Hammad’s Weekend Sky #04
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Day nine of Becky’s Square Photo Challenge for October: Kindasquare
Taken at sunset with a bit of movement trying to be a bit arty
How are you going so far this year? I am still not allowed to drive so I haven’t had many photo excursions and at times didn’t really feel like taking photos. Do you have times like that too?
It is time to be in the garden and enjoy the warm days. A few days at my place the temperature was in the low 30’s which isn’t Spring weather, more like Summer. The rains that have been promised haven’t eventuated so I am using the dwindling dam water to keep the garden going as best I can. I have been doing a few projects both here at my place and at my besties.
The header photo is looking from my verandah into that part of the garden where the Grevilleas are having a great flowering this Spring.
Instead of having my usual song at the end, I decided to have it up front so you can have a listen while you scroll. So grab a cup of tea or coffee, perhaps a snack or if in the evening join me in a glass of your choice as it’s aperitivo time here. Enjoy
One project around the place was to do a rejuvenation of part of the shed. This will be the potting shed and have a lot of the gardening equipment and tools.
One of the bonuses of living on the north coast of NSW is being able to get down to the coast and watch the whales migrate.
Back at home for a few insects to start the photo journey of my September. The Pittosporum had so many flowers this year it was a treasure trove for the tiny Native Stingless Bees.
The Wide_brand Grass-dart butterfly was hard to catch as they didn’t sit still very long.
Southern Silver Ochre butterflies spent more time
The Black Jezebels came flying through regularly in September. The thing you notice is a white butterfly flitting among the flowers with its erratic flight. the next photo helps to explain.
This is the inside wings of the Black Jezebel. When they fly they give a sort of strobe effect designed to confuse any predators along with an erratic flight.
Another of the Jezebels, Southern Jezebels are always a delight to have in the garden. The Honey Gem Grevillea flowers were quite an attraction.
The Honey Gem and other grevilleas had an amazing flowering with a bit of rain in late August enough to get things happening in the garden in September. The Blue-faced Honeyeaters were the bullies of the garden chasing most of the birds, especially the noisy Friarbirds, away from the flowers.
But as you see the Noisy Friarbirds still were able to sneak in for a feed
Another of the Friarbird, Little Friarbirds, were constant visitors as well
I have been putting a bit of food out fro the birds every now and then but not every day so they don’t become dependent on food from me. The Female King Parrot really looked good with her breeding plumage.
The males were quite resplendent too. Remember Tiny, well he is still around the garden most days.
Leaden Flycatchers hung around the old swimming pool always on the lookout for a snack to come along.
I love their inquisitive looks so I had to include a second photo.
The Female Rufus Whistler also has an inquisitive look around the garden
The songs of the Rufus Whistlers have resounded in the bush all September. They are all around the surrounding forest occasionally coming into the garden. This male Rufus Whistler was singing in the garden early one morning.
One afternoon coming home from town, we were driving through South Grafton when a large flock of Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos came screeching into the trees in peoples backyards.
The Satin Bowerbird found where I dropped a few bread crumbs on the verandah. Satin Bowerbirds are quite nervous and will take off at the slightest movement. I often get a few photos through the door while sitting at my desk if I am sneaky enough.
At my besties the little Red-backed Wren come through her garden in the afternoons looking for a bit to eat among the flowers and garden beds.
We were sitting on her verandah having a cup of tea when we saw a large bird fly into the lower part of the garden. When I got to the other end of the verandah I saw a White-faced Heron walking along with a large stick. I watch where he flew into a nearby tree but he nest was too well hidden.
The tiny Scarlet Honeyeaters prefer red Grevillea flowers
If you need a break, here’s a bit of sky with a wispy cloud face or what can you see?
Yes it is Spring in Australia so no Spring post couldn’t go past without a
few lots of flower photos, First up, a Daisy with an insect trying to hide. All of the following photos are from my besties garden except when I mention it’s from mine.
The Dianthus are a pretty shade of pink in the garden.
The white Gerbera really stands out
There are quite a few different Gazanias. I love this pink one
or perhaps I like this one more
The Cornflowers looked a treat
This Hibiscus was a new planting and I didn’t expect to see a flower this year on a small bush. the deep red is stunning
The violas are self seeding and springing up everywhere in the garden, even in the paths.
This is the red Hibiscus that came from my family home and is one of a couple that are in my garden.
My besties Lions Tails. Such an unusual plant.
