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
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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
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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
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The Agave looked lovely in the morning sun
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The Skink hung on to the bricks as it surveyed the scene on the church in Grafton
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The Joeys are now too big to fit in the pouch any more
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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.
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This is August

I do seem to have a lot of favourite photos from August. I have done quite a hard cull. I hope you are able to get through all of this blog. It was a busier than usual month. The rain hasn’t come and the place is dry now. It is a pity the dam I use for around the garden leaked as it was full in Autumn and that would normally have seen me through Winter until the Spring storms arrive.  Being so dry the number of birds are reduced but I have maintained the water points around the garden for the birds and animals. I almost feel like a bad parent, selecting the plants to water and hoping the others will hang in there until I start the pump and give the garden a good soaking.

Enough of the sob story and let’s get started with the things I found in August.

I just love the colour of this leaf.
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Late one afternoon while I was searching for a new log to cut firewood, I went down to the water hole. This water hole has never dried even in some of the severe droughts in the 1990’s and 2000’s. Camera settings 1/320 F6.5 ISO 800
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Driving about the property, mainly gathering firewood and pulling lantana out, I often come across a family of White-winged Choughs as they patrol the bush, walking about looking under leaves and bark for insects. It was good to see that this family group has grown from five to seven.
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The wily Currawong was sitting in the Bottlebrush waiting for an unsuspecting small Honeyeater to drop in for a meal.
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At the small paddock dam, in reality a wetland now, the Peaceful Dove was walking down the slope heading for a drink.
peaceful dove_named_home_august 2017

In one of the water points I have placed a stick so if a bird falls into the old drum, they have something to grab onto and get out. The Yellow-faced Honeyeaters like sitting on the stick after having a drink or plopping in the water for a bath.
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The main sounds that were echoing through the bush in August were the calls of the Yellow-faced Honeyeaters. They loved feasting on the Bottlebrushes.
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The Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike was surveying the scene at Modenville.
black faced cuckoo shrike_named_modanville_august 2017

One morning the Bowerbird was eating the grass for breakfast. It had quite a number of beak-fulls before it flew off.
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The Bowerbird looked stunning in the afternoon light.
satin bower bird_female_named_home_august 2017

I love having King Parrots around. Their whistle resounds through the bush.
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A Restless Flycatcher dropped in for an afternoon.
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The Superb Fairy Wrens were bustling about the garden at Modenville hardly sitting long enough for a photo.
superb fairy wren_named_modanville_august 2017

The little Variegated Fairy Wren was very busy with his flock of females as they explored the garden at Binna Burra.
variegated fairy wren_named_binna burra_august 2017

I wondered what had happened to my beautiful blooms on my Cyclamen and then I saw the culprit. It is almost like the caterpillar has a straw in its mouth.
caterpillar_cyclamen_named_home_august 2017

I found this tiny “house” that an insect has constructed on the bark of a block of firewood I had cut. I have bought it home and hope to see what come out of this beautifully constructed nest.
insect nest_named_home_august 2017

I found this beetle marching with purpose along a log.beetle_orange black_named_home_august 2017

The Common Jezebals have been flying about the bush and garden for a few weeks. When they fly they have an intense stroboscopic pattern flashing of black and white. When the wings are flat you can see the predominately white side of the wings.
common jezabel_close_named_home_august 2017

I love it when there is an unexpected spider on a flower or seed head as well as small grasshoppers and ants. The seed head is about the size of a 20 cent piece.
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This is the rest of the spike
grass flower spike_named_home_august 2017

There is a lot of native flowers popping up this August. It was unseasonably very warm. A lovely circle of yellow flowers about the size of a 10 cent piece.
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I called this flower a Buttercup but it’s probably not. The leaves are similar to Oxalis.
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Look how hairy the leaves are and the flower has a lovely reddish brown centre.
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The Egg and Bacon plant is growing on the top of the dam wall. The flowers are beautiful and yes the leaves are spiky. A great place for small birds to escape into.
egg and bacon flower_named_home_august 2017

I call this vine a Native Wisteria. It is also called False Sarsaparilla and a few other names. It looks lovely when the vine entwines with a wattle threading purple among the wattle flowers.
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Scattered throughout the bush these little star shaped flowers are easy to miss as they are about ten millimeters across.
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The Bottlebrush flower is photo-bombed by a Stingless Native Bee.
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This Grevillea flower is called Lemon Daze.
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Isn’t the inside of this flower interesting?
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Love the colour of these flowers.
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Pansys. Who doesn’t love smiling Pansy faces. The colours are spectacular.
pansey_yellow_named_binna burra_august 2017

The camera can’t catch the deep purple of these Pansys
pansey purple_named_binna burra_august 2017

One August afternoon the sunset was spectacular.
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I love the effect of the hills and trees on the horizon.
sunset_close_named_binna burra_august 2017

One of my Canon Powershot camera setting is called “Creative”. It takes a number of photos with different setting. This one made the sun look explosive.
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Looks like the sun has set so goodbye and thanks for stopping by.

