Debbie’s One Word Sunday: Homonym
Spring the season vs Spring……well a spring
Debbie’s One Word Sunday: Homonym
Spring the season vs Spring……well a spring
As I am in the middle of Summer, it was 40C today with a storm brewing, I thought that I would just post Spring or should I say Grey Spring.
This is Spring on my Grey Ferguson Tractor.
I hope I beat Jez to posting this idea we both had last time Spring was the theme
Well here is the second installment of This is September. Here is an assortment of stuff but mainly nature.
First off I’d like to let you know my sad news. My elderly neighbour and good friend Geoff, the bloke who gave me this beautiful Iris, died earlier this week. I have so many plants from his wonderful garden, perhaps a future blog, that I will always have good memories especially when the plants flower and spread sunshine to my garden.
I might as well stay on the flowers that managed to bloom despite the lack of rain. Orange Trumpet flowers hang from the shed.
The Bromiliad flowers are most unusual
The Pansys battled on with a watering every now and then.
I like the lion face in this Pansy
The Rose Geraniums flowered looking so spectacular dotted through the garden
Most of the flowers also had other things happening too. Can you find the insect on the Westringia? Hint it’s a bee
The butterflies liked resting on the Westringia. Not sure if this is a Grass Dart or a Skipper
Stingless Native Bees were a buzz about the Orange Trumpet flowers.
Other bees likes to get among the Grevilleas
The Wisteria came out to bloom for a few weeks. Wanderer Butterflies were attracted to the flowers perfume.
Another sign of Spring is Orchard Swallowtails in the garden.
One of the biggest butterflies that come around the garden.
Some moths are hard to find when they sit on the ground
Other butterflies are rather small like this Barred Skipper who didn’t mind resting on a leaf
Do you remember the Assassin Bug photo? Here is the full photo
Come warmer weather, spider webs appear. The St Andrews Cross Spider didn’t quite get the “this is what a cross looks like” memo
I din’t think he cares very much
Insects are everywhere. Some like to see what you are doing on the computer
Just a fly sitting on a leaf
An ant scurried away when it saw the camera
A Common Yellow Butterfly shows the birds how to hide among the leaves
Some leaves look wonderful. The colours the White Fig leaves turn merge so well
The sunlight on the Bottlebrush leaf drew my attention. This is without the photo bombing bee
The Bloodwood Tree nuts litter the forest floor
On a walk we came across a Spotted Gum with interesting bark patterns and lumps. What can you see?
The Ironbark looked like it had a claw emerging down its trunk.
Can you see a cat?
We saw a bear…can you?
The Silk Tree pods are like orange velvet in the tree tops
Sometimes the pods drop with their seeds intact
The Agave looked lovely in the morning sun
The Skink hung on to the bricks as it surveyed the scene on the church in Grafton
The Joeys are now too big to fit in the pouch any more
The Spring sunsets have been amazing
The sun is almost gone so it’s time to say see ya later.
What a great photo challenge from Lost in Translation. Vernal is an inspirational adjective bringing thoughts of Spring – it’s colours and promise of life. It is the middle of Autumn here in Australia, so my selection of photos are from last years spring. Hoping it brings joy to you and your Spring.
The blossoms of the nectarine tree in the early morning
Of course what would blossoms be without bees
The little native Blue-banded Bee loves to scrunch to get the nectare
and of course there are butterflies everywhere in my garden
The birds come for the flowers too
It’s the last day of Spring. It has been a Spring of change. Days of hot and dry. Days where some rain has fallen, just a few drops and others where there has been a bit of run-off to add a bit of water to the dams. The early Spring blogs have been full of new life. A lot of things have happened and I have seen lots of new things around here and when out and about. Here is my last day of Spring. Hope you had a great Spring too.
Some days it was great just to lie down and relax.
I just love it when I find something new, like this butterfly, an Australian Gull I think.
Another view of the butterfly that had me captivated as it flitted about the flowers on the dam,
The drink container made the perfect background for a spider photo. I took me about three goes to get the photo as it kept jumping onto the camera. It is so tiny.
Another new bug to get my attention was this Bee Fly.
Even in the heat of the day, dragonflies were buzzing around the garden, occasionally taking time for a breather, even if it is right on top of a Grevillea.
I couldn’t go past this waterlily with its subtle shade of pink.
There has been a couple of Spangled Drongo’s hanging around at the moment. This bloke had just dropped in for a splash in the bird bath.
He always waited for the Rainbow Lorikeets to finish so he wouldn’t be nagged by them.
“I wonder what those lorikeets have been doing in here?”
They have a nest in a rather open part of a Spotted Gum near the house. They certainly know how to tie a nest onto a branch even if the nest is a bit scrappy looking.
Remember the photos of the Fantail nest and the young. Here is the surviving baby following the parents around the place.
It has been a good year for the wallabies. Many of the females have a joey in the pouch. This one was just outside the kitchen this morning.
Well Spring has gone and now to have my Summer adventures.
There has been so much going on this Spring, especially since I put the bird bath up, that I haven’t had time to keep up with everything. I have been on an adventure nearly every weekend, plus spotting things around here, so there has been a lot of photos to sort. Here is the last few days of Spring, mainly things around the Clarence Valley.
The Gardenias have flowered despite not having much water and some quite hot days. Their scent drifts into the house every now and then.
One drive took us to Brooms Head where it was such a lovely day, albeit quite windy but still warm. The Gazanias were out.
The difference in the petal colour of the plants was quite striking.
Pig Face covered the dunes in places. Wonder why it’s called Pig Face?
The Hibiscus also flowered in the garden. The pink one was a bit later than the red Hibiscus.
All the Grevilleas flowered well this Spring. The colours on this one went from the yellow to pink whereas the other flowers were predominantly one colour, either the yellow or a russety pink.
Almost all of the orange Hippiastrums flowered and look lovely as the pop up around the garden.
I love the red Hippiastrums. I love getting inside them and seeing their different “bits”
The other “bits” of the red Hippiastrum.
The red Hippiastrums seem to attract the little native bees.
And attract them they did! The flowers were almost too full of bees sometimes.
The Bottlebrushs had ants all through them.
While this lily had bugs walking around. They were quite camera-shy.
The first of the young birds to appear were the Blue-faced Honeyeaters
While the King Parrots followed me around the garden, whistling to get my attention it seemed.
Once they saw me looking, they liked to pose for photos and look quite cheeky.
At Brooms Head, the Rainbow Bee Eaters were zooming around the streets, stopping occasionally on the power lines.
On the way home, just near Ulmarra, we saw the Black-necked Storks stalking around the Clarence River flood shutes. Getting out of the car, the heat of the day was terrible, especially after being cool at Brooms Head beach.
The pair just walked away from me. They are lovely big birds.
At home, after the Lorikeets had gone up into the eucalypts to feed, the Satin Bowerbird took advantage of the bird bath.
That’s the end of Spring, so now onto Summer. I wonder where this weekends adventure will take me.
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