It has been a great year for Grevilleas. Here is a selection from my place. Not too sure what this one is. I thought it was a Robyn Gordon but that doesn’t have yellow tips
This is a Robyn Gordon I am sure
The Ever strong Honey Gem, a great food source for birds as well as insects
After the fire at my place, there has been a lot of different species of Lomandra appearing. This is part of the flower stalk of a Lomandra mulitflora
A small native flower – a Gorse Bitter Pea. There are a lot of pea plants and many look similar
This pea flower is a Heathy Parrot Pea. Bunches of flowers on a long stalk. Most of these flowers are about 10mm or about half an inch as are many of the pea plant flowers.
The Paperbarks didn’t flower as well as I thought they would as most of the other native flowers like the Bottlebrush and Grevillea have. The flower is similar to a bottle brush flower only yellow instead of red.
I found this flowering plant on a walk along the trails of Evans Head. The aim was to photograph the native coastal plants flowers but by the time I was able to get there many had finished flowering. At least I saw the whales.
This Australian native flower is one of my all time favourites and is always a treat to find in the bush. I just love Flannel Flowers.
I finally found someone who laughs at my jokes.
Well it’s sunset so I better get going and you should too. Drop me a line if you found a favourite photo
One of the things about this September was that our Moon had risen before the sun had set. I love a Moon and a blue sky don’t you?
Also for Su’s Changing Seasons, September 2020
It’s day six of Becky’s Square Photo Challenge for October: Kindasquare
Debbies quotation inspired image
“If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space”.– Stephen Hunt, author
See that little yellow dot almost in the middle of the photo? That’s this bloke
Welcome to the things I found in August. Again a strange month for me as I have been still living between two properties, my besties and mine, trying to do as much as I can when I get to my home as I haven’t gotten used to posting using my tablet and phone combo. So easy using my computer.
I don’t have much to blah blah about so let’s get into the images that are my August. I would suggest a cup of your whatever for whatever time of day or night it is in your part of our world, a snack as well as there are quite a number of photos. The weather hasn’t been what is expected in August, temperatures are rather warm for the last month of what is called Winter but the August winds arrived late in the month and did they blow hard for a while.
Being unseasonably warm, lots of birds have started nest building. Around the garden at my besties there are five different birds nesting. Two Welcome Swallows nesting on the verandah as they did last year, a Brown Honeyeaters nest in the bushes at the front (too far into the middle to get any photos) Striated Pardalote nesting in the garden soil heap and the Willie Wagtails the gazebo a post.
Wagtails nest construction has started
Yes I have nesting material. What are you laughing at?
Reminds me of Jamie Hyneman from Mythbusters or Dick Strawbridge from Escape to the Chateau and Scrapheap Challenge
Time to sit for a while
A sneaky overhead shot while getting harassed at the same time
Other birds have been collecting nesting material too. An Eastern Yellow Robin finds a feather.
A female Figbird has just the right twig.
The Male Figbird watches on from a tree nearby.
While out on a walk around my place seeing if there has been anything new happening with the fire recovery of the bush, a Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike watched me.
Nearly every morning while at my besties, we go for a walk. Always along the way there are birds. A Scarlet Honeyeater was singing high among the branches.
A White-faced Heron flew around after we startled it on the creek and landed in a tree.
The Eastern Rosellas love the berries on the palms in the garden.
Hearing a loud squawking and carry on, I went out to find the local Square-tailed Kite in a tree watching something intently.
This is what the Kite was concerned about, a small Goanna near the Kite’s nest tree.
While on our walks, most days there is a Black Kite coasting on the air currents over the paddocks.
Birds on posts. Not sure which one this is. I have since been informed by Tracy that this is an Australian Pipit.
Bar-shouldered Doves enjoy sitting on a fence post to take in the morning sun. A bit of a chilly morning is evident when the doves are all puffed up.
Female Superb Fairy Wrens are always flitting along the fence lines where the grasses are tall and seeding. They can be heard on the other side of the fence twittering with the males and every now and then hop up onto a post.
The males like a bit of a post sit every now and then too. Perhaps to get a bit of morning sun.
The Red-browed Firetail Finches like the short grass in the garden to hop about and then go into the paddock next door to feed on the tall grass seed heads.
Chestnut-breasted Mannikins hang around in a flock of about twenty or more. I suspect this one was the lookout to warn the others eating the grass seeds on the ground that danger approaches.
The female Figbird found a good berry food source in the garden.
A Double-barred Finch found some grass seeds which had dried after the grass was mowed.
A Chestnut-breasted Mannikin had these seed heads all to himself
A bit of a windy day at the beach but the Crested Terns didn’t care.
While walking along the break wall, there was a Crested Tern swooping up and down the wall over the water hoping to get a snack. Speaking of snacks, how are you doing? Maybe need a drink refill? Probably about half way along. I’m going for a drink.
