Blue #8 – Blue Sky Mine

There’s a new photo challenge for July from Becky: Blue

The theme for July is ‘blue‘, and as always it is totally up to you how you interpret the square theme but here are my suggestions for how we might stay connected on our square adventures this month.

  1. be a ‘Bolt from the Blue’ – something unexpected or surprising
  2. explore ‘Into the wide blue yonder‘ – sky, sea or maybe a location that is appealingly unknown and mysterious
  3. simply be ‘Blue – whether that’s azure, cobalt, sapphire, cerulean, navy, ultramarine, indigo, or turquoise
  4. and there is an extra challenge for those of you up for it – can you manage to combine two of these, or maybe even all three?

Whatever you decide to do, please remember there is a rule if you want to part of the Square Gang and be sure your squares make into the gallery.

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Lots of Lines

The Ragtag Daily Prompt Tuesday: Line

A Line-blue Butterfly on a line
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The sunset through lines of palm leaves
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Lines of birds flying high
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Lines of clouds on a hot Summers day sunsetsunset11_grafton_june 2014

One of my favourite songs. This was done after Roy Orbison died. His guitar is on the rocking chair

 

Should add this to Share your Music by Sarah

This is April 2019

Well hello and welcome to my world in April. What started out as an uninspired photography month suddenly came alive at the end. I was thinking that I would have to tell you that a quick flick and scroll was all that was needed earlier in April. I have included a number of photos of the same subject as I couldn’t pick the one that satisfied my desire to give you something that was a wow or hmmmm that’s interesting.

A lack of rain at the beginning of the month probably assisted my malaise and desire to get out and about.  With a lack of rain also brings about a lack of insects, birds and the garden suffered. I did a bit of travelling around so there is some things I found from other parts of New South Wales.

I have put some of the April finds in other blogs. Some are repeated here but I have excluded others to make your checking out a bit less time consuming. So I do recommend a good cuppa or drink of choice as a lot of you are either sitting up late or just having breakfast. This is what makes blogging so good that you may be in any part of this world and I can show you a bit of mine. Enough blah blah blah, let’s get going if you are ready.

May as well start at sunrise
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One foggy morning while at a friends place in Springwood, the sounds of a helicopter broke the morning silence.helicopter_fog_named_springwood_april 2019
We are going to stay in Springwood for a while. We went to the Norman Lindsay Gallery and studio. The grounds were full of sculptures including these ones. Norman Lindsay wrote a book called the Magic Pudding in 1918 The story is about a pudding no matter how often it is eaten, always reforms in order to be eaten again. This is Albert, the Magic Pudding.magic_pudding_lindsay_gallery_named_springwood_april 2019

Bunyip Bluegum, the Koala, and Benjamin Brandysnap plus Sam Sawnoff and other animals and people who own the pudding have to defend the pudding from being stolen by Pudding Thieves who want it for them selves
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Part of one of the sculpture/fountains
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My friends garden is quite spectacular. There were some butterflies like the Blue Triangle Butterfly who is a bit ragged resting on a Zinnia.blue_triangle_butterfly_flower_named_springwood_april 2019
It did rain a bit while we were there putting water droplets on the Pelargonium geranium_pink_water_drops_named_springwood_april 2019
An Eastern Spinebill enjoyed the Grevilleas
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So did the New Holland Honeyeater. A very striking bird.new holland honeyearter_front_grevillea_named_springwood_april 2019
Had to include a side viewnew holland honeyearter_side_grevillea_named_springwood_april 2019
I really like this capture so in it came.new holland honeyearter_grevillea_named_springwood_april 2019

The cooler weather of the mountains hadn’t quite began so the fungi were still about
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I like Hydrangeas. This was a small flower head but has delicate colours. hydrangea_blue_lindsay_garden_named_springwood_april 2019

Now for a bit of the flowers at my place as the sporadic rain over the past couple weeks bought out some Autumn flowers, like this Camellia
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This red Hibiscus is from a cutting of my childhood home, one of my Mothers favourites.flower_hibiscus_named_home_jackadgery_april 2019
All around the garden Impatiens self seed and they pop up in many placesflower_impatients_named_home_jackadgery_april 2019
Over at my besties place the Zinnias are a riot of colourflowers_zinneas_pink_red_named_caniaba_april 2019
The Echinacea had it’s petals eaten by a grasshopper probably but the centre caught my eye.flowers_echinacea_pink_orange_centre_named_caniaba_april 2019
A post with flowers would be the same without Pentas flowers and a Blue-banded Beeblue_banded_bee_flower_pentas_pink_pollinate_named_caniaba_april 2019
Bees aren’t the only pollinator. A beautiful iridescent fly helps a Zinnia along flower_zinnea_fly_pollinate_named_caniaba_april 2019
At The Channon Markets (a Which Way a while ago) a stall had Pitcher plantspitcher_plants_green_named_the channon_markets_april 2019

in all manner of colour and shape
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While on the way home from the markets, we stopped off at Rocky Creek Dam (a Silent Sunday post and the Featured Image taken with my phone) where the water lillies looked fabulous
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I loved their reflectionswater_lily_flower_purple_reflection_named_rocky_creek_dam_april 2019

