The Bushfires and Sunset on Saturday

Here on the North Coast of New South Wales there are fires in the hinterland and on the tablelands. With current drought conditions, a lack any rain and very strong westerly winds has rendered the bush so dry that any fires have been started have just raced away burning thousands of hectares of bush land as well as in some instances houses and farms. The fact that anyone would light fires in these conditions infuriates me. My place is so dry and as the droughts grip tightens a natural process for eucalypt trees in to drop their leaves creating another layer of dry material and texture on the already dry forest floor. The strong wind has also blown dust from the west. What I thought were clouds on Saturday morning was a combination of dust and smoke which stung the eyes and you could almost taste the dust in the air. The feature photo is what we awoke to. Normally we can see the hills beyond the last line of trees you can see.

These fires combined with dust blown from the farmlands over the range have created amazing sunsets. On Saturday the early part of the afternoon’s sunset the colours in the smoke and dust was amazing almost psychedelic
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The smoke and dust layers colours were just amazing
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The intensity of the sunset even coloured the Blue-faced Honeyeater whose underparts are whiteblue-faced_honeyeater_sunset_fire_named_caniaba_sept 2019
Just in case you hadn’t seen a Blue-faced Honeyeaters coloursblue faced honeyeater_home_crop_sept 2013
The sun came from the fires smoke and dust layerssun_sky_cloud_sunset_fire_named_caniaba_sept 2019
Two Welcome Swallows sat on the power line for a silhouette in the sunsetwelcome_swallows_sihouettte_sunset_fire_named_caniaba_sept 2019

The sun, behind the fence posts silhouette, is almost down giving the clouds a dark and foreboding look
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The fierce fiery intensity of the sun going down gave hope for a less eventful day on Sunday
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Contributions for Debbie’s Six Word Saturday
Nancy’s Photo a Week Challenge: Texture
Lens Artists Photo Challenge #62: Silhouettes
Ragtag Sunday Infuriate
Ragtag Thursday: Psychedelic

 

This is August 2019

I am not really in the mood to write. The dry continued for all of August so my mood wasn’t all that enthusiastic to gather images around my place. I posted quite a number of images from here and for the photo challenges over the month and I haven’t, as usual, added them to this months wrap.

I am heartened by the caring responses from my “blog family” to my posts. Thank you for being there.

August was  my first month of being the Thursday Ragtag prompter sharing with Tracy. I was surprised at the number of people who responded with some great photos, writing and poetry.

OK lets go. I think you may need to go to the dunny and come back with a cup of tea/coffee or drink of choice, perhaps a snack or two depending on the time of day you are here.

I might start with some of the things I found at an auction which I didn’t know was happening. I was going to the farmers market for breakfast and a bit of food shopping.
One of the things I like to find and collect are boxes. Pity these were already sold or if they weren’t the auctioneer was a long way from this lot
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box_shell_shellite_kerosine_named_lismore_august 2019

 

A rather random group of itemslamp_red_road_auction_named_lismore_august 2019
Anyone have one of these at home?corn_husker_auction_named_lismore_august 2019
Up the road a ways is the town of Kyogle. We go there at least once a year in case something may be happening. On this day it was just us and the tumble weeds lol There is some nice gates though.gate_named_kyogle_august 2019
I was surprised by the number and variety of flowers in peoples garden as we walked about the back streetsflowers_garden_named_kyogle_august 2019

 

The bees were about tooflowers_garden_bee_native_named_kyogle_august 2019

I think this Salvia is called Hot Lips
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I love this salviaflower_salvia_blue_named_kyogle_august 2019

