A Day in My Winter

The word prompt from Bren for the Photo for the Week – 28: Winter

My Winter is spent a lot of the time cutting Firewood. Quite often, when the chainsaw starts, a Pied Butcher Bird or two arrive to investigate the scene.
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The disturbance of logs once cut and sometimes the bark removed entices the birds in the hope of having a snack or two
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Then it’s one final glance as I start “Old Smokey” and head for home
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Job done for a while
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Bath Time

The word prompt from Bren for the Photo for the Week 27: Time

I love the bird baths that are at my besties place and here at mine. Some birds opt for a quick dip while others just love to splash about.

It’s time for bath time

The first few are from the bird baths at my besties old place. This one in particular was near the verandah so it gave me plenty of opportunities for bird bath photos.
Some birds, like this Eastern Yellow Robin, just enjoyed a splash around
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A Magpie getting right in
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I think this was a Whipbird really splashing about
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The Noisy Miners loved to get wet
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Sometimes it is just good to sit and soak like the little Thornbill
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The Eastern Whipbird jumped right inwhipbird01_in birdbath_named_binna burra_sept 2017

A Red-browed Firetail Finch made sure the water went in everywhere
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Onto a few photos from my place. It is a pity that possums managed to smash my lovely terracotta bird bath while trying to get a drink even though they had lots of ground level watering places around the garden.
The White-throated Treecreeper enjoyed a good butt soak
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A female Satin Bowerbird liked to sit and thinksatin bowerbird_female_bird bath_splash_named_home_july 2018

As did a Rainbow Lorikeet
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The little hanging pot is a favourite for small birds
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Really getting a splash on
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A quick in and out for a White-throated Honeyeater
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Quite often it was mixed bathing. The Eastern Yellow Robin and Silvereyes shared a quick dip
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Often the Rainbow Lorikeets came in numbers which often ended up in squabbles
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Hope you enjoyed Bath Time

The chimneys

The word prompt for Bren’s Photo a Week: Chimneys and Fireplaces

My biggest chimney from Scotland
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A trio of serious looking chimney pots
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Chimney pots from Paris
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This chimney pot in Paris reminded me of Ned Kelly
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The fireplace of a good friend who lived down the road. He built his house from rock and timber on the land. I went back to see what had happened to his place years after he had moved and later died before his wife sold the property. A lot of the house had rotted away, exposing the place to the elements.  Of everything, the kitchen fireplace remained.
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The Roses

Bren’s Photo For The Week challenge: Roses
I love Roses. They are a great subject to photograph. This first photo is a Climbing Rose in a park in Grafton.rose_climbing_named_grafton_sept 2104

I tried to bring out the softness in this photo.
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The Sun helps to bring out the delicate coloursrose_pink_named_orange_feb 2015

White Roses can look quite spectacular
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I just love the colours in this Rose.
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My besties Yellow Rose is stunning.170519_blog challenge_all one colour_yellow rose

We left her highly scented Pink Rose at her old place unfortunately.
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Another subtly coloured Rose
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Just had to include the Rose Robin who pops into my place every now and then
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Birds

Welcome back Bren with a theme for the Photo for the Week Challenge: Birds

Instead of having a bird overload I decided just to play with a photo to make things a bit different than my usual stock standard bird photo.

There is a road we drive along where we take in the scenery and hope there will be something special along the way. One particular drive, around a bend something colourful flashed in front of the car and landed on a barbed wire fence just beside car. It was a couple of Rainbow Bee-eaters. Beautiful little birds.

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Trees

The word prompt from Bren: Trees

You would think that living in the forest I would have lots of photos of trees. I have some but nothing as wonderful as Brens trees.

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Up close

The word prompt from Bren: Macro

You may have noticed I like to get up close to so many subjects it will be hard to pick a few for Bren’s Photo for the Week challenge.

Getting up close with a Sacred Ibis
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The Ibis feathers are lovely
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This is the flower
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Here is inside
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The Eastern Water Dragon enjoying the sun
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Isn’t the red on the underside skin wonderful
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Water Dragons have a serious side
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Leaves

The word prompt from Bren: Leaves

I was looking about as I have taken a few photos of leaves lately, then changed my mind and decided to go with some of my favourite leaves – Begonia leaves. I have quite a number of Begonias in pots. I was first attracted to the leaves many many years ago and then when the Begonias flowered it was a pleasant surprise. No flowers here just a few of the leaves.

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Propagating Begonias is easy. I get a leaf, put some cuts into the veins especially near the stem but not cut through, place in seed raising mixture and keep watered. Begonias don’t mind being a bit dry. Too much water the leaf will rot.

Boats

The Photo for the Week word prompt from Bren: Boats

A bit arty in Venice
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Old Sailing boat in Genoa
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Ready to sail in Croatia
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Part of the wedding procession in Venice
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Heading out for the evenings fishing
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