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
The insects are slowing down although there are still some Butterflies about. A selection from my place and my Besties
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.
Here is the random images found while in Tenterfield, a town about 150kms from my place in the tablelands.
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.
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
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
Most mornings, the Straw-necked Ibis leave their roost and head off to their feeding ground
Some Ibis like to investigate the paddocks on the farm next door
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 overnight
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.
A Blue-faced Honeyeater was investigating the trees for insects.
On a walk, a Golden-headed Cisticola was singing it’s little heart out.
Back at my place, the Golden Whistlers calls were echoing in the bush. This female was quite attentive while hunting in the garden.
More signs of life returning to the burnt bush. There are reddish dots throughout the bush of new growth of some plants.
A new flower has emerged. I still haven’t identified the species as yet. The flower is about 10mm in size.
Another new unidentified flower. Again quite small.
The Snake Beans at my besties have been quite prolific in April. The flower is quite lovely as well.
One of the Grevillea flowers at my place.
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.
A Teddy Bear Bee had scrunched into the Blue Ginger flower while a Stingless Native Bee waited its turn.
Here is a Teddy Bear Bee getting a bit of nectar from a Pentas flower.
The Blue-banded Bees love the blue Salvia flowers
OK I’m done as the Teddy Bear Bee flies off.
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.
I think this is a Leafwing Butterfly
The Line-blue Butterflies were quite occupied in early April
It’s always lovely to find a Blue Tiger Butterfly when out walking.
I was surprised to find a Blue Triangle Butterfly in my besties Zinnia patch
A Common Crow also found the Zinnias. The Feature Photo is the pupa of a Common Crow ButterflyAs did a Scarlet Jezebel
A Painted Lady Butterfly enjoyed a stop off at my Pentas flowers
Of course the bees found the Zinnia flowers too
“Last time I let you read the Karma Sutra!”
Dragonflies were buzzing around the dams looking for that special someone
I seemed to have quite a number of Lady Beetles around the place in April.
Walking through the bush suddenly a flurry of white dots took off from the grass. These tiny moths were quite unusual.
Other Dragonflies enjoyed the sun.
OK it’s Spider time. These are small and quite harmless
Here is the Jewel Spiders again. I think this was a Monday Macro
On the dam there was an explosion of Water Beetles. Hundreds were in a large group.
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.
A White-faced Heron was also stalking the shallows.
Up the road from my place, some White-bellied Sea Eagles have set up a nest and have hatched one Eaglet.
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.
A Splendid Fairy Wren was chatting away in the bushes when we were out walking.
A Lewins Honeyeater was deciding whether to jump in the bird bath or just look pretty among the flowers.
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 partner
The Joey was getting an idea of having breakfast with his Mum
He is getting bigger and zooms around the garden
In the afternoon the sun makes a fern in a hanging pot plant quite luminous. I had to get in among the leaves.
Well it’s time for the Straw-necked Ibis to head back to the roost as the sun sets
Our Moon looked a treat in April don’t you think?
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.
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 building
A Black Kite flying is best against a blue sky
Our Moon in the day is wonderful with blue instead of black
Just a hint of blue sky for a contrast
Small so the blue sky is big
Airplanes are always winging off into the far blue yonder
Soaring Ibis wheeling about a blue sky
A bit of contrast for a Hibiscus flower to stand out
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 Spider
A bonus Square Top as requested Becky
If you go to Becky’s Moon post, you can see our Moon from the northern Hemisphere. This is what it looks like in the southern Hemisphere.
Debbies quotation inspired image Moon Shine
“I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world. “
Mary Anne Radmacher, author
Debbie’s One Word Sunday: Fraction
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 night
A bit of both
Fire lights the night
A party boat glows on the bay
A man, a torch and a Brush-tailed Possum
Big Ben has its own lights
A man, a car light and an owl
A man. a woman, a torch and a Moon Flower
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
You can see the sliver of our Moon in the above photo which was early to rise that morning too
Some days I can get to the beach when I have some time away and am early to rise
Our Moon can be early to rise. This was taken just after sunrise.