blooms in my Besties garden as there was a bit more rain at her place than at mine. I don’t have many flowers in my garden.

I have never had a Coleus flower before. An interesting flower
The Begonia has been flowering ever since I bought it home.
The Honey Gem Grevillea with rain drops that looked like diamonds

Here is the random images found while in Tenterfield, a town about 150kms from my place in the tablelands.

Love this old house. Someone actually still lives in there
No matter how hard I pushed……
Looking back at Tenterfield on the way home

Sometimes Red-necked Wallabies are quite dainty eaters

I love finding Koalas when we go for a walk. This Koala did wake up and wonder what we were doing chatting away while it was trying to sleep

The Sunset on the way home from Tenterfield was rather special. Amazing reds and oranges. This was the afternoon I captured the Raven at sunset one of my favourite photos for May

Our Moon is up so I better get going.

Hope you enjoyed a stroll through my May. Did you have a favourite image? This did take a bit longer than usual and I couldn’t jump around with the images as it was easier to do them in groups. Was the setting out ok and did it flow well enough for you? Thanks for the visit and see you again soon.

Day and night

The 2020 Photo Challenge #21

This week's assignment - Use strong backlighting (i.e. shooting towards the light source, but do not look directly at the sun) to create a contre-jour image where the subject becomes a silhouette, OR shoot the light through flowers or leaves creating a transparent effect.

One for using the sun

One for using the Moon

and lets go inside too. I think black and white works better for this scene

and showing the structure of leaves

This is April 2020

I guess you have been wondering where April went. So did I. I have been sorting and culling but still you will be quite weary by the time you get to the end. I suggest stretching, having a walk around, grabbing a drink and a snack and settle in for a long post.

I guess now everyone is awake, I should start with a sunrise at my besties

sunrise_palms_named_caniaba_april 2020
Most mornings, the Straw-necked Ibis leave their roost and head off to their feeding groundstraw-necked ibis_flting_named_caniaba_april 2020
Some Ibis like to investigate the paddocks on the farm next doorstraw-necked ibis_named_caniaba_april 2020
Every morning after a bit of rain the day before or overnight I always check the rain gauge. At my besties place I usually have to work out how many frogs it rained overnightfrogs_rain gauge01_named_caniaba_april 2020
Her place has at the moment had a fantastic hatching of Green Tree Frogs. They are everywhere so we have to check before we move, pick up or do anything in the garden or on the verandahs. Even sitting down to have a cuppa you have to check the cushions lest you sit on a frog or two.frogs_rain gauge_named_caniaba_april 2020
A Blue-faced Honeyeater was investigating the trees for insects.blue-faced honeyeater_eucalypt_garden_named_caniaba_april 2020

On a walk, a Golden-headed Cisticola was singing it’s little heart out.
golden headed cisticola_named_caniaba_april 2020

Back at my place, the Golden Whistlers calls were echoing in the bush. This female was quite attentive while hunting in the garden.
golden whistler_female_garden_named_home_jackadgery_april 2020
More signs of life returning to the burnt bush. There are reddish dots throughout the bush of new growth of some plants.tree_new growth_named_durranbah_named_home_jackadgery_april 2020

A new flower has emerged. I still haven’t identified the species as yet. The flower is about 10mm in size.
native flower_durranbah_named_home_jackadgery_april 2020
Another new unidentified flower. Again quite small. flower_yellow_native_named_home_jackadgery_april 2020
The Snake Beans at my besties have been quite prolific in April. The flower is quite lovely as well.flower_snake bean_garden_named_caniaba_april 2020
One of the Grevillea flowers at my place. flower_grevillea_red_garden_named_home_jackadgery_april 2020
This is a Leafy Purple Flag Wild Iris flower These can be between 25 and 50mm. The Hover Flies found the flowers about the same time I did.leafy purple flag wild iris_hoverfly_named_home_jackadgery_april 2020
A Teddy Bear Bee had scrunched into the Blue Ginger flower while a Stingless Native Bee waited its turn.stingless native bee_teddy bear bee_blue ginger_flower_garden_named_home_jackadgery_april 2020
Here is a Teddy Bear Bee getting a bit of nectar from a Pentas flower.bee_teddy bear_pentas_flower_garden_named_home_jackadgery_april 2020
The Blue-banded Bees love the blue Salvia flowersbee_blue banded_salvia_garden_named_caniaba_april 2020
OK I’m done as the Teddy Bear Bee flies off.teddy bear bee_flying_blue ginger_flower_garden_named_home_jackadgery_april 2020
There has been quite a lot of Yellow Meadow Butterflies who seemed to take up the proliferation from the Lemon Migrants who were the copious butterfly of March.yellow meadow butterflr_flower_garden_named_home_jackadgery_april 2020
I think this is a Leafwing Butterflyleafwing butterfly_named_home_jackadgery_april 2020
The Line-blue Butterflies were quite occupied in early Aprilline blue butterflies_mating_named_home_jackadgery_april 2020
It’s always lovely to find a Blue Tiger Butterfly when out walking.butterfly_blue tiger_named_caniaba_april 2020

