This is October 2020

How late am I getting this done? So many things of no consequence happening and I am being very slack in sorting photos and getting myself together.

This may be a bit haphazard and not quite concise with the flow and descriptions but I just wanted to get this post out for my own piece of mind. Admittedly I did get a bit wayward with trying to get things together for Becky’s wonderful #SquareKind photo challenge.

On a personal note, I saw the Neurologist in October and I saw the MRI of my brain. It was fascinating to see the slices and was very happy to see there wasn’t anything untoward. But as I thought, she reaffirmed the legal requirement that I don’t drive a vehicle, that includes the farm ute, ride-on lawnmower as well not operate a push mower, chainsaw, power tools or climb ladders. Well that stops me from doing about 80% of my life. It’s for my own safety and the safety of others. Social isolation and Covid lock downs are almost mainstream but now I am in Neuro Lock down as well as my normal social isolation due to living in a almost remote location.

Enough of that, let’s get started. All sitting comfy with some refreshments to hand as you should know by now I do post a lot of photos which summarises what I saw and found in My October 2020. Have a bit of a listen as you scroll too. I am sure you may enjoy a song…..

AS usual, lets start with a wonderful sunrise

The Spangled Drongos were awake enjoying the morning

Rufous Whistlers sang in the morning

A Red-backed Fairy Wren had his morning bath

The female Satin Bowerbird dived right in

A White-faced Heron stood guard in the morning protecting the nest high in the tree

A Yellow-faced Honeyeater came for breakfast on the Honey Gem Grevillea

Two White-naped Honeyeaters debated whether to grab a snack or have a bath

The Striated Pardalote looked for food on my verandah.

This Satin Bowerbird has set up home in my garden.

The old swimming pool, now a bit of a dragonfly and frog haven, attracted the attention of a Scared Kingfisher who decided that this was the place to have a bath.

The first of the Rainbow Lorikeets turned up in the garden to check it out for Summer.

Rainbow Bee-eaters were a splash of colour for a Spring morning

Only a mother could love a baby Noisy Friarbird

Sometimes King Parrots like to hang about in the garden

We went to one of our favourite spots for a bit of a look around to see the fire recovery and have a picnic. Raspberry Lookout is just up the range from my place and a favourite spot.

The Banksia trees had a good burn but this helps the seeds germinate as they pop open and scatter with papery like seed that blow on the wind. Children’s stories talk of the Banksia men. They do look a bit scary don’t they

It was good to see that a lot of the vegetation was growing. I love the colours of the new growth of the Trigger Plant.

The Native Lilac False Sarsaparilla were flowering quite well. I also have this species on my place.

The Trigger Plant flowers attracted a Native Bee

IN my garden, the Stingless Native Bees filled their pollen sacks from the Hippeastrums

A Large Yellow Butterfly came for a visit to the Bottle Brush flowers

Common Grass Blue Butterflies were everywhere in the garden this Spring

The first of the Caper White Butterflies arrived in late October and many more were here a few days ago. They love the Pentas flowers in my garden

It is always lovely to see Orchard Swallowtail Butterflies in the garden. One of the largest butterflies that I get here

I think this may be a mosquito being a pollinator on a Daisy in the garden

Some of the succulents are getting ready for Summer

The Roses at my besties place looked a treat over Winter and Spring. I have too many animal who love to eat the leave and flower buds as well as the flowers for me to grow Roses here.

By the end of October, the Grevilleas have finished their Spring flowering and are setting seeds

This year my Begonias had a very showy flowering.

Another not your usual pollinator, a fly on the Marigolds this time

This tiny Grevillea, called Billy Bonkers, flowers have some attendant ants

The Stingless native Bees like the Dietes flowers too

Agapanthus in the garden had a great flowering this Spring

The bees loved the Cornflowers in my besties garden. I love the radiant blue of Cornflowers.

I wasn’t sure if thge Lolly Bushes would have survived the fire but they have bounced back and the flowering was quite wonderful. Yes the flowers smell like lollies.

Looking inside of the Orange Hippeastrum

Red Dragonflies were all around the garden

After watering the garden one morning, this spiders web attracted my attention with sparkles in the morning sun

After a bit of rain, I went to check to see how much water went into the dam. I noticed one of the Cape Lillies in the middle of the dam looked a bit different. Nestled in among the flower was a Dwarf Green Tree Frog.