While we are around the water, A Broad-palmed Rocket Frog likes to hang around the pot plants on my front verandah
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I am not sure what this small flower is. It was growing on the small dune at the beach.flower_pigface_named_boulder_beach_april 2019
My besties Red Eucalypt is starting to flower possibly a Corymbia ficifolia.eucalypt_flower_buds_red_named_caniaba_april 2019
While at the beach last weekend, yes a almost Summers day in Autumn around 28C, I came across some Small Grass Yellow Butterfliesbutterfly_small_grass_yellow_named_broadwater_beach_april 2019

While we are at the beach, here are some views. We climbed among the dunes to get to Broadwater Beach. In the distance, looking south,  is Chinamans Beach where we often go.
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The north view. The disappointing thing is the wheel tracks made by (*insert appropriate word) people who drive their stupid four wheel drive oversized pieces of junk along this beach. As you enter the walking track, there is a sign that tells you that there are protected birds who nest on the sand plus the other creatures who live in the sand, crabs plus other microscopic beings and that us walkers don’t disturb the ecology but these dickheads barge their way along the sand. Look how deep those wheel tracks are!!! Sorry please enjoy the view.broadwater_beach_north_named_april 2019
The seas were quite big. This rocky part of the headland at Boulder Beach is about 4-5 meters high. wave_before_splash_named_boulder_beach_april 2019
Can you see it now!!!wave_splash_named_boulder_beach_april 2019
One of my favourite photos is Pelicans on the light poles. The bridge has four sets of lights and every one has Pelicans. The best spot is on the light itself where a boss male sits. Further towards the bendy end is a juvenile Pelican.pelicans_light_pole_named_evans_head_april 2019

Upstream of the bridge, a couple of Pied Oystercatchers sat on the sand bar.
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A Silver Gull was keeping an eye on the picnickers in the park in case a chip dropped onto the groundsilver_gull_named_lennox_head_april 2019
A White-faced Heron came to Chinamans Beach looking for a seafood dinnerwhite_faced_heron_named_chinamans_beach_april 2019

I loved finding the Sooty Oystercatchers at the beach. A post with more photos of Sooty Oystercatchers here in case you missed it.
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I am not sure if it was the same White-faced Heron at Boulder Beach too.
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The White-faced Heron and Sooty Oystercatcher didn’t get along and avoided each other.
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The cliff face at Boulder Beach has what could be Ironstone in it. It certainly looked rusty
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Now for a bit of reflection. Still with me?
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Speaking of rust, one of my favourite things to photograph. This old door had some wonderful rusty bitsrust_door_locks_handles_named_lennox_head_april_2019
Isn’t the sliding lock marvellous?rust_door_lock_named_lennox_head_april_2019

While at the Farmers Market, I wondered why there seemed to be more cars than usual. There was the Annual Lismore Poultry Show on. Of course because I love chooks I had to go and have a walk around. Here are some of the chooks I found, some of the more unusual ones to say the least. I don’t know all of the breeds as some I have never seen before like this one who looks like it just got out of bed.
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A fabulous hatpoultry_show_fluffy_brown_chook_named_lismore_april 2019
Lace Wyandottes are one of my favourite chooks, ever so pretty.poultry_show_lace_wyandotte_chook_named_lismore_april 2019
I don’t think I have ever seen such a fat chook and purple to boot!!!poultry_show_fluffy_fat_purple_chook_named_lismore_april 2019
Some feathers seem to have a life of their ownpoultry_show_fluffy_white_chook_named_lismore_april 2019

So alien
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A rooster who kept an eye on what was going onpoultry_show_rooster_looking_named_lismore_april 2019
Speaking a Roosters. Prehistoric is the only word that comes to mind. I couldn’t get the whole chook in the photopoultry_show_rooster_big_named_lismore_april 2019

Ducks always make me smile
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One morning at my besties there was a cacophony of Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos. The flock was around twenty who all were squawking as they flew about.
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They all stopped in a tree on the hill a bit of a way away. The quality of the photos isn’t that good as it was early morning and the photos are hand held but I had to capture their antics in the trees.yellow_tailed_black_cockatoo_acrobat2_named_caniaba_april 2019

I thought this one was going to do forward rolls.
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OK it’s almost night time, our Moon is on the rise among the cloudsmoon_clouds_colours_named_caniaba_april 2019
The Night Spider has spun it’s web near the light to catch an insects who come to the light.spider_night_web_named_caniaba_april 2019

The centre of the web is a bit ratty
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Our Moon is looking lovely and shining a bright light so you can see your way home
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I gotta go…..see you later I hoperainbow_lorikeet_bird bath_flying_named_caniaba_april 2019

Colourful Monotones

The photo challenge from Cee: Colourful Monotones

A colourful monotone? I didn’t think I could find anything but then inspiration came to me. Enjoy some Colourful Monotones…..