I was surprised to find a Blue Triangle Butterfly in my besties Zinnia patch
butterfly_blue triangle_zinnia_named_caniaba_april 2020
A Common Crow also found the Zinnias. The Feature Photo is the pupa of a Common Crow Butterflybutterfly_common crow_zinnia_named_caniaba_april 2020As did a Scarlet Jezebel
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A Painted Lady Butterfly enjoyed a stop off at my Pentas flowers australian painted lady_butterfly_pentas_garden_durranbah_named_home_jackadgery_april 2020
Of course the bees found the Zinnia flowers toobee_zinnia_named_caniaba_april 2020
“Last time I let you read the Karma Sutra!”line-blue butterflies_mating_named_home_jackadgery_april 2020
Dragonflies were buzzing around the dams looking for that special someonedragonflies_sex_durranbah_named_home_jackadgery_april 2020
I seemed to have quite a number of Lady Beetles around the place in April.lady beetle_grass_seed_durranbah_named_home_jackadgery_april 2020
Walking through the bush suddenly a flurry of white dots took off from the grass. These tiny moths were quite unusual.moth_blue spotted_named_home_jackadgery_april 2020
Other Dragonflies enjoyed the sun.dragonfly_orange_named_home_jackadgery_april 2020
OK it’s Spider time. These are small and quite harmlessspider_web_morning_named_caniaba_april 2020

Here is the Jewel Spiders again. I think this was a Monday Macro
jewel spider_named_home_jackadgery_april 2020
On the dam there was an explosion of Water Beetles. Hundreds were in a large group.water beetles_dam_named_home_jackadgery_april 2020
I am sure the Black-necked Stork would have scooped up lots in one gulp. This one was on a wetland close to town. There were quite a number of birds but the water was a bit away from the road so getting photos was difficult.black-necked stork_named_grafton_march 2020
A White-faced Heron was also stalking the shallows.white-faced heron_named_grafton_march 2020
Up the road from my place, some White-bellied Sea Eagles have set up a nest and have hatched one Eaglet.white-bellied sea eagle_named_lilydale_april 2020
It must be starting to get cold in the mountains as a couple of Pied Currawongs have arrived at my place. The Currawongs come down from the mountains every Winter.pied currawong_garden_tree_named_home_jackadgery_april 2020
A Splendid Fairy Wren was chatting away in the bushes when we were out walking.splendid blue wren_named_caniaba_april 2020
A Lewins Honeyeater was deciding whether to jump in the bird bath or just look pretty among the flowers.lewins honeyeater_bird bath_garden_named_caniaba_april 2020
Tiny the King Parrot came to the door wanting to know if today was the day I would pop a bit of seed out for him and his partnerking parrot_tiny_verandah_named_home_jackadgery_april 2020
The Joey was getting an idea of having breakfast with his Mumred-necked wallaby_joey_garden_home_jackadgery_april 2020
He is getting bigger and zooms around the gardenred-necked wallaby_joey_named_home_jackadgery_april 2020

In the afternoon the sun makes a fern in a hanging pot plant quite luminous. I had to get in among the leaves.
fern_close_macro_named_home_jackadgery_april 2020
Well it’s time for the Straw-necked Ibis to head back to the roost as the sun setsibis_flying_sunset_orange_named_caniaba_april 2020
Our Moon looked a treat in April don’t you think?moon_named_caniaba_april 2020

Thanks for stopping by and enduring another marathon post. I hope you enjoyed exploring bushboys world. Let me know if you had a favourite photo.

Blue sky

Jez’s Fan Of…..#65

Jez’s fan of…… is blue sky backdrop. I must admit I am a fan of blue skies as well
Always good to get that outline of a building190731_blog_challenge_blue_didnt_make_cut (20)
A Black Kite flying is best against a blue skyblack_kite_flying_lismore_tip_july 2019
Our Moon in the day is wonderful with blue instead of black190709_blog_challenge_blue_moon1
Just a hint of blue sky for a contrast190116_blog_challenge_blue_yellow_ponytail_flowers_sky
Small so the blue sky is big190705_blog_challenge_blue_wanderer_butterfly
Airplanes are always winging off into the far blue yonderplane2_flying_lismore air show_named_july 2018
Soaring Ibis wheeling about a blue skyibis_flying_blue_sky_named_caniaba_august 2019
A bit of contrast for a Hibiscus flower to stand out190731_blog_challenge_blue_didnt_make_cut (16)

The next blue sky is a spider for those who just can’t, but zoom past for a great Aussie song

 

 
OK here comes the unusual yes it’s a Golden Orb Weaver Spiderspider_golden orb weaver_sky__named_durranbah_home_jackadgery_march 2020

 

Light the night

Nancy’s Photo a Week Challenge: Light the Night

Natural light or man made light? You can be the judge.

Our Moon gives a lovely light at night171221_blog challenge_darkness and light_moon05

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moonlight_water_rain_caniaba_feb 2019
A bit of bothmoon_full_night_house_palms_named_caniaba_jan 2019
Fire lights the night190128_blog_challenge_sunday_stills_night_fire_twirler3
A party boat glows on the bay170913_blog challenge_dark_blue boat
A man, a torch and a Brush-tailed Possumpossum_cassia_night_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2019
Big Ben has its own lights181216_time_square_comes_a_time_clock_big ben_night
A man, a car light and an owlbarn owl_night_binna burra_april 2018
A man. a woman, a torch and a Moon Flower171019_blog challenge_glow_moon flower

Early to Rise

Terri’s Sunday Stills: #Early to Rise

From my place in the forest I don’t have a great vantage point to get a great early to rise photo. This is what I often can get when I am early to rise

sunrise_moon_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2019
You can see the sliver of our Moon in the above photo which was early to rise that morning too
moon_morning_home_jackadgery_jan 2019
Some days I can get to the beach when I have some time away and am early to risesunrise_apollo bay_named_march 2010
Our Moon can be early to rise. This was taken just after sunrise.190106_blog_challenge_new_3sunrise_moon2