Nature Macro

The Trevor Carpenter Photo Challenge: Nature Macro
Inside of a Passion Flowerflower_centre_named_binna burra_june 2017
A very hairy Night Spider180105_blog challenge_auricomous_spider
The wing of a Wanderer Butterfly180819_blog challenge_close up_wanderer butterfly wing

Looking inside of a Torenia flower
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A Dragonfly and a stickdragonfly01_named_lismore_dec 2015
The Stingless native Bees are about 5mm in length making a Bangalow Palm flower look bigbangalow palm flowers8_native bee_crop_home_april 2012

Wonder

Franks word prompt for the Tuesday Photo Challenge: Wonder

I wonder how they built it
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I wonder about our Moon and the Universemoon_bw
I wonder about their curiosity wallaby_rear verandah_named_march 2010
I wonder at the marvels of nature170423_beforeandafter_colour_scarlet honeyeater
I wonder how they can fly in a strong wind170519_blog challenge_movement_orchard butterflies03
I wonder at the colours and shapessunset_grafton_named_nov 2015

Skull

The One Word Saturday photo challenge from Debbie at Travel with Intent: Skull

A great theme. I have a couple of skulls in the art folder. This one is on a car park post in Grafton
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A sculpture made from plastic drink bottles
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My collection of skulls on my natural history shelf
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Spiky Squares #4

Becky has started a new photo challenge for March #SpikySquare Drop into Beckys Spiky Square site for some details and other peoples spiky photos.

The rules are simple:
Have fun interpreting the spikiness but don’t forget there is ONE absolute rule for this daily photo challenge – your main photograph must be square.

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Smooth

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Smooth

Lessons on how to be smooth.
Step 1: Find a lovely flower for your favourite lady. Make sure she can see you as you hop about the grasses
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Step 2: Find a great place to wait for your lovely lady. Your favourite post will do just fine.181126_blog challenge_blue_superb fairy wren

Step 3: When she comes over to your favourite post, give her your full attention and tell her how pretty she looks today
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The Sand Crab

A while ago, I posted about sand crab art

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On the weekend I actually had a Sand Crab, just near where I sat under the shade of a Pandanus tree, removing sand from his burrow. As this was the beginnings of the creative process, I didn’t capture the finished artwork.

He was quite busy coming and going tossing little balls of sand. The individual photos didn’t really capture the event, so I found a website that I could create a  GIF file of the event for you. This is the first GIF I have made.

 

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Vast Reservoir of Nature

The inspirational quote from Debbie at Travel with Intent for this photo challenge

“The sea is the vast reservoir of Nature. The globe began with sea, so to speak; and who knows if it will not end with it?”

–  Jules Verne

The quote made me think of what I could link from my photos with the above quote. I had an idea but didn’t know how to execute the idea into a photo. I am so glad that Corel PaintShop Pro has great tutorials. I played around for quite a while, changing my mind and photos until I finally said that is enough. It isn’t exactly as I wanted but I didn’t have the photos that my mind wanted.

This mechanical world
wheels turn
cogs interact
pulling
pushing
nature
to the brink.
Polluting her waters
her rivers
her oceans
destroying the sea
vast reservoir of Nature

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The Brown Honeyeaters – A Spring Story

During Spring, the Brown Honeyeater decided that a Lilli Pilli in a pot near the verandah at my besties house was a great place to build a nest. It gave me an opportunity to have a sneak peek into the life of Brown Honeyeaters.

Sitting on the verandah, having a cup of tea, we noticed a small bird flying in and out of the Lilli Pilli tree in a pot near the verandah. I had to go and see what was going on. I found the start of the nest construction. They must have been doing it for a few days before we saw the goings on. Both the female and the male were building the nest.
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A few days later the nest was taking shape.181214_brown honeyeater_nest_construction2
All manner of vegetation –  grass, bark, lichen and spiders web was used. 181214_brown honeyeater_nest_construction3

This is the location of the nest.
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Looks like I was spotted!
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Off she goes to gather more materials.181214_brown honeyeater_nest_construction5_flying
Every now and then she would wiggle about in the nest to get the shape right.181214_brown honeyeater_nest_construction6_testing
She was in there for a long time this day. I think she was laying an egg.181214_brown honeyeater_nest_construction7_egg_laying

Yes! I was right, an egg is in the nest. It is so small. Probably about a thumb nail size.
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A few days later another egg appeared.181214_brown honeyeater_nest_egg_two

It didn’t take long for some chicks to make an appearance. I missed out getting any photos when they were small pink chicks. A rather nasty storm was coming so my bestie dragged the pot onto the verandah. Luckily she did as the wind blew hard, the rain poured down and there was a bit of hail.
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Now comes the hard work for the parents. Both the female and the male were constantly flying back and forth with food for their babies.
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Ooops….looks like I was spotted again.
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Chick one gets a morsel.
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and then chick two.181214_brown honeyeater_nest_feeding2
Part of being a parent is cleaning up after your children. This is the removal of what I call a poo sac. This keeps the nest clean and stops insects, mainly ants, getting into the nest.
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They are getting bigger. When I approached, they would flatten themselves against the sides of the nest.
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After a busy day looking after the chicks, it’s good to have a bath and relax.
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Unfortunately I missed out on the chicks leaving the nest. It didn’t take long from eggs to flying little birds.

I think I am lucky to be part of the Brown Honeyeaters life. They have all gone from my besties garden now. Off on their migratory path to a new place for Summer and I hope they come back next year. We are going to leave the nest in place to see what may happen.