Happiness is….

The photo challenge #22 from Ann-Christine at the Lens-Artists: Happiness is…

So many things to explore with happiness is.

Among other things, I get great pleasure from nature. Happiness is sitting down and watching the world drift past, from the big to the small. Hope this post can bring a bit of happiness into your day.

A Blue-banded Bee scrunching into a Blue Ginger flower always makes me smile
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Stingless native Bees whizzing about with full pollen sacs are a joy
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A Blue-banded Bee getting a look at me too
blue bum bee_binna burra_crop_feb 2012

Finally finding a Blue Triangle Butterfly was a happy moment
blue triangle butterfly_side_named_binna burra_jan 2018

Having the Caper White Butterflies come into my garden on their migration is lovely
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The Black Jezabel is usually high in the canopy and when they come down for a visit I smile
butterfly_common jezabel_binna burra_named_mar 2014

Orchard Swallowtails are large butterflies who make the garden their home
orchard butterfly01_home_named_march 2016

Figbirds song is always a welcome sound around the garden
fig bird02_home_named_dec 2013

A cacophony of sound and colour means the Rainbow Lorikeets are here
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Even a female Satin Bowerbird snacking on a bunch of bananas is something special
catbird02_binna burra_named_dec2014

A Whipbird calling in the forest is a sound of delight
eastern whipbird_calling_named_binna burra_oct 2017

Having birds nest and raise their young close to the house is happiness
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Or a Hornet building her nest on the wall is nicewasp_nest_named_home_dec 2017

Finding a spiders web in the morning with the dew shining like gems makes me happy
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as is finding an Hyacinth Orchid for the first time in the forest around the house – elation
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I hope you enjoyed my Happiness is…….

This is October 2018

OK folks strap yourself in for this ride. You will need stamina, food, drinks and a possible toilet break as I have been unrelenting in snapping away with all manner of things. I was going to break the photos down into subject groups in separate posts, but I thought “What the heck, you can scroll through at your own pace.”

What better way to start the day (or post) than with a sunrise from my besties new place
sunrise_named_caniaba_oct 2018

Let’s start with things. I don’t know what to call this bunch of photos as they are different. Enough talk. Off we go!

I found these gelatinous blobs on the beach, hundreds of them. Perhaps baby jelly fish?
eggs_beach_named_evans head_oct 2018
When you see a land form that resembles something else
duck rock_beach_named_evans head_oct 2018

The planes have been showing themselves a bit in October.
areoplane_named_home_oct 2018

Just love these rock cliff, the colours and again, can you see a face?
rock formation_beach_named_evans head_oct 2018

The moss gave the tree a bit of a dress with a vine for dramatic effect.
moss_vine_waterhole_named_home_oct 2018
More moss. This time at the waters edge at the beachmoss_rocks_beach_named_evans head_oct 2018

The rock pool took on an ethereal mood
rock pool_beach_named_evans head_oct 2018

Just the shelf at my besties place
the shelf_swant_named_caniaba_oct 2018

When I put on this lamp, I just had to take the photo. Another shelf at my besties
the shelf_light_named_caniaba_oct 2018

October saw the rain come. This dam, I use the water around the house and garden, was about one-eighth full. Seeing the water flow into the dam cured my blues.
house dam_named_oct 2018

The waterhole on my place never is dry but came very close this year. Seeing it full again made me happy. I think the birds and animals are pleased as well
waterhole_named_home_oct 2018

Waterfalls make such a soothing sound don’t you think? Even little waterfalls that help fill the waterhole.
waterfall_beach_named_evans head_oct 2018
Of course a bit of rain and sunshine brings out the fungifungi_named_home_oct 2018

Fungi of all shapes and colours. Some big….
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…some small
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and some are ediblemushroom_named_caniaba_oct 2018

I love Grass Trees. These are at a place called Naughtons Gap. They are bigger than some of the Grass Trees on my place.
grass trees_named_naughtons gap_oct 2018
A wonderful discovery was a whole street in Grafton lined with Bottle Trees. This will be investigated as to why and how and perhaps a bushboy post about the history of the Bottle Trees in Grafton may evolve.bottle tree_named_grafton_oct 2018

The early morning dew and spiders webs. I can’t resist
spider_web_grass_named_caniaba_oct 2018

Sitting having a cup of tea with my bestie when a large Skink wandered about the garden. Wonderful markings aren’t they?
skink_named_caniaba_oct 2018
Would you believe that this tree is called a Cheese Tree?cheese tree_fruit_waterhole_named_home_oct 2018

Just an ant having a swim. He did get out eventually.
ant_swimming_dam_named_home_oct 2018