More flowers for you to enjoy
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flower_poppy_pink_named_kyogle_august 2019
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The grevilleas are quite outstanding this year, except at my placeflower_grevillea2_named_kyogle_august 2019
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flower_gerbera_yellow_named_kyogle_august 2019
flower_gerbera_pink_named_kyogle_august 2019
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A lovely window box of daisiesflowers_window_box_named_kyogle_august 2019
These flowers were further north near a town called Murwillumbah where we went following the Mud Trail which was along the North Cost highlighting the pottery skills of the potters around here.flowers_named_murwillumbah_august 2019
My begonias are flowering but not as profusely as in previous yearsflower_begonia_named_home_jackadgery_august 2019
I was down at the waterhole digging out the silt to make the waterhole back to what it was years ago. While I was there I walked about and found this native plant about to flower despite the lack of rain and soil moistureflower_bud_native_named_home_jackadgery_august 2019
A black and white view of Kyogle from the Art Gallery kyogle_blackandwhite_named_august 2019

The lovely layers of blue you get from the vapours of Eucalypt trees
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The bees are out collecting pollen and nectar from the flowersbee_grevillia_named_caniaba_august 2019
Look how full the pollen sacks are on the tiny Native Stingless Beestingless_native_bee_flying_rocket_flowers_named_caniaba_august 2019
While we were away for a few days we came across the flower gardens that had just been watered in Nelson Bayflower_water_drops_named_nelson bay_august 2019

I love finding cats in windows. This one was just moving on just as I saw it.
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Oh well a cats tail is still OKcat_tail_named_kyogle_august 2019
I just love this cows hair cutcow_gore_rd_named_springrove_august 2019
Down at the waterhole, the place where there has always been water on my place. This year it was the lowest I have ever seen it but the birds know where it is and flock there to get a drink or a bath. Time to get in……….fuscous_honeyeaters_bath1_waterhole_named_home_jackadgery_august 2019
…..and out againfuscous_honeyeaters_bath2_waterhole_named_home_jackadgery_august 2019
The Fuscous Honeyeaters seem to stay down this part of my place and don’t venture up near the house.fuscous_honeyeaters_wet_waterhole_named_home_jackadgery_august 2019
A Red-browed Firetail gets a drinkred_browed_firetail_finch_drinking_waterhole_named_home_jackadgery_august 2019

 

The whole flock of Fuscous Honeyeaters suddenly turned up much to the astonishment of a White-throated Honeyeaterbirds_waterhole_fucous_white-throated_honeyeaters_august 2019
Remember last month I told the story of the Willie Wagtails nest that was destroyed by something. Well they found a spot on the car port to rebuild their nestwillie-wagtail_nest_carport_named_caniaba_august 2019
The Willie Wagtails really can’t stand the Magpie getting close to their nest. Incoming!!!magpie_willie_wagtail_attack1_named_caniaba_august 2019

 

They really give the Magpie a hard time until it goes awaymagpie_willie_wagtail_attack2_named_caniaba_august 2019
The Welcome Swallows are also nesting at my bestieswelcome_swallow_nest_verandah_named_caniaba_august 2019
Here is three of the four chicks in the nest. Aren’t their fluffy heads adorable?welcome_swallow_nest_chicks_named_caniaba_august 2019
The Little Friarbirds have found the grevilleaslittle-friarbird_honey_gem_grevillea_named_caniaba_august 2019
An Olive-backed Oriel dropped into the birdbath for a whileolive_backed_oriel_birdbath_named_caniaba_august 2019
I found these Pelicans at the Lismore Waste Facility –  a fancy name for the rubbish dump pelicans_tip_named_lismore_august 2019
I felt for the birds and have put up a feeder which I put seed in every now and then. The King Parrots drop in for a snack when there is seed in there.king_parrot_juvenile_feeder_named_home_jackadgery_august 2019
The Brown Honeyeater has to stretch a bitbrown_honeyeater_honey_gem_grevillia_named_caniaba_august 2019
The Double-barred Finches are enjoying the grass seeddouble-barred_finch_grass_named_caniaba_august 2019
While we were travelling around we dropped into a small wetland that is surrounded by farm land. I was surprised to see a Black Swan paddling about.swan_black_wetland_named_casino_august 2019
At the wast facility the Black Kites are always wheeling about.black_kite_flying4_tip_named_lismore_august 2019
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I love seeing the flocks of Ibis as they fly over my besties place every afternoon on their way to their roost.ibis_flying_blue_sky_named_caniaba_august 2019
These Corellas loved it up a bit in Nelson Baycorellas_fig_tree_named_nelson_bay_august 2019
Is there anything a happy as an Australian Raven skipping down the hillraven_australian_jump_named_caniaba_august 2019
Our Moon and the cloudsmoon_half_clouds_named_caniaba_august 2019
Almost time for sunsetsunset_named_caniaba_august 2019
At this time of year the sun sets just on the hillsunset_orange_named_caniaba_august 2019
OK then, thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoyed your look at my This is August 2019grass_seeds_sunset_orange_named_caniaba_august 2019

