Looking at the skies

So far I haven’t had a lot of skies for Becky’s Square Photo Challenge: Past Squares so I thought I would do a post of your favourites. I haven’t left a tune to scroll along to so here’s a bit of boogie

The only trouble is that the most liked and the most commented are the same photo. So here it is – Your Favourite

But I thought I’d sneak in a few more just in case. Have made you a slideshow from sunrise to sunset

I’ve burnt some orange squares

Terri’s Sunday Stills Monthly Colour challenge: Burnt or Blood #Orange
Becky’s Square Photo Challenge October: Past Squares
Life in Colour October: Orange

Enjoy a quick scroll

This is September 2021

This was a dry month, following a dry August, a month of wanting rain to fill water tanks and dams which are so low – not enough to water gardens for the next few months. Last night the first good rainfall happened, 17mls in a storm which has made today a smiling day. The garden is happy. With a growth of grass around my house the Red-necked Wallabies have returned to graze which is a lovely sight to see.

I was quite amazed at the amount of flowers in the garden which bought in the birds. The butterflies are yet to arrive in numbers, there are a few small ones here and every now and then a bigger butterfly flits through the garden.

As you will see the warm weather has bought out many animals including a few reptiles. So let’s get into what I found in September.

One of my favourite September songs for you to scroll to

I put together the photos and thought that I would start with a sunrise. I don’t see much coloured sky living in the bush but sometimes the colours get above the trees. After looking back I now realise that this is really a sunset. Oh well the pastel colours above the blazing reds and oranges looked great.

Here is a lone butterfly photo drinking from a Lavender flower.

My bestie has started a new garden bed and is slowly adding soil, mulch, compost and plants. The Poppies are the best flowering for a while.

Remember last month when I was able to photograph the Gymea Lily that was still in bud? Well the flower was still around when I finally was able to get there after Covid lock downs. The flower is just starting to fade.

This is the first flowering of the Pink Trumpet Tree, an Australian rainforest tree, and now the tree is covered in flowers after a bit of a false start in August.

The Bottlebrush are also having the best flowering for years.

I thought that I had lost the Champagne Pink Bottlebrush but it was just slow to flower.

I love the grass seed heads and flowers, so do the bees.

and the Galahs do as well

The Blue-faced Honeyeaters have taken over the garden making sure that no one else gets into the various grevillea flowers. Always keeping watch as you have a snack, even upside down.

The Paperbark trees are flowering as well much to the delight of the Scarlet Honeyeaters.

The Satin Bowerbird was always in the garden as he set up the bower to attract the females. He didn’t scare off easily much to the vocal displeasure of the Blue-faced Honeyeaters.

Here is the contents of his bower. This is the fifth bower he has constructed in the garden carting most of his treasures from place to place. This site is one of the same places he used last year. What can you see?

Here’s a closer look. I have no idea where he collects his treasures from as none of the contents are from my place, except the snail shells possibly. I don’t know whose blue feathers they are either.

I love the Spangled Drongos shape outlined against the morning sky.

The Yellow-faced Honeyeaters mad a nest just outside of the sun room. The nest was well concealed and I had to wait until the babies were out of the nest to have a look at them.

There is always someone looking in the office window to see if I have any snacks. This is a female King Parrot and is Tiny’s mate.

and this is Tiny trying to get my attention.

We went for a drive and on the way home we stopped off at a wetland towards my besties place. In one part of the wetland, two Black-necked Storks were standing around. Here is a back and front photo of them, possibly a male and female.

On the other side some Australian Pelicans were settling down for the night.

Over the month sometimes the sky looked rather spectacular. I love clouds. These were at my place

These were at my besties

With the warm sunshine starting, the Water Dragons were around sunning themselves.

I had to chase this Goanna from the front of the house. I think he wanted to come inside.

A Carpet Snake was sunning himself on the warm gravel of the driveway until I came outside and he headed off. I think he spent most of the winter in the roof space of my house as I heard shuffling every now and then.

OK I know how much some of you have just sped by the reptiles so here is a bit of cute. A Red-necked Wallaby Joey just hanging in the garden, warming in the morning sun.

Even if you think you are a big boy, Mum always knows you need a good wash. Despite some protests, the face washing went on for a while.

One day we went to Ballina just to get out of the house after the Covid seven day lock down had finished. By the afternoon the sky looked ominous and the seas were quite rough.

