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.

Round and blue and something deadly

January Colours and Letters Photo a Day Challenge – 20th: Starts with the letter Q

The round and blue part

Here is a few fruits of a Quandong tree also known as Blue Figs,

And now for the deadly part.

When I had chooks a few years ago, it was devastating to find dead birds after a Spotted-tailed Quoll paid a nocturnal visit. Notoriously hard to catch, I set the trap with a dead chook previously killed and I managed to trap it. I released the Quoll in the Gibraltar Range National Park in the morning. Once I opened the cage it was gone in milliseconds before I could get a photo of the Quoll not in the trap.