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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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Up close a Bar-shouldered Dove looks quite pretty even if the wind is ruffling feathers.
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Every morning and evening, the Ibis fly over the house either to feeding grounds or to their roosts.
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A Silver Gull takes a walk along the beach
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There is nothing better that laying under the shade of a Pandanus Tree on a hot day at the beach.
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Remember the little Sand Crab. Well here he is again
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The little Blue-banded Bees are buzzing around the garden checking out the Pentas flowers.
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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.
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I wonder if the mural or the lock on the door came first.
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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

Textures

The word prompt for Brens Photo for the Week: Textures

The texture of the rock shelf at Evans Head. This part is called Goanna Head. Perhaps the rocks look like the scales of a Goanna.
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Just a feather in the grass
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The fruit of a Pandanus tree growing on the beach at Evans Head181004_blog challenge_texture_pandanas fruit_evans head

As the tide receded, the water dripped from the algae onto the sand at Evans Head
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At the beach and in the garden

This time of year plants get a boost on before the cold sets in around here. March is the best time to plant. This year summer was extremely dry but when the rains came flowers appeared showing their fantastic colours, shapes and scents attracting pollinating insects. The days are quite warm and quite often a trip to the beach is taken and sometimes, if the water isn’t too cold, a swim but usually I sit around camera in hand hoping something interesting will come into view.

Here is a few things I found, the good the bad and the ugly. Ready to go? I think I might start with a couple of photos at the beach and see where we go from there. I like to find a nice pandanus to sit under out of the sun.

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Always there are seagulls whizzing around, perhaps looking for that chip tossed by someone.

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But this day the bonus was the Osprey wheeling about the sky.

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And occasionally hovering over the water.

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As I said, it was wonderful when the rain came, clouds full of promise and delivery. I liked the way the clouds and trees matched shapes.

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The insects are busy buzzing around before the cold sets in. They are everywhere looking for nectar or whatever will sustain them for the coming months. The honey bees and little native bees were all over the Hibiscus zipping from flower to flower.

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This year, the cicadas were in full song, at time deafening. The garden is full of their shells.

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I found this tiny tiny moth on the door. It is about 10mm in length and very hairy.

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Among the flowers in the garden, the Pink Euodia was the pick of many insects and birds.

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The Lewins Honeyeater was very protective of “his” tree giving anyone who dared try to sample the blossoms a quick seeing off.

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The Butterfly Bush was full of flowers as well. They just look superb as the flowers seem ready to fly.

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This year the Cats Whiskers seemed to have more purple on the tips.

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I was disappointed that the bees didn’t seem to want to be around the White Crocus as much as they were around the pink one.

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This so white flower with its lovely red centre was the only one in the garden.

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I love the shadow of the stamens shadow on the petals of the flower.

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Early morning and the buds were almost ready to burst.

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On the ground, the Grey Shrike-thrush hopped about the garden looking here and there for a bit of lunch.

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While one of my favourite bird, the Eastern Yellow Robin sat on the post watching for movement in the garden.

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During the long hot summer days I go down to the chook house to gather the eggs. Sometimes I come back empty-handed. This bloke is one of the reasons for that. I went into the chook house and he scarpered out, too fast for me to catch and sat up in the tree.

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Well the Moon has risen so it must be time for bed. I hope you have had a good time at the beach and in the garden with me.

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brian