This is November: Some of this and that

Again I have taken too many photos of the things I enjoy and of new discoveries so I will do This is November in a couple of posts. One post will be birds, another flowers and also insects that I have encountered during the month. You will thank me for saving or over exercising your scrolling finger. The posts won’t come out in a flood like October as I have other stuff to do.

This is a taste of whats to come as these photos are just odds and ends of this and that.

It was just a feather on the ground
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The new growth of a Davidson Plum, an Australian Native tree, is rather stunning in its hairy pinkness
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This is how Davidson Plums grow on the tree. They aren’t very tasty raw from the tree. Quite bitter. They make a nice jam though.
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When the wet arrives, I am always stopping and getting Long Necked Tortoises off the roads as they journey to a new waterhole. Sometimes I also rescue them from the Ravens who have learnt to flip the tortoise on its back when the are on the road. This bloke was heading across the road to my dam.
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One afternoon, the birds were squawking and screeching so we knew there was a goanna or a snake nearby. Looking up I saw the Python gliding through the trees. The Python was about 2 meters long and was quite hungry as it ignored me with its eyes on its prize.
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The full Moon in November gave me an opportunity to get some good photos.
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That’s it for this quick This is November. Hope you can come back for the next installment

Thursdays Special: Pick-a-word in November

It’s time again to delve through my photos for the wonderful photo challenge from Lost in Translation, Pick a Word. Five words, five photos. Do you think they match?

Dormant
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Salubrious
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Earmarked
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Influential
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Fun-loving
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More Fun-loving

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In the Distance

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge is In The Distance. I looked at landscapes and other photos that felt like they were within the topic, In the Distance. How far is in the distance? Is it from here to there?

These are the mountains on the way to my place. I can’t remember the blogger I was talking to about sepia, but I thought I would give it a go
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I reckon the Sun is in the distance
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Same view but in sepia and showing more of the distance
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I am sure the Moon is in the distance.
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I love our Moon especially when it smiles at me In the Distance.
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I went to the optometrist a while ago.
She asked “What seems to be the problem?”
I told her that I had trouble seeing distance.
She took me outside, pointed to the sky and asked “What’s that?”
Of course I said “It’s the Sun.”
She then said “How far to you want to friggin’ see?”

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This was May

Ever so late doing my “this is what I found in May.”

So many things have needed doing and my time has been spent doing the many Photo Challenges, which I seem to be obsessed with as they give the opportunity to showcase your photos and techniques and at the same time see what other bloggers from around the world are doing. I love showing my part of this world or some photos of my travels. I hope you have enjoyed these Photo Challenges as much as I have.

OK……….on to my May. May is show time in my town. What I love (as many of you know) are chooks so I always go to the poultry pavilion when I go to the Grafton Show. Here are my favourites from the show.

“Do you like my new hair do?”fluffy bantam_grafton show_may 2017

“I find the bun at the back is what the fashionable ducks are wearing this season.”
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This is the Champion Pair of the Show – I think they are Wyandottes –  a classy pair
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Even the excitement of the Show doesn’t stop the need to lay an egg.
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“Are you talking to me?” “Are you talking to me?”
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“Is lunch coming or what?”
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One of the Photo Challenges I did was Frames and the Currawong was the first image. This Currawong found the water well in the Poinsettia tree and was enjoying a drink.

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The Lewins Honeyeater has been a constant visitor in May to the verandah looking for insects and gathering spiders webs for the nest. I think I was spotted as he looked in the door from the Zygote Cactus.
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Another visitor to the garden at this time of year is the lovely little Rose Robin.
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The Zygote Cactus have wonderful blooms this year

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Some of my besties Pansys
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I love this dark purple variety.
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Just sitting in a wheelbarrow garden looking fabulous.flower_named_binna burra_may 2017

Some flowers look lovely at the end of Autumn don’t they?
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Sitting in a cafe in Brunswick Heads I spotted the Native Stingless Bees in the garden bed on the street.stinglessw native bee_named_brunswick heads

The spiders web have a certain magic in the morning light.
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One night, there was a banging on the window. We went outside to see what was making all that racket. We found an Emperor Gum Moth sitting on the window sill. Aren’t the antennae wonderful?
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You know when Winter approaches when the insects wear their fur coats.
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The evening walk had wonderful lighting. I love this old fence with the air ferns and other plant life growing.

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The grass seed heads looked spectacular in the late afternoon light. I didn’t do any photo manipulation this is what they actually looked like.
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The Moon is almost setting the same time as the sun.
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The Sun is setting so I better say good evening and hope you have enjoyed a little bit of May in my part of Australia.
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Black and White Sunday: Imperfect

What a photo challenge set by Paula for Black and White Sunday. Unmask those photos that you probably don’t want people to see.

What a great photo it could have been – the Sea Eagle with a fish.

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I have no idea what I was doing but it’s a nice shoe

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The cafe had a lot of metal pots, pans and utensils on the top of the cupboard, but most interesting was the watering can. The lighting was great.

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What could be better. A full moon rising with a palm tree in the foreground.

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Week 31 – Empty Space

With a title like that for 52 weeks photo challenge  the sky’s the limit.

A little poem to start

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From the top of the pine tree the Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo can see all the empty space around

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The Square-tailed Kite was being harassed by the Friarbird

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Empty space abounds for the Jacky Winter perched on the old tree branch

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The Wedged-tailed Eagles getting away with their lunch. The one on the right has a Water Dragon trailing from its feet.

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The Ibis soared in the sky.

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The Black-shouldered Kite has the perfect perch to survey his surroundings.

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The Cormorant has many an empty space. One of my projects is to make some silhouettes of birds.

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Where could there be more empty space than…..weellll……Space

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Darkness and Light

Black and White Sunday: Darkness and Light

Black and white images have always been part of my photographic life. When I was in my early teens my first cameras, (one was called a Snappy Camera) were always loaded with black and white film as we couldn’t afford to buy and process colour film. I wish I knew where those photos are now.

I sometimes switch my camera into monochrome when I find a subject that I feel would be great in black and white, especially photographing subjects from the past. Other times I take a colour photo and manipulate it, such as my silhouettes of birds in a previous blog.

I love the moon. It gives me a good feeling when it is full and bright.

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I also love taking photos of flowers, their colour, their shape, their form but flowers can also look stunning in black and white.

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The photo of the old letterbox is one of my favourites. I must admit that I manipulated the photograph to get the effect I wanted.

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I am enjoying the photo challenges.

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