 

Also for Su’s Changing Seasons

 

It’s in the frame

The Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #60: Framing the Shot

I think I got carried away with this photo challenge but couldn’t find the photo I really wanted. In a random order.  No words but if you want to know about a particular shot, or shots, drop me a line.

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wallaby_front verandah_crop_named_ jan 2011

 

buff rumped thornbill_named_binna burra_march 2018

 

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Vienna

 

Nature in red

The word prompt from CitySonnet’s August Colours and letters for 7th: Red

A selection of the wonder that is red in the world of nature

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red flower_named_oct 2013

 

red browed finch01_binna burra_named_dec 2013

 

nasturtium_red _close_binna burra_named_oct 2014

 

hibiscus red_named_home_march 2015

 

dragonfly01_red_named_march 2016

 

red necked wallaby and joey01_named_home_aug 2016

 

grevillea_red_named_home_august 2017

 

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sunset03_binna burra_named_feb 2014

Yellow stuff

Terri’s Sunday Stills this week is Mellow #Yellow

Just lots of yellow
The flowers – most are native flowers from my placeyellow star flower1_named

 

yellow flowers2_duroux rd_named_102011

 

Flowers from elsewhere
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yellow flower_binna burra_named_nov 2014
Subtle yellow with a bonus grasshopper in my gardenyellow diedes_home_named_dec 2014

 

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Yellow-faced Honeyeaters are always around the gardenyellow-faced-honeyeater_named_home_nov-2016
Tiny pom pom native flowers that are in abundance hereyellow-puff-balls_named_home_feb-2017
Small Grass Yellow Butterflies are speciallarge grass yellow_named_tucabia_june 2017
What would yellow be if I didn’t include Bobbin, the Eastern Yellow Robineastern yellow robin_chair_named_binna burra_feb 2018

Goodnight

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Sing along

This is July 2019

Welcome to This is July 2019.

What a month it has been. Over the month the lack of rain has started to bite again. There was 10mls of rain at the start of the month and since then it has been quite warm during the day. Some days have been in the low 20’s while the nights have been in single figures. The warm days are not that unusual for my winter but the constant sunny days are. There has been rain on the coast, yesterday (1 August) there was 20mls of rain while some sporadic rain clouds drifted overhead here. My dam I use to water the garden around the house is very low. I have to decide what part of the garden I’ll give water to to try and keep plants alive. I am loathe to use the dam’s water because it is so dry and I may need that water in case a bush fire springs up nearby. There has been a few fires but they have been a fair way from here. I am glad I don’t have any animals or crops to look after as it is depressing enough as it is.

July was Becky’s #JulySquares so all of those plus others I have used in other photo challenges aren’t in here but I thought I would use the photo that had the most comments and likes as the header.

Enough of that. This has been a bit of a cropper month for photos though so I do suggest that you get a drink, perhaps a snack, settle back and scroll along.

