The Architect

The Ragtag Daily Prompt Thursday: Architect

This world has many examples of great architecture designed by some of the most inventive and clever people. But not all of the best architects are people! Come and meet one such architect. One who builds from an aged design that has stood the test of time. A place to raise a family. A place that, unlike some of mankinds, is  eco-friendly, is made from all natural materials gathered without the use of hands and transported by mouth. Combined with a bit of “spit” and placed in an exacting way to create a tiny wonder.

Who could create a structure like this?
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Look here she comes now, placing her mud in just the right place
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Making sure it is in place and secure
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Then inspect the interior  smoothing out an lumps or bumps191115_blog_challenge_architect_wasp_nest4

Isn’t she one of the best architects?
The Australian Hornet is one of the group known as potter wasps. They are a solitary insect and feed on flower nectar – pollinator – and hunt caterpillars – good for your garden – which quite often end up in the mud house for their larvae to feed on once they hatch. The caterpillars and other grubs are not killed but are comatose and the Hornets larvae consume them live.
They rarely attack people and are not aggressive just big and scary until you get to know them.

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge – Starting with the letter K or L

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge – Starting with the letter K or L

More Australian animals in black & white

Lizard – Bearded Dragon
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Eastern Grey Kangaroo and her Joey191115_blog_challenge_blackandwhite_letterK_kangaroo
A fluffy eared Koala191115_blog_challenge_blackandwhite_letterK_koala

Stopping for a drink

I have always had bird baths place around my garden. There are big ones, shallow ones and small ones that the birds come to every day for a drink or a quick splash. I also have a number of containers on the ground and tucked into spots in the garden for the animals that may like a drink, mainly small animals. I fill containers daily in this long drought I am currently experiencing.

One such container is on the garden seat where Satin Bowerbirds like to get a drink. Yesterday I was in the kitchen and looked out of the window and to my surprise a Red-necked Wallaby was having a drink. Wallabies normally drink from the dam. I have never seen a Wallaby drink from the containers in the garden before. She must have been thirsty.

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He mate was keeping watch nearbyred-necked wallaby_male_watching_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019

You may wonder about the weird colour in the photos. The smoke from the nearby bushfires is quite thick and the sunshine is quite coloured.  Shadows are muted. As you can see there eucalypt trees have dropped their leaves to try and save themselves in this  drought. The Sun certainly highlights the dead leaves. A lot of these leaves are on the road which have been raked away from buildings. The bush where I live is very dry. The only thing that will stop these fires is rain.

I am keeping safe and watchful. The Rural Fire Service is doing a great job keeping everyone safe.

Also for LMP – Photo Adventure – Animals

 

A bit of yellow

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Yellow

Lemon Migrant Butterfly always a treat to see
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An Australian Native flower that grows on my place. I know I shouldn’t be slack and tell you it’s nameyellow flowers2_duroux rd_named_102011
So lovely but is a quick spreading introduced weed in Australia – Singapore Daisy
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Another unknown name for an Australian Native plant that is on my place possibly a variety of Guinea flower
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The Grevillea Yamba Sunshinegrevillea_yellow_named_home_august 2017

Yellow-faced Honeyeaters love Grevilleas as well as Bottlebrush flowers
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Couldn’t do a yellow post without a Yellow Robin popping in
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Sunsets

The Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Not the Norm

Some of the sunsets over the past few weeks are definitely “not the norm,” a mixture of dust from the farms out west whipped up by strong winds and smoke from the twenty or so bushfires burning around my place. None very close but tomorrow and Wednesday is set to be quite a challenge. I am prepared and will go when and if I have to. I have an escape route and plan.

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