Thursdays Special: Pick a Word in July

One of my favourite photo challenges from Lost in Translation – match a photo to a word supplied by Paula.

Soaring – A Square-tailed Kite
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Gaiety– What is like a noisy party? A bowl of Rainbow Lorikeets
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Prostrating – Who could prostrate more than the Tyre Tortoise
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Ephemeral – The Moon Flower who only lives once a year for one night
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Colossal – The biggest thing I could find
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Thursdays Special: S-Curve

Oh bugger!!! I went 5kms to a neighbours place this afternoon and thought, oh good Paulas photo challenge of curves. That’s that’s right curves not S-Curves. Well I got quite engrossed in some of the plants in the garden and the old wagon (which will come in handy for later photo challenges) that I have a few photos from the afternoon for this challenge that I am going to use anyway (sorry Paula)

lets start with a sort of S:Curve. The wagon hook – almost an S
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The chains on the wagon – C’mon…use your imagination…see the S
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The wagon wheel with a tantalising rust and the lovely old wood with a bit of yellow fungus (he says trying to distract the viewer from the S:Curve topic)
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Look! Isn’t the wagon wheel fabulous the way the wood and metal Curve in unison and the old wooden spokes are drawn into the central hub where the fungus becomes a lovely orange/red and the steel band fixes the wheel to the axle.
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Aren’t the curves on the cactus wonderful. Their spectacular colours that just blend and enhance their curves.
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At the end of the day, after a cup of tea and biscuit, on the drive home, the sunset was a superb yellow colour don’t you think (again distracting the viewer) as the sun set over the curves of the distant hillside.
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I hope you enjoyed the day of (S)-Curves as much as I have showing my my curvy day 😀

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Februarys Finds

FEBRUARY has been quite busy. A new thing for me this month has been submitting some photos in photo challenges, which I have found to be quite interesting. The photo challenges make me think about my photography and that my photos elicit comments from other bloggers and in turn, I comment on their photos or the words used to enhance the photos in their blogs. So if you would like to see what I have submitted, have a look at my last few blogs in February. Maybe you would like to comment too.

In this blog I would like to take you on an adventure with me.

Lets set off, do you have a cuppa or something to sustain you while we explore my world?

I like to find something unusual to capture. The frangipannis shadow on the fence post caught my besties eye so this photo is inspired by her. I also took the photo in black and white but it didn’t have the same effect as a splash of colour in the background.

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We like to get away in February for a couple of days (we call our mini-holiday) to Ballina Beach Resort. Among the gardens there is always a Water Dragon or two sunning themselves. Looking down from the balcony you get a different perspective of the Water Dragon.

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But he is always watchful and spied me looking over the edge.

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Back at my besties famous bird bath, where many a bird photo has been taken, the Striated Thornbill liked to show off his little reddish leg, almost taking a bow.

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Now we are going for a bit of a walk around my place. For once I just took my camera to get some of the stuff around here. Most walks get disturbed by the habit of pulling out weeds as I walk around. This time I concentrated on getting some of the life around here. OK, I may have pulled a few weeds here and there!

One of the weird and wonderful are the air ferns. They look rather alien at times don’t you think? This one is growing on a fence post.

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As I walked around, every now and then, I smelt the heady scent of honeycomb. The Bloodwoods are in flower. I love the creamy colour of the flowers and green of the leaves against the blue sky.

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OK back to ground level. The native flowers that abound the bush come in a number of colours, blues, purples, yellows and occasionally red. Most of the flowers are quite small, ranging from about 5mm to 15mm. I have to find something to take with me to show the size of the flowers.  I also need an identification guide to let you know what the flowers are so if anyone knows a good publication on native flowers of north-east NSW please let me know

This blue flower is one of the bigger ones.

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It was hard to capture the lovely mauve of this little pea like flower. The flower is around 5mm.

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The star shape is common. Previous blogs have had the yellow and blue star shaped flower. This walk I found a pale purple star shaped flower. This flower is about 10mm in size.

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More purple flowers. A bit bigger in size and a bit hairier. Grows closer to the ground than the other flower which are on stalks.

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A small yellow pea type of flower similar to the mauve flower a few flowers back, a about the same size. I  love the red stripes. This one comes with a bonus water droplet.

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More yellow flowers. A lovely bunch of tiny yellow puff balls. The whole bunch would be no more than 12mms.

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A bit of rain saw the mosses come back to life after seemingly disappearing during the dry spell. The smaller star moss and the feathery moss that cascades over the log.

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A wonderful discovery was the Hyacinth Orchid just standing tall in the bush. No leaves or anything else, just a lovely flower spike about 20cms tall. It was the only one in the surrounding area. I haven’t been back for a week or so, so I wonder if it is still there?

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Rain has put a bit of water into the dam, freshening up the water and the water plants are flowering. The Water Snowflake’s flower is a lovely flower. A wonderful fringe form and so white against the dark green leaves and water.

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The Cape Waterlily is also flowering and the reeds are starting to set seed. Among the reeds is a number of frogs whose song at night is quite loud. Also flitting about the dam are a variety of Dragonflies.

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The little iridescent blue dragonfly doesn’t sit still as long as the larger dragonflies. They are different to the other Dragonflies as they  have their wings folded along their body.

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The many blue dragonflies fly off, swoop and then land to catch their breath on any small piece of reed they can find.

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There is as many red dragonflies as blues. They seem to land on the dead reeds on the ground although some never seem to land. The red and blues also fly around the house almost like a patrol flying back and forth along the front verandah, occasionally flying under the verandah roof.