It must have been a bumper season and the pink marshmallows are stacked and ready

OK it’s time to head off into the sunset. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you found a favourite or two.

Also for the Changing Seasons which I am co-hosting with Ju-Lyn. Here is Ju-Lyn’s Changing Seasons


Also for Cee’s Mid-week Madness Challenge September: Autumn or Spring
and Terri’s Sunday Stills: #Signs of…. Autumn? Spring?

My last bit of gold

Life in Colour September: Gold

On my last gold photo I didn’t let you know that it was a golden sunrise. I live on the east coast of Australia so a lot of my sunrise photos are over the sea. My sunsets are mainly with a mountainous backdrop.

To balance my gold photos, this time here is a sunset taken yesterday afternoon on my way home

My last gold song which has been stuck in my head all day

Naturally gold

Life in Colour September: Gold

Golden Lycra flowers

Golden Orb Weaver SPIDER

For those sensitive types

Honey Gem Grevillea

Fungi with the common name of Gold Top

A golden sunset

Also for Terri’s Sunday Stills Monthly Colour Challenge: All that is #Gold

This is August 2021

Welcome to Changing Seasons for August 2021. Ju_Lyn at Touring My Backyard has already posted her changing season and I am a bit late for the southern hemisphere but may just squeak in for you northerners. It’s never too late for you to post your Changing Seasons and we would love to see what happened in your part of the world.

Here we are again in Spring saying goodbye to Winter. It really wasn’t a Winter as a lot of last month the day time temperatures were in the low 20C although the fire was lit at night as the temperatures went down to single figures 1 to 4C. A lot of the photos are from home as we went into a statewide lockdown mid August and am still there for another week. Lockdowns’ downside is I can’t get to see my bestie and travel around to different places sampling cafes and the shops and of course taking photos.

Lets get going with a tune to scroll to

The last time we were able to get around in Lismore taking Teddy for a walk along the riverbank and through the park, I took quite a number of photos some that have already been used in posts. This is looking along the rock wall which is also part of the levee system.

Can you find the cat among the moss or what can you see? This was a find by my bestie.

I love this stand of Fig Trees helping to hold the riverbank together.

I love this old sign on the Bowling Clubs flower bed. At the time there weren’t any flowers.

First up is a few flowers. I have another lot of flowers which will be another post once one flowering bud opens but it is taking its time. The Sydney Rock Orchid, Dendrobium Speciosum, flowered this year. Even the buds looked good.

When the flowers opened it was a mass of white cascading down from the top of the plant.

The flowers looked best in the afternoon light. Such a delicate flower from the leather hard leaves of the plant.

Late in the day, the sunset made the red Grevilleas really stand out.

This is the only close photo I have of the Gymea Lily at my besties place. It takes a while for such a big flower to open and I couldn’t get back to see the open flower. The flower is on top of a three metre spike.

The Iris have flowered already and these are the first ones to open.

I have Sweet Pittosporum trees in most of the gardens around the house. They flowered about a week ago and the fragrance throughout the house in the early morning and late afternoon is heavenly. This also shows the wonderful blue skies that were in August.

The Pittosporum flowers are full of bees and butterflies and the bee buzz outside is constant. Even the little Stingless Native Bees were onto the flowers. A rear view of this bee shows how much pollen he has in his pollen sacs on his rear legs. They are the yellow dots, one under his body and the other just to the left.

I followed this Orange Ringlet around the tree for a while.

Growing out of the mulch on a sheet of lichen a little cap popped up. I still have it on the bricks waiting to see if anything happens.

The Bottlebrush have been flowering non-stop for quite a while and the birds just love the flowers. A bit of contorting for the Yellow-faced Honeyeater.

An Eastern Spinebill had to reach to get the best spot

The Scarlet Honeyeaters have been in the Bottlebrush all day for weeks now. A Female Scarlet Honeyeater looks to see which flower would taste the best next.

The male Scarlet Honeyeaters are so hard to find among the red flowers. The other day I counted five having afternoon snacks, even if you have to do it upside down.

The Noisy Friarbirds have taken over the front garden and the Honey Gem Grevillea in particular giving anyone the evil eye if they dare come near the flowers.

Taken from my office through the glass door, I saw a bird land in the Ivanhoe Bottlebrush, which has flowered for the first time, and saw a bird I have never seen in the garden before. Unfortunately it was a quick visit as my movement inside was spotted and the Little Wattlebird flew off. Maybe it will come back today if the Friarbirds don’t scare it away.

