Pick a Word – May 2022

Lost in Translations Thursdays Special: Pick a Word May 2022

Paula’s words are quite an interesting mix this month. I hope I can find just the right photo to match her words.

The words are –

BELFRY

DIMINUTIVE

REPETITIVE

SHOALY

SILHOUETTED

This is January 2022

Welcome to a mixed bag of stuff. I have been trying to do things in between rain showers as well as days of rain. As the weather, albeit wet, has given a month of flowers and I have already posted quite a few during the month so there’s not an overload in here.

Not much news to tell so let’s get going shall we?

A January song to scroll to if you wish, a bit of Aussie music.

Where to start….how about we hop straight in with a few frogs. This little beauty, a Broad-palmed Rocket Frog, came into the house one night and was keen to explore. They move quite quickly hence being a rocket frog.

I was about to go to town when I noticed a strange lump on the top of my car. I found a Perons Tree Frog looking back at me. Goodness knows what he was doing there. Relocated to somewhere safer.

The rain during the month has had the waterfalls in the Gibraltar Ranges flowing. This is the Boundary Falls

A lot of the mornings were quite foggy. I love the trees rising out of the fog.

A while ago Graham from Hawaii posted a photo of a Japanese lantern flower, I thought the ones I had were different nut they seemed to be the same. I wonder who had a munch on this one?

There’s quite a bunch of stamens

The cap and the veins are so red which counterpoints the yellow.

This is one of the first flowers on a Hibiscus in my besties garden. It is so lovely again with reds and yellows

I love this orange and pink blush on this Hibiscus in my garden

This Summer the Marigolds have looked a treat

The Purple Gerbera really stand out in the garden

I this is a Livingstone Daisy, a brilliant splash of pink

Not only are flowers pretty in the garden but new leaves on a rose bush stand out as well.

The colour on the shed wall at my besties goes well with the flowers

The hanging pot of Geraniums has flowered well this month

A type of native Frangipanni in it’s stunning white colour

On a walk along a track at Evans Head we found some Wattles flowering possibly Acacia longifolia

There were also some seed pods on the trees as well

A Dragonfly decided to pay a visit to my verandah

The Lemon Migrant Butterflies arrived on their annual migration

I can’t help stalking Blue-banded Bees around the garden. Salvia flowers are a favourite

They like to dive straight in to one of my favorite coloured Salvias.

I had to go down river so I decided to keep driving to Brooms Head hoping to see the Coastal Emus that live down that way. I didn’t see any unfortunately. It wasn’t good weather at the beach and the Crested Terns faced into the wind so their feathers didn’t get too ruffled.

This Australian Pelican was standing on a rock for ages. I wondered what it was doing, then some fishers came over to the fish table to scale and gut their catch. Very soon the Pelican wandered closer.

The Sooty Oystercatches were hanging around looking for a snack to appear.

I haven’t made a silhouette for a while. This is a Male Figbird. The Figbirds have a nest in a Macaranga tree in my besties garden

Here is the female Figbird keeping watch on the power-line

I saw the Restless Flycatcher baby on the wire and soon a parent came to feed a tidbit

More birds on a wire. A Nankeen Kestrel waiting for something to move in the paddock down the road

A Peaceful Dove checking out the swimming pool

Sitting at my desk I had a feeling someone was watching me. A Rainbow Lorikeet was sitting in the tree

A Scarlet Honeyeater all puffed up after a dip in the bird bath

A delightful pairing. A Brown Honeyeater and purple Hibiscus. The Honeyeaters dip their beaks into the back of the flower to get the nectar

A couple of Australian Magpies enjoying the sunset on the roof

The sunset kissed clouds billowing in the west heralding the evening storm

I have never seen a rainbow with the colours so prominent. The storm clouds were getting closer.

Our Moon was just rising in the afternoon. I love the blue sky and the moon

Well the sun is setting over the four tree hill, one of my favourite vistas to witness sunset, so I better get going.

I hope you enjoyed my Changing Season. Join Ju-Lyn and I next month and don’t forget to link your Changing Season post to Ju-Lyns or my post

About The Changing Seasons

The Changing Seasons is a monthly project where bloggers around the world share their thoughts and feelings about the month just gone. We all approach this slightly differently — though generally with an emphasis on the photos we’ve taken during the month.

For many of us, looking back over these photos provides the structure and narrative of our post, so each month is different. Some focus on documenting the changes in a particular project — such as a garden, an art or craft project, or a photographic diary of a familiar landscape.

But in the end, it is your changing season, and you should approach it however works for you.

There are no fixed rules around post length or photo number — just a request that you respect your readers’ time and engagement.

This is August 2021

Welcome to Changing Seasons for August 2021. Ju_Lyn at Touring My Backyard has already posted her changing season and I am a bit late for the southern hemisphere but may just squeak in for you northerners. It’s never too late for you to post your Changing Seasons and we would love to see what happened in your part of the world.

Here we are again in Spring saying goodbye to Winter. It really wasn’t a Winter as a lot of last month the day time temperatures were in the low 20C although the fire was lit at night as the temperatures went down to single figures 1 to 4C. A lot of the photos are from home as we went into a statewide lockdown mid August and am still there for another week. Lockdowns’ downside is I can’t get to see my bestie and travel around to different places sampling cafes and the shops and of course taking photos.

Lets get going with a tune to scroll to

The last time we were able to get around in Lismore taking Teddy for a walk along the riverbank and through the park, I took quite a number of photos some that have already been used in posts. This is looking along the rock wall which is also part of the levee system.

