Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Letters O or P

Looking for the right photos for this weeks Cee’s Black and White photo challenge I thought I would use some of my favourite Australian bird photos and one reptile.

A Parrot – A Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo

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Just an Osprey walking along the beach

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A parrot about to get a dunking in the bird bath

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The Python who was removed from the chook house before it could eat any of the hens

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Black and White Sunday: After and Before Y1-04

The after and before photos of a little Scarlet Honeyeater, the smallest of Australias honeyeaters, in an Australian native tree, a Pink Euodia. Scarlet Honeyeaters whizz around my garden like red jewels flashing in the sun.

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This was my March

March was a month of contrasts, a couple of hot days followed by a bit of rain and then Cyclone Debbie came along. I was fortunate not to be in the path of Debbie but on the edge of the system. I missed the strong winds and abundant rainfall. I still managed to have 476mls of rain for March. This rainfall ended the long dry period over Summer when usually the rains come. The total rainfall for March exceeded the total rainfall for the 6 months prior.

The few dry day did allow for some wandering about and finding some interesting stuff. The weather also bought out a good variety of fungi which have their own blog.

So onward to the stuff of March.

Isn’t this little boat the cutest?

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The flood waters made the creeks run and the creek at Emerald Beach broke through the sand and flowed to the sea. The strong tannin coloured water gave the rocks an interesting hue.

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Rust. As you know I love rust, the colours and textures rust gives to metal.

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More rust on the fence around the riverbank park in Grafton.

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In Lismore, wandering the back lanes I came across this furnace door that is still in operation at the rear of a cafe.

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One of the treasures of Lismore is the street art in the back lanes. The recent flooding of Lismore didn’t damage most of the art works although some may need a bit of a clean and touch up. The following selection is from just one lane way.

The art on the door is perhaps a portend.

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The fish managed to swim out the flood waters I am told.

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I love this ghostly face.

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How clever.

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The butterflies in the rainforest.

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Speaking of butterflies, I just love photographing butterflies. Of course many a while is spent chasing them around trying to get THAT capture. The Common Yellow butterfly seemed to enjoy time on the ground.

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The Small Green-banded Blue butterfly kept trying to hide from me.

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I haven’t had such a variety of flies at my place or perhaps I haven’t really taken a close look at them. The yellow face and bottle green body look great.

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The green eyes are striking. The long proboscis also lets this fly give you a very sharp sting.

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This beautiful Huntsman spider lived in my house for around two months. She has now gone outside I think as I haven’t seen her for a couple of days. Her leg span from front to back or side to side is 16cm. Her body length is 5cm. How big is your hand?

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The Fire-wheel trees are flowering.

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I have a number of Golden Lycras that my aged neighbour loved. He gave me lots of corms and this year they flowered the best ever. They gave me lovely memories of him. The view from the top.

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They looked so lovely in the morning sun.

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This Hibiscus was in my parents place and the cutting has lived on at my place filled with abundant flowers this Autumn.

 

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The miniature Hibiscus adds small red spots in the garden

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One of the original Hibiscus. This one is in my besties garden. Such a delicate flower. The petals almost look transparent.

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Another tiny native flower that I have found around my property.  The flower is about 12mm across so imagine the size of the insect that was getting some nectar or pollen.

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The Bromiliads had a good flowering this March. They gathered enough water that’s for sure.

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I hadn’t seen white Crocus before. Stunning flowers aren’t they?

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I have loved the colours of Coleus since I first saw them in my grandfathers garden.

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The rain has revived the Lichen.

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Wandering around the garden looking for snacks, the Bar-shouldered Dove and Emerald Dove shared the space.

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A little Jacky Winter enjoying the morning sun.

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The Brown Pigeon sat in the Poinsettia striking a lovely pose.

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Not the best angle for a Blue-faced Honeyeater though.

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The little Forest Kingfisher sat in the tree looking about then suddenly plunged to the ground. When he resumed his perch, he did the bash bash on the branch to tenderise his snack. It looks like he managed to find a frog in the garden.

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The Forest Kingfisher has beautiful colours don’t you think?

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Thanks for taking the time to have a look at my March.

These are Fungi 2017

The rain came.
The sun came out.
The earth warmed.
Life emerged from the earth.
These are Fungi

The first signs as the fungus pushes its way from the earth

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The yellow hue of this fungus didn’t translate to the photo as it nestled among the leaves of the Honey Gem.

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All manner of shapes and colours appear among the grass and sticks.

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Sometimes emerging from the mulch can be difficult.

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When your neighbour emerges after you have and tilts you

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Even in decay the fungus emits a golden sheen

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Flipped onto its back the delicate frills no longer are there

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The texture of the fungus is rough to the touch but has a softness also

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The underside frills make a lovely fan

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A certain translucency when the sun falls upon the frills

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Fungi come in groups. These tiny fungi are everywhere dotting the grass with their orange brown spots. See how big the blades of grass are compared to the tiny fungi.

