The Ragtag Daily Prompt: Fire in the Sky
I didn’t know there was an actual song called Fire in the Sky
The Ragtag Daily Prompt: Fire in the Sky
I didn’t know there was an actual song called Fire in the Sky
Debbie’s One Word Sunday: Flare
I guess you have been wondering where April went. So did I. I have been sorting and culling but still you will be quite weary by the time you get to the end. I suggest stretching, having a walk around, grabbing a drink and a snack and settle in for a long post.
I guess now everyone is awake, I should start with a sunrise at my besties
Most mornings, the Straw-necked Ibis leave their roost and head off to their feeding ground
Some Ibis like to investigate the paddocks on the farm next door
Every morning after a bit of rain the day before or overnight I always check the rain gauge. At my besties place I usually have to work out how many frogs it rained overnight
Her place has at the moment had a fantastic hatching of Green Tree Frogs. They are everywhere so we have to check before we move, pick up or do anything in the garden or on the verandahs. Even sitting down to have a cuppa you have to check the cushions lest you sit on a frog or two.
A Blue-faced Honeyeater was investigating the trees for insects.
On a walk, a Golden-headed Cisticola was singing it’s little heart out.
Back at my place, the Golden Whistlers calls were echoing in the bush. This female was quite attentive while hunting in the garden.
More signs of life returning to the burnt bush. There are reddish dots throughout the bush of new growth of some plants.
A new flower has emerged. I still haven’t identified the species as yet. The flower is about 10mm in size.
Another new unidentified flower. Again quite small.
The Snake Beans at my besties have been quite prolific in April. The flower is quite lovely as well.
One of the Grevillea flowers at my place.
This is a Leafy Purple Flag Wild Iris flower These can be between 25 and 50mm. The Hover Flies found the flowers about the same time I did.
A Teddy Bear Bee had scrunched into the Blue Ginger flower while a Stingless Native Bee waited its turn.
Here is a Teddy Bear Bee getting a bit of nectar from a Pentas flower.
The Blue-banded Bees love the blue Salvia flowers
OK I’m done as the Teddy Bear Bee flies off.
There has been quite a lot of Yellow Meadow Butterflies who seemed to take up the proliferation from the Lemon Migrants who were the copious butterfly of March.
I think this is a Leafwing Butterfly
The Line-blue Butterflies were quite occupied in early April
It’s always lovely to find a Blue Tiger Butterfly when out walking.
I was surprised to find a Blue Triangle Butterfly in my besties Zinnia patch
A Common Crow also found the Zinnias. The Feature Photo is the pupa of a Common Crow ButterflyAs did a Scarlet Jezebel
A Painted Lady Butterfly enjoyed a stop off at my Pentas flowers
Of course the bees found the Zinnia flowers too
“Last time I let you read the Karma Sutra!”
Dragonflies were buzzing around the dams looking for that special someone
I seemed to have quite a number of Lady Beetles around the place in April.
Walking through the bush suddenly a flurry of white dots took off from the grass. These tiny moths were quite unusual.
Other Dragonflies enjoyed the sun.
OK it’s Spider time. These are small and quite harmless
Here is the Jewel Spiders again. I think this was a Monday Macro
On the dam there was an explosion of Water Beetles. Hundreds were in a large group.
I am sure the Black-necked Stork would have scooped up lots in one gulp. This one was on a wetland close to town. There were quite a number of birds but the water was a bit away from the road so getting photos was difficult.
A White-faced Heron was also stalking the shallows.
Up the road from my place, some White-bellied Sea Eagles have set up a nest and have hatched one Eaglet.
It must be starting to get cold in the mountains as a couple of Pied Currawongs have arrived at my place. The Currawongs come down from the mountains every Winter.
A Splendid Fairy Wren was chatting away in the bushes when we were out walking.
A Lewins Honeyeater was deciding whether to jump in the bird bath or just look pretty among the flowers.
Tiny the King Parrot came to the door wanting to know if today was the day I would pop a bit of seed out for him and his partner
The Joey was getting an idea of having breakfast with his Mum
He is getting bigger and zooms around the garden
In the afternoon the sun makes a fern in a hanging pot plant quite luminous. I had to get in among the leaves.
Well it’s time for the Straw-necked Ibis to head back to the roost as the sun sets
Our Moon looked a treat in April don’t you think?
Thanks for stopping by and enduring another marathon post. I hope you enjoyed exploring bushboys world. Let me know if you had a favourite photo.
