This is December 2021

December and 2021 are gone. It was a mixed bag of weather – rain and lots of it, quite hot days and even cooler nights. My garden and my besties looked fabulous. The rain made everything bloom and look so good. This made reducing the number of flower photos quite difficult.

A lot of birds have come and gone, the regulars stayed around as food is plentiful. Even a pair of Currawongs have been hanging around and have a young one. Most years they go back up into the mountains where it is a bit cooler and return in Winter. The Willie Wagtails at my besties have been busy with nesting and raising babies.

A few photos are from some trips around the area but most are from my besties and here at Durranbah.

Here is you scrolling song. I hope you enjoy Frightened Rabbit, one of my favourite groups

The old wagon up the road is still there and not quite falling apart yet

These tree fungi were the yellowist I have ever seen

Love this plant. The white edges really stand out

From my besties garden

A small native grass flower at my place

The re Frangipanni looked good with a few water drops.

I love the grass seeds along my road

Cats Whiskers must be one of my favourite flowers

A Dahlia and the sky

More native flowers along the road

My besties Brugmansia has flowered like mad this year

When we went for a walk in Casino, we found a Sausage Tree

We also found a New Zealand Christmas Bush in flower

The Bahinia has just flowered but not as good as last year

My Honeysuckle looked good among the trees along the fence line

The Blue-banded Bees love the Salvia flowers

I found Metallic Green Carpenter Bees in a shrub I had to look it up to find out what species of bee it was and found that it is endangered after the fires as their nest sites are either damaged or take years to become soft enough to burrow into and nest. They nest in Grass Tree spears and Banksia trees mainly. This one is a female. The males are fuzzy and look similar to Blue-banded Bees

Remember my Pineapple, It’s still growing and will soon be ready to harvest

The Cheese Tree fruit weren’t as abundant as last year as well

I love the purple berries of Dianella (Flax Lily) grasses. Just to photograph as I haven’t tried them but are supposed to be edible

The Olive-backed Oriels arrived in time to sample the Tuckaroo fruit

It is always a decision

The Figbird hid among the foliage snacking on the fruit as well

When I went to the Clarence River near my place to see if the water had receded below the Lilydale bridge, I found Rainbow Bee-eaters enjoying the sun.

As well as a White-faced Heron looking for his breakfast

An Australasian Pipit found something to eat on the road as I went back home

A young morphing King Parrot watched me through the window

The Rainbow Lorikeets seemed to find a snack or two in the garden

A Laughing Kookaburra had breakfast too

The Willie Wagtail babies wanted their lunch. Dad was none to impressed with their carry on

This is the same Willie Wagtail babies a week later. Don’t they grow up fast?

A Satin Bowerbird was not impressed to be spied upon whilst having a bath

but still dived in and splashed about

Well it looks like a wonderful pink sky is telling me to say goodnight

and a wonderful sunset has painted the sky with streaks of red, yellow and orange

Our Moon has risen so I better say goodnight and thanks for stopping by

As usual I always ask if you had a favourite photo.

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5 Minutes ago – the year 2021

Hammad’s Weekend Sky

I decided to do a slideshow of the images from 2021 I posted for Hammad’s weekend sky photo challenge. All the photos were taken from the same spot but at varying times on Saturday mornings.

Here’s one of the songs I included for your listening pleasure whilst scrolling

Here is the small deck where I took the photos

The slideshow from the first few months of 2021

One time I was away and decided to do a night photo when I got home

Here is the second slide show for the latter part of 2021. I changed my media folder as the one I used was getting full, hence a second slideshow.

Who know what I will do for 2022 if Hammad can keep going with his photo challenge. Lots of people love Weekend Sky and contribute their wonderful skies from around the world

Flag colours

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Colours of Your Flag

There are two flags that I feel are representative of Australia. The first is the official flag that get flown around the country that shows the wonderful constellation, the Southern Cross and our historic ties to Great Britain. The second is the flag that recognises our First Nations people, which also gets flown on Government buildings and other locations.

Australian National Flag and Other Flags of Australia

So there is the Red, White and Blue

Red-necked Wallaby and her Joey and a red bucket I put out with water after those horrid fires in December 2019

Australian Pelican

Blue Skimmer Dragonfly

The Red Black and Yellow of the Indigenous Flag. The Aboriginal Flag is divided horizontally into equal halves of black (top) and red (bottom), with a yellow circle in the centre. The black symbolises Aboriginal people. The yellow represents the sun, the constant re-newer of life. Red depicts the earth and peoples’ relationship to the land.

Indigenous Australian Flags | NAIDOC

A red hot sunset

Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo

Eastern Yellow Robin

A Winters Day…..in a deep and dark

The Weekly Prompts Weekend Colour Challenge: Winters Day

A Winters day and this song just started in my head

Onto having a look at my Winters Day

So out of bed the suns coming up

There’s a bit of fog in the gullies

But it’s a nice day at the beach

The birds are heading off to roost

The suns setting…..c’mon we better be going then

All the photos were taken in Winter in the Northern Rivers Region of New South Wales Australia – where I live.

Looking for ruby wine

The Sunday Stills Monthly Colour Photo Challenge: Ruby #Wine

Let’s see what I can find? I did think of a song to scroll to though

Fungi, flowers, glassware, an Assassin Bug, a car, succulents, a sunset and time for dinner.

Water with black & white things

Cee’s Black & White Challenge: In or On Water

A trawler set off for the night

Getting over the river bar can be dangerous

Always on the water hunting

Sunset on the water

I went looking for something in the water and found an Eastern Yellow Robin

But I really wanted some fish. I found an old photo and thought make it black and white but then things took a life of their own. Here is a couple of Goldfish