This is March 2021

March seemed to whizz by but not before dumping a lot of rain on the East Coast of Australia. I have well over 300mls at my place, the gullies were rushing, the water tanks and dams filled to overflowing. Probably the best part of March I was given the all clear to drive again. What a difference that has made to my life. Independence to get about and even do simple things like shopping.

With all the rain and occasional sunshine the grass and vegetation in the bush has grown. The grass is so thick it is almost waist high and impenetrable. I have been waiting for things to dry out a bit so I can use my new lawnmower and other tools. Yes I did have to buy a new mower as the old one died and a second hand replacement was not very good. The new lawnmower, and I use the term lawn loosely, had one session around the house but in a week it’s hard to see where I mowed.

Enough of this lets get going. Another rather large post with lots of photos. I haven’t included more as there has been some used in my addiction – photo challenges. So get a cup or glass of your favourite drink, perhaps a snack and I hope you can spend a bit of time having a look at my March.

Your March song to scroll to while picking a favourite.

I am starting at the beach. During a Regional Landcare Gathering we went to Arrawarra Beach where one of the First Nation Elders showed the fish traps which have been there for thousands of years and modified over time to take advantage of changing tides. I found a few things including this wonderfully coloured rock. We’ll come back to the beach a bit later.

When nature reclaims. A building in Grafton, my nearest town has this tree and along the facade ferns are growing as well.

The flowers have almost finished leaving the nuts behind ready to drop seeds on this Eucalypt tree at my besties.

The flowers were quite stunning all over the tree at my besties place for the birds and insects to feast upon. Now the seed eaters will have a go at the nuts.

A delicate pea type flower of the Lance-leaved Rattlepod. Can you spot the tiny native bee?

My besties garden is fabulous. I love this Hibiscus.

Not to be out done, the Golden Lycras in my garden were a treat this year.

OK, now back to the beach for a look at the stunning red fern like seaweed which could be an algae.

The water patterns and sand caught my eye.

While heading over the rocks with a group of people, we startled a flock of Ruddy Turnstones who flew off in a second and I only had one chance for a quick photo.

Somehow I don’t think the Pied Cormorant and Sooty Oystercatcher are talking.

The White-faced Heron ignored them both and was intent on hunting among the rocks.

Back at the bird bath a Grey Fantail showed why he is called a fantail

The little Striated Thornbills really enjoyed their bath

Two female Superb Fairy Wrens waited their turn for the bird bath in the morning sun.

A female Rufous Whistler spent some time in my garden looking for insects.

A new bird in my garden!! A Fantailed Cuckoo stopped in for a visit.

An Eastern Rosella enjoys the morning sun.

I wondered why a dead tree was loosing the branches. Then I found out. An Australian Raven was building a nest. It’s hard to see the branch in its beak. The flying off photo was just a glimpse of tail unfortunately.

High above, most days, Wedged-tailed Eagles patrol the skies.

Can you count the Straw-necked Ibis in the tree?

It was a wet day and Tiny, the King Parrot, came to see if I had any seeds for him.

Water drops on the Elephant Ears leaf.

More water drops. This time on a spiders web that really looked like diamonds sparkling in the grass.

One day I’ll work out how to capture the beating wings of a Blue-banded Bee as he seeks nectar among the Salvia flowers. I think this Salvia is called Summer Jewel. It flowers non stop from Spring to Autumn and spreads into empty spaces easily. The bees love it.

An unfortunately named Dingy Ring Butterfly among the grass seeds.

A small Line Blue Butterfly and a Stingless Native Bee competing for a snack on the Leopard Lily flower. The Leopard Lily flowers were spectacular this year.

A Meadow Argus Butterfly found the Zinnias in my besties garden.

The number and variety of butterflies in my garden was amazing in March. The Black Jezebels are so beautiful. The inside of their wings is white so when they fly it is like a strobe in order to fool any predators. I love their furry yellow bodies.

Another Jezebel butterfly, this one, a Scarlet Jezebel loved the Bottlebrush flowers.

The Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters also loved the Bottlebrush flowers.

The Honey Gem Grevillea didn’t escape their attention either.

I had to show the whole bird as they are quite stunning.

