5 Minutes ago – 14 May

Hammad’s Weekend Sky #63

So glad to have Weekend Sky back after an April break Hammad. I didn’t take any Saturday morning photos from the usual spot as they would have all looked much like these. I have had quite a wet few months and this morning was no exception. The sky is grey and I am not sure why the photos have a sepia look about them. All my weekend sky photos are untouched with post photo editing, apart from naming and now resizing.

The usual looking east photo

And looking north. The sun will soon be rising to the right hand side of the photo

Todays bonus photo is a Pied Currawong who came to sticky-beak at what I was doing, from the tree in the bottom right of the first photo, and about to make a fast getaway.

Your sky song for Saturday

Last on the Card – April 2022

Last Photo for April 2022

Sorry for being a bit late with this Last on the Card. Thank you to everyone who contributes their good and not so good photos. Like a lot of people I forget and am surprised at what was the last photo on the three devices I use to take photos. I went from –

  • the weird with a good story
  • to the usual Weekend Sky
  • to a lot of focus would be better

So let’s see what you have for April 2021

The rules are simple:
1. Post the last photo on your SD card or last photo on your phone for the 30th April.
2. No editing – who cares if it is out of focus, not framed as you would like or the subject matter didn’t cooperate.
3. You don’t have to have any explanations, just the photo will do
4. Create a Pingback to this post or link in the comments
5. Tag “The Last Photo”

Here’s mine

From my Samsung Galaxy S9

From my Canon PowerShot A1200

From my Canon PowerShot SX70HS

This is March 2022

March has been very uninspiring for taking photos. It has seemingly been raining for the whole month. The first few days I was isolated at home without power or phone, landline and mobile plus landslides had blocked the highway to town for two days. I managed to get to town and charged my phone in the car, buy ice took keep food and drinks cold and ring my bestie as well as charge my camera battery. I didn’t take any photos of the floodwaters as I went into town did what I had to and out in case the river topped the levee and I was stuck in a flooded town.

The rain has been relentless for the month there has been 511mls of rain. The ground is saturated so water is just sitting on the ground. As I write the rain has gotten heavier again. It looks like the lower catchment will be experiencing flooding again by Thursday so those poor people will have to pack up again, move their cattle and horses to high ground and prepare to be inundated again.

On the few moments where the rain had stopped with brief sunshine the garden became alive. All of this months Changing Season are from here.

The most appropriate song for you to scroll through this months Changing Seasons photos.

I thought I would start at the ground and work my way up.

This is the only photo not at my place. We went to Macleay Island but it was a working few days but I managed to find a interesting fungus

I am going to do a whole post on the life in the Ivory Curl tree. As there aren’t many photos for this month here are a few showing the insects that enjoy feeding on the flowers. The butterfly on the left is a Small Green-banded Blue together with possibly a Long-tailed Pea Blue Butterfly. Both butterflies have the most glorious blue/violet inner wing colour that flashes when they fly around the garden.

The wonderful colours of the Small Green-banded Blue Butterfly

Yes that is a Durranbah or Jumping Ant in the tree taking the remains of a Line Blue Butterfly back to the nest. This was at eye level and these ants really have a seriously savage bite, like a hot needle poked into your skin which lasts for ages

Back onto cute and friendly, a Blue-0banded Bee checking out the Pentas flowers

A couple of Yellow-faced Honeyeaters discussing the pros and cons of Bottlebrush flowers

A young Blue-faced Honeyeater and a Yamba Gold Grevillea. The yellow patch on the face gradually turns a greenish colour then becomes blue.

One rare sunny morning an Eastern Yellow Robin stopped by to say hello. One of my favourite birds in the garden.

I was in my office in the early afternoon and I noticed something run down an old palm tree. I grabbed my camera and snuck out onto the verandah hoping what it was would reappear. Shortly a Yellow-footed Antechinus ran up the trunk a short way and down again into the garden and I didn’t see where it went after that.

Well today, the last day of the month, the skies cleared and there was blue sky and sunshine at least until the late afternoon when a bit of drizzle washed over my place.

I took advantage of a bit of sunshine to grab a few last minute photos. Whenever there has been a break in the rain, butterflies make the most of the time. Orchard Swallowtail Butterflies, the largest can always be seen flitting around the garden. This one took a moment to rest on a Frangipanni.

This year the Blue Ginger flowers have been at their very showy best in the garden.

Of course after a lot of rain and a few warm days, the fungi appear. This is a new one I found this morning in the garden. The flies seem to love it as well.

I posted some photos in early March for Hammad’s Weekend Sky which were a bit more dramatic than he soft patchwork of pastels that were over head. So instead of my usual finish of a sunset or Our Moon, it’s a sunrise finish.

As always, thanks for looking through my March and if you had a favourite, can you please let me know in the comments.

This for The Changing Seasons hosted jointly by Ju-Lyn – Touring My Backyard and myself

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.

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Tag your photos with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so that others can find them

5 Minutes ago – 12 March

Hammad’s Weekend Sky #59

It looks like the big rains have gone and the ground is starting to dry. No longer squelchy when I walk around the garden. There are still rain around and storms are predicted for some areas still. I hope for a sunny day today and by the looks of it, it could be. I feel deeply for friends and family in Lismore, the Richmond catchment who took the brunt of what is being called a rain bomb, over 600mls in some places in a few hours, and for those in my catchment whose houses and farms have been flooded with water still on the ground almost two weeks later.

Anyway here’s your song for the day

Not a cloud to be seen this morning

The sun saying good morning to the gum trees

5 Minutes ago- 5 March

Hammad’s Weekend Sky #58

Well surprise surprise, my weekend sky is one of clouds, a bit of sun trying to peek through but now the clouds are building to another day of rain but it will be only showers I hope. There wasn’t anything in the rain gauge this morning despite it raining in town but not out here.

Here is this mornings and afterwards a treat

No sun kissed Eucalypt tops this morning

Now for your treat.

As my sleep patterns have been out of whack since the power went off, I have been awake very early. On Thursday morning I was siting, having a cup of tea in the sunroom where I take all of my Weekend Sky photos, waiting for sunrise. What a sunrise it was!!