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Now this little bloke is so different from the others, not only in colour and patterns, but seems to prefer to land on the end of seed heads of the water plants and then stick it’s rear end up in the air. It doesn’t seem to mind how it has it’s wings either.

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I found this orange dragonfly at my besties but they are also at my place but not as common as the others.

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The Blue Gingers have the most delightful flowers. The flower spikes have so many tiny flowers and buds that there is always a number of flowers open so the bees have a chance to get inside. As I have said before, the bees have to scrunch to get at the pollen of the Blue Ginger flowers.

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The native Blue-banded Bees certainly love the Blue Ginger flowers and have a good scrunching technique as well.

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This Summer, my verandahs have been taken over by night spiders. Unfortunately they have become very lazy and leave their webs up during the day. Luckily they have been catching lots of insects so the web is easy to see but there may have been a time or two where I have walked into a web.

 

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There are quite a number of Bull Ant nests in the bush. When I try to get a photo, I make sure I look all around to see if there are any outside the nest on patrol or bring back food to the nest. When they bite you know you have been bitten!

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I was surprised to find the Satin Bower Birds bower was still in operation and chock-a-block with a variety of blue bits and pieces in the collection. The only things that come from my place are the blue pegs. I know when a Bower Bird has come calling when I find the peg basket up ended. The Satin Bower Birds have made my place home. Years ago they only came here when it was too cold in the Gibraltar Ranges and leaving when it got too hot here.

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On our mini-holiday, we managed to get to the beach at sunrise one morning. The sunrise over the sea is fantastic.

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The Seagull was patient and seemed to like getting its picture taken early in the morning.

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There was a line-up of Seagulls checking out the surf.

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One of my favourite photos of February. Just a branch on the beach. I was tempted to put the photo in the blog upside down.

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Well it’s getting dark so I must head off to bed. I hope you have enjoyed this little bit of my world in February.

I leave you with the Paperbark tree and the street light.

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Decembers last bits

December has almost gone as is 2014. It has been a year of new discoveries through the camera’s lens. One of finding new people reading the words and looking at the photos as well as friends who send words of encouragement and love. This blog is one of looking at a series of photos in small snap shots of my world, some of it fascinating, some of it amazing as well as a bit of new life that has been happening around my place over the past month. How about we start off with one of my favourite subjects – fungi.

As the weather has turned from ever so dry to one of good rains, so the fungi have started to emerge in the forest floor. This little one was doing what fungi like to do, live in the darkness.

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The wood fungus looked ever so coloured as the rain was falling as I found this stick with the two fungi and an air fern.

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The birds have been enjoying the bananas at my besties place. The cows snuck into the house yard and decided to have a munch on some banana leaves which also resulted in the bunch being pushed over and needing rescuing. Some of the birds thought it was a good idea to hang the bunch up too. The Lewins Honeyeaters licked their beaks at the thought of bananas for breakfast.

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The Catbirds also enjoyed their snack too

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Really getting into the mood for eating

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The sound of the Spangled Drongos calling caught my attention. When I got to their nest tree I saw a battle of epic proportions. The goanna was going to get up there no matter what, licking his lips all the way. Can you spot the Drongo?

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The Drongos were having none of it though.

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They swooped and dived clicking their beaks near the goannas head.

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After a while the goanna was a bit sick of all the attention and decided that it was more fun to be somewhere else.

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Then it was back to business, with the young ones and their demanding ways.

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Another trip back from the “bush supermarket”.

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While watching the Drongos, nearby was this young Bar-shouldered Dove sitting very still.

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Every sunset is so different. One afternoon the setting sun was just glorious

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The colours deepened the reds and oranges just burst through the sky

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Looking a bit closer, the sky looked like the embers of a raging fire.

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I love our moon and even when it’s only half, it still shine its light upon us.

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That’s all for 2014, see you next year with hopefully many more discoveries and wonders that our world has for all of us to share. Have a great 2015.

PS When I got home yesterday, I went to see the Drongos and it looks like the goanna had finally won. The nest was empty and a bit dishevelled and the Spangled Drongos have gone…a sad end to my year 😦

The sky, the clouds, the sun

Tonight I was driving home and as I crossed the bridge, the sky was starting to see the benefits of sunset. I just had to find a spot just on the edge of Grafton, down a side street that is usually a quiet spot, just a cattle truck rattled by and as I was leaving some folks turned up for footy training.

This spot is great so tonight I indulged myself the time to watch the sunset. The clouds were looking quite different and the colours were just starting to highlight some of the shapes and forms that the clouds were starting to build.

Here’s what I saw……

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Then the show started once the sun dripped the horizon.

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I just love this one

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It was time for the Ibis to head back to their roost

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The yellows were giving way to the oranges

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As the sun dripped lower, more clouds were revealed.

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The clouds almost turned to fire.

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Perhaps the break in the cloud formation was due to planes. See their trails. But it did contribute to the making of a great sunset.

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The reds became stronger, deeper, the highlights showed more striations.

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I decided that it would be good to see deep into the clouds. The woven effect was quite nice.

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But the red….thats all…but the red

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After a bird bath

After you have a bath, it’s really good to be able to feel the warmth of the sun, to be able to stretch out and just feel good about the day don’t you think?

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Diving right in even though the Spangled Drongo seems a little miffed that he has to share the bath water.

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First off….you have to find a nice spot to sit…..

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Getting the correct angle to ensure you are well sunned and dried….

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A bit of warmth under the wings is just the thing……

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Aaaahhhh………that hits the spot just nicely thank you.