Two of Anything

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Couples, Twins, Two of Anything

I love my nature photos so I looked for a some bird photos for this challenge.

White-throated Honeyeaters at the little pot birdbath
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Two Whipbirds on the Wisteria
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Two Seagulls at the beach
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Two Terns with their windswept “hair”
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Back roads and the beach

I enjoy travelling on the back roads where you can discover all sorts of things, plus it’s a great way to find where “that road” goes, which often is a surprise. Some roads are dead ends, some are gravel and some lead to the beach, so lets see what I found recently. The last time I went to the beach everyone enjoyed that day. Seat belts on and off we go.

One of the main things you have to do is take notice of the road safety signs, even if it does mean you have to be aware of Koalas on bikes.

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One photo I wanted to take was one of cattle and Cattle Egrets. Luckily it was a rainy day so there were some cattle just resting with egrets hanging around. Just love the one which poked its head up.

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At one stop, a cow decided to come over and check out what I was doing, mooing very loudly, until I pointed the camera at her.

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There are always flowers. These are quite spectacular.

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A lone Zinnia looking quite beautiful.

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On the track through the dunes where a Dunecare group planted a lot of plants, which have stabilised the dunes, was a Marengo which have the most fantastic leaves, The wind was blowing so the full leaf was hard to capture so a close-up was just as good.

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Once down on the sand, trying to stay out of the sand blasting, I noticed that there was a Pelican floating around on the current.

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The Pelican was soon joined by lots of seagulls

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And then there were Terns speeding along the breakwall, flying up high and then dropping out of the sky into the water as well.

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The Terns seemed to go ever so high into the sky

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Before plunging into the water. I just couldn’t time it right to get the entry but have lots of photos of splashes.

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Next a flock of Cormorants arrived to help to herd the fish into the shallow water.

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And everyone took advantage of the Cormorants fishing skills.

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In this photo, I think the Tern is a Little Tern in the bottom right.

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So after a while the Pelican wasn’t alone.

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On the drive home, the Moon looked very surreal.

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Thanks for taking the drive with me along the back roads in the rain and down to the beach.

At the beach

I really enjoy going to the beach. There is always so much to see and do.  From swimming or riding the waves to walking along the shore, exploring the rock pools or just sitting on the headland watching the world go by.

Early morning is so good. Sometimes you have the beach to yourself to watch the sunrise and take in the beauty of the morning

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If there are some good waves, there will always be someone carrying a board heading out to where the waves are best.

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At other times, you have to share the sand with someone else

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or there are crabs scuttling about

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making their own patterns on the sand with perfectly round sand balls

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I love the patterns that the water makes as the waves sweep up the beach and recede leaving tiny rivulets in the sand

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When my girls were small we always had to have a shell collection, making sure that every different shell was represented. I still walk along the beach but instead of picking them up to make an arrangement of some sort, I just grab a picture as the shape, forms and textures are so different from shell to shell. Here is a few of my favourites.

A deeply furrowed purple shell….almost like a claw.

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An almost black shell

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The ridges and valleys sweep forward

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The creams and reds caught my eye with this shell

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The darker bands running around makes this shell a distinctive

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This shell was like finding gold

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Concentric rings that have a wave and a deeper yellow section made this one stand out

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OK…it’s time to look out to sea again. Enough of looking at the sand and the wonders it holds.

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Storms at the beach are always spectacular

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The storm makes the sea surge and swell and crash upon the rocks…

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which washes up interesting bits of wood…..

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or other ocean-going craft…..

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It doesn’t take much to put the gulls and terns to flight

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When the wind blows, I like to get back up the beach and into the dunes to explore, discover and to have a bit of fun with my fabulous artist bestie……

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until it’s almost time to head off after an enjoyable day after watching the sunset

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How do you spend your day at the beach?