The flower and a bee. The flower is on what is called a broad leaf weed which is supposed to be undesirable in a lawn. Look at the bees pollen sacks. I don’t think the bee would be as happy if the “weed” wasn’t there. Think before you mow please.
bee_flower_named_caniaba_oct 2018

Just a feather
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and another
feather_grass_named_caniaba_oct 2018

The Forest Kingfishers have arrived. The male looked about for anything that moved in the grass or the garden.
forest kingfisher_front_named_caniaba_oct 2018

The colours on his back are lovely.
forest kingfisher_back_named_caniaba_oct 2018

This photo shows a bit more of the iridescence
forest kingfisher_named_caniaba_oct 2018

Galahs are funny birds. This bloke is sitting on the stock trough on next doors place at my besties
galah_named_caniaba_oct 2018

It’s a bit of a way down to get a drink.
galah_upsidedowm_named_caniaba_oct 2018

Another arrival in Spring are the Grey Shrike Thrush. They are in the trees around the garden and sing in the morning and in the afternoons. What a delight to have in my garden.
grey shrike thush_named_home_oct 2018

The Pied Currawong didn’t mind a bit of rain.
pied currawong_wet_named_home_oct 2018
Doesn’t he look great. The black with the red of the Flame Treepied currawong_flame tree_named_home_oct 2018

The Fig Bird was spotted eating Mulberries
figbird_male_mulberry_named_caniaba_oct 2018

So was his mate
figbird_female_mulberry_named_caniaba_oct 2018
A Coucal Pheasant came for a visit and sat high in the Gum Tree.coucal pheasant_named_caniaba_oct 2018

Later on, I think he was checking me out through the undergrowth.
coucal pheasant_named_naughtons gap_oct 2018

Another October visitor, a Brown Honeyeater
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He soon found the bird bathbrown honeyeater_bird bath_named_home_oct 2018

The Blue-faced Honeyeaters have arrived in numbers to feast on the Honey Gem Grevillea
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The female Blue-faced Honeyeaters also drop in for a snackblue faced honeyeater_honey gem_female_grevillea_named_home_oct 2018

Remember the post about the Post where the Noisy Friar Bird was chased away by the Spangled Drongo. Here Rainbow Lorikeets get a serve from the Friar Bird. A bit of a peck to the head.
rainbow lorikeets_noisy friar bird_honey gem_grevillea_fight_named_home_oct 2018

The Rainbow Lorikeets were a bit bemused by all the carry on.
rainbow lorikeets_honey gem_grevillea_named_home_oct 2018

A female Satin Bowerbird enjoyed the nectar in the Yamba Sunshine Grevillea.
satin bower bird_female_reaching_honey gem_named_home_oct 2018
But like everyone else, the Honey Gem Grevillea is the best place to get a meal.satin bower bird_female_honey gem_named_home_oct 2018

Yellow-faced Honeyeaters seem to have a constant scowl on their faces.
yellow-faced honeyeater_named_home_oct 2018
I think this Yellow-faced Honeyeater spotted me and my camerayellow faced honeyeater_named_home_oct 2018
The gravity defying White-throated Treecreeper taken from the comfort of the chair in my officewhite throated treecreeper_named_home_oct 2018

They are lovely as they hop up and down the trees looking for something to eat.
white throated treecreeper_garden_named_home_oct 2018

Another photo from my office chair. I call this one, “I can see what you are doing” is what the King Parrot is saying.
king parrot_looking_named_home_oct 2018
A young King Parrot morphing into a maleking parrot_young_named_home_oct 2018

Getting a good Eastern Rosella photo quest continues
eastern rosella_named_caniaba_oct 2018

Out for a drive, we spotted a smallish bird run across the road and into a paddock. A new bird has been seen, an Australasian Pipit.
australaisin pipit_named_caniaba_oct 2018

On another adventure drive, we spotted flashes of green zooming across the road. A flock of Rainbow Bee Eaters were hanging about. This is a breeding pair
rainbow bee eaters_rambaldini rd_naughtons gap_named_oct 2018

Aren’t the males colours amazing?
rainbow bee eater_close_rambaldini rd_naughtons gap_named_oct 2018

You may wonder why we are back at a couple of young King Parrots. I thought it was lovely to have them sitting on a hanging pot under the verandah, until I spotted what they were doing
king parrots_young_succulent_named_home_oct 2018

Yes, these “lovely” young birds had eaten half of the succulents in the pot. All around the pot, the succulent trailed over the edge. Can you see the bit trailing over the edge now. This hanging pot is no longer hanging where pesky King Parrots can get at it.
succulent_hanging pot_named_home_oct 2018

Water drops and new growth
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I love the colour of this Succulent. Was tempted to pinch a leaf or twosucculent_named_caniaba_oct 2018

