My Pick

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Pick a Topic from This Photo

What a quandary this challenge presents. Scrolling through folders trying to find a photo I want to use then deciding no, not that one. So I ended up with this one which has a few elements of the subject Cee gave us.

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This is January 2020

January. It’s been a month since the fire devastated my property. I don’t have any pictures or burnt and blacked trees. I think I have shown enough of those. A lot of my photos I have posted especially as this month was Becky’s Square Photo Challenge (here’s a peek at some of the wonderful contributions to ____light) There has been a bit here and there but let’s get onto what I have found in January 2020. This isn’t one of those go on forever posts so maybe settle back and scroll on……

It did rain early in the month which was a blessing for the recovery of my place. This is a post on a bit of new growth and life returning.

The rain produced a bit of wonder. The Spotted Gum Trees just became a canvas of colour

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Lichens started to sproutlichen_fire_wet_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
and these are the first flowers I saw, tough little native flowersflower_purple_fire_wet_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020

In the garden Summer flowers appeared in my drought ravaged garden. A Wax Begonias delicate flowers with a bonus ant
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The Pentas has a some flowerspentas_flower_pink_garden_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
The miniature Gardenia was covered in flowers for over a week. The white flowers are the new ones and they turn yellow as they age. Their scent wafting into the house on a hot night was delightful.gardenias_garden_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
I didn’t think my Cassia was going to flower as the others I saw around the towns flowered in early January, like mine should have. Then toward the end of the month the tree was full of blooms and beescassia_flower_garden_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
The Dietis sent out a few flowersdietis_flower_garden_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
This Bromiliad has the most amazing flowerbromiliad flower_garden_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
On my walkabout looking to see what I need to do and see the hope of regrowth and discover if some of my favourite spots were OK. While I was walking a family of  White-winged Choughs came walking along looking for insects under the leaves, logs and rocks. Choughs are forest floor dwellers.  I was pleased to see this large family as I hope they survived. There was about eight birds.white-winged chopughs_property_fire_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
Across the road, the Square-tailed Kites are sitting on the nest again.square-tailed_kite_nest_named_jackadgery_jan 2020
A very rare sighting of a Koel. This is a male. Last month I saw a female, the first time I have even seen Koels. Quite secretive birdskoel_male_tree_garden_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
The Olive-backed Oriels were still around the garden at the start of the montholive-backed oriel_bird bath_garden_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
It was lovely to hear the Rufous Whistler in the garden in the morningsrufous whistler_tree_garden_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
The Sacred Kingfisher found a place in the sun to dry off after a bath.sacred kingfisher_tree_garden_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
On my way to my besties, sometimes I stop at a man made wetland near a sewerage treatment works to see if there is any birds about. I startled a Golden-headed Cisticola in the long grass on the side of the road.golden-headed cisticola_named_casino_jan 2020
The Hardhead Duck was relaxing on the waterhardhead duck_named_casino_jan 2020
Back at home, a Grey Fantail has taken over the gardengrey fantail_tree_garden_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
Another occasional visitor to my place, a Spectacled Monarch, dropped in for a couple of days.spectacled monarch_garden_tree_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020

I heard the buzzing of Bees in the Cassia and also came across a Bee Fly
bee fly_cassia_garden_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
The Hornets have been buzzing around the garden. They are big but quite respectful of space. If I tell them to get out of the house, often they will just fly out the way they came in.hornet_garden_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020

I was looking in the Bush Lemon Tree and came a cross a Shield Bug
shield bug_lemon tree_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
I love the Teddy Bear Bees as they buzz around the gardenteddy bear bee_geranium_flower_pot_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
The Teddy Bear Bee flew up to this Night Spider, gave it a nudge a couple of times then flew off. I was going to pull down the web so that bees didn’t become entangled when I spied the spider was still eating breakfastnight spider_food_web_garden_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
Also among the Bush Lemon Tree was a Orchard Butterflyorchard butterfly_lemon tree_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
I had some help finishing a wall on my shed. Here is the wall being modified for the doorway.spark_grinder_door_shed_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
When I was putting mulch on the garden after the rain, I pulled out a bale of mulch and disturbed a White-crowned Snake. They are a small harmless snake about 30cm long and thinwhite-naped snake_home_jackadgery_jan 2020

 