A Yellow-faced Honeyeater paused from consuming nectar to contemplate whether to chase a Small Green-banded Blue Butterfly for dessert……

….instead had some nourishment from a Yellow Daisy

This Autumn saw a mouse plague in Australia. The grain growing areas had literally thousands of mice everywhere. I didn’t have many but caught a couple nearly every night for a few weeks. One morning I went into the bathroom and here was this little fellow in the bath. Judging by the mess he made, he’d been there since the evening before. I had to take a photo to make sure I identified him correctly. I have Native Mice here so didn’t want to “dispose of” an endangered native mouse called Antechinus.

One day coming home from my besties place I saw the tallest mushroom ever. It stood almost 30cm tall and was a resplendent white.

Meanwhile in other parts of the garden among the mulch pile a brown fungi proliferated. This was one of many groups of fungi on the various piles.

I just had to have a sneak peek under the cap to see the frills.

Well that’s almost all for March. One evening the sunset was such colours I hadn’t seen before. As I don’t actually see Sunrise or Sunsets from my place, this photo is looking towards the South-West of the painted clouds.

One afternoon the sun was looking quite promising. At my besties place there is a spot we call Sunset Hill, a great place to see the sunsets. I went out and took a few photos. One ended up in Becky’s Bright Squares

A while later I was inside when I was called to see the sunset. I thought I had seen it over with but no, it had turned into this sunset. Isn’t that amazing?

This time Our Moon began to rise in the late afternoons so the hint of blue sky, I think, gave the Moon a subtle glow.

I hope you enjoyed a look at my world for March. Please let me know if you had a favourite photo.

Also for Su’s Changing Seasons March 2021

5 Minutes ago – 3 April

Hammad’s Weekend Sky #23

The first is the usual place where I take the challenge photo. The second is to the left of the tree on the LHS as the clouds looked so good in the late afternoon sky. Also that dark spot on the top of the first photo is a mosquito annoying me as I was taking photos

5 Minutes ago 28th March

Hammad’s Weekend Sky # 22

I haven’t been home this weekend so I thought I really should do my usual photo from the same spot to have a good record of my weekend skies. Tonight the Full Moon is behind the trees low in the sky with wonderful clouds. I still used my little camera hand held so the photo isn’t a crisp and clear image.

Here is your sky song

5 Minutes ago 14 March

Hammad’s Weekend Sky #20

It’s about to rain

I wasn’t around to do my usual sky photo on Saturday morning, so here is the sky on a Sunday evening from the same spot as all of the photos for Hammad’s challenge.

I moved a bit as the rain was just starting so I could capture the impending storm a bit better, also aiming for water drops on the lens that didn’t happen.

Into the blue

Ragtag Daily Prompt Saturday: Clear Skies

I bet you haven’t listened to Pink Floyd for ages or if never have I hope you enjoy this song from the rock opera The Wall

Clear skies
nothing but
endless blue

Clear skies
broken by
wheeling ibis

Evening clear skies
shadows
Ibis to roost

Look up
surprise
clear skies

Clear skies
floating aloft
fetch boy

PS You would have laughed to see those ears flapping about in the breeze

Five minutes ago March 6

Hammad’s Weekend Sky #19

Todays song of the sky for your listening pleasure

I had difficulty this morning. I took my usual sky photo and when I looked it looked a bit greyer that it actually is, so I have included that photo plus what it really looked like.

The monochrome photo that had me puzzled

The actual morning sky. See the difference

Yep, that blue spot was a bit of a giveaway

Last on the Card February 2021

Last month was another record breaker. Last on the Card January 2021 had 221 views with seventy-three likes so hopefully a lot of those people had a look at your fabulous last photos. I know some of you just can’t let go and have to do a bit to the photo. Really no one cares, this is all about fun. I don’t know what the last photo is most of the time mainly on my phone and small camera.

The rules are simple:
1. Post the last photo on your SD card or last photo on your phone for the 28th February.
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” or #LastOnTheCard

Here’s mine

From my Samsung Galaxy S9

From my Canon PowerShot A1200

From my Canon PowerShot SX70HS

Do join in and post your photos. Don’t be shy

Is it right

Nancy’s Photo a Week Challenge: Off-center

I thought I’d just post two photos that I think are off-center but a very different. I would like to know your thoughts mainly about this photo of Eastern Curlews coming into land. If it’s not off-center what would you call it?

This is a bit obviously off-center but is it too much off-center?