Debbies One Word Sunday: Skyline
A rural skyline deserves a bit of a country feel song
Debbies One Word Sunday: Skyline
A rural skyline deserves a bit of a country feel song
The Lens-artists Photo Challenge #129: Favourite Images of 2020
I have gone back through my stats to find what was your favourite post of the month and then get the image or pick one if there is a few photos in the post. It appears that people have taken to the Last on the Card Photo Challenge as it is the most popular post almost every month. Considering it was started as an impulse by me in January 2020 it is fitting that that image of the Sacred Kingfisher be the one for January.
February the Last on the Card and the This is January were popular by you. These two posts, Last on the Card and the This is……. series, are the most popular for the est of the year so I am going with the next one down. This was a Six Word Saturday
The favourite from March was a reflection photo part of a three photo challenge
April saw the return of an old favourite as part of a photo challenge Animals. This photo is a firm favourite every time it gets and airing.
Another photo that has fast become a favourite is the Satin Bowerbirds Bower with his collection of blue stuff. A bit of luck in finding the set up just right
For June I decided to use a Last on the Card as the following posts had lots of photos and was too hard to pick one.
July was time for one of Becky’s Square photo challenges. The photo looking down my road was a favourite for Square Perspectives
One of your favourite bridges is the Grafton Bridge. This photo is from an older post re-blogged which turned up a lot of new readers. A post in black and white is always a bit different. I picked an image that I like from this post.
September bought Teddy into our lives and into your hearts too
October was a kindasquare month with so much kindness floating around there had to be one of the months kindas that was the most popular
I am lucky to have a garden and birds but sometimes they can be a bit demanding. This Little Friarbird was at the window squawking until I moved rooms. You liked his blue face and unruly feathers
For December I took part in a 10 day travel photo challenge. It looks like of all of the travel photos, the Pont-Du-Gard aqueduct in France was a favourite
Here is a selection of some of my favourites
Also Ragtag Daily Prompt Saturday: Goodbye/Hello
Another month of not much but doing a fair bit. Lots of flowers at the moment. I am still debating whether to split some off and into a separate post.. Oh well I make up my mind as I go on. My six months of not driving is up on the 4th January but have to wait until I see the neurologist in early February. I might pester my GP.
I do recommend getting a snack and perhaps a drink, I have one while I am writing . At the moment a wonderful long black espresso and a lovely chocolate my daughter gave me for Christmas.
It has been raining in December, only three days it didn’t rain!!! Over 390mls for the month. Dams, tanks are full, gullies rushing and the sounds of frogs at night is so wonderful. Much better than the sounds of the Cicadas during the day. Some days I have to come inside as they are so loud.
Early morning – barbed wire and a spiders web
I thought I would kick with things off with being surprised. A Goanna was walking through my garden, with a small Cicada snack, took off when he saw me walking towards him. Didn’t drop his lunch.
I was walking about the place when suddenly this fellow popped up from his nest in the grass. I thought he would stay there but hopped off.
The most surprising was seeing a Fox appear on the mulch pile at my besties late one afternoon. He didn’t stay for long
I was surprised to find the commencement of a Jumping Ants nest in front of my potting shed. In case you ever wondered about Durranbah, a word I use a bit as it is the name of my property, these are Durranbah, aboriginal for small jumping ant. They bite and you know you have been bitten I can tell you. When I first moved here, there were quite a number of nests of durranbah. I discourage the nest by just pushing soil in and pushing down on the entrance hole. After around a week they had moved on.
While walking in the bush, this insect was affronted that I would walk so close to his tree and take photos of bark. The tree is a Red Ironbark tree. The bark is very rough. The black is from the fire but the bark is black as well. You can see the new bark pushing out. The new bark will be reddish and darken with age.
There are so many dragonflies. This one followed me over the paddock. They love sitting on grass stalks.
One of the noise makers heading up the tree after busting out of it’s shell
Sometimes trees just stand out from the crowd. I have never seen a Spotted Gum look that colour of green.
Other trees resort to a distinctive orange under the bark layer. I think it is a box tree judging by the strips of bark that is left hanging.
