Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Sunset to Sunrise

I love sunsets and sunrises, the colours and sense of time they invoke.

Lots of great photos at Cee’s. Drop in and have a look at Sunset and Sunrises

The variety of colours in the setting sun

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The clouds have many shapes and colours
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Yellows are golden sunsets
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Feel the heat of the setting sun
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Once darkness descends, some people come out to play
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Special flowers find the moonlight is their time to shine
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Our Moon lights the way
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The eastern sky comes alive as the sun pushes it’s way into the morning sky. A golden glow
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Or a fiery orange to herald a new day, a new life



This is December

This is just the one big photo blog. I hope you have time to scroll through. It started rather small at the start of December and just seemed to grow as stuff happened. I have included some of the skies that may have been in Beckys Square Sky photo challenge or missed out. I really enjoyed Beckys #SquareSky challenge. Perhaps you may need a pot of tea to get to the end!

Lets go. I love skinks and how they just move about on brick walls.
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Come Summer and the Dragonflies are flitting about the garden.
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I couldn’t find this Dragonfly at first when it disappeared into the garden.
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Summer in Australia with the deafening cacophony of cicadas. When the tree you were in many years ago has gone, make do with anything to get out of your shell.
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Brown Ringlets have wonderful “eyes” on their wings.
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I was visited by an Assassin Bug who did a bit of fluff cleaning for me.
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Mud Daubers make wonderful clay pots to raise their young. They lay an egg in the clay pot, they go about gathering spiders which they comatose for the grub to eat when it hatches.
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I have been watching this one build a cone shape on the architrave of the office door.
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Some mornings the chicken wire fence has lots of spider webs in the mesh.
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What a fabulous green the grasshopper has which contrasts with the yellow of the Deities flower.
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I love the Line Blue Butterflys antennae
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The Bromiliad flower with a bonus spider shell.
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The Stingless Native Bees loved the Day Lily flower.
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After the rain, the Crocus flowered much to the delight of the Stingless Native Bees
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They certainly have a laconic way of flying don’y they?
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The red Dahlia is one of my favourite flowers.
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The Tree Begonias supplied a splash of red in the garden too.
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It was a great year for the Agapanthus flowers.
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A tiny native flower with a fluffy centre.
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Another lovely flower I was given from my friend Geoff.
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A very pretty Rose in a friends garden.
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I think this flower is an Egg and Bacon plant flower.
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The Hibiscus flowers welcomed the rain  in December.
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A field of Daisys on the side of the road.
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The Curry Bush had a great flowering last year as well
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The storm season arrived a bit late last year but when it came, it was spectacular.
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This sky was incredible
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And again
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I love capturing the suns rays.
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The palm leaf had shiny spots of water which glistened in the sunlight.
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People must have thought I was mad walking around trying to get the sun in the right spot.
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This sunset was amazing. The colours changed every minute.
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It’s hard getting a sunrise photo when you live in a forest.
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The Spangled Drongo was wondering what I was doing interrupting bath time.
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It isn’t often I see a Peaceful Dove at the bird bath.
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When White Ibis flocks glide overhead it is just magnificent.
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A female Figbird or a young Figbird just getting his red mask.
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One day he will look like his dad.
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Check out the pants on the Channel-bill Cuckoo
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They have a very serious looking bill don’t they?
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Rainbow Lorikeets are quite raucous as they nibble about on the Lemon Scented Tea Tree.
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I am so glad the Forest Kingfisher has returned this Summer to forage around the house.
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An activities box outside of a Cafe in Toowoomba.
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The Moon was just wonderful with the coloured rings on a cloudy night.
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If pupils were white it could look like an eye.
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Some people have said this photo has a Japanese feel about it. What do you think?
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Thanks for dropping by

Square Sky for December – All thirty-one

Here are all my #SquareSky photos for Beckys photo challenge: Square Sky.  Thank you Becky for doing this photo challenge. I have loved doing it. Did you have a favourite Square Sky?

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Moving Waters

Moving Waters is the Photo a Week photo challenge from Nancy Merrill

The foamy sea after a flood
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The foam flicked and splashed onto the shore
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The gentle waters ripples in the harbour
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The waves at sunrise

See what other photographers have submitted to the Moving Waters blog challenge

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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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?


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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.



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!


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.


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


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


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


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.


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.


Discoveries in June and July

I have been doing my usual wandering about, looking for things that are interesting, stunning or just plain great to photograph. This is what I have found over the past two months which have made a quick stroll or a drive into a lot of stop and look.

The early morning fog sitting in the Clarence Valley looked quite amazing as I came over the hill on the way to town.

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Some of the morning skies had so much colour

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The Pelicans were paddling on the Clarence River looking for their breakfast. Everyone knows that Pelicans are great fishers and know exactly where the fish are.

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The Little Corellas played on the light towers, swinging on the wires and generally creating havoc.

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There were many storm clouds around but I haven’t had much rain at my place in the past few months and the Summer storms just didn’t appear this season. These were looming while I was travelling around the Richmond Valley.

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The next few photos are stuff I found in Lismore. I will have to go back and see if I can get the shot I saw in my mind with this spiral stair case.

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I love puddles

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I also love rust – the textures and colours rust brings to metal.

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This is what it’s like looking down the barrel of a gun.

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The footpath also got my attention. The moss is such a striking green.

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The early Winter flowers were appearing in the gardens around Lismore. A splash of white caught my attention. I have no idea what it is though.

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One tree had ants massing all over as they were preparing to launch the winged ones.

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But the tree looked nonplussed.

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On the way back to my besties, we stopped at the outdoor cathedral in Bexhill. The Grevillea flowers (I think) were almost over but still looked amazing.

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The flowers at her place were also blooming. I was hoping to get a bee or two but they were too fast.

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The birds that are there are nothing like the birds at my place, although there are a couple that I find at mine as well as at hers. The cheekiest is the White-browed Scrub Wren who likes to hang around the back door.

“Is anyone home!!”

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“I know you’re in there!!”

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The Catbirds were around in the afternoon making their weird sounds.

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I also came across this butterfly. Its colours made for a great camouflage until I came blundering along.

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I guess the sun is setting so drop by soon and let me know if you enjoyed my some of my Discoveries in June and July.

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