Our Moon has risen in the afternoon. I love the blue sky and our Moon

Thanks for visiting and taking the time to have a look at my October. I would like to know if you had a favourite photo. I’ll try not to be so tardy for My November. Have a great day or evening depending on what side of the world you are.

Flora

Ragtag Daily Prompt Wednesday: Flora

Flora – noun The plants of a particular region, habitat, or geological period generally the naturally occurring indigenous or native plants.
(We won’t go to one of the other definitions – The bacteria and other microorganisms that normally inhabit a bodily organ or part.)

Here is some of the Flora that are naturally occurring on my place. Many are very small, around 5 to 10mm in diameter. I don’t know the names of all of them so just enjoy the images. If you want to know the name of a particular flower, drop me a line in the comments and I’ll try and let you know.

Durranbah – Fire Recovery part1

I have been out and about but not far into the bush as there are limbs falling and the ground is quite wet now so some burnt trees could still topple. These are in the area around the house. This area was just burnt ground with some blackened timber. The unburnt leaves have fallen since the fire went through on the 6th December.

Some of the plants I know what they are and have named. I am going cross-eyed trying to find all the plants in my books. Many of the flowers are small some up to 10mm or half an inch. There is quite a few photos.

The start of a Native Wisteria emerging from the soilplant_native wisteria_fire_recovery_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
Fungi were the first plants to appear. The Finger Fungi is small and struggling. There’s a bit of Lichen too.fungi_finger_small_fire_recovery_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
The Golden Lily is showing as bright dots of yellow through the bush. The flowers are 20 to 40mm and in places they are in clumps of flowers. There are about five buds waiting to open herenative flower_golden lily_fire_recovery_home_jackadgery_feb 2020

The Lomandras are in clumps or individual plants and all are flowering
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The Lomandra flowers are tiny balls on a tall spike emerging from the tough strappy leaves
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A different Lomandra.native flower_lomandra3_blueish_fire_recovery_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
Not sure what this plant isplant_growth1_fire_recovery_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
A small group of plantsplants_growth2_clump_fire_recovery_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
I should know what this plant is but cannot remembernative flower_unknown_clump_fire_recovery_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
Some plants emerge from the roots that survived the fire. This could be a shrub to small tree a Cheese Tree possibly.plant_growth2_fire_recovery_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
The growth surrounding the burnt trunk. A lot of Australian plants start life red then turn green as they mature.tree_growth1_fire_recovery_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
Another hardy Eucalypt grows. They are fire hardy plants and there is a sort of root, a lignotuber at the base of the tree that conserves energy and when it’s time, the tree will commence growing. Many species can re-sprout from buds under their bark.plant_growth_eucalypt1_fire_recovery_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
Another tiny flower. These are on slender stalks and in clumps of tiny white flowers. native_flower_white_tall_fire_recovery_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
This is a ground cover that spreads along the forest floor. Bright dots of purple catch your eye.native_flower_purple_ground cover_fire_recovery_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
These yellow flowers are ones the Native Stingless Bees love. Again around 10mm across.native flower_yellow_tall_fire_recovery_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
Almost a clover like flower but opens up as you can see in the backgroundnative flower_white_fire_recovery_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
There are lots of these purple flowers on tall spikes and multiple flowers.native flower_purple_tall_cluster_fire_recovery_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
I think this may belong to the pea family. So pretty with many flowers along the stalknative flower_purple_pea_fire_recovery_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
Lots of clumps of these flowers and bees buzzing around.native flower_pink_yellow_fringe_bee_fire_recovery_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
A close-up of the flowers in the above clump.native flower_pink_yellow_fringe_fire_recovery_home_jackadgery_feb 2020

If anyone knows the names of any of the flowers or plants please let me know.

This is October 2019

Oh my aren’t I tardy with the October wrap up? Lots of things have been happening – see some of the posts over the past week. I shan’t dwell on the most horrible situation I find myself in right now. I guess you have seen all about the fires in Australia, The north coast of NSW is where I live and the fires have been burning since early October.

I can’t really think straight as I haven’t slept well for a while now. Luckily and the end of October to early November my bestie and I had a brief holiday in Tasmania. I hadn’t been before so it was all new. Breathing air that wasn’t smoke laden was a blessing as was cool temperatures and even a bit of rain. That will be a post of its own later when I get around to it.

OK there isn’t all that many photos compared to previous “This is” posts but still grab a snack and a drink of your choice so you can stroll through my world in October.

