The Ragtag Daily Prompt Thursday: Plume
The Photo a Week Photo Challenge: Faded
Here for the photos but first come for the music and stay for the show….
Cady’s Photo Challenge: Just One Person Around The World
To acknowledge the traditional lands where we gather sometimes there is a Smoking Ceremony performed by the Indigenous people to welcome us. The people gather around the fire in a circle where green Eucalyptus leaves from the area are burnt giving a scented smoke that pervades the air.
I have been lucky enough to be involved in a few Smoking Ceremonies over the years and it is quite a powerful way of welcome. As the smoke rises, the singing and playing traditional instruments happens. A didgeridoo and clapping sticks plus the singing does send shivers down your spine.
Day fourteen of Becky’s Square Top Photo Challenge
Debbie’s Six Word Saturday
Debbies Six Word Saturday
Today, 20 November 2019, the smoke in the atmosphere was so bad. This is a view I often take sunset photos or landscapes.
This what that same scene looked like this afternoon
Time for Debbie’s Six Word Saturday
I am sorry for bombarding you with fire stuff but it’s my life at the moment.
I was in town when the atmosphere turned a different shade than I am used to seeing which gave my world an eerie glow.
Looking across the Clarence River at the Jacaranda trees which usually stand out in the landscape
Looking upstream towards the Great Dividing Range where you see mountains. My place is in there somewhere
The reflection of the sun on the water which was being whipped up by a very strong wind. There was even small waves on the river
It’s time for Debbie’s Six Word Saturday
Over the weekend the wind blew like the fury and of course there have been fires. Why people are lighting fires when the bush is tinder dry I don’t know. I was driving on my way home from my besties and I could see the smoke in the distance and knew there were fires near where I was heading. I caught up to the Rural Fire Service truck not far from town and followed along behind as he going the speed limit or a bit over.
The smoke ahead was quite thick and covered the horizon
Of course some dickhead decided to overtake me. The closer I got the more the smoke started to cover the landscape. The fire truck put on their flashing lights.
The day almost became night as the sun was blotted out by the smoke from the fire
After I was home I found out that that road had been closed due to the heavy smoke from the fire. It is most unusual for so many bushfires at this time of year.
This is the map of where the fires are. I was on the yellow road running down the picture
What a month of differences. I had some good rainfalls in February but March became quite dry. The dam I use for watering the garden and use outside didn’t receive any run-off and is very low. I am in water conservation mode and back to watering the garden plants sparingly. The pot plants on the verandahs are getting the precious tank water. I have lost a number of my Begonias sadly. I have a number of plants of the same species and nothing has been lost altogether.
The coming of Autumn is usually a time to plant but as the same as last year, there isn’t the promise of rain and soil moisture. I have a number of plants that are now going to re-potted into bigger pots. The best thing is the sunsets this Autumn so this post has a number of sunsets as I couldn’t decide which ones to use.
I haven’t included the photos I have used in posts over the past few weeks, such as the Wedged-tailed Eagle having lunch on the side of the road. I have also put some in reserve for posts to be written later on.
There is a a good selection so maybe a cup of your favourite beverage, a snack and get comfortable to see some of the stuff I found in my world in March.
I was very privileged to be part of a smoking ceremony. A traditional Aboriginal welcome to their part of country. The leaves that were on the fire, Lemon Scented Gum, Cinnamon Gum and another type of eucalypt leaf I can’t remember.
We stood or sat around the circular fire pit. One of the most amazing part was we were told that the smoke would touch us all. They began playing a welcome tune and the smoke went in a spiral around the circle of people, the smoke touching everyone. Yes the hairs on my arms and neck stood, it was a magical moment.
The leaves had to be put on regularly to infuse the people and the moment which gave us a sense of being part of country.
One of the murals inside of the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence where the NSW Landcare Forum was held
The city sunset
One afternoon, the sun was so yellow bathing the countryside giving an eerie glow to the Grass Tree sentinels that watch over my besties place.
I wish I had more time to explore Redfern its streets, houses and gardens. I love this ornate piece on a gate.
Back at my part of the world, I found a bit of rust.
One of the jardinieres in the front of a house
Meanwhile at the beach, the shadows on the sand caught my attention.
The colours of a Small Common Yellow Butterfly seemed to change as it sat on the lomandra.
My nighttime visitor who dropped in and commenced doing her laundry.
The early morning rain at my besties on a spiders web.
The water drops
While on the hunt for spiky things for Beckys March Square Photo Challenge, a purple Spider Orchid said pick me.
Some Eucalypt flowers look spiky but are so soft
Purple flowers in the morning sun.
Another orchid found at the Lismore Farmers Market where we go most Saturdays for breakfast and get some produce from the growers.
The Desert Rose is also for sale at the Market
After not doing much, the rain came to my besties in March (but not my place) and the bean plants started to grow and flower.
This is the very first time I have seem coconuts growing on a tree.
Time for a few bird photos. The cute little Striated Thornbill enjoys dropping into to use the bird bath
OK….now we are back at the beach. The Crested Terns flew in and sat on the beach with us.
On Macleay Island, the Bush-stone Curlews had a young one.
Having a drive around we came across a family of Grey-crowned Babblers having a feed along the side of the road.
One afternoon the sky was filled with a cacophony of squawking Little Corellas, the most Little Corellas I have ever seen in one huge flock. There were hundreds.
The flock stretched across the sky in the afternoon sun.
I love the graceful Ibis as the soar overhead.
The Black Kites are always hovering and swooping at the waste facility.
A look at the steering mechanism on a Black Kite.
I am so happy that the Scarlet Honeyeaters are still around the garden at home.
It is always a treat to come across Eastern Rosellas
The rain at my besties has bought out the happy looking Green Tree Frogs.
On the drive around we came across an Eastern Grey Kangaroo and her Joey.
The morning sun on the pampas grass seed heads
The car ferry on the way to Macleay Island was soon overtaken by the catamaran ferry
It was a treat when the yacht owner put up the red sails
The sunset over the bay made the end of a busy day worthwhile.
The sunset on the water
The farmer next door ploughed and planted a paddock next to my besties place. When it was ready, he let the cows into the paddock. This cow certainly seemed to enjoy having a snack.
The calf kept a wary eye on me.
The calf at sunset.
Another fabulous sunset.
Another day, another sunset. This is the eastern sky
I think this was my favourite sunset of March
Probably my favourite sunset photo. Well the suns gone down…..
…..and our Moon is in the sky, so it’s time to go.
I hope you have a had a good time wandering about, sometimes a bit chaotic, in my world. The featured photo is one from Beckys photo challenge which a lot of people liked. Maybe you have a favourite photo too?