I love the colours in this photo of a Hanging Violet with red in the background
violet_behind_named_caniaba_oct 2018

A lovely Native Geranium growing in the “lawn” Another reason not to mow
native geranium_named_caniaba_oct 2018
Pansies, pansies, pansiespansies1_named_caniaba_oct 2018
and more Pansiespansies2_named_caniaba_oct 2018
This year the Silky Oaks flowering was spectacularsilky oak_grevilea_named_caniaba_oct 2018

A flower of a Succulent
cactus_flower_named_caniaba_oct 2018

The Budlea flower spike wonderful and smells delightful
budlea_flower_named_caniaba_oct 2018

Some of the Roses looked a treat this year
rose_pink_named_caniaba_oct 2018
A pink Bottlebrush flowerbottlebrush_flower_named_caniaba_oct 2018

The native water lillies on my dam. Water Snowflake
water lilies_dam_named_home_oct 2018

The rain knocked a lot of the flowers off the Flame Tree. The little cups filled with water
flame tree_flowers_named_home_oct 2018

Some native flowers that grow on my place. This yellow beauty is Dogwood
flower_native_waterhole_named_home_oct 2018
I think this native flower is a Hairy Guinea Flowerflower_native_yellow_waterhole_named_home_oct 2018

I have been encouraging a lot of Egg and Bacon plant to grow on one part of my property. It’s spikey habit is good for protecting small birds when it is in a fairly dense thicket
egg and bacon_plant_named_home_oct 2018
Plus the flowers are lovely. You can see the sharp points in the leavesegg and bacon_flower_named_home_oct 2018

A small pink Grevillea.
grevillea_flower_named_caniaba_oct 2018

My besties flower beds are looking great
flowers_pink_red_named_caniaba_oct 2018
and yet more flowersflowers_pink_named_caniaba_oct 2018
This flower has caused great excitement for me. This is the first time I have seen a Hakea Florulenta on my property.hakea florulenta_stem_named_home_oct 2018

Aren’t the tiny flowers delightful?
hakea florulenta_flower_named_home_oct 2018

The early morning fog gives a sense of wonder to start the day
rainy_morning_named_caniaba_oct 2018
Of course when it rains, you also find rainbows. This one had a faint double above.rainbow_named_caniaba_oct 2018

Well, the sun is setting and you have reached the end. Well done for sticking around to get to the end and thanks for having a look at my October 2018
sunset_named_caniaba_oct 2018

Did you have a favourite photo?

Golden

The word photo challenge prompt from Debbie at Travel with Intent: Golden

The Gold Top Mushroom
fungus_goldtop_named_home_june 2017

Of all the Spiders in my garden, the Golden Orb Weaver is spectacular with a rather messy web
golden orb weaver_sky_named_home_may 2018

Other Spiders webs are well constructed. This one with a golden glow of the morning
spiders web_gold_named_binna burra_april 2018

The Golden Lycras are a sight to see in the garden
geoffs garden_golden lycras_named_oct 2017

The Golden Whistler has a wonderful song
golden whistler_named_binna burra_march 2018
and of course the golden glow of a sunrise is a great way to start a morningsunrise_gold_named_ballina_feb-2017

How many golden things are in your life?

Circles and Curves

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Circle and Curves

For Cee’s photo challenge I have decided to stick with a nature theme of circles and curves.

An Australian native snail shell
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The circles and curves of a spiders web
180928_blog challenge_blackandwhite_circles_curves_spiders web

The beautiful curves of a Python sleeping on the verandah
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What better circle than our Moon on a cloudy night with a bright ring around the Moon
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The favourite Eastern Yellow Robin, Bobbin, on the curve of a table in the old garden
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Fences have their uses

The word prompt from Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Fences

The old fence
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The fence is a good place to grow ferns
old fence_named_binna burra_may 2017

The wire still holds the fence up
fence fix_named_jackadgery_jan 2018

Some fences make good houses
spiders web_wire fence_named_home_dec 2017

Other fences are for perching on
jackie winter_named_jackadgery_jan 2018

Fences keep stock safe
little horse_duroux rd_named_sept 2014

Patterns

The word prompt from Lens_Artists Photo Challenge: Patterns

So many patterns in this world it was hard to stop myself from just going on with too many photos.

