Last on the Card – November 2022

Last Photo for November 2022

Thank you to everyone who contributes their good and not so good photos. Like a lot of people I forget and am surprised at what was the last photo on the four devices I use to take photos.

    So let’s see what you have for November 2022

    The rules are simple:
    1. Post the last photo on your SD card or last photo on your phone for the 30th November.
    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

    From my Samsung Galaxy S9

    From my Canon PowerShot A1200

    From my Canon PowerShot SX70HS

    From my Canon EOS 1300D

    Walking Squares #14 – Flower and trees

    Becky’s #WalkingSquares

    Have been rather busy over the past few says. I didn’t take my camera with me when I went outside. I decided to to a late afternoon stroll to the road and see how the Golden Everlasting Paper Daisies were doing.

    So it looks like I’ll be walking up that hill again

    It looks like they are finishing flowering so will have to collect the seeds and spread them all around the place.

    A few are going strong

    I’ll get good seeds off this one I hope

    Time to head back home. My home is down there

    Finding a spot on the driveway where I could get a good view of the tree canopy

    Even in the late afternoon light, the flowers in the garden really stood out.

    Cee’s FOTD

    Bren’s Floral Friday #FF79

    Walking Squares #13 – Shadows, trees and bridges

    Becky’s #WalkingSquares

    Today is a recap of an older post of a walk through the Lismore Botanic Garden and Rainforest Walk. I haven’t been out walking as much and nothing that has been photo worthy when I have. This is a wonderful place to spend some time with most of the work carried out by volunteers.

    Lets go walking through the park.

    Going through the gate, there is a choice of going up or going down.

    We headed down and came across the first waterway crossing over a little timber bridge with Lomandra and Cunji either side

    Further along there was another bridge. This one had rails as the drop off the side was a bit deeper

    This is where we are headed after we cross the bridge

    Deeper into the Rainforest section, over another bridge and into the shade among the Bangalow and other palms

    Finally down the path and up to the exit

    Walking Squares #11 – Trees, Insects and Flowers

    Becky’s #WalkingSquares

    I didn’t venture far from the house this morning. I tried to get through the thick bush to see what is happening in the gully near the house, hoping to find some Grass Trees. It was slow going but I did find a few things. A lot of logs in the ground from fallen burnt trees which made getting through quite difficult so I headed for the clearing in the front paddock.

    As I was walking slow here’s the walking slow song for today

    Some of the trees have interesting textures and colours. The burnt bark on a Stringybark tree with perhaps a lichen or some sort of fungal growth

    A Spotted Gum with so many colours

    A very small flower, about 5mm in diameter. So hard to get a good photo as the slightest breeze moved it

    Among the fallen logs a Lomandra flower had gone to seed

    In the way home a Damselfly came to see what I was doing

    A while ago when I was mowing out the front, there was a patch of long stalks with yellow flower buds. I didn’t mow it just in case it was something lovely and if it was a weed, easy to pull out. Well it has turned out that the flowers are Golden Everlasting Paper Daisies. Luckily a Stingless Native Bee dropped in as well. Another new flower for the first time on my place. I shall be collecting the flowers seeds for sure

    Walking Squares #8 – Mowing, trees and butterflies

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    Todays walk was going to be a walk down through my place. When I got to the track start it was a bit over grown, so it was plan B – get out the mower as the ground and vegetation was dry so a chance of getting bogged or sliding around wouldn’t happen. Of course I did a lot more than just the track and by the time I was inside, it rained.

    I am glad it was dry while mowing and I didn’t have to walk home, Let’s walk. Here’s your walking song from one of my favourite bands.

    Here is the newly mown track heading down the hill

    On the way I saw a pair of Saw Red-backed Fairy Wrens and could hear lots of birds, Satin Bowerbirds, Noisy Friarbirds, Kookaburras, Rufous Whistlers and a “tizz tizz” and there was a young Yellow Thornbill telling the parent birds that I am here and I am hungry.

    I went as far as I could and a tree was across the track. This tree had fallen last year and was hung up in a tree in front. I am glad that it as fallen as it was dangerous to try and cut down plus I have a good source of easy to get firewood for next year. As you can see there are still a few dead trees from the fire so more track clean-up will be needed in the future.

    Looking through the bush there are still a lot of blackened tree trunks. Most of these are alive just don’t shed their bark.

    I did find a flower, a Native Leek Golden Lily. There are more popping up in the paddocks now.

    Well it looks like the storm might come back so lets get home.

    In the garden on the way back to the house I saw a couple of butterflies flying about. A pair of Orchard Swallowtails were having a mating fly about the garden. The male, at the rear, is one of many that have been flying around the garden for months.

    And with that they were off

    Walking Squares #7 – Walkway, beach and birds

    Becky’s #WalkingSquares
    Sunday Stills: #Paths and #Trails Take You to Happy Places

    Today wasn’t a good walking day. I didn’t want to drive to walk somewhere and the gravel trucks have been trundling up and down all day. You wouldn’t believe the dust they throw up.

    Therefore I want to take you on a bit of a walk along the track to the beach at Evans Head. Here’s your song so let’s go

    Out of the car park down we go. On the top of the hind dune She-oaks and Banksias are growing

    Sometimes the track goes up and over the next dune and a small stream

    Once the vegetation starts to change you know you are getting close to the beach. The Pandanus are the dominant vegetation on thee front dunes and beach and they even grow on rocks.

    And around the last bend, through some Pandanus and onto the sand

    Sometimes the welcoming committee is large

    and at other times, just a couple to greet you but someone will always be on the sand to greet you

    PS I know lots of you have seen this little bloke. This is where he was put together with a Pandanus nut and some red kelp. I wonder how long he was sitting in the Paperbark tree before some one noticed. I hope he was treated kindly.

    Walking Squares #6 – Flowers, butterflies and a road block

    Becky’s #WalkingSquares

    This morning I set off to walk down the road my road runs off. Sunday is good as there won’t be much traffic especially gravel truck and logging trucks plus folk going to and from town. I saw a few dark clouds gathering. I hoped it wasn’t going to rain as I intended walking as far as I could. There are a lot of photos, sorry, so I guess we better walk this way.

    Looking down the road as I leave the gate, seeing the dark clouds of an overcast day. Undaunted I still head off

    Of course a walk to the end of the road would require a few stops. These yellow native flowers grow out the front of my neighbours. Tiny about 10mm in diameter so how small is the grasshopper on the flower at the rear

    These are popping up everywhere at the moment. I have some that appeared in my gardens

    Have to love purple grass