A different way of colour

The Photo a Week Challenge: The Changing Seasons

Whilst everyone else is posting there leaves that are changing into fabulous Autumn colours just before they drop to the ground awaiting some poor people who will have the task of sweeping them up and hopefully composting.

Here I am entering Spring and I also have colourful leaves but they will be staying on the trees as they are the colouful new Spring growth. There is one exception that does drop leaves to make room for renewal.

New leaves on a Paperbark

New leaves on an Eucalypt

New leaves on a Bottlebrush

New leaves on a Lilli Pilli

The only exception is a White Fig who has a carpet of leaves that drop in late winter early Spring.

On being green

Friendly Friday Challenge: Green
A Photo a Week Challenge: Nature at Work

Being green is quite easy for me being my lifestyle since I was in my teens…..way back then. Living in the Australian bush, having to rely on my own water supply, heating and most recently cooling and solar power to supplement my existing electrical consumption, I guess makes me think about what I do and the impact on the environment.

I also belong to Landcare and assist others in restoring or rehabilitating their patch of land as well as doing the same on my place.

This post is a mix of just green as well as nature doing its thing. I love this Pitcher Plant photo. Not many plants consume insects to survive. I’d be drawn to the colour as well.

A little green iridescent beetle doing his thing on a green leaf

This is a bit of green colour and how nature comes back after a fire

and with Eucalypts, the first flush of new growth is usually red

Once the red growth has established, the green takes over to do the plants chlorophyll and photosynthesis thing

Butterflies do wonders for plants reproduction and pollination. I love the annual migration of Caper White Butterflies although last seasons migration there wasn’t as many butterflies.

Bees are always busy

Whether sitting on a plant or flying to the next one to gather nectare and pollinate the flowers

Birds, like this Eastern Spinebill, also have a part in the pollination process as the pollen sticks to their feathers and is transferred from flower to flower as the drink nectare as well

Tiny Scarlet Honeyeaters also move pollen as they drink

Bigger Blue-faced Honeyeaters get right into the flowers and sometimes find insects as well as consuming nectare and spreading pollen.

Bigger birds like Wedged-tailed Eagles take care of the carrion and unfortunately road kill

It is easy to be green and enjoy yourself at the same time

How to stop a train

Nancy’s Photo a Week Challenge: Signs

I found this in a little General Store in the small village of Wiangaree. The store had lots of bits and pieces from the past so one day I’ll go back and grab a few more photos. It was a very hot day and I had to go as my scrumptious Rum ‘n’ Raisin ice cream in a waffle cone was ready.

I have no idea of the age of the sign. I am glad the green disc was still there. The shop owner didn’t have the original lamp either.

Perhaps the train looked like this one lol

Years ago my uncle got a job with the council roadworks team. My aunty rang Mum and said that uncle had been arrested for stealing items from the council works depot. We rushed over there in disbelief but when we arrived the signs were there.

Shiny reflections and shadows

Photo a Week Challenge: Shiny
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Reflections or Shadows

Waiting for breakfast

Photo a Week Challenge: Gateways

A gateway that lead to where PJ the horse knew where his meals appeared. PJ died a few weeks ago. He spent his retirement on the property next door to my besties as we were unable to load him onto the float to bring here to my place. He was quite old and was a rescue horse. He was treated badly by men, from what we can work out, as he didn’t like me around at the start. In the last few years he would come to me and rub on me, let me catch him when he strayed onto a neighbours place and would follow me around the paddock when it suited him. Sometimes when we were working in the paddock, he would have a gallop, do high kicks and fart making us laugh. Goodbye PJ my equine mate, going to miss you.

It looks bad but I was OK

Photo a Week Challenge: Injuries

It is hard to imagine that this happened three years ago. First off I must say that I was alright, not in any pain and there wasn’t any blood running down my leg.

I was helping my bestie clearing away a dreadful weed at here old place. It was a thicket of Rain Tree, a very pretty flowering tree but a terrible pest when the seeds float off into the surrounding gardens and bush. I was working my way through a thicket with my chainsaw and was about to start on another section. I was stepping over some of the fallen shrubs and thought I had scratched my leg, just above my knee, on a branch. Looking down I knew it was a bit more serious than a scratch.

Apparently although I had stopped cutting the chain was still slowing down. I lifted my leg and it happened. I switched off the saw and said to my bestie that I had cut my leg. It looked bad but only just cut the skin and it wasn’t a deep cut. I reckon there wasn’t any blood because the chain and cutting bar on the chainsaw were hot and possibly cauterised the cut.

Enough of the explanation. The first photo I took with my phone while I was waiting for my bestie to change from her work clothes and take me to the hospital.

At the hospital they put in a few stitches and taped me up. I also had to have a tetanus booster shot.

This was a while after the stitches came out.

The best part of this incident was when I went to my doctors surgery to get the stitches taken out, the Nurse wasn’t sure and called a Doctor in to do an assessment. That Doctor is now my doctor as he is so good. Probably the best doctor I have ever had.