The Firesticks Grevillea is a hit with some of the smaller honeyeaters. The Lewins Honeyeaters especially like snacking over there.

I wondered why some of the Honey Gem flowers looked a bit scrapy. The King Parrots like to remove the styles, have a bit of a munch and drop to the ground…….repeat as necessary.

I have quite a number of Laughing Kookaburras in the garden at the moment. There is always one of the five keeping a lookout for food to appear among the plants.

These three Laughing Kookaburras are at my besties place in the tree in the paddock next door late one afternoon, giving the perfect silhouette.

We went to a park in Bangalow for my besties birthday party with family. This Brush Turkey patrolled the grounds in case picnickers had any leftovers.

One day on my way home from town, I decided to take a drive along one of the roads near my place I hadn’t been down for years, just to sticky beak. I saw something run across the road so of course I had to get the camera out and found an Australasian Pipit running in the paddock.

It wasn’t the Olympics but I did see some Synchronised Swimming.

At the same wetland as the ducks diving for food, there is a few Comb-crested Jacanas, one of my favourite water birds. They have very long toes which lets the appear to be walking on water as they get about on the water plants.

It is a pity I can’t get closer to this little wetland patch in a paddock. All the photos have to be taken from the road. It has a lot of variety of birds, these are just a few – a Jacana in front, Pacific Black Ducks in the water and a Straw-necked Ibis.

On one of the last days we could get out we went to the beach at Ballina, had some fish and chips while watching out for any Humpback Whales still passing through and watching the Crested Terns dive into the water as there must have been a shoal of fish.

“Get my good side” the Silver Gull seemed to say as he kept turning this way and that.

Well we’re at the end of another Changing Season. Thought I would end with another cow walking into the sunset to say see you next month.

“What are you still doing here?” “Are you going to say which photo was your favourite?” Drop me a line in the comments

Bye

Roundup

How many reds

Life in Colour August: Red

This is my look at photos from the first “red” (it took a while to work out the easiest way to search for an image – duh!) to the last one posted probably last week, as it’s the end of the month already. My way of saying goodbye to red and hello to ????

The first RED – a Red-necked Wallaby and Joey in March 2012 in my messy looking front yard

March 2012 – RED fungi make an appearance

September 2013 – RED-browed Firetail Finch dropped in for a bath

January 2014 – A random RED flower

February 2015 – A wonderful scented RED Rose

August 2016 – A favourite RED Skimmer Dragonfly photo

March 2017 – lot’s of RED-necked Wallaby photos to choose from

July 2017 – RED Skimmer Dragonflies were keeping an eye on me too

January 2018 – My computer time was interrupted by a RED insect walking across my desk. Assassin Bugs are so cool; see the red hook in the front, they use that to hold their lunch and quietly munch away. Also comes with spiky defenses and camouflage of sort. Size – around 10-30mm If unfortunately stung just a bit of localised pain that doesn’t last long. Remember never poke the insect

November 2018 – One of my favourite RED Dahlia photos

August 2019 – I love RED and yellow Torch Ginger Flowers. They are a haven for small insects.

July 2019 – I love my wheelbarrows filled with RED Hippeastrums

November 2019 – I am getting cuttings of this RED Frangipanni.

November 2019 – This reminds me. It’ll be soon time for Becky’s next #square photo challenge – 33 days. This one was from a Blue or was it RED square photo challenge? This also works for the next Square photo challenge in “October – is going to be a month of Past Squares. A month to share memories, personal favourites, leftover squares and also have fun with themes you have always wanted to try.”

December 2019 – RED Christmas fireworks

June 2020 – another new visitor to the garden in the six months after that fire. The bush was recovering and just around my house was a garden and sanctuary, so the small birds I used to see in the bush but not around the house came around more often like this little RED-backed Wren

September 2020 – A good year for the Zygote Cactus to show their RED flower

April 2021 – the end of a particularly warm Autumn day…

….and this final RED adventure. The Header from April 2021 – RED Callistemon (Bottlebrush) and a Scarlet Jezebel Butterfly

A bit of light

The Lens-Artist Photo Challenge #162: It’s All About the Light

Looking into the light

Looking at a reflection

Back light inside

Back light with the Sun

Colour or Black and White?

Colour or Black and White with a splash of colour?