Can you find the cat among the moss or what can you see? This was a find by my bestie.

I love this stand of Fig Trees helping to hold the riverbank together.

I love this old sign on the Bowling Clubs flower bed. At the time there weren’t any flowers.

First up is a few flowers. I have another lot of flowers which will be another post once one flowering bud opens but it is taking its time. The Sydney Rock Orchid, Dendrobium Speciosum, flowered this year. Even the buds looked good.

When the flowers opened it was a mass of white cascading down from the top of the plant.

The flowers looked best in the afternoon light. Such a delicate flower from the leather hard leaves of the plant.

Late in the day, the sunset made the red Grevilleas really stand out.

This is the only close photo I have of the Gymea Lily at my besties place. It takes a while for such a big flower to open and I couldn’t get back to see the open flower. The flower is on top of a three metre spike.

The Iris have flowered already and these are the first ones to open.

I have Sweet Pittosporum trees in most of the gardens around the house. They flowered about a week ago and the fragrance throughout the house in the early morning and late afternoon is heavenly. This also shows the wonderful blue skies that were in August.

The Pittosporum flowers are full of bees and butterflies and the bee buzz outside is constant. Even the little Stingless Native Bees were onto the flowers. A rear view of this bee shows how much pollen he has in his pollen sacs on his rear legs. They are the yellow dots, one under his body and the other just to the left.

I followed this Orange Ringlet around the tree for a while.

Growing out of the mulch on a sheet of lichen a little cap popped up. I still have it on the bricks waiting to see if anything happens.

The Bottlebrush have been flowering non-stop for quite a while and the birds just love the flowers. A bit of contorting for the Yellow-faced Honeyeater.

An Eastern Spinebill had to reach to get the best spot

The Scarlet Honeyeaters have been in the Bottlebrush all day for weeks now. A Female Scarlet Honeyeater looks to see which flower would taste the best next.

The male Scarlet Honeyeaters are so hard to find among the red flowers. The other day I counted five having afternoon snacks, even if you have to do it upside down.

The Noisy Friarbirds have taken over the front garden and the Honey Gem Grevillea in particular giving anyone the evil eye if they dare come near the flowers.

Taken from my office through the glass door, I saw a bird land in the Ivanhoe Bottlebrush, which has flowered for the first time, and saw a bird I have never seen in the garden before. Unfortunately it was a quick visit as my movement inside was spotted and the Little Wattlebird flew off. Maybe it will come back today if the Friarbirds don’t scare it away.

The Firesticks Grevillea is a hit with some of the smaller honeyeaters. The Lewins Honeyeaters especially like snacking over there.

I wondered why some of the Honey Gem flowers looked a bit scrapy. The King Parrots like to remove the styles, have a bit of a munch and drop to the ground…….repeat as necessary.

I have quite a number of Laughing Kookaburras in the garden at the moment. There is always one of the five keeping a lookout for food to appear among the plants.

These three Laughing Kookaburras are at my besties place in the tree in the paddock next door late one afternoon, giving the perfect silhouette.

We went to a park in Bangalow for my besties birthday party with family. This Brush Turkey patrolled the grounds in case picnickers had any leftovers.

One day on my way home from town, I decided to take a drive along one of the roads near my place I hadn’t been down for years, just to sticky beak. I saw something run across the road so of course I had to get the camera out and found an Australasian Pipit running in the paddock.

It wasn’t the Olympics but I did see some Synchronised Swimming.

At the same wetland as the ducks diving for food, there is a few Comb-crested Jacanas, one of my favourite water birds. They have very long toes which lets the appear to be walking on water as they get about on the water plants.

It is a pity I can’t get closer to this little wetland patch in a paddock. All the photos have to be taken from the road. It has a lot of variety of birds, these are just a few – a Jacana in front, Pacific Black Ducks in the water and a Straw-necked Ibis.

On one of the last days we could get out we went to the beach at Ballina, had some fish and chips while watching out for any Humpback Whales still passing through and watching the Crested Terns dive into the water as there must have been a shoal of fish.

“Get my good side” the Silver Gull seemed to say as he kept turning this way and that.

Well we’re at the end of another Changing Season. Thought I would end with another cow walking into the sunset to say see you next month.

“What are you still doing here?” “Are you going to say which photo was your favourite?” Drop me a line in the comments

Bye

Roundup

A bit of light

The Lens-Artist Photo Challenge #162: It’s All About the Light

Looking into the light

Looking at a reflection

Back light inside

Back light with the Sun

Colour or Black and White?

Colour or Black and White with a splash of colour?

It’s in the sky

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Anything That Flight

A bit of a flying song to begin.

More bird silhouettes

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #62: Silhouettes

I know I have probably done more than enough of my bird silhouettes posts.
They are a passion that I haven’t done for a while so maybe posting a few of them will be inspiration to do some more. It is quite time consuming as I hand “colour” the edges almost each pixel at a time to get the desired black and white silhouette effect. I was selling framed photos at the markets when we had a stall as time permitted and they sold well.

Hope you enjoy these birds.
A Spangled Drongo

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A Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoosilhouette-blog_yellow-tailed-black-cockatoo
A Golden Whistler – This one took a lot of timesilhouette_blog_whistler
A Rainbow Bee Eatersilhouette_blog_rainbow-bee-eater
A Red Wattlebird – This one took the most time to get it the way I wantedsilhouette-blog_wattlebird

The featured photo is a Pied Cormorant