An air of mystery

Sunday Stills: The #Mysterious is a Beautiful Thing

I started this post on Sunday but the original went away from being beautiful. This is a dark post as well but I find that once we are in the dark, then mystery can be all around.

So roll up for the mystery tour

I think found some apricot colours

Terri’s Sunday Stills Monthly Colour Challenge: All About #Apricot

I wasn’t sure if I had any apricot images. They all seem either too orange or yellow to me. Of course they are mainly flowers.

Tonight is the Winter Solstice

Terri’s Sunday Stills: A Wildflower #Solstice

The fire was lit
to celebrate
the Winter Solstice
the warming glow
smoke drifting
into the trees

The sun was setting
casting a stillness
over the bush
birds at roost
silence
only broken by
sounds of cars
in the distance
on the highway
heading home
from working in town

A car drives
down my road
the crunch of gravel
another coming
home for dinner
Here’s cheers
to the Winter Solstice
a wine and snacks
crackers
cheese
olives
sopressa
the warmth of
the fire

The sky darkens
the bush is quiet
all are home
the faint sound
music from
down the road
the faint reverse beeping
of the final
truck to
leave the quarry
silence at last
darkness decends

The final embers
the final glow
of a winters day
Winter Solstice
goodbye my friend
until next year
when a fire
will be lit
to celebrate
the Winter Solstice

Numbers in the air

Sunday Stills: It’s a #Numbers Game

I had so much trouble thinking of what to post for this challenge. Photos of just numbers – not really, numbers on buildings – maybe a post on that later. I saw a photo and thought that a sequence would be good but what to use.

And then I found one photo, then another and suddenly I got carried away.

So please enjoy flying with me

First, there was just one

Then three came flying by

Up higher there were more

Joined by a few more

Then they headed off into the sunset

Finding more friends along the way

More joined in

Suddenly the sky filled with a vast flock

Before settling down to roost for the night

A week in the garden

Terri’s Sunday Stills: Fun #Feathered Friends

This was a week around my garden except for one photo. Having a rainy time, when the sun was almost out or I heard a bird call, I grabbed my camera and strolled around the garden. Enjoy my selection of some of the #Feathered Friends I found in a week in my garden.

This is not the Kookaburra that wrecked my screen doors

Being ignored by a Grey Fantail

A Black-shouldered Kite that hangs around a Bunnings Hardware in South Grafton near some paddocks where I am sure it gets quite a good feed of rodents and lizards

Hard to see but this Satin Bowerbird is eating the plant in the grass. Don’t you love his pants?

A Lewins Honeyeater getting a snack from a Fire-sprite Grevillea

You have seen lots of male Eastern Yellow Robins in previous posts. Here is a female Eastern Yellow Robin

Getting seed from some Barb-wire Grass, Red-browed Firetail Finches are regulars in the garden.

Always trying to get my attention when I am in my office, Tiny the King Parrot likes to sit and watch until I say hello.

Don’t get too close

Sunday Stills: What is That #Aroma

If you happen to come across a Stinkhorn Fungus, Aseroe rubra, at first you may not notice anything strange. Then perhaps there could be some flies buzzing about. They are the fungi pollinators.

A Stinkhorn or Starfish fungi, starts out like an egg shaped thing which is the fruit emerging from the ground and then gradually opens up. After it bursts its way through the ground, the fruiting body also oozes out a gelatinous goop known as gleba, which contains the Stinkhorn’s spores. Apparently the gleba smells like the dead, rotting flesh of animals or dung. These smelly mucus mass are full of spores at the base of their arms.

Instead of a music video here is one of the Stinkhorn Fungi opening in time lapse plus a bit of history

Cee’s FOTD

April flowers

Terri’s Sunday Stills: Fabulous Seasonal #Florals

Just a few of the flowers that are flowering in my garden this month.

A Coleus is not really a flower but is wonderful colour in the garden

A small native Australian shrub and I have forgotten the name. Lovely small flowers about 12mm across

The Salvias flower all the time. They are great as the attract butterflies and bees to my garden, especially Blue-banded Bees

This one could be “Love and Wishes”

Probably “Purple Majesty”

“Love and Wishes” again

One of my all time favourites in my garden “Cats Whiskers”

There are lots more, some I am saving for Changing Seasons and some for another post

Also for Cee’s FOTD