This is April 2020

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

sunrise_palms_named_caniaba_april 2020
Most mornings, the Straw-necked Ibis leave their roost and head off to their feeding groundstraw-necked ibis_flting_named_caniaba_april 2020
Some Ibis like to investigate the paddocks on the farm next doorstraw-necked ibis_named_caniaba_april 2020
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 overnightfrogs_rain gauge01_named_caniaba_april 2020
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.frogs_rain gauge_named_caniaba_april 2020
A Blue-faced Honeyeater was investigating the trees for insects.blue-faced honeyeater_eucalypt_garden_named_caniaba_april 2020

On a walk, a Golden-headed Cisticola was singing it’s little heart out.
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Back at my place, the Golden Whistlers calls were echoing in the bush. This female was quite attentive while hunting in the garden.
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More signs of life returning to the burnt bush. There are reddish dots throughout the bush of new growth of some plants.tree_new growth_named_durranbah_named_home_jackadgery_april 2020

A new flower has emerged. I still haven’t identified the species as yet. The flower is about 10mm in size.
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Another new unidentified flower. Again quite small. flower_yellow_native_named_home_jackadgery_april 2020
The Snake Beans at my besties have been quite prolific in April. The flower is quite lovely as well.flower_snake bean_garden_named_caniaba_april 2020
One of the Grevillea flowers at my place. flower_grevillea_red_garden_named_home_jackadgery_april 2020
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.leafy purple flag wild iris_hoverfly_named_home_jackadgery_april 2020
A Teddy Bear Bee had scrunched into the Blue Ginger flower while a Stingless Native Bee waited its turn.stingless native bee_teddy bear bee_blue ginger_flower_garden_named_home_jackadgery_april 2020
Here is a Teddy Bear Bee getting a bit of nectar from a Pentas flower.bee_teddy bear_pentas_flower_garden_named_home_jackadgery_april 2020
The Blue-banded Bees love the blue Salvia flowersbee_blue banded_salvia_garden_named_caniaba_april 2020
OK I’m done as the Teddy Bear Bee flies off.teddy bear bee_flying_blue ginger_flower_garden_named_home_jackadgery_april 2020
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.yellow meadow butterflr_flower_garden_named_home_jackadgery_april 2020
I think this is a Leafwing Butterflyleafwing butterfly_named_home_jackadgery_april 2020
The Line-blue Butterflies were quite occupied in early Aprilline blue butterflies_mating_named_home_jackadgery_april 2020
It’s always lovely to find a Blue Tiger Butterfly when out walking.butterfly_blue tiger_named_caniaba_april 2020

I was surprised to find a Blue Triangle Butterfly in my besties Zinnia patch
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A Common Crow also found the Zinnias. The Feature Photo is the pupa of a Common Crow Butterflybutterfly_common crow_zinnia_named_caniaba_april 2020As did a Scarlet Jezebel
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A Painted Lady Butterfly enjoyed a stop off at my Pentas flowers australian painted lady_butterfly_pentas_garden_durranbah_named_home_jackadgery_april 2020
Of course the bees found the Zinnia flowers toobee_zinnia_named_caniaba_april 2020
“Last time I let you read the Karma Sutra!”line-blue butterflies_mating_named_home_jackadgery_april 2020
Dragonflies were buzzing around the dams looking for that special someonedragonflies_sex_durranbah_named_home_jackadgery_april 2020
I seemed to have quite a number of Lady Beetles around the place in April.lady beetle_grass_seed_durranbah_named_home_jackadgery_april 2020
Walking through the bush suddenly a flurry of white dots took off from the grass. These tiny moths were quite unusual.moth_blue spotted_named_home_jackadgery_april 2020
Other Dragonflies enjoyed the sun.dragonfly_orange_named_home_jackadgery_april 2020
OK it’s Spider time. These are small and quite harmlessspider_web_morning_named_caniaba_april 2020

Here is the Jewel Spiders again. I think this was a Monday Macro
jewel spider_named_home_jackadgery_april 2020
On the dam there was an explosion of Water Beetles. Hundreds were in a large group.water beetles_dam_named_home_jackadgery_april 2020
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.black-necked stork_named_grafton_march 2020
A White-faced Heron was also stalking the shallows.white-faced heron_named_grafton_march 2020
Up the road from my place, some White-bellied Sea Eagles have set up a nest and have hatched one Eaglet.white-bellied sea eagle_named_lilydale_april 2020
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.pied currawong_garden_tree_named_home_jackadgery_april 2020
A Splendid Fairy Wren was chatting away in the bushes when we were out walking.splendid blue wren_named_caniaba_april 2020
A Lewins Honeyeater was deciding whether to jump in the bird bath or just look pretty among the flowers.lewins honeyeater_bird bath_garden_named_caniaba_april 2020
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 partnerking parrot_tiny_verandah_named_home_jackadgery_april 2020
The Joey was getting an idea of having breakfast with his Mumred-necked wallaby_joey_garden_home_jackadgery_april 2020
He is getting bigger and zooms around the gardenred-necked wallaby_joey_named_home_jackadgery_april 2020

In the afternoon the sun makes a fern in a hanging pot plant quite luminous. I had to get in among the leaves.
fern_close_macro_named_home_jackadgery_april 2020
Well it’s time for the Straw-necked Ibis to head back to the roost as the sun setsibis_flying_sunset_orange_named_caniaba_april 2020
Our Moon looked a treat in April don’t you think?moon_named_caniaba_april 2020

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.

