This is August 2020

Welcome to the things I found in August. Again a strange month for me as I have been still living between two properties, my besties and mine, trying to do as much as I can when I get to my home as I haven’t gotten used to posting using my tablet and phone combo. So easy using my computer.

I don’t have much to blah blah about so let’s get into the images that are my August. I would suggest a cup of your whatever for whatever time of day or night it is in your part of our world, a snack as well as there are quite a number of photos. The weather hasn’t been what is expected in August, temperatures are rather warm for the last month of what is called Winter but the August winds arrived late in the month and did they blow hard for a while.

Being unseasonably warm, lots of birds have started nest building. Around the garden at my besties there are five different birds nesting. Two Welcome Swallows nesting on the verandah as they did last year, a Brown Honeyeaters nest in the bushes at the front (too far into the middle to get any photos) Striated Pardalote nesting in the garden soil heap and the Willie Wagtails the gazebo a post.

Wagtails nest construction has started

Yes I have nesting material. What are you laughing at?
Reminds me of Jamie Hyneman from Mythbusters or Dick Strawbridge from Escape to the Chateau and Scrapheap Challenge

Time to sit for a while

A sneaky overhead shot while getting harassed at the same time

Other birds have been collecting nesting material too. An Eastern Yellow Robin finds a feather.

A female Figbird has just the right twig.

The Male Figbird watches on from a tree nearby.

While out on a walk around my place seeing if there has been anything new happening with the fire recovery of the bush, a Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike watched me.

Nearly every morning while at my besties, we go for a walk. Always along the way there are birds. A Scarlet Honeyeater was singing high among the branches.

A White-faced Heron flew around after we startled it on the creek and landed in a tree.

The Eastern Rosellas love the berries on the palms in the garden.

Hearing a loud squawking and carry on, I went out to find the local Square-tailed Kite in a tree watching something intently.

This is what the Kite was concerned about, a small Goanna near the Kite’s nest tree.

While on our walks, most days there is a Black Kite coasting on the air currents over the paddocks.

Birds on posts. Not sure which one this is. I have since been informed by Tracy that this is an Australian Pipit.

Bar-shouldered Doves enjoy sitting on a fence post to take in the morning sun. A bit of a chilly morning is evident when the doves are all puffed up.

Female Superb Fairy Wrens are always flitting along the fence lines where the grasses are tall and seeding. They can be heard on the other side of the fence twittering with the males and every now and then hop up onto a post.

The males like a bit of a post sit every now and then too. Perhaps to get a bit of morning sun.

The Red-browed Firetail Finches like the short grass in the garden to hop about and then go into the paddock next door to feed on the tall grass seed heads.

Chestnut-breasted Mannikins hang around in a flock of about twenty or more. I suspect this one was the lookout to warn the others eating the grass seeds on the ground that danger approaches.

The female Figbird found a good berry food source in the garden.

A Double-barred Finch found some grass seeds which had dried after the grass was mowed.

A Chestnut-breasted Mannikin had these seed heads all to himself

A bit of a windy day at the beach but the Crested Terns didn’t care.

While walking along the break wall, there was a Crested Tern swooping up and down the wall over the water hoping to get a snack. Speaking of snacks, how are you doing? Maybe need a drink refill? Probably about half way along. I’m going for a drink.

These fish didn’t seem to mind being near the surface. Luckily the birds weren’t in this part of the harbour.

Time for a bit of whimsy. Some abstracts – some found as the feather stuck in the sand

Some constructed as the pattern took my fancy

Anyone for lunch?

Some made by nature – I love the surrealness of clouds

and the wonders of water drops on spiders webs

The warm weather has bought out a cicada or two far too early and I guess would have been too cold to survive and been eaten

The Rocket Lettuce in my besties garden has gone to flower. On the dairy flats across the road, a Beekeeper has put some hives. The garden is full of bees. They love Rocket flowers and also the Basil is in flower as well.

A Stingless Native Bee wants in on the action too!