These fish didn’t seem to mind being near the surface. Luckily the birds weren’t in this part of the harbour.
Time for a bit of whimsy. Some abstracts – some found as the feather stuck in the sand
Some constructed as the pattern took my fancy
Anyone for lunch?
Some made by nature – I love the surrealness of clouds
and the wonders of water drops on spiders webs
The warm weather has bought out a cicada or two far too early and I guess would have been too cold to survive and been eaten
The Rocket Lettuce in my besties garden has gone to flower. On the dairy flats across the road, a Beekeeper has put some hives. The garden is full of bees. They love Rocket flowers and also the Basil is in flower as well.
A Stingless Native Bee wants in on the action too!
This Native Bee is much smaller than the one above. This one is at my place fossicking around a Lomandra multifloras flowers
Down near the creek where we walk, the Mistletoe is in flower. Some of the flowers are white
and some of the flowers are red. Not sure whether it is the same species and different sexes or age of the flowers
All around the bush at my place, the Native Lilac or False Sarsparilla is flowering scattering purple spot all through the bush. Sometimes a few long stem appear
other times there is a riot of purple
Another colourful plant at the moment is the Ink Plant, a tropical plant from America. It is said that ink was made from the berries and the root was a medicine. The red tinged leaves look quite ca treat in the bush. I should pull them out as they can take over.
The berries go from green to purple/black and red. It does look quite a sight.
The berries are reported to be toxic to humans, horses, cattle, sheep, pigs fowl and dogs.
I was sure I had the name of this Australian Native flower. I just call is a purple star flower. This tiny flower is all through my place popping up here and there. Tracy again has informed me that this is an Australian Bluebell.
This is an Erect Guinea flower, a small flower, 12 – 24mm across and is about 50mm or 2 inches tall.
I love finding Banksia flowers when we go out exploring around the countryside. I don’t have any in my place but really should put a plant or two in my garden.
The Zygote Cactus flowers were quite spectacular this year.
I can’t remember what these flowers from my besties garden are called.
Her Nasturtiums always look a treat. I have too many animals that love to eat them to have these wonderful flowers at my place.
I love Gerberas
and my Daffodils didn’t flower this year. It was too warm perhaps so I had to buy my bestie some for her birthday this year.
I think this is a Cosmos flower. They look so good in the garden.
Time for the Grevilleas. A great year for their flowering. This one is Coconut Ice
We have lost the name for this one, it is possibly Blood Orange
This may be a Sandra Gordon species
I think the Blue-faced Honeyeater saw me come onto the verandah. Look at all the pollen on his head while getting the delicious nectar from the Honey Gem Grevillea.
Remember the story of the plumbing tape. Here on the left-hand side of the photo of the Satin Bowerbirds bower is the blue part of the reel.
The grass seed heads with a bit of dew in the morning sun.
The White Fig Tree in the garden has attracted the Fig Birds to my place.
My bestie had one of the best small tomato crops this winter. We had tomatoes all the time. In fact I still have a small bowl in the fridge.
OK everyone, the sun is setting so it’s time to say see you next month. I hope you had a lovely time.
Did you have a favourite photo? I’d love to hear if you did.
Here is a song I have never heard before. Hope you like it as much as I did
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Well July has been a quite interesting month. I will say now that I am quite well and feeling great. The only sort of downside is I am not allowed to drive which is quite difficult when you live in the bush a fair way from town. The upside is my bestie doesn’t want me to be by myself so we have been together since the start of the month so living in isolation between her place and mine has been easy.
You may wonder what the hell is he talking about! It all started on July the fourth early in the morning. I was asleep so have no recollection of my seizure and consequent trip to hospital in the ambulance where I spent four days. I don’t remember that first day in the Emergency Unit only to say that I had a nurse with me for part of the time as my heart rate dropped to 37. Over the next three days I had all sorts of tests to examine my brain functions and contrary to what some people may think, my brain is quite a good brain with no signs of impairment at all. This is why my posts have been rather sporadic as I have been trying to come to terms with using my phone and small tablet to post. Downloading photos and trying to get them as I want is the hard part. I found a good free photo editing software at last for the tablet. I am sorry I missed a lot of Becky’s Perspective Squares and not many songs get added either.
OK on to what I saw in July
The mornings at my besties have been lovely misty mornings. I did manage to post a few others for Becky’s Squares
The bees were quite busy in July as a Beekeeper put his hives on the dairy farm across the road
Noisy Friarbirds like to call early in the morning. They seem to be the most predominant bird at my place at the moment
The Grevilleas look great in the morning sun. Honey Gem is one of my favourites as it attracts birds and insects
This flower actually looks like a Sun
Despite looking a bit scraggly, this Grevillea get visits from small Honeyeaters
I am not sure what this small native flower is but it has appeared since the fire.
