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The word prompt from Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Close up or Macro

Isn’t funny how some of the photo challenges come up at the same time. This is great ‘cos I can add a few more macro shots. I didn’t want to over load the last post.

A native Raspberry flower
raspberry flower_binna burra_named_aug 2014

The Raspberry
raspberry_binna burra_named_aug 2014

The berries from an Australian Native plant
purple fruit_home_named_nov 2015

Inside of a Torenia flower
torinia_purple yellow flower6_close_name_jan 2011

A Dandelion seed head and an insect
180628_lost in detail_dandelion_insect

The flower of a Caperberry bush
caper berry flower_named_binna burra_jan 2015

Part of an ornamental Ginger flower
ginger flower10_orange stamen_drop_home_name _feb 2012

CFFC

Purple

Who could resist a photo challenge from Nancy Merrill with the theme: Purple

So much Purple, here is a taste. Do you have a favourite?

Berries on a Native vine
purple fruit_home_named_nov 2015

Among the Wisteria flowers
purple flower_bud_named_binna burra_april 2014

Another beautiful Native flower
purple star flowers_binna burra_nov 2013
Caper Water Lilies
170718_blog challenge_water lilles_purple

A Purple Swamp Hen
purple swamphen_clarrie hall dam_named_oct 2014

Inside a Torenia flower
torinia_purple yellow flower6_close_name_jan 2011

An orchid flower I think
purple flower_close_binna burra_name_102011

The wonderful Native Purple Fringe Lily
purple flower01_evans head_name_march2010

The Native Hyacinth Orchid that grows wild at my place and this year appeared in my garden for the first time
hyacinth orchard_named_home_nov 2017

Novembers discoveries

I love this time of year. The warmth starts everything growing, flowers bloom in the garden, many birds arrive to spend the end of the year and life just abounds. It also gives me a chance to find things at my place, at my besties, in town and everywhere I am wandering.

This year, the Hippeastrums were spectacular. The red ones were full of life and colour. Remember the native bees? The other colours bloomed after the reds and I found this little grasshopper while I was admiring the flowers. The grasshopper was inside the flowers trumpet but tended to be camera shy and started to get away from the lens.

grasshopper_home_named_nov 2015

I have no idea what this bug is! Maybe a grasshopper?  I was standing in the garden when it decided to walk onto my foot. This bloke wasn’t camera shy at all and kept walking towards me. Just after I took this photo, he jumped onto the camera.

bug_binna burra_named_nov 2015

On my besties place, a farm for more than one hundred years, I came across this concrete pier from a building long since gone. This is the only pier I have found, covered in moss, laying in what is now a young rainforest.

moss_binna burra_named_nov 2015

Also down among the leaf litter are the fungi. This one looks like it has been tied up by the grass.

red fungi_binna burra_named_nov 2015

There is lots of this type of fungi. It seems to grow on rotting wood especially bits of the fig trees which have tumbled from the big old trees, the remnants of the original Big Scrub rainforest.

fungi_binna burra_named_nov 2015

Now back to my place. I have found a couple of this grass species throughout the bush. The stem has a lot of purple fruit which really catch the eye when walking in the bush. This plant is growing beside the track to the house.

purple fruit_home_named_nov 2015

I love Gerberas, don’t you? They come in so many colours adding a splash of colour to the garden.

gerbera_binna burra_named_nov 2015

Enough of bugs and plants. The Bar-shouldered Doves have taken to walking around the garden in the mornings, examining the bits of bark and grass to find their breakfast.

bar shouldered dove_binna burra_named_nov 2015

We went to Ballina and came across these fluffy plover chicks who were in constant movement as the walked across the field, closely followed by the parents. Yes I was a chicken and stayed on the other side of the road as the parents didn’t like me getting too close.

plover chicks_ballina_named_nov 2015

My besties birdbath is a constant source of photo opportunities. The Little Wattlebirds have become a fixture in the garden over the past 3 years. This one looks like it saw me hiding on the verandah.

little wattlebird02_binna burra_named_nov 2015

This year the Jacarandas in Grafton were amazing. The large tree near the building where I work had an extra surprise this year. A Figbird pair decided to make their nest close to the building. Here is mum coming back to the nest to feed the young one. I think she saw me at the window don’t you?

fig bird_nest_grafton_named_nov 2015

But she soon settled down the sit on the nest among the Jacaranda blooms.

fig bird01_nest_grafton_named_nov 2015

A few days later, the wind was blowing when dad turned up to give the little feller a snack, blowing the blossoms away allowing a sneak peak at the young one.

fig bird_feeding_nest_grafton_named_nov 2015

Then he took over the nest sitting duties.

fig bird_male_nest_grafton_named_nov 2015

Late in the evening at my besties, the Green Catbirds start making their strange calls from high among the trees.

cat bird_binna burra_named_nov 2015

Yes it is getting dark. The flowers in the garden still shine in the encroaching darkness.

night garden_binna burra_named_nov 2015

Well the sun is setting, so I must say goodnight and a goodnight from the Kookaburra too.

sunset_grafton_named_nov 2015

See you next time. What did you enjoy the most, the bugs, the fungi, the flowers or the birds?