I haven’t posted many photos of the Red-necked Wallabies that hang around my garden for a while. This little Joey has fun speeding around.
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His Mum was keeping watch. Check out those lovely lashes.
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I was out on a walk with my bestie and a friend when we came across some Eastern Grey Kangaroos resting in the shade. There was a female, a Joey and a male. When the male stood up we stopped and waited to see what they would do. Thankfully they group hopped over the fence in one bound and into the next paddock. When he stood up to his full height, he was about 2 meters tall. Look at those chest and arm muscles!! eastern grey kangaroo_male_named_caniaba_oct 2019
I may be in drought but every evening the frogs start up, not as many as usual. I love these tiny Eastern Dwarf Tree Frogs. Here he is again in a previous post that has the call as well.eastern dwarf green tree frog_garden_named_home_jackadgery_oct 2019
Meet Bob, one of the funniest fish I have ever seen. He would swim away and then appear from the side of the tank, look at you and swim away. The Seahorse World where he lives is at Beauty Point in Tasmania.fish_bob_named_aquarium_tasmania_oct 2019
A regular sight around the north coast are Black-shouldered Kites hovering over a field waiting for snack to make a move then drop like a stone.black-shouldered kite_hover_named_caniaba_oct 2019
Here is one some of the European readers will know. The European Goldfinch was introduced into SE Australia and Tasmania in the 1850’s.european goldfinch_named_tasmania_oct 2019
A Forest Kingfisher waits patiently on the power lines in the late afternoon for his meal to move in the paddock below.forest kingfisher_powerline_named_caniaba_oct 2019
The little hanging pot bird bath is too small for the King Parrot but its good for drinking. The Hippeastrums will come later.king parrot_hippeastrum_garden_named_home_jackadgery_oct 2019
One very unseasonably hot day, the temperature reached 38C IN SPRING!!! Here is a young King Parrot and a Spangled Drongo discussing the day, “hot enough for ya”king_parrot_spangled_drongo_named_home_jackadgery_oct 2019
Down at the waterhole on 3rd after a good fall of rain. Lovely to see a bit of water. The last rain since.waterhole_named_home_jackadgery_oct 2019

Going up into the mountains for a bit of a walk and see new places. The players of the mountains from my favourite spot, the Raspberry Lookout.
raspberry_lookout_smoke_layers_named_gibraltar_range_oct 2019
Another place near Washpool, (which is now on fire) The smoke is from the fires to the north in early October.lookout_smoke_layers_named_gibraltar_range_oct 2019
I love finding a leaf that has been skeletised (OK I made up that word according to spellcheck)leaf_skeleton_raspberry_lookout_named_gibraltar_range_oct 2019
The new Spring flush of leaves on a Eucalypt.leaves_eucalypt_new_raspberry_lookout_named_gibraltar_range_oct 2019
The Casuarina and the blue of the distant hills. My bestie reckons it is like a Japanese print.she-oak_tree_named_gibraltar_range_nov 2019
One of the new crops on the north coast is dryland rice.rice_named_springgrove_oct 2019
Back at the waterhole on my place. The ferns in shelter spots are growing well. This is called a Five Fingered Jack or a Rough Maidenhair Fern.fern_five_finger_jack_named_home_jackadgery_oct 2019

While in the Gibraltar Ranges in Spring I was hoping to find some native flowers. Here is a Blue Dampiera.
flower_native_blue dampiera_raspberry_lookout_named_gibraltar_range_oct 2019

Tiny False Lilac flowers
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A Hairy Bush Pea with a Native Stingless Bee
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Don’t the little Small Leaved Boronia look ever so sweet.
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There were lots of White Paper Daisies along the road sides.
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The flowers of a Flapjack Succulent
flower_succulent_pancake_named_caniaba_garden_oct 2019

The first time this plant from my old mate Geoffs place has flowered and I can’t remember what it is
crinum_flower_named_home_jackadgery_oct 2019
My besties Foxgloves flowered well this yearflower_foxglove_named_caniaba_garden_oct 2019
The start of my Hippeastrums hippeastrum_flower_spear_named_home_jackadgery_oct 2019
More have started to bud uphippeastrum_flower_buds_named_home_jackadgery_oct 2019
Once the flowers arrive, so do the Native Stingless Beesstingless native bees_hippeastrum_red_home_jackadgery_oct 2019
Look at the amount of pollen in the flowers. The Native Stingless Bees get coated in pollenstingless native bees_hippiastrum_pollen_named_home_jackadgery_oct 2019
An olden Hibiscus at my besties attracts a bee or is it a wasp?flower_hibiscus_bee_named_caniaba_oct 2019
Casting a fine web, this spider waits underneath for lunch to drop in.spider_named_home_jackadgery_oct 2019
OK all is done. I had to include a photo of our Sun late in the afternoon on a fire day. A mixture of clouds and smoke.sun_fire_sky_smoke_named_home_jackadgery_oct 2019