The colourful patterns on the cliff face
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The amazing patterns created by spiders
spiders web_blackandwhite_named_binna burra_march 2018

The reflection on the water make a very liquid pattern
water reflections01_burano_named_oct 2015

The crazy cat pattern made by the bark of a Spotted Gum Tree.
tree cat_named_home_sept 2017

Wonderful patterns made by Sand Crabs
crab art02_named_emerald beach_march 2017
The patterns on an aeroplanes tail
180812_patterns_airplane tail

The patterns made by water lillies
180812_patterns_water lillies_water

Amazing patterns on the underside of a Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
180812_patterns_yellow tailed black cockatoo
Fabulous patterns on the feathers of an Ibis
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And of course, the wonderful patterns on our Moon
moon_named_nov-2016

This is July 2018

What a month July has been. I haven’t been inspired to take photos. I have had a general malaise that has not been inspiring to take many photo and some I have taken are not worth the effort to place in my blog. Sorry everyone. This is my mediocre blog for the year. I have had some special moments. My best mate and his partner came for a almost a week, my bestie arrived a few days later and my “twin” and I had a great birthday together. (look back into my blog to realise why or there is a recent blog on Meet the Bloggers blog if you want to read)

Enough of being maudlin Let’s get going for some of my world in July

I have found grass seeds are quite striking. Perhaps they need a blog of their own? This seed head is a variety called Summer Grass or perhaps a Couch. So many choices I give up
grass seed_paspalum_named_caniaba_july 2018

Same with this one. I liked trying to get a good photo of grass seed heads, perhaps I should have tried hared.
grass seed01_named_caniaba_july 2018

The low chill stone fruits are flowering. The Peach has a lovely amount of bees. Maybe more bees next time.
peacg blossom_named_home_july 2018

The spider webs have been looking nice in the mornings. Here is a love heart for you.
spiders web heart_named_caniaba_july 2018

One of the rusty rooves that didn’t make it into Becky #RoofSquares photo challenges
shed_rust_named_caniaba_july 2018

At the Lismore Air Show, some Black Kites decided to join in the fun. A Kite with a Pit Special acrobatic aeroplane. I may do another blog on the Air Show.
plane_bird_flying_named_lismore_july 2018
I like this photo even though it’s not the best. It’s a bird, it’s a plane. Yes it certainly is.plane_bird_lismore air show_named_july 2018

This is what a Black Kite looks like
black kite_named_lismore_july 2018
Some Sacred Ibis did a formation fly over too.
ibis_flying_named_lismore_july 2018

A usual winter visitor is the Satin Bowerbirds. When it gets cold in the mountains, they come to winter at my place. This male enjoyed an afternoon drink.
satin bowerbird_male_bird bath_named_home_july 2018

The females and juveniles have similar plumage. I think this is a female Satin Bowerbird.
satin bowerbird_female_bird bath_named_home_july 2018

Enjoying a bath.
satin bowerbird_female_bird bath_splash_named_home_july 2018

Looks like a grumpy Pied Currawong didn’t want me around.
pied currawong_named_home_july 2018

Eastern Spinebills are lovely to have around the garden. Their distinctive wing clicking lets me know when they are around.
eastern spinebill_bidbath_named_home_july 2018

The Eastern Spinebill has found a potted Grevillea and has made the Grevillea its own feeding place.
eastern spinebill_grevillea_named_home_july 2018

It looks like there is no communication when the bird bath has to be shared. A White-throated Honeyeater and a White-throated Treecreeper aren’t talking this afternoon.
white browed treecreeper_white throated honeyeater_bird bath_named_home_july 2018

A Spotted Pardalote enjoyed a moment to itself.
spotted pardalote_bird bath_named_home_july 2018

A new visitor to my garden is a Striated Pardalote. Here looking at me as I was at my desk taking photos through the glass door.
striated pardalote_named_home_july 2018
I had four Pied Butcher Birds having a look for insect when I was cutting firewood. The sound of the chainsaw brought them to examine what I was doing. pied butcher bird_branch_named_home_july 2018

A female Golden Whistler loved being in the garden. Often seen swooping through the sprinklers when I was watering the garden.
golden whistler_female_named_home_july 2018

I often neglect some birds as I see them all the time. The little White-throated Honeyeaters love my garden.
white throated honeyeater_named_home_july 2018

My mission for August will be to get some good photos of Eastern Rosellas.
eastern rosella_named_caniaba_july 2018

The wonderful Winter visitor to my garden is the Rose Robin. Such a lovely sight as he flits through the garden.
rose robin01_named_home_july 2018

The photo I used in an earlier blog. Just had to include this again. What a lovely bird to have in my life.
rose robin1_named_home_july 2018

The sun is setting so almost time to say goodnight or good morning, depends on where you are in this world.
sunset_named_caniaba_july 2018

This time of year, it is time to harvest sugar cane. Some cane farmers still burn the cane prior to harvest. This is the view of the cane fires from my besties garden.
cane fire_named_caniaba_july 2018
The last light is almost upon us so I guess I’ll see you later.tree_sunset_named_caniaba_july 2018

See you later. Say G’day. I would love to hear from you.