Sun and water

Jenn’s Photo a Week Challenge: Sun & Water
Ragtag Daily Prompt Thursday: Dawn

Let’s start with Dawn
A calm yellow dawn
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A fiery orange skysunrise_gold_named_ballina_feb-2017
Sun & Water
The threatening sky put the yachts in safe harbour
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Mornings water reflectionwater_sunset_named
A turbulent afternoons reflectionsunset_water_named_macleay_island_march 2019
Setting in for the nightsunset_yacht_golden_named_macleay_island_march 2019

 

Cute and cuddly Koalas

The Ragtag Thursday Prompt: Scratch
Also Nancy’s Photo a Week Challenge: Hands

Everyone loves a Koala. They are so adorable, cute and ever so cuddly so the marketing tells you. On the weekend a Koala was in the tree in my besties garden. She has a number of trees that Koalas love for their food and a place to sleep. Koalas sleep for around nineteen hours a day!!!

This is the Koala. High in the tree and a bit hard to spot.
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A sleepy eye was on me as I walked about beneath the tree.191003_blog_challenge_scratch_koala2
So you want to cuddle a Koala? Maybe find one who has had a pedicure. Their claws are quite long and sharp. The trees are quite marked with scratches where a Koala ambles up to find a snack or a place to rest for the day.191003_blog_challenge_scratch_koala3_claws

Here is a bit about Koalas I wrote years ago
https://bushboy.blog/2013/10/12/koalas/

Traditions

The Photo a Week Challenge: Traditions

The Buddha Festival in South Korea celebrating the Buddha’s life.  One of the traditions is the Lotus flower. This is a rehearsal for the Lotus Lantern parade. The Lotus flower opening

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The Bushfires and Sunset on Saturday

Here on the North Coast of New South Wales there are fires in the hinterland and on the tablelands. With current drought conditions, a lack any rain and very strong westerly winds has rendered the bush so dry that any fires have been started have just raced away burning thousands of hectares of bush land as well as in some instances houses and farms. The fact that anyone would light fires in these conditions infuriates me. My place is so dry and as the droughts grip tightens a natural process for eucalypt trees in to drop their leaves creating another layer of dry material and texture on the already dry forest floor. The strong wind has also blown dust from the west. What I thought were clouds on Saturday morning was a combination of dust and smoke which stung the eyes and you could almost taste the dust in the air. The feature photo is what we awoke to. Normally we can see the hills beyond the last line of trees you can see.

These fires combined with dust blown from the farmlands over the range have created amazing sunsets. On Saturday the early part of the afternoon’s sunset the colours in the smoke and dust was amazing almost psychedelic
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The smoke and dust layers colours were just amazing
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The intensity of the sunset even coloured the Blue-faced Honeyeater whose underparts are whiteblue-faced_honeyeater_sunset_fire_named_caniaba_sept 2019
Just in case you hadn’t seen a Blue-faced Honeyeaters coloursblue faced honeyeater_home_crop_sept 2013
The sun came from the fires smoke and dust layerssun_sky_cloud_sunset_fire_named_caniaba_sept 2019
Two Welcome Swallows sat on the power line for a silhouette in the sunsetwelcome_swallows_sihouettte_sunset_fire_named_caniaba_sept 2019

The sun, behind the fence posts silhouette, is almost down giving the clouds a dark and foreboding look
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The fierce fiery intensity of the sun going down gave hope for a less eventful day on Sunday
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Contributions for Debbie’s Six Word Saturday
Nancy’s Photo a Week Challenge: Texture
Lens Artists Photo Challenge #62: Silhouettes
Ragtag Sunday Infuriate
Ragtag Thursday: Psychedelic