I hope you enjoyed a stroll through my October. Did you have a favourite photo? I love to hear what you think so please drop me a line. I guess I need conversation

also for Su’s Changing Seasons

Unique

The word prompt from the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge 51: Unique

I think I’ll stick to the uniqueness of around here.

Native Stingless Bee with a Jumping Ant looking onnative bee_close3_murraya paniculata flowers_home feb 2012

One of the many small Australian Native flowers that grow here
native flower_purple_named_home_august 2017
A Rainbow Lorikeet in a Pink Euodia171206_blog challenge_letter p_parrot_rainbow lorikeets
Purple Fringe Lily170927_blog challenge_square sept_purple fring lily
Hyacinth Orchid that just pops up in the bush around the house170928_blog challenge_square in september_hyacinth orchid
Red-necked Wallaby and her Joeyred necked wallaby_joey1_home_feb 2012
Blue-banded Bee in  Blue Ginger flower180327_before and after_blue banded bee_blue ginger
Koalakoala1_close_looking_binna burra__with border_nov 2011
Native Sarsaparilla or Wisteria among Fringe Wattle flowerswisteria-native_wattle_named_home_aug-2016
Native Gardenia flower170929_blog challenge_square sept_native gardenia
Blue Triangle Butterflyblue triangle butterfly_side_named_binna burra_jan 2018

Size

Here is Debbies One Word Sunday: Size
Some of the things I have been contemplating on contributing for OWS perhaps can also be some of my Favourite Things as Patti from Ragtag asked.
Perhaps some of the small things in my world should be a start. The feature photo is a Scarlet Honeyeater, the smallest honeyeater and a red jewel that flashes through my garden and the forest.

I love having Stingless Native Bees in my garden
crocus_stingless native bee_close_named_home_dec 2017

stingless native bees_hippeastrum_named_home_oct 2107
and of course Blue-banded Bees scrunching into flowersbee blue bum_crop_binna burran feb 2012
All of the tiny native flowers that abound on my placewisteria-native_named_home_aug-2016

native flower_purple_named_home_august 2017

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flower_native_yellow_small_named_home_nov 2018

I have to include some big things too. Kookaburras are always hunting in the garden and waking me with their morning song
kookaburra_post_named_home_april 2017
Overhead one of the Square-tailed Kite family soars square-tailed-kite01_named_home_nov-2016
While in the garden, a Red-necked Wallaby snacks on the Honey Gem Grevillea 171102_blog challenge_peek_wallaby04

The trees of the forest that surround are the big
durranbah_fog_forest_named_home_aug 2018

Now a warning for those who have a thing about spiders – there is one in the next image

 

 
Isn’t she a beauty. She lived in my laundry for a Summer and then came into the lounge and dining rooms for Winter last year. I think she became bored of my company and headed outside.170315_side view_huntsman_size

Sphere

The Weekly Saturday Photo Challenge from Sue: Sphere

I went in search of a particular sphere photo. I didn’t find it but found these
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180220_odd ball_wooden ball

 

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flower_white_ball_native_named_coaldale_dec 2018

I found the photo and it is now the featured image

The Town Criers are an Australian band from the 60’s

A bit of blue

The word prompt from Debbie at Travel with Intent: Blue

Here is a bit of Blue from my world

Tiny Native Flowers
native flowers_purple_named_home_oct 2017

Blue Triangle Butterfly
blue triangle butterfly_side_named_binna burra_jan 2018

More butterflies. This time a Butterfly Bush flower
butterfly bush_named_binna burra_april 2014

A double blue, a Blue Ginger with a Blue-banded Bee
180327_before and after_blue banded bee_blue ginger
Blue Figs, the fruit from a Quandong Tree (Elaeocarpus angustifolius for those playing along at home)blue figs_named_oct 2013

The lovely Blue-faced Honeyeater
blue faced honeyeater_named_home_aug 2016

A delightful Superb Fairy Wren
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And the blue of blue………..
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The featured image – a Blue Tiger Butterfly