Hey ho let’s go……………

I spent a few days down the coast visiting my mate whose wife is quite unwell. It is a lovely place and the ferry that goes across the bay is so cute. The size of the other boats docked at the marina make the ferry look so small.
ferry_marina_boats_nelson_bay_july 2019
We found a secondhand shop on the way home. We didn’t buy as their prices were a bit over the top. The glassware was well displayed.glass_coloured_vase_nabiac_july 2019
Don’t look at this too long as you will probably see it move.wind_chime_nabiac_july 2019
In Lismore, a nearby town, they have a train in a park that the kids love, OK I have been on it once or twice. I was getting photos of the park and I really liked the tunnel photo.tunnel_train_heritage_park_lismore_july 2019
My bestie found a Wanderer Butterfly caught in a spiders web in the garden. After removing the web, the butterfly sat on her hand for ages before flying off.wanderer_butterfly_saved_hand_caniaba_july 2019
I wonder if this is the same Wanderer Butterfly?wanderer_butterfly_grass_caniaba_july 2019
While away down the coast, we did a bit of exploring the surrounding area. I found these flowers on a most unusual plant in the sand dunes.flower_dune_plant_harbour_beach_july 2019
Isn’t this flower and it’s hairy plant lovely? I think it is called Herb Robert.flower_herb_robert_caniaba_july 2019
My Billbergia Nutans are floweringflower_bromiliad_billbergia_nutans_home_jackadgery_july 2019
I found this flowering native shrub while out on my place cutting firewood.flower_native_wide_gully_home_jackadgery_july 2019
The Magpies found a warm place in the sun. They were warbling away as we walked down the street to where we were staying.magpies_wall_sun_nelson_bay_july 2019
Pied Currawongs are a sign of Winter as they come down from the mountains when the weather get cold up there. This one seems to be taken with the house and the verandah.pied_currawong_verandah_ball_home_jackadgery_july 2019
The Willie Wagtails at my besties like riding around on the cows next door. I think they may be collecting nesting materials from the cows.willie_wagtail_cow_farm_caniaba_july 2019
The Cattle Egrets love riding around on the cows too.egret)cattle_standing_cow_farm_caniaba_july 2019
Back at home, the King Parrots are still hanging around despite the dry conditions.king_parrot_male_garden_home_jackadgery_july 2019
The females are quite different compared to the males.king_parrot_female_garden_home_jackadgery_july 2019
Among the garden bushes, a little Striated Thornbill was hunting for insects.striated_thornbill_caniaba_july 2019
The Scarlet Honeyeaters are always around the garden. It is lucky I have some Eucalypts flowering so there is a food source for these wonderful little birds.scarlet_honeyeater_home_jackadgery_july 2019