This was May

Ever so late doing my “this is what I found in May.”

So many things have needed doing and my time has been spent doing the many Photo Challenges, which I seem to be obsessed with as they give the opportunity to showcase your photos and techniques and at the same time see what other bloggers from around the world are doing. I love showing my part of this world or some photos of my travels. I hope you have enjoyed these Photo Challenges as much as I have.

OK……….on to my May. May is show time in my town. What I love (as many of you know) are chooks so I always go to the poultry pavilion when I go to the Grafton Show. Here are my favourites from the show.

“Do you like my new hair do?”fluffy bantam_grafton show_may 2017

“I find the bun at the back is what the fashionable ducks are wearing this season.”
duck fluffy head_grafton show_named_may 2017

This is the Champion Pair of the Show – I think they are Wyandottes –  a classy pair
champion pair_grafton show_named_may 2017

Even the excitement of the Show doesn’t stop the need to lay an egg.
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“Are you talking to me?” “Are you talking to me?”
rooster looking_grafton show_may 2017

“Is lunch coming or what?”
duck looking_grafton show_named_may 2017

One of the Photo Challenges I did was Frames and the Currawong was the first image. This Currawong found the water well in the Poinsettia tree and was enjoying a drink.

currawong_named_binna burra_may 2017

The Lewins Honeyeater has been a constant visitor in May to the verandah looking for insects and gathering spiders webs for the nest. I think I was spotted as he looked in the door from the Zygote Cactus.
lewins honeyeater_named_home_may 2017

Another visitor to the garden at this time of year is the lovely little Rose Robin.
rose robin_named_home_may 2017

The Zygote Cactus have wonderful blooms this year

zygote cactus flower_named_home_may 2017

Some of my besties Pansys
pansy02_named_binna burra_may 2017

I love this dark purple variety.
pansy01_named_binna burra_may 2017

Just sitting in a wheelbarrow garden looking fabulous.flower_named_binna burra_may 2017

Some flowers look lovely at the end of Autumn don’t they?
flower pink_named_binna burra_may 2017
Sitting in a cafe in Brunswick Heads I spotted the Native Stingless Bees in the garden bed on the street.stinglessw native bee_named_brunswick heads

The spiders web have a certain magic in the morning light.
spiders web_named_binna burra_may 2017

One night, there was a banging on the window. We went outside to see what was making all that racket. We found an Emperor Gum Moth sitting on the window sill. Aren’t the antennae wonderful?
emporer gum moth_named_binna burra_may 2017

You know when Winter approaches when the insects wear their fur coats.
emporer gum moth01_named_binna burra_may 2017

The evening walk had wonderful lighting. I love this old fence with the air ferns and other plant life growing.

old fence_named_binna burra_may 2017

The grass seed heads looked spectacular in the late afternoon light. I didn’t do any photo manipulation this is what they actually looked like.
grass seeds_named_binna burra_may 2017

The Moon is almost setting the same time as the sun.
moonrise_named_binna burra_may 2017

The Sun is setting so I better say good evening and hope you have enjoyed a little bit of May in my part of Australia.
sunset_named_binna burra_may 2017

Stuff I saw last weekend

So much happened last weekend. Most of the things I found were during a drive to Murwillumbah plus bits and pieces around my besties place. There were things made of plastic, flowers, big things, small things and of course some birds.

Lets begin with the first thing we saw on the road to Murwillumbah. Cruising through Mooball we just had to stop at the Moo Moo Cafe as the biggest motorbike I have ever seen was “parked” outside. As a bloke who loves his MotoGP and road racing since the days of the Yamaha TZ750’s, this one was worth a quick stop.

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Of course, the first stop was for coffee. This time we went to a cafe I hadn’t been to before. The inside was rather funky and we sat up the back so we could people watch and take in the feel of the place. I liked the lights.

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One wall had some wacky art works and the biggest paella pan I have ever seen.

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Of course the Op-shops had to be explored. I found one of my favourites, an elephant. It was made of plastic but at $45 it stayed in the shop.

elephant toy_shop_named_murwillumbah_sept 2014

So did the rocker. I think it was a deer?

deer rocker_shop_named_murwillumbah_sept 2014

The Garden around the Civic Centre was bursting with flowers. The Lilli Pillis were lovely.

lilli pilli_pink_murwillumbah_named_sept 2014

I think this is a Lilli Pilli too but not sure.

lilli pilli_murwillumbah_named_sept 2014

Hanging around the garden was this little Water Dragon. He just ran every time I came near but stopped for a minute for me to get this shot before scurrying off again.

water dragon_murwillumbah_named_sept 2014

On the way to the Art Gallery is a Kapok tree whose seed pods were bursting open.

kapok tree_murwillumbah_named_sept 2014

The Tweed Art Gallery is always a stop off when there are new exhibits. Only one really took my imagination. The art of Philip Wolfhagen was the best and well worth a visit. I just love the Margaret Olley Art Centre as I always find something that I hadn’t seen before. This time I found a chook. Okay, it may not be a chook but I want to think it is.