A Blue-faced Honeyeater and a Honey Gem Grevillea are always a winner
A female Figbird was quite curious of what I was doing
The male Figbird has his red eye patch and feather colours at full mating mode in the morning sun
Going for a walk down my road, I saw a different bird in a tree. It was a Collared Sparrowhawk, the first time I have seen one here.
The Superb Fairy Wrens enjoyed the birdbath. See the difference between the female and male
He looks quite lovely with the colours of the Salvia
“Do these feathers make me look fat?” the Double Barred Finch seemed to say
An afternoon at the beach was a good restful way to spend the day. The Pied Oystercatchers think so as well.
A rare opportunity of seeing a Darter swimming underwater in search of a meal.
The pink and grey of a Galah look lovely in the afternoon sun
On an afternoon walk we often see a Pied Cormorant or two on this branch over the creek. This day there were more than ever and was a had to take reflection photo as well.
Above the Pied Cormorants, a pair of Rainbow Bee Eaters were enjoying their afternoon meal.
I did have time to muck about with some photos. These water abstracts are the raw images. I should send them out for Jez’s Water Water Everywhere as well
It is amazing what can be seen from inside a car at a car wash.
Water abstract of a Pelican
I did some black and white photos too. The empty cafe was my favourite
I love water drops
Well I must be going so as I slide down and away here’s a Green Tree Frog to say good bye
I wonder if the cows enjoy sunsets as much as we do?
An almost full Moon during the day is nice to see so it’s goodnight from me and hope you enjoyed a scroll through my July
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Well hello. Yes this is June 2020. A lot has happened at the end of June and early July which will be part of This Is July 2020…..eventually.
There’s quite a number of images which I am still trying to load to my site so I thought I’d get a bit of my blah blah out of the way. I wont be mixing like I do but the following photos will be in blocks with a particular theme I guess. I was thinking of leaving the update on the Joey until then end but those photos are loaded so lets bung them on now. That’ll get the cute out of the way so be ready to ahhh. Also get a cup of you favourite drink and a snack as you wade through what is my June 2020
As you can see Joey is growing up
This is a huge gallery of birds. Starting with a Black Kite
A Black-shouldered Kite hovering which they do as they hunt for prey
The Black Kite found the perfect perch to observe the goings on
The Yellow Robins were in the garden most of June
A classic Australian scene of a Kookaburra in an old gum tree
Blue-faced Honeyeaters will take on any pose to get a snack
The Cormorants knew when the fishers were sorting the catch
The Dusky Woodswallow was quite intent on something
The Satin Bowerbird is always looking for material to construct and make the Bower better
The Satin Bowerbird has bought lunch to his Bower hoping a female may be interested.
The Bower only has a few objects so maybe a female may not be interested unless she is hungry
The Rainbow Bee Eaters were in the garden swooping around the flowering plants
Rainbow Lorikeets love Eucalypt blossoms
The Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike found a good spot in the garden to watch what was going on
The young Gannets had a great time fishing
It’s time for a few flowers and assorted plant life This is a Leafless Globe Pea. I haven’t seen this plant on my place before and the fire has bout it to life I think
Then the flowers become pods
Then the dry and the seed can rattle around on the dried pod
OK fungi time. A bit of rain in June bought the fungi out as well
It was good to see tiny fungi rising from the ashes
Anothr new native plant bought to life after the fire
I am sure this is from my besties garden
This one as well
Life bursts forth from the trees. Eucalypt flowers are amazing.
Time for a mixed bag. The water in the harbour
You have seen this scene a few time over the past month.
I love the faces in the Bottle Trees
Who doesn’t love a bit of rust?
The old bloke smoking a pipe. Yes my bestie and I having fun on a walk
Looking through a prism. No where as good as Becky’s of Jez’s Lens Balls
A water drop high in a tree caught my eye
I love the world in a water drop
It’s time for a few insects. Nothing scary I promise even this spider is so tiny
The grasshopper was hoping I wouldn’t notice him on the steel beam
Everyone was attracted to the flower. I think they may be a type of Beefly
While the Bees were out in the garden collecting pollen. The pollen sacs are getting full.
I love finding spiders webs on the fence. This one was so tiny
The storm was approaching as we headed home. A shaft of light illuminated this farm house
Some days the clouds are just fabulous
Solitary Island in the early morning sea mist
Heading home to roost so I guess we better get ready to say good night as well
Our Moon is illuminating the way home. I hope to see you next month for another look into bushboys world
Before I go I should really give you one last chance to have a loving sigh
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