There seems to be lots of small birds around at the moment. The Double-barred Finches were happy to hop around the grass eating grass seeds.
double_barred_finch_caniaba_july 2019
A new bird for me, a Black-faced Woodswallow at my besties placeblack_faced_woodswallow_garden_caniaba_july 2019
Some of my grevilleas are bravely trying to flower despite the lack of water. The wonderful bird attracting Honey Gem which usually has an abundance of flowers has a few straggly flowers that the Lewins Honeyeaters have found.grevillea_lewins_honeyeater_garden_home_jackadgery_july 2019
Yes, I am looking at you Satin Bower Bird. Taken while sitting in my office through the door. The camera is always on the desk.satin_bowerbird_male_looking_garden_home_jackadgery_july 2019
The female Satin Bower Bird was also curious to see what I was going.bowerbird_female_verandah_home_jackadgery_july 2019
While down in the lower part of my place there is a wide grassed gully which I drive along to find suitable fallen timber for firewood. Often when I arrive there is a flurry of activity from White-winged Choughs or these birds, Grey-crowned Babblers. A small group walk along the gully flicking over leaves, bark and small rocks to find insects to eat. They have a constant chatter as they do and there is one bird who is the lookout who will let everyone know that danger lurks. As I approached, they flew into the trees so I just sat and waited until they resumed normal business.grey_crowned_babblers_three_home_jackadgery_july 2019
Here you can see their grey crowngrey_crowned_babbler_gully_home_jackadgery_july 2019
If the piece of wood is too hard to kick over, you have to get down and get your beak in to get your snack.grey_crowned_babbler_digging_gully_home_jackadgery_july 2019
Back at home, the White-throated Honeyeaters love this little hanging pot which I fill with water for the birds. If I am outside and the pot is empty, one of these birds will sit near me and let me know.white_chinned_honeyeater2_hanging_pot_july 2019
I love the olive colour on their back and wings.white_chinned_honeyeater_hanging_pot_july 2019
The Yellow-faced Honeyeaters also come to drink and bathe here.yellow_faced_honeyeater_hanging_pot_july 2019
After a bust day at the grevilleas, a Lewins Honeyeater enjoys a drink and a dunk.lewins_honeyeater_hanging_pot_july 2019
“Hello….is anyone using this bird bath?”
A White-throated Treecreeper looks over the edge of the bowl. This is a replacement for my wonderful terracotta bird bath which doesn’t attract as many visitors as the terracotta one.white_throated_treecreeper_bird_bath_home_jackadgery_july 2019
The Welcome Swallows are starting to nest at my besties under the verandah as they have for years.welcome_swallow_caniaba_july 2019
Busy collecting nesting material, it’s time to line the mud nest with feathers, probably from the Cattle Egrets on the farm next door.welcome_swallow_feather_nest_caniaba_july 2019
The Willie Wagtails are nesting too. Unfortunately the next day after I took this photo the whole nest was gone. We looked around the garden, under and nearby, but there wasn’t even a sign of the nest. The Wagtails were distraught in the morning. willie_wagtail_nest_build_caniaba_july 2019
Time to look up and see who has been flying over head. This is a collection of the Raptors. A White-bellied Sea Eagle was cruising around Harbour Beach at Port Stephens.sea_eagle_flying_port_stephens_july 2019
The Black Kite is a regular at the Lismore Waste Facility. We go there usually on a Saturday as their Revolve Shop has some great bargains from items recovered from the waste collections.  black_kite_flying_lismore_tip_july 2019
A very brave Magpie was making sure the Wedged-tailed Eagle wasn’t hanging around near their nests. It harassed the Eagle until it flew higher than the magpie could. wedged_tailed_eagle_magpie_flying_caniaba_july 2019
I love seeing the Wedged-tailed Eagles soar overhead.wedged_tailed_eagle_flying_caniaba_july 2019

No I wasn’t in the Sahara. At Harbour Beach the sand dunes are enormous and there is a Camel ride operator. We were there late in the afternoon and this was the last tour of the day coming back in.
camels_sand_dunes_harbour_beach_july 2019
Well the sun is on the way down so I better say see ya.sunset_red_caniaba_july 2019
On the road from my place to the river the setting sun gave the road a redder hue than the normal red gravel on the roads surface.sunset_jackadgery_purgatory_creek_road_named_july 2019
I had to get a close up as the sun started to disappear behind the mountainssunset_close_jackadgery_purgatory_creek_road_named_july 2019

Well that’s all from me for July. I hate to end on a sad note but Chicken, the last of my chooks, died last month. Chicken came to me from my friend who lived down the road, the same one who gave my the beautiful Iris. When he had to go into care, he asked me to look after his chooks and Chicken is the last one. She was quite old and had been ill for a while and I used to take her with me when I went to my besties and also to my daughters. Since the start of the cold weather at night, I would pop her into her travelling crate and she would sit inside with me near the fire.

chicken_home_jackadgery_june 2019

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A Taste of Summer

Terri has asked what a taste of summer means to you. See what others have posted in A Taste of Summer

I  know that Terri was hoping for some fab food shots or those wonderful cooling Summer drinks or the sea with people frolicking or the Summer that is what we enjoy when we know that Winter is on the way out.

My post is what Summer in my part of Australia means.

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180228_hills_red hot sunset

 

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sunset2_orange_named_caniaba_march 2019

By now you must have realised that Summer in my part of Australia is quite hot. Last Summer we had a number of days that were over 40C and the rest were in the high 30’sC.
Despite the heat we can manage to enjoy our countryside. I am lucky to live within a short drive to the beach to spend my day lazing in the cooling waters.

One of my all time favourite bands. Sly and the Family Stone were one of the early bands to embrace integration of musicians. Have a dance with me

 

Sunday Stills Taste of Summer