This Native Bee is much smaller than the one above. This one is at my place fossicking around a Lomandra multifloras flowers

Down near the creek where we walk, the Mistletoe is in flower. Some of the flowers are white

and some of the flowers are red. Not sure whether it is the same species and different sexes or age of the flowers

All around the bush at my place, the Native Lilac or False Sarsparilla is flowering scattering purple spot all through the bush. Sometimes a few long stem appear

other times there is a riot of purple

Another colourful plant at the moment is the Ink Plant, a tropical plant from America. It is said that ink was made from the berries and the root was a medicine. The red tinged leaves look quite ca treat in the bush. I should pull them out as they can take over.

The berries go from green to purple/black and red. It does look quite a sight.

The berries are reported to be toxic to humans, horses, cattle, sheep, pigs fowl and dogs.

I was sure I had the name of this Australian Native flower. I just call is a purple star flower. This tiny flower is all through my place popping up here and there. Tracy again has informed me that this is an Australian Bluebell.

This is an Erect Guinea flower, a small flower, 12 – 24mm across and is about 50mm or 2 inches tall.

I love finding Banksia flowers when we go out exploring around the countryside. I don’t have any in my place but really should put a plant or two in my garden.

The Zygote Cactus flowers were quite spectacular this year.

I can’t remember what these flowers from my besties garden are called.

Her Nasturtiums always look a treat. I have too many animals that love to eat them to have these wonderful flowers at my place.

I love Gerberas

and my Daffodils didn’t flower this year. It was too warm perhaps so I had to buy my bestie some for her birthday this year.

I think this is a Cosmos flower. They look so good in the garden.

Time for the Grevilleas. A great year for their flowering. This one is Coconut Ice

We have lost the name for this one, it is possibly Blood Orange

This may be a Sandra Gordon species

I think the Blue-faced Honeyeater saw me come onto the verandah. Look at all the pollen on his head while getting the delicious nectar from the Honey Gem Grevillea.

Remember the story of the plumbing tape. Here on the left-hand side of the photo of the Satin Bowerbirds bower is the blue part of the reel.

The grass seed heads with a bit of dew in the morning sun.

The White Fig Tree in the garden has attracted the Fig Birds to my place.

My bestie had one of the best small tomato crops this winter. We had tomatoes all the time. In fact I still have a small bowl in the fridge.

OK everyone, the sun is setting so it’s time to say see you next month. I hope you had a lovely time.

Did you have a favourite photo? I’d love to hear if you did.

Here is a song I have never heard before. Hope you like it as much as I did

Also for Su’s Changing Seasons

A bit of orange

Kate’s Friday Fun: Orange

Let’s start with a bit of a song to get you in an orange mood

Mostly macro in this bunch of images
A tiny shiny orange fungi

Orange beak and legs, as Kate said, strolling along the beach

Orange eyes of a Brown Ringlet Butterfly

Orange Trumpet flowers are the Spring flowers here now

There is always the orange of a Honey Gem Grevillea flowering in the garden

The delicate orange of the Frangipanni

The wild orange of a Leopard Lily

The vibrant orange of a setting sun

My friend said to me “Nothing rhymes with orange!”
“No it doesn’t,” I said.

Lights radiance shows all

Debbies quotation inspired image
Patrick’s Pic and Word Challenge #243: Radiance

“Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth”

– George Eastman

Embrace light
light attracts

love light
light knows

shining light
light belongs

gather lght
light radiates

Good Morning and Aperitivo

Terri’s Sunday Stills: The Rise and Set of the Sun

I have been going into the archives of late as my limit of images and words is getting close to full and I don’t want to spend more as I really can’t justify going to the next level. I don’t have enough time to get into my blog and start deleting the old stuff which I really must do. You may wonder why I am rattling on I guess. Well these photo are new ones from the past week.

Why have I titled my post Good Morning, well it is sunrise a almost a week ago when I was at the coast. Sunrise from my place is really boring as I live in a forest and don’t really see a full wonderful sunrise.

and aperitivo? At sunset it is far too early to say good night. Sunset is a lovely time to sit and enjoy the sunset with a glass of wine or your favourite drink, and some lovely snacks, light biscuits, crackers, cheese, olives or sun dried tomatoes or capsicum for the naughty like me potato chips or as I have found recently sweet potato chips. So have your glass ready and lets salute the setting sun.