The Red-necked Wallabies are still eating my Grevilleas even though I am putting out food for them. I do like the way they use their front legs to pull the branches down to get at the leaves.red-necked wallaby_grevillea_garden_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
Sometimes a bit of a brawl takes place but only for a few seconds and then it’s back to normal.red-necked wallaby_joey_fight_garden_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
You don’t want to get too close or involved with Red-necked Wallabies. They may look cute but look at their claws on their legs. The ones on their toes are quite big. When fighting, they balance on their tail and kick with their legs. Those toes can open you up like a watermelonred-necked wallaby_claws_garden_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
Well the sun is setting. So it’s almost time to say goodnight.sunset_trees_caniaba_jan 2020
I do love it when our Moon is out during the day.moon_day_home_jan 2020
I almost forgot, the other night, the Moon Flower bloomed and I was lucky enough to be there when it did. My bestie is good at holding the torchmoon flower_night_named_caniaba_jan 2020

Well there goes January. I hope you enjoyed a look back at My January 2020

Also for Su’s Changing Seasons

Last photo for January 2020

Last month I did an impromptu photo challenge which struck a chord with a lot of people, so why not do it again. I’ll probably set the challenge every month for the rest this year.

The rules are simple:
1. Post the last photo on your SD card or last photo on your phone for the 31st January.
2. No editing – who cares if it is out of focus, not framed as you would like or the subject matter didn’t cooperate.
3. You don’t have to have any explanations, just the photo will do
4. Create a Pingback to this post or link in the comments
5. Tag “The Last Photo”

Here’s mine

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Do join in and show us what you’ve got.

Perhaps I should also link this to The Friday Friendly Photo Challenge: All in a Row
I was getting a few sunset photos and though of Amanda’s photo challenge hence the trees in a row. I actually have a better photo but this is ok

Friendly-Friday

 

January Squares supplementary light

Beckys square photo challenge: Light

I managed to use nearly all of the photos I had prepared and saved for the _____light photo challenge. Only two missed the cut and as not to let them sit in the folder alone and forlorn, I thought the should get an airing. This post also needs two songs I guess. Enjoy

First off is the Headlight. I was mucking about with my photo editing program, Corel PaintShop Pro 2020, and created this image of a motor scooter headlight
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I rather liked the backlight sunset on this tree
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Looking up

City Sonnet’s Photo Challenge: Looking Up

Maria posted Swallows on an electricity cable with a sky blue background which prompted me to post my Welcome Swallows on an electricity cable at sunset

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Which is probably better than bird butts

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Blue-light

Beckys square photo challenge: Light

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Come on over to Becky’s and join in the fun
Here’s the rule:
All you really need remember about this photographic challenge is that a square is a rectangle with four equal sides!
Yes the photo format is Square. Look on your camera setting before you get totally inspired and set it to 1:1 There you have it Square Format. If you forget crop your image to Square

Harbour light

Beckys square photo challenge: Light

I thought I should join in the harbour lights.

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Come on over to Becky’s and join in the fun
Here’s the rule:
All you really need remember about this photographic challenge is that a square is a rectangle with four equal sides!
Yes the photo format is Square. Look on your camera setting before you get totally inspired and set it to 1:1 There you have it Square Format. If you forget crop your image to Square

A few favourites

Terri’s Sunday Stills: Your #Favourite Photo

I have a lot of favourites so to condense down to a few is a challenge in itself.

I love flower photography
flower_petals_nursery_named_byron_bay_sept 2019
Blue-banded Bees are always a favouriteblue-banded_bee_basil_garden_named_caniaba_dec 2018
Rainbow Bee Eaters small and colourful190107_blog_challenge_birds_rainbow_bee-eaters
Orchard Swallowtail Butterflies are a treat to have in the garden190213_wordless_wednesday_orchard_swallowtail_butterfly
Getting photos of Royal Spoonbills was a quest completed181117_silent-sunday_royal-spoonbill_lawrence-wetland
The ever favourite water drop181220_blog challenge_light_water drop
Sunset is upon ussun_sky_fence_post_sihouettte_sunset_fire_named_caniaba_sept 2019
Just anothersunset2_orange_named_caniaba_march 2019
Grass seed heads are always a favouritegrass_seed_sunset_red_named_caniaba_may 2019
The Moon Flower that blooms on a Full Moon A favourite photo among lots of people171019_blog challenge_glow_moon flower
The Full Moon reflected on water somehow just grabs memoon_full_reflection_pool_named_caniaba_dec 2018