VJ’s Weekly Challenge #84: Sun
“Let’s evoke the power of the sun this week, with images, poems, and stories to warm us up.”
evoke the sun
we can do it
Bathed once again
the suns light
Debbies Six Word Saturday
Beckys square photo challenge:Light
Come on over to Becky’s and join in the fun
Here’s the rule:
All you really need remember about this photographic challenge is that a square is a rectangle with four equal sides!
Yes the photo format is Square. Look on your camera setting before you get totally inspired and set it to 1:1 There you have it Square Format. If you forget crop your image to Square
City Sonnet’s January photo a day challenge 5th: Sky
and back to grey skies with a bit of red
The Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #77: Favourite Photos for 2019
This is quite difficult for me to pick my favourite photos for 2019 so I decided to find your favourites.
Thanks for dropping by and having a look at my world in 2019. The last 3 months have been quite trying for my culminating in the fire that consumed my place with only my home and the drought ravaged garden being left unburnt.
In 2020 there will be photos of the re-birth of Durranbah I am sure.
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Vibrant Colours
November has been quite a month. I managed to get away for a week and a half, part of October and the beginning of November, to Tasmania where I experienced fresh air, so many different sights and managed to relax. I am still working on a post of my Tasmanian adventure. I have already shared a couple of photos in some of the photo challenges.
Unfortunately I came back to the heavy smoky atmosphere which has made it quite difficult to relax or feel calm. The constant smoke has affected my lungs, a bit of a “smokers cough” and my eyes are quite sore at times. Be assured I am safe and will remain so. I have repacked my car with some of my “treasures” and am ready to go when I have to. I shan’t dwell on this part of my life but there will be touches along the way in This is November.
This isn’t huge but you may like to make yourself comfortable, settle back and let’s go…..
Most of my sunrises are like this through the smoke
I had to get out and see where the fires were to the west. Took a bit of a detour to Cangi. You cross this wooden bridge over the Mann River.
The water levels are quite low. It is still a pretty place to stop and contemplate the world.
I was surprised to see quite a few small fish
There must be bigger fish in the Mann otherwise this Pied Cormorant is just hanging about enjoying the ambience.
I watched the White-faced Heron stalking among the rocks. He did eventually catch a small fish which was quickly gobbled down.
I think he may have followed me home. I saw him sitting in a tree in the garden.
I have a family of Laughing Kookaburras who are around the garden on a regular basis. This fella liked to show his tail feathers off.
The older Kookaburra is showing his age now.
I have an old swimming pool which is a bit of a frog pond. The evaporation is taking the water so the frogs are getting snapped up.
Once lunch has been consumed, it’s off to sit in an old gum tree.
How hot has it been in November?
The young King Parrot liked to sit in the shade of the verandah and let a cool breeze get through his feathers. He also asked for a drink and a snack with an enquiring face.
Some days there was a queue to get a drink and a quick splash at the bird bath. A White-throated Honeyeater makes a King Parrot wait her turn.
The Satin Bowerbird found a water pot on the ground where the Brush Tailed Possums and Wallabies drink.
At my besties place sometimes the bird bath gets quite crowded
Scaly-breasted Lorikeets and Rainbow Lorikeets often squabble over whose turn it is.
The “just out of the bath” is not a good look for a Scaly-breasted Lorikeet.
Meanwhile, a Olive-backed Oriel was keeping an eye on what was going on.
The Crested Pigeon really loved sitting on the shovel handle.
A rare visitor to my besties garden is an Australasian Pipit. He walked among the grasses looking for insects.
I don’t think this Noisy Friarbird wanted his photo taken
There may not be much water around but the dragonflies are flitting about the garden.
I love a close up
One of my pot plants, a Calathea has small delicate flowers.
The bees were everywhere on the Eucalypt flowers down at the river at Cangi.
Another plant my friend Geoff gave me has flowered. a wonderful Day Lily.
The Stingless Native Bees love it too.
Look at the well filled pollen sacs on these tiny bees.
One of the almost daily occurrences are the helicopters going to the nearby Clarence River to fill the water buckets. Sometimes they fly over my house. That is smoke not cloud. The fires are not near my place.
Well the sun is setting so it’s almost time to go.
The solar lights have come on in the garden.
and our Moon is bright overhead.
I hope you had a lovely time wandering through my world. We must do it again sometime.
PS Yesterday the fires jumped the highway and are at Cangi today. This does not bode well for me as westerly winds will eventually send the fire towards my place. Cangi is around 25kms from here. Hopefully that old wooden bridge will be OK. The Rural Fire Service has the fire under control at the moment.
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