I posted a tangle of Flame Tree flower buds and stalks on last Wordless Wednesday. This is a Flame Tree that is just getting all the flowers.
The Frangipanni are loving the rain and hot waether
Strawberries are growing quite well in my besties wheelbarrow garden. Lovely tiny flowers.
There were a few pink flowers as well.
With the rain the Crocus made their appearance around the garden. I spent time taking photos of their location as I could never remember where they are. Looks like I have been photobombed by a Stingless Native Bee
I was thinking of putting the Hibiscus flowers in another post but here are some anyway. I don’t know their names sorry. Pink Frilly sounds good
This is a miniature Red Hibiscus. Yes I took it at this angle for the “face”
I love the colours of this Day Lily. Another plant from the bloke who used to live down the road.
A Bauhinia flower up close with rain drops. You may wonder that I didn’t go crazy with water drop photos with all the rain I have had.
I love this sad looking Hippeastrum seed head and decaying flowers (especially for Sue)
More Frangipanni and rain drops
My Jacarandas flowered well after all the others in town. I like the purple flowers against a grey sky
or do you like a blue sky?
One of the best things that happened in December was finding a Purple Fringe Lily on my place. I have only ever seen them on the coast in and around sand dunes. Other “firsts” at my place in December have been Whipbirds – I have an audio but no photos of this secretive bird. A Dainty Swallowtail Butterfly flitted around the garden for a few days. No good clear photos as it never settled. A Neon Cuckoo Bee flew around me for a short while. I didn’t have my camera.
I love seeing a pop of colour among the Dianella leaves of the tiny berries
The Tuckaroo trees have so much fruit this year. I have never seen so much fruit on the trees. They are quite small but must be tasty as lots of birds like them
A young male Figbird picking just the right fruit
Peaceful Doves have made the garden their home
The Wonga Pigeon has come back for a short while. Being a bit skittish, he takes off before I see him usually. I’ll have to look carefully tomorrow. I love having a Wonga around.
Even hops up into the verandah just in case there may be a snack up here.
The first sighting of a Dollar Bird at my besties for the season.
The Sacred Kingfishers have a nest near the dam. I love seeing the flashes of blue as they zoom through the garden or dip into the dam’s water
The Square-tailed Kites returned to their nest in the tree across the road.
Lots of water for the year ahead
It’s wonderful to see the dam over flow.
At the bottom dam that is a failure, but gives me a road to the rest of my property, looks like a monster lurks within
Sunset from my house. It is so rare I get to see sunsets in the sky above. Mostly the sunset is through the trees.
and then it changed to this!!!
OK, Sun’s down and Moon is up. One night there was a rainbow around Our Moon
When the Moon is like this, it is getting ready to spill. The Full Moon was a few nights ago, so now it will be emptying. Predictions of rain by scientists too
Cee’s Midweek madness Challenge: December Colours – Silver or Gold
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sunset to Sunrise
The Lens-Artists Challenge #122: The Sun will come out tomorrow
One of my favourite songs from George Harrison to listen as you scroll through the sunshine
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Purples and Violets
So many I couldn’t stop. Made into a gallery so to save your poor scrolling finger.
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: 90% needs to be all one colour
I think I have it right more or less
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Pink and Yellow (separately or combined)
All I could think of immediately was flowers
and then though perhaps the sky has combined some pink and yellow too
sights of life from a passerby
Mostly photographs with some words by this arty scientist...
."Vivid" is my handy, all-purpose word, and this is my handy, all-purpose blog.
Come along on an adventure with us!
ACTION Speaks LOUDER Than WORDS
Ramblings of a retiree in France
immersed in nature
Looking for meanings in words, images and sounds
My stories, my poems, my thoughts
Life on the Big Island of Hawaii
Random musings on life, society, and politics.
Music * Movies * TV * Books * Games * Humor * Road Trips * Healthy Eating * Tips & Tricks * Saving Money * Resources
Philosophy is all about being curious, asking basic questions. And it can be fun!
Minimalism - Textures - Abstraction
A Journal Of Everyday Life
Adventures and Postcards from the road