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Or group together and dwarf the blades of grass

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The brown fungi like to hang closely together.

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The Finger Fungi are never alone as the stand tall. Well as tall as a Finger Fungi can.

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Is this one of the ball shaped fungi above starting to grow old.

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This next few photos are of fungi that I have never seen here before.

The tiny red fungi are easy to spot as they grow among the Norfolk Island Pine needles. Seemingly solitary with other red fungi nearby.

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The pink fungi are coming out from between cracks in an old sleeper.

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This type of small fungi are a jet black and only a few appeared next to the verandah and in a day or two, were gone. The photo  doesn’t show the true colour

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These are the fungi at my place. There are more as some others are in my first fungi blog from years ago.

Crab Art

Everyone who goes to the beach will have seen the small balls laid out on the sand. I find them a wonderful expression of nature. None are the same although some are more elaborate than others. When we went for a walk along Emerald Beach on the Mid-north Coast of NSW, with all the other people who take advantage of a leash free area on the beach where the dogs can run free, I noticed that the small balls on the beach didn’t have any footprints in them. Perhaps there is a bit of respect for the creators of what I like to call Crab Art.

First of all have a close look at the sand balls. They do look rather random don’t they?

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They are a seemingly bunch of sand balls scattered on the beach

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But some have a shape and form

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Can you see the little roads?

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This one has a certain cartoon effect I feel. Can you see the face?

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This is one of my favourites. Almost a butterfly?

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From another angle you can see the little hole where the crabs “home” is.

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You really should meet one of the Crab Artists. They are about the size of a finger tip. What fabulous blue eyes.

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Do you think the crabs create art on the beach?

These are Dragonflies

Ever since I managed to get a photo of a flying dragonfly with one of my first cameras, a Canon Tlb, I have loved seeing dragonflies flitting about. I am lucky to have an assortment of dragonflies on my property. Many an hour has been spent at the dam or chasing a dragonfly about the garden trying to get that great dragonfly photo.

Unfortunately I don’t know the names of many of the dragonflies I have captured but once I have published this post, I am sure there are people who will let me know their names.

I love the different shapes and colours of dragonflies. This is a slender dragonfly not the usual bigger ones I see.

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I found this one sitting on the flower in the dam. I love the reflection in the water.

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The yellow dragonflies like to sit on the ground

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“Don’t touch my stick”

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They do like to hang onto the reeds in the dam too

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I don’t see the orange (ish) dragonflies much

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They like to stay out of the rain

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But the red and blue dragonflies are always around

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Dragonflies look very interesting up close

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Dragonflies can also be interesting from afar. I was taking some photos of the Honey Gem Grevillia and didn’t notice that I had been photo-bombed by a dragonfly

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Some dragonflies sit with their tails a bit bent

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Others like their tails up especially the ones with spotted wings

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There is always a chance encounter with a couple of dragonflies who like to “enjoy” each others company

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I was chasing a dragonfly around my besties garden when I sat down on the deck when suddenly the dragonfly appeared. I think he was checking me out.

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Did you enjoy my dragonflies?

 

Flower of the Day – Teeny Tiny Wildflower

I have many teeny tiny native plants at my place. I don’t know their names sorry. Most of these flowers are around 10 to 20mm in diameter. Cee’s  Flower of the Day challenge

A lovely purple flower

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A similar flower only yellow and reddish orange

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Lovely little yellow puff ball flowers

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A lovely white flower. An unusual shape don’t you think?

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A delicate blue flower

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and my favourite flower I have only recently discovered in the bush at my place, a Hyacinth Orchid

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Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Letters E or F

My entries for this weeks Photo Challenge

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I am sure there will be photos of Elephants in this photo challenge. Here is mine, found in a secondhand shop.

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Flying and almost flying

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Face washing. Don’t you hate when your Mum just has to wash your face!

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Flower. The Moon Flower blooms at night so it was special to be there when the flower came out

Here is some of my elephant collection https://bushboy.blog/2015/02/21/elephants/

A Different View – A View From The Side

I looked at a lot of photos to get the right one for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge. Then I remembered the lovely “girl” who has been living in my house for around three weeks now. She has been moving from room to room and every morning I like to go looking for her. Today she is in the hallway and in a great spot to help me take part in the photo challenge.

Here she is

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Isn’t she lovely. A Huntsman who is harmless and helps keep other insects out of my house. She loves cockroaches and other insects. They catch their prey by leaping as Huntsman Spiders don’t make a web.

Here is a photo so you can have some idea of her size

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I didn’t want to get too close in case she ran away.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Curve Tuesdays of Texture

I have been a bit cheeky by incorporating two Photo Challenges into one blog. Often there is stuff with a delicious curve which has a bit of texture as well.

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The knot

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Driftwood that also has a smile

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The cylindrical Banksia flower

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Looking under the wood fungus