birds_margaret olley centre_tweed gallery_named_sept 2014

Looking out of the window we saw a storm heading over the range and over Mt Warning. They are always spectacular and dramatic looking.

storm clouds01_murwillumbah_named_sept 2014

That night the Huntsman came out from behind the cupboard to check out what we were doing.

huntsman_binna burra_named_sept 2014

The next day the overnight rain had refreshed the garden and it seemed that there were flowers everywhere. The scent in the air was from the Jasmin growing on the old fence around the garden.

jasmin_binna burra_named_sept 2014

And from the Wisteria growing on the arbour.

wisteria_binna burra_named_sept 2014

A splash of yellow caught my eye. It was a Day Lily all by itself standing tall.

day lily_binna burra_named_sept 2014

The Azalias were full of blossoms.

azalia_binna burra_named_sept 2014

The red of these tiny flowers provided a contrast in the garden.

red flowers_binna burra_named_sept 2014

There are Pansy’s everywhere, but these small ones looked a treat as they spilled over the edge of the garden.

flowers01_binna burra_named_sept 2014

I disturbed a small spider who had folded the petals of a Gazania. He was gone in a flash, probably in case I thought he was a snack.

gazania_binna burra_named_sept 2014

High in the sky a couple of Kites wheeled about.

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They didn’t come down very close unfortunately.

kite01_binna burra_named_sept 2014

Walking around not caring about much, an Emerald Dove just walked down the track.

emerald dove_binna burra_named_sept 2014

While a Galah sat on the powerline looking rather fluffy.

galah_binna burra_named_sept 2014

Among the bushes, a Brush Wattlebird was calling.

brush wattlebird01_binna burra_named_sept 2014

The Wonga Pigeon didn’t seem to mind the rasping call and sat around watching what was going on.

wonga pigeon01_binna burra_named_sept 2014

Late in the afternoon, it looked as if the wattlebird had its pants on fire.

wattlebird_sunset_binna burra_named_sept 2014

The next morning back at home, the Satin Bowerbird was getting into the Honey Gem before the Blue-faced Honeyeaters or Friarbirds were awake. This bloke did look rather serious didn’t he?

satin bowerbird02_home_named_sept 2014

Well, like the Brush Turkey, I’d better run.

brush turkey_binna burra_named_sept 2014

An assortment found while travelling around

I have ben slack I will admit. Here is a collage of life that I have found. Some have no meaning and just are stuff that the world leaves lying around, or sitting or just being.

I went to the Bentley Blockade had a chat or two with the folk who were only too happy to chat, buts another story another time. Of course I have to go exploring, so Bentley is a good start and who knows where we will end up

This wonderful farm-house, just sitting there, neglected.

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While overhead, the clouds were just blowing up and drifting apart, ever-changing.

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On the way back to Lismore, the clouds in the east had a soft blush of colour which turned to storm clouds.

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The pansies were blooming bright colours making spots of joy in the usually, almost colourless autumn gardens.

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Everyone was enjoying the camellias, Lewins Honeyeaters were darting in and out and even the ants were traipsing all over the bush.

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The stamen look like they are wearing boxing gloves…no wonder the ant scarpered

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Of course someone had to shine. The Gerbera was the star of the garden.

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The Emerald Dove can’t seem to stop still for a second. I think it scooped stuff up while strutting around the courtyard.

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The little Eastern Yellow Robin was always darting about the foliage of the tree begonias.

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While overhead the Eastern Rosellas just chatted away, mostly to no-one in particular.

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The White Headed Pigeon took advantage of the last afternoon to have a last dip at the bird bath.

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Up the flag pole!! The  Butcher Bird thought the flag pole was a great place to scan the neighbourhood. As long as he looked up as well.

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The Brahminy Kite was on the prowl making birds scatter everywhere.

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Cormorants look very pretty with their wings folded. All that drip-drying seems to pay off.

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The Pelican didn’t seem to give a rats about anything.

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The Pied Oyster Catchers seemed unfazed by the Soldier Crabs who have just taken over whole of the little beach in a small bay.

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The Soldier Crabs were everywhere….always seemed to be on a mission to somewhere and back again, a bit of over there and a “Hey it’s Norm again” as business is done as a cluster ever moving, occaisionally stopping for a quick drink or to stuff a claw into their mouths possibly with a snack of some sort..

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They were so hard to get a good photo as they just scuttled away when you got close to them or they got close to me. Below is an artist’s impression of the Soldier Crabs

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The crabs knew someone was looking on at their antics. No one was fooled by the shades.

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The end of the day. The sun setting like an explosion of fire and colour.
The evil eyes are looking….beguiling you into the mouth of fire.

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After the sun has set, it is sometimes just as beautiful. The purples, deep blues and almost a russet flow down into yellow with a lone house light in the distance.

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When darkness sets in, the little Pademelons come scrounging around the chook yard, hoping to snuffle up some grain the chooks left behind. That’s why this bloke has a smudge on his nose.

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I love our Moon. Sometimes the Moon just shines when full. Goodnight.

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