Wonder

Franks word prompt for the Tuesday Photo Challenge: Wonder

I wonder how they built it
180401_blog challenge_tilt_seoul building
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

This is February 2019

February didn’t see me taking many photos. I was feeling rather uninspired and a bit flat. A lot of things were happening and I think that a lack of rainfall was one of the reasons I didn’t get out and about finding new and wonderful things to share.

So this month it isn’t a case of getting a cuppa or snacks. I won’t take up too much of your time so scroll on folks

Perhaps this shopping cart sums up my month.
shopping_cart_smashed_lismore_feb 2019

With the heat and lack of rain, the fire crews were doing their best to make sure everyone was safe. From my besties place near the airport, the fire crews and the spotting helicopter flew out every morning.
helicopter_fire_caniaba_feb 2019

An angel of the sky, the Sky Crane does wonders in helping the ground crews put out the fires. We watched as it flew out in the mornings and back in late evening.
helicopter_fire_crane_caniaba_feb 2019
Enough of the gloom. Here’s a Koala climbing a tree. It looks like he has Koala shorts on too.koala_tree_climbing_caniaba_feb 2019

The ever present Australian Raven finding a snack in the garden outside the Art Gallery
australian raven_lismore_feb 2019

I had to include the inquisitive Pacific Heron who was frog hunting on my dam.
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The Bar-shouldered Dove doesn’t look all that impressed with the White-throated Honeyeaters sharing the bird bath
bar-shouldered dove_white-throated honeyeaters_bird_bath_garden_caniaba_feb 2019

Up close a Bar-shouldered Dove looks quite pretty even if the wind is ruffling feathers.
bar-shouldered dove_close_bird_bath_garden_caniaba_feb 2019

Every morning and evening, the Ibis fly over the house either to feeding grounds or to their roosts.
ibis_flying_caniaba_feb 2019

A Silver Gull takes a walk along the beach
gull_beach_evans head_feb 2019

There is nothing better that laying under the shade of a Pandanus Tree on a hot day at the beach.
pandanus_under_evans head_feb 2019

Remember the little Sand Crab. Well here he is again
sand_crab_hole1_evans_head_named_feb 2019

The little Blue-banded Bees are buzzing around the garden checking out the Pentas flowers.
blue banded bee_garden_pentas_home_jackadgery_feb 2019
Despite the hot dry weather, the butterflies are returning to the garden. The Orchard Butterflies enjoy the Pentas too.orchard swallowtail_butterfly_pentas_garden_home_jackadgery_feb 2019
At night, the outside Velvet Geckos hang around getting their snacks from the insects hanging around the light that spills from the house onto the verandahs.gecko_window_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2018

The Full Moon reflecting on the water with a rare rain shower at night.
moonlight_water_rain_caniaba_feb 2019

I wonder if the mural or the lock on the door came first.
lock_hands_lismore_feb 2019
OK the sun is setting and here you are at the end already.sunset_yellow_orange_caniaba_feb 2019

I hope you found a favourite

Abstract – Images from my lens

The word prompt from Ragtag Daily Prompt: Abstract

I love this theme. I often think of photography as art as well as capturing life in the moment. I have quite a number of photos that I have deliberately taken in a folder called “Arty Ones”

All of these photos are what I saw with my minds eye. None have been altered or enhanced. Many involve shadows or water as they can provides many abstract images. I hope you enjoy my Abstract images.

Walking on the rocks
shadow on rock_named_broken head_april 2015

Ripples falling
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The Orchard Swallowtail Butterfly in the garden
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The shape hidden in the banner
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Dancing on the leaf
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Patterns and reflections
water patterns_named_broken head_april 2015

Shadow on the post
shadow-post_binna-burrra_named_feb-2017

Dancing palms
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Liquid flowing glistening solid
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Brian Eno’s music can be abstract. This track Reflections suits what I try to do

Happiness is….

The photo challenge #22 from Ann-Christine at the Lens-Artists: Happiness is…

So many things to explore with happiness is.