Into the Sun

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.”

Trying to
evoke the sun
come,
call,
here sun!!

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All together
we can do it
come,
call,
here sun!!
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Arms outstretched
voices unite
come,
call,
here sun!!
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Clouds drift
louder
come,
call,
here sun!!
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Louder still
breaking through
come,
call,
here sun!!
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Bathed once again
the suns light
you came,
you called
look.191021_blog_challenge_layered_sunset3_red

Daylight on the old shed

Beckys square photo challenge:Light

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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

Favourite photos for 2019

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.

January
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February
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March
sunrise_gold_named_ballina_feb-2017

April
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May
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June
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July
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August
plane_parachute_lismore air show_named_july 2018

September
sun_sky_fence_post_sihouettte_sunset_fire_named_caniaba_sept 2019

October
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November
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December
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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.

This is November 2019

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
sunrise_fire_orange_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019

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.bridge_wood_mann river_named_cangi_nov 2019
The water levels are quite low. It is still a pretty place to stop and contemplate the world.mann river_named_cangi_nov 2019
I was surprised to see quite a few small fishfish_mann river_named_cangi_nov 2019
There must be bigger fish in the Mann otherwise this Pied Cormorant is just hanging about enjoying the ambience.pied cormorant_mann river_named_cangi_nov 2019
I watched the White-faced Heron stalking among the rocks. He did eventually catch a small fish which was quickly gobbled down.white-faced heron_mann river_named_cangi_nov 2019
I think he may have followed me home. I saw him sitting in a tree in the garden.white faced heron_garden_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019
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.kookaburra+tail_colour_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019
The older Kookaburra is showing his age now.kookaburra_gate_watching_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019
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.kookaburra_frog_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019
Once lunch has been consumed, it’s off to sit in an old gum tree.kookaburra_flying_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019
How hot has it been in November?king parrot_hot2_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019
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.king parrot_hot_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019

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.
king parrot_female_white throated honeyeater_garden_water_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019
The Satin Bowerbird found a water pot on the ground where the Brush Tailed Possums and Wallabies drink.satin bowerbird_drink_ground_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019
At my besties place sometimes the bird bath gets quite crowdedscaly-breasted lorikeets_rainbow lorikeets_croiwd_bird bath_named_caniaba_nov 2019
Scaly-breasted Lorikeets and Rainbow Lorikeets often squabble over whose turn it is.scaly-breasted lorikeets_rainbow lorikeet_flying_bird bath_named_caniaba_nov 2019
The “just out of the bath” is not a good look for a Scaly-breasted Lorikeet.scaly-breasted lorikeet_bird bath_named_caniaba_nov 2019
Meanwhile, a Olive-backed Oriel was keeping an eye on what was going on.olive-backed oriel_garden_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019
The Crested Pigeon really loved sitting on the shovel handle.crested pigeon_shovel_named_caniaba_nov 2019
A rare visitor to my besties garden is an Australasian Pipit. He walked among the grasses looking for insects.australiasian pipit_named_caniaba_nov 2019
I don’t think this Noisy Friarbird wanted his photo takenfriar bird_looking_close_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019
There may not be much water around but the dragonflies are flitting about the garden.dragonfly_red_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019
I love a close updragonfly_red_close_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019
One of my pot plants, a Calathea has small delicate flowers.flower_calathea_plant_pot_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019
The bees were everywhere on the Eucalypt flowers down at the river at Cangi.flower_eucalypt_white_bee_named_cangi_nov 2019
Another plant my friend Geoff gave me has flowered. a wonderful Day Lily.day lily_yellow_garden_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019
The Stingless Native Bees love it too.stingless native bee_day lily_orange_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019
Look at the well filled pollen sacs on these tiny bees.stingless native bees_hippeastrum_garden_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019
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.helicopter_bucket_fires_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019
Well the sun is setting so it’s almost time to go.sun_smoke_fire_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019
The solar lights have come on in the garden.garden_light_solar_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019
and our Moon is bright overhead.full moon_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019

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.

Also included in Su’s  The Changing Seasons Do drop by and see the wonderful posts over at Su’s place