Vale Dame Vera

This is May 2020

OK. This is the first go at using the editor for my monthly wrap-up. I usually write about the photos before the image and now I may have to use captions. I reckon you should know what the image is before you see it not after, especially for those who follow my blog and are a bit “wary” of my spiders and snakes. I like to put in a warning. Loading the images individually would solve this but it may be time consuming, we’ll see anyway.

May was the last of Autumn and I did get out and about as this is a lovely time of year here, not too hot and the Winters chill hasn’t fully arrived. Many flowers are blooming and some on the wane. There are the usual birds still around and haven’t departed for warming climates and the Winter birds are yet to arrive.

Maybe I should start with the misty mornings that are part of the landscape.

I bet you are wondering about Joey and how he’s been getting on, so let’s visit him and Mum first on a wet morning.

There is also another new Joey in the garden

The birds – Tiny, the King Parrot, was still around in May with his partner

A Peaceful Dove having a stretch
The Cuban Royal Palms at my Besties are flowering and the Rainbow Lorikeets a loving the flowers
The Grey Shrike Thrush has a lovely song and sings every morning in the garden. Here on the verandah rail making sure I am up and about
Sometimes Kookaburras fluff up and seem quite fat
White-throated Treecreepers are always around hopping up and down the trees looking for insects under the bark
The berries almost match the Satin Bowerbirds eye colour
His Bower is still going and looks quite well constructed. I hope the female Bowerbirds like his efforts
Sometimes you have to get into difficult positions to get a snack. A Blue-faced Honeyeater hanging on
Going for our morning walk at my Besties, there are lots of birds along the roadside vegetation. Red-backed Wrens flashing about attract my attention
The Golden Whistlers are around still and the female is often in the garden
The Eastern Yellow Robin is a frequent visitor to the garden. One of my favourite birds
The first of the Winter visitors, the Eastern Spinebill has arrived
Cheeky Eastern Rosellas are in my besties garden chatting away in the trees
Another of the birds on our walk is Chestnut-breasted Mannikins. This one is eyeing off the seeds for breakfast
The latest ones to be on the edge of the road are Double Barred Finches. These two are deep in conversation
It was a surprise to see a White-breasted Sea Eagle on the tree. He kept a wary eye on us as we walked along the road
The Magpie was having a lovely song on a tree top in Tenterfield when we were there. The Magpie Lark, or Pee Wee didn’t seem to enjoy the song as much as us

The insects are slowing down although there are still some Butterflies about. A selection from my place and my Besties

A Blue Tiger Butterfly finding a comfortable spot on the Bottlebrush flower
Scarlet Jezebels are everywhere in May
A small spiders web glistened in the sunlight
A St Andrews Cross Spider with a snack and only half of the cross completed on the web
The Orchard Swallowtail Butterflies caterpillar on the Lemon Tree. They love citrus leaves
A Common Crow having a rest
while this Common crow had found the Bottlebrush flowers. The bees didn’t like sharing and soon buzzed off the butterfly
I think this may be a Bee Fly on one of the last Zinnia flowers of May
A Butterfly playing peek-a-boo over a Frangipanni leaf in the garden

Speaking of flowers, I did manage to capture a couple of blooms in my Besties garden as there was a bit more rain at her place than at mine. I don’t have many flowers in my garden.

I have never had a Coleus flower before. An interesting flower
The Begonia has been flowering ever since I bought it home.
The Honey Gem Grevillea with rain drops that looked like diamonds

Here is the random images found while in Tenterfield, a town about 150kms from my place in the tablelands.

Love this old house. Someone actually still lives in there
No matter how hard I pushed……
Looking back at Tenterfield on the way home

Sometimes Red-necked Wallabies are quite dainty eaters

I love finding Koalas when we go for a walk. This Koala did wake up and wonder what we were doing chatting away while it was trying to sleep

The Sunset on the way home from Tenterfield was rather special. Amazing reds and oranges. This was the afternoon I captured the Raven at sunset one of my favourite photos for May

Our Moon is up so I better get going.

Hope you enjoyed a stroll through my May. Did you have a favourite image? This did take a bit longer than usual and I couldn’t jump around with the images as it was easier to do them in groups. Was the setting out ok and did it flow well enough for you? Thanks for the visit and see you again soon.