Special Spot

The Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #78: Special Spot Shots

A special spot on my place is the waterhole.

This was in October 2018 in the middle of this three year drought. This was the lowest water level I had ever seen.
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Then in November there was rain on one day which put water into the waterholewaterhole_named_home_oct 2018
In August 2019 the water level plunged even further leaving a small puddle.190816_blog_challenge_yellow_waterhole

November 2019 another day of rain put a small amount water back into the waterhole
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I guess you want to know why this is a special spot?
When the water level is full, which used to be most of the time, life abounds from the moss and vines on the treesmoss_vine_waterhole_named_home_oct 2018
to the birds who rely on the water hole like the White-throated Honeyeaters190829_blog_challenge_reflections_white-throated_honeyeater_waterhole_jackadgery
Fuscous Honeyeatersfuscous_honeyeaters_wet_waterhole_named_home_jackadgery_august 2019
Red-browed Firetail Finchesred_browed_firetail_finch_drinking_waterhole_named_home_jackadgery_august 2019
They come in large numbers and enjoy the water hole together, Fuscous and Yellow-faced Honeyeaters181010_blog challenge_pool_pond_yellow faced honeyeater_fuscous honeyeaters
A Scarlet Honeyeater Keeps an eye on mescarlet honeyeater_home_named_sept 2014

I haven’t been down there when any animals have come to drink. My clomping through the bush or the sound of Old Smokey the farm ute alerts them and off they go. I have found fish in the water and there has been signs of Crayfish. The water usually has a variety of insects.

Always a Dragonfly or two flitting about
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Water Striders make interesting shadowswalking on water

Hope you liked a view of the Special Spot on my place

Survivors

Here
on this land
standing tall.
Proud warriors
oft with
spears aloft.
To them
fire
brings renewal.
A symbol
of hope
of strength.
Come
my friends
they say.
Let us
rebirth
these lands.
Grow
among the
blacken soil.
Take
the ashes
goodness within.
We shall
once more
be homes.
We shall
once more
be nurturers.
Standing tall
on this land
here.

In August 2018 (the Grass Tree on the left – you can just see the spear rising to the sky180828_blog challenge_water_grass trees_home_august 2018
A few days agograss trees_burnt_fire_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
In 2014 The Spotted Gum tree trunk is the same as the one in the previous photograss trees01_home_named_june 2014

Xanthorrhoea or Grass Trees

They are ancient hardy plants that survive poor soils and respond to bushfires by flowering!!
Grass Trees are slow growing. They increase in height around 25mm or one inch and in some cases, in better soils, can grow 80mm or around three inches a year!! The Grass Tree in the foreground of the burnt ones is over 2 meters or about eight feet tall.
They survive fire as the growing point is under the ground. They have a root system, where microbes called mycorrhiza surround the roots in a symbiotic relationship bring nutrients to support growth.
The trunk is a mixture of the old leaves and a resin that they exude. The length of the skirt can indicate the last time a fire went through this gully. Compare the top and bottom photos.

Ref – https://www.bushheritage.org.au

Common

Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge: Common

Here is a few of the “commons” around here

Common Ringlet
common ringlet_binna burra_named_aug 2012
Common Jezebel butterfly_common jezabel_binna burra_named_mar 2014
Common Crowcommon crow butterfly_named_lismore_march 2016
Common Bronze-wing Dovecommon-bronzewing_named_home_oct-2016
Common Brown171115_blog challenge_letter M_butterfly_common brown
Common Dart171115_blog challenge_letter M_butterfly_common dart
Common Eggflycommon eggfly01_named_binna burra_jan 2018
Common Albatross common albatross_inside_named_binna burra_may 2018
Common Terncommon tern_flying_named_ballina_june 2018

On display

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #76: On Display

A bit of variety on display…….
In the shops190410_blog_challenge_pick_a_word_alluring_shop_bologna

 

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sign_bookshop_cookbook
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At the markets180828_blog challenge-shopping_seoul6

 

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In the windowcat_window_named_kyogle_august 2019
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In nature180822_blog challenge_scene_birdbath7_king parrots

 

whipbird_looking under arbour02_named_july 2014

 

blue triangle butterfly_wings open_named_binna burra_jan 2018

 

grey fantail_bird bath_named_home_aug 2018
In the art gallerysculptures_resized
In the sky
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sunset09_grafton_june 2014