Among other things, I get great pleasure from nature. Happiness is sitting down and watching the world drift past, from the big to the small. Hope this post can bring a bit of happiness into your day.

A Blue-banded Bee scrunching into a Blue Ginger flower always makes me smile
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Stingless native Bees whizzing about with full pollen sacs are a joy
native bee_flying_hybiscus_close_home_jan2012

A Blue-banded Bee getting a look at me too
blue bum bee_binna burra_crop_feb 2012

Finally finding a Blue Triangle Butterfly was a happy moment
blue triangle butterfly_side_named_binna burra_jan 2018

Having the Caper White Butterflies come into my garden on their migration is lovely
170712_blog challenge_bugs_caper white butterfly

The Black Jezabel is usually high in the canopy and when they come down for a visit I smile
butterfly_common jezabel_binna burra_named_mar 2014

Orchard Swallowtails are large butterflies who make the garden their home
orchard butterfly01_home_named_march 2016

Figbirds song is always a welcome sound around the garden
fig bird02_home_named_dec 2013

A cacophony of sound and colour means the Rainbow Lorikeets are here
rainbow lorikeets04_bird bath_home_named_oct 2014

Even a female Satin Bowerbird snacking on a bunch of bananas is something special
catbird02_binna burra_named_dec2014

A Whipbird calling in the forest is a sound of delight
eastern whipbird_calling_named_binna burra_oct 2017

Having birds nest and raise their young close to the house is happiness
fantail young05_nest_binna burra_named_nov 2014
Or a Hornet building her nest on the wall is nicewasp_nest_named_home_dec 2017

Finding a spiders web in the morning with the dew shining like gems makes me happy
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as is finding an Hyacinth Orchid for the first time in the forest around the house – elation
hyacinth-orchid_named_home_feb-2017

I hope you enjoyed my Happiness is…….

Creature

The Daily Post word prompt: Creature

Some creatures like to eat leaves
hawk moth caterpillar_named_home_march 2013

Some are quite fierce
mouse spider_front_named_home_april 2017

Others float on the breeze
170519_blog challenge_movement_orchard butterflies03

some like to look weird
fly_named_home_march 2017

Others look at you too
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But creatures are creatures no matter what they do

This is November: The Insects

The next part of This is November. I often find a few insects here and there. Some stay for the hello and can I take your photo, some just say g’day and off they go. These are the ones who stayed around…….

A couple of ants having a disagreement. I took this photo in the morning. The next morning, they were still there. If I touched anywhere near them, their antennae waved about furiously.
ants_fighting_named_binna burra_nov 2017

I have lots of Native Stingless Bees in my garden when there are yummy flowers about. This bloke has filled his pollen sacs from the Day Lily and is off back to the hive.
stingless native bee_named_home_nov 2017

The Gardenia flowers sent their scent into the house from the garden. No wonder the bees like it.
stingless native bee_gardenia_named_home_nov 2017

The Crinum flower hosted many many Native Stingless Bees
native stingless bees_crinum_named_home_nov 2017

I found this beetle with a yellow love heart on its side wandering about a bush full of flowers when I was walking about in town.
beetle__named_grafton_nov 2017

I love this beetle. The vine it is eating is a new vigorous introduced weed on my place.
beetle_named_home_nov 2017

I love the bee trying to hide from me on the Paperbark flower.
bee_paperbark flower_named_home_nov 2017

Cats Whiskers is a fabulous flower which the bees also love.
bee02_cats whiskers flower_named_binna burra_nov 2017

“Let’s see if there is any more pollen in here”
bee01_cats whiskers flower_named_binna burra_nov 2017

A Common Crow Butterfly was having a rest from the heat of the day.
common crow butterfly_named_grafton_nov 2017

I have a series of Orchard Swallowtail Butterflies. Wonderful large butterflies
orchard swallowtail butterfly_named_binna burra_nov 2017

This is September: the other bits

Well here is the second installment of This is September. Here is an assortment of stuff but mainly nature.

First off I’d like to let you know my sad news. My elderly neighbour and good friend Geoff, the bloke who gave me this beautiful Iris, died earlier this week. I have so many plants from his wonderful garden, perhaps a future blog, that I will always have good memories especially when the plants flower and spread sunshine to my garden.
iris_geoffs_named_home_sept 2017

I might as well stay on the flowers that managed to bloom despite the lack of rain. Orange Trumpet flowers hang from the shed.
orange trumpet flower_named_home_sept 2017

The Bromiliad flowers are most unusual
bromiliad flower_named_home_sept 2017

The Pansys battled on with a watering every now and then.
pansy_yellow_named_binna burra_sept 2017

I like the lion face in this Pansy
pansy_orange_named_binna burra_sept 2017

The Rose Geraniums flowered looking so spectacular dotted through the garden
rose geranium_named_home_sept 2017

Most of the flowers also had other things happening too. Can you find the insect on the Westringia? Hint it’s a bee
westringia_named_home-sept 2017

The butterflies liked resting on the Westringia. Not sure if this is a Grass Dart or a Skipper
grass dart or skipper_named_home_sept 2017

Stingless Native Bees were a buzz about the Orange Trumpet flowers.
orange trumpet flower_stingless native bees_named_home_sept 2017

Other bees likes to get among the Grevilleas
bee_honey gem_named_home_sept 2017

The Wisteria came out to bloom for a few weeks. Wanderer Butterflies were attracted to the flowers perfume.
wanderer butterfly_wisteria_named_binna burra_sept 2017

Another sign of Spring is Orchard Swallowtails in the garden.
orchard swallowtail butterfly01_named_binna burra_sept 2017

One of the biggest butterflies that come around the garden.
orchard swallowtail butterfly02_side_named_binna burra_sept 2017

Some moths are hard to find when they sit on the ground
moth hidden_named_home_august 2017

Other butterflies are rather small like this Barred Skipper who didn’t mind resting on a leaf
barred skipper_named_home_sept 2017

Do you remember the Assassin Bug photo? Here is the full photo
assasin bug_bananas_named_home_sept 2017

Come warmer weather, spider webs appear. The St Andrews Cross Spider didn’t quite get the “this is what a cross looks like” memo
st andrews cross spider_web_named_home_sept 2017

I din’t think he cares very much
st andrews cross spider_named_home_sept 2017

Insects are everywhere. Some like to see what you are doing on the computer
insect on screen_named_home_sept 2017

Just a fly sitting on a leaf
fly_named_binna burra_sept 2017

An ant scurried away when it saw the camera
ant_pentas_named_home_sept 2017

A Common Yellow Butterfly shows the birds how to hide among the leaves
common yellow butterfly_named_home_sept 2017

Some leaves look  wonderful. The colours the White Fig leaves turn merge so well
leaf_fig_named_home_sept 2017

The sunlight on the Bottlebrush leaf drew my attention. This is without the photo bombing bee
bottlebrush_leaf_colour_named_home_sept 2017

The Bloodwood Tree nuts litter the forest floor
bloodwood nuts_named_home_sept 2017

On a walk we came across a Spotted Gum with interesting bark patterns and lumps. What can you see?
tree bumps_named_home_sept 2017

The Ironbark looked like it had a claw emerging down its trunk.
tree claw_named_home_sept 2017

Can you see a cat?
tree cat_named_home_sept 2017

We saw a bear…can you?
tree bear_named_home_sept 2017

The Silk Tree pods are like orange velvet in the tree tops
silk tree pod_named_binna burra_sept 2017

Sometimes the pods drop with their seeds intact
silk tree pod_seeds_named_binna burra_sept 2017

The Agave looked lovely in the morning sun
agave_pot_named_home_sept 2017

The Skink hung on to the bricks as it surveyed the scene on the church in Grafton
skink_named_grafton_sept 2017

The Joeys are now too big to fit in the pouch any more
red necked wallaby_joey_named_home_sept 2017
The Spring sunsets have been amazingsunset01_named_binna burra_sept 2017

The sun is almost gone so it’s time to say see ya later.
sunset02_named_binna burra_sept 2017