The Ragtag Daily Prompt Wednesday: Laughter
The Bird Weekly Photo Challenge – Birds that begin with an “F”
I think I might find a few birds with an “F” start
Here we are again getting set for seeing the last photo from your cameras SD card or the last photo from your phone on the 30th November. Thanks to everyone who who have taken time to post their last photo. I hope we get some beauties.
The rules are simple:
1. Post the last photo on your SD card or last photo on your phone for the 30th October.
2. No editing – who cares if it is out of focus, not framed as you would like or the subject matter didn’t cooperate.
3. You don’t have to have any explanations, just the photo will do
4. Create a Pingback to this post or link in the comments
5. Tag “The Last Photo” or #LastOnTheCard
From my phone Samsung Galaxy S9
From my camera Canon PowerShot SX70HS
and from my other back-up camera I don’t use very much and often forget to include, a Canon PowerShot A1200
I am glad that Ann-Christine has prompted Paula to get back into the Pick a Word Challenge which is one of my favourite photo challenges. So let’s get started with this Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #112 Pick-a-Word
Here are the five words selected and my interpretation of the word prompts
Debbie’s One Word Sunday: Drama
Where is the
in the flowers?
in the air?
always a drama
Perhaps a drama
on a post
trivial to most
where a drama
Oh the drama
where would we
without a drama
Debbie from Travel With Intents quotation inspired image
At first I was unsure of what I could find to satisfy Debbies quote of of William Ralph Inge
“It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favour of vegetarianism while the wolf remains of a different opinion.” William Ralph Inge, “Patriotism”, in Outspoken Essays (1919)
I am sure I had a image of Sheep somewhere but alas I have no idea where they are. They would have not been as good as Debbies Sheep anyway!! Also a Wolf image would be good, but no Wolves in the wild to be found in Australia.
So I decided to dig a bit further as the quote inspired me to look at more from William Ralph Inge This is what I found which made it much easier for me to supply an image to match more of the quote. I know Debbie this is a bit of a cheat. Also I have added more than one image.
“It takes in reality only one to make a quarrel. It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favour of vegetarianism, while the wolf remains of a different opinion.” William Ralph Inge — 1919 Outspoken Essays (first series),’Patriotism’.
November has been quite a month. I managed to get away for a week and a half, part of October and the beginning of November, to Tasmania where I experienced fresh air, so many different sights and managed to relax. I am still working on a post of my Tasmanian adventure. I have already shared a couple of photos in some of the photo challenges.
Unfortunately I came back to the heavy smoky atmosphere which has made it quite difficult to relax or feel calm. The constant smoke has affected my lungs, a bit of a “smokers cough” and my eyes are quite sore at times. Be assured I am safe and will remain so. I have repacked my car with some of my “treasures” and am ready to go when I have to. I shan’t dwell on this part of my life but there will be touches along the way in This is November.
This isn’t huge but you may like to make yourself comfortable, settle back and let’s go…..
Most of my sunrises are like this through the smoke
I had to get out and see where the fires were to the west. Took a bit of a detour to Cangi. You cross this wooden bridge over the Mann River.
The water levels are quite low. It is still a pretty place to stop and contemplate the world.
I was surprised to see quite a few small fish
There must be bigger fish in the Mann otherwise this Pied Cormorant is just hanging about enjoying the ambience.
I watched the White-faced Heron stalking among the rocks. He did eventually catch a small fish which was quickly gobbled down.
I think he may have followed me home. I saw him sitting in a tree in the garden.
I have a family of Laughing Kookaburras who are around the garden on a regular basis. This fella liked to show his tail feathers off.
The older Kookaburra is showing his age now.
I have an old swimming pool which is a bit of a frog pond. The evaporation is taking the water so the frogs are getting snapped up.
Once lunch has been consumed, it’s off to sit in an old gum tree.
How hot has it been in November?
The young King Parrot liked to sit in the shade of the verandah and let a cool breeze get through his feathers. He also asked for a drink and a snack with an enquiring face.
Some days there was a queue to get a drink and a quick splash at the bird bath. A White-throated Honeyeater makes a King Parrot wait her turn.
The Satin Bowerbird found a water pot on the ground where the Brush Tailed Possums and Wallabies drink.
At my besties place sometimes the bird bath gets quite crowded
Scaly-breasted Lorikeets and Rainbow Lorikeets often squabble over whose turn it is.
The “just out of the bath” is not a good look for a Scaly-breasted Lorikeet.
Meanwhile, a Olive-backed Oriel was keeping an eye on what was going on.
The Crested Pigeon really loved sitting on the shovel handle.
A rare visitor to my besties garden is an Australasian Pipit. He walked among the grasses looking for insects.
I don’t think this Noisy Friarbird wanted his photo taken
There may not be much water around but the dragonflies are flitting about the garden.
I love a close up
One of my pot plants, a Calathea has small delicate flowers.
The bees were everywhere on the Eucalypt flowers down at the river at Cangi.
Another plant my friend Geoff gave me has flowered. a wonderful Day Lily.
The Stingless Native Bees love it too.
Look at the well filled pollen sacs on these tiny bees.
One of the almost daily occurrences are the helicopters going to the nearby Clarence River to fill the water buckets. Sometimes they fly over my house. That is smoke not cloud. The fires are not near my place.
Well the sun is setting so it’s almost time to go.
The solar lights have come on in the garden.
and our Moon is bright overhead.
I hope you had a lovely time wandering through my world. We must do it again sometime.
PS Yesterday the fires jumped the highway and are at Cangi today. This does not bode well for me as westerly winds will eventually send the fire towards my place. Cangi is around 25kms from here. Hopefully that old wooden bridge will be OK. The Rural Fire Service has the fire under control at the moment.
Also included in Su’s The Changing Seasons Do drop by and see the wonderful posts over at Su’s place
V.J.’s Weekly Challenge #64: Resilience “There is a catch to this week’s challenge: I don’t want you to use the word itself, but to illustrate what resilience means to you.”
The Noisy Friarbird illustrates the word that cannot be mentioned
Taking on a Square-tailed Kite
Disagreeing with some Blue-faced Honeyeaters
Bossy Rainbow Lorikeets meet their match
Many a loud argument over ownership of the Honey Gem Grevillia in my garden
The battle with the Spangled Drongo ended in defeat in This is my post
The Ragtag Daily Prompt Tuesday: Courage
The Wedged-tailed Eagle has his lunch, a Water Dragon, and is being harassed by a Magpie. It takes courage to fly near a Magpie nest
A Square-tailed Kite soars above the forest much to the displeasure of a Noisy Friarbird. The shape to the left rear of the Kite is the Friarbird about to give the Kite a good kick.
The courage of much smaller birds defending their territory against large birds of prey takes courage don’t you think?
Nancy’s Photo a Week Challenge:The Rule of Thirds
When I photograph birds it is quite easy to get the photo within the rule of thirds. I always have the grid switched on so I can see where to place things. I use the rule of thirds to capture what the bird is looking at or doing perhaps.
Although what is it that gets the attention, the flowers or the bird?
A Figbird among Jacaranda flowers
A Noisy Friarbird and Bottlebrush flowers
The Satin Bowerbird enjoying the nectar from Honey Gem Grevillea flowers