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crab sand balls1_woody head_named_aug 2012
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fern leaf_spikes3_close_home_named_jan 2012
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Textures

The word prompt for Brens Photo for the Week: Textures

The texture of the rock shelf at Evans Head. This part is called Goanna Head. Perhaps the rocks look like the scales of a Goanna.
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Just a feather in the grass
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The fruit of a Pandanus tree growing on the beach at Evans Head181004_blog challenge_texture_pandanas fruit_evans head

As the tide receded, the water dripped from the algae onto the sand at Evans Head
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Art at the Beach

Many days have been spent at the wonderful beaches on the North Coast of New South Wales. There have been photos of sea birds, the coast line, waves, rock formations or the fabulous sunrises that we get when the sun rises from the sea. I am sure you have seen lots of this type of photo in many of my previous blogs or other peoples publications.

I am hoping that what I have seen is something that you may have not seen before with photos of the beach or seaside. I often just see something that catches my eye that I find is quite wondrous or perhaps has shape, form or texture that I find interesting.

Want to come to the seaside with me? You won’t need sunscreen, a hat or other sun protective wear but maybe get a cool drink, settle back and let’s go….

Perhaps I should start with the obvious which you probably seen in many photos. Many of Australias beaches the sand is the shoreline but occasionally the beach is rocks. To me the endless rocks are fascinating and to see the colours, forms and textures is unusual. So let’s begin with the rocks, some rough but mostly worn smooth by the sand and water.

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The Sand Crabs like to create their own art with shapes, textures and placement of the small balls of sand they excavate from their sandy holes where they wait for a snack to stroll past.

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The water has it’s own way of creating art with the way the water flows back to the ocean leaving patterns on the sand. Can you see a fish or maybe a bird in the patterns? What do you see that perhaps I don’t?

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Sometimes these patterns include shells to create parallel lines as they look as if they are zooming across the sand.

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Shell are another source of wonder at the beach. How many shells have you picked up just to look at their colours and feel their textures?

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Even a broken shell can seemingly form its own mini sand dune.

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Part of beach life are the things that get washed onto the beach. Sometimes these can be the result of a storm where seaweed has been torn from its anchorage ending up on the beach with its branches resisting the sands intrusion.

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Bits and pieces on the sand.that show the life that is on the beach. From the terrestrial to the marine. The leaf from a mangrove, an excavation spread from a hole in the sand and other bits and pieces of marine vegetation. Each has it’s own place on the beach decorating the sand with artistic expression until the incoming tide changes the art installation.

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The orange leaf contrasts with the sand and other items that are washed in by the incoming waves.

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I love the way the colour of the sea-grass falls away leading to the blackness of the rock.

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The interaction of colours and textures between the sea-grass and jellyfish with some bubbles added for more interest.

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The entanglement of grasses and other bits of seaweed almost look like a bit of calligraphy. The imprint of some toes add a human element into the abstract art that nature has constructed.

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Sometimes the art that can be of natural construct includes the intrusion of humans or in this case, a child whose toy jet ski washed upon the sand. The impact of human detritus cannot be understated on marine life.

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Sometimes a simple stick can seem like a stick. Look at the textures and the added colour of the coastal plants makes the stick more than a stick.

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Speaking of making a stick more than a stick, it’s time we moved onto the imagination of two people who see possibilities of making life at the beach different. The things we do we leave behind and perhaps someone may smile as they come across the ideas that we enjoy to make together. When we find something on the coast as we walk about the beaches, dunes or the littoral rainforests and vegetated parts of the the hind dunes. The following is the combined effort of the imagination of two people who can see the ridiculous in nature that just needs a bit of enhancement to make the natural world a bit of fun.

We found some driftwood on the sand. The artist said “Look at the little man I found” and placed the stick on the sand. The photographer took a couple of photos and thought there needs to be more. Then the “footprints” were added.

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When you walk along the sand and find some pumice that you would like to take home to use, well don’t you make a small basket to carry it in?

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We both saw the vegetation beside the track and saw a shape. Add a few other things that were found nearby and a bit of modification, a bit of art was made. Do you see what the artist and the photographer saw?

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A grass tree that had died provided a lot of amusement. I hope someone walking the track in the hind dunes had a laugh as much as we did making our hairy friend.

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A Pandanus seed, a bit of red seaweed and gales of mirth led to this little bloke being placed in a paperbark tree beside the track.

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Did you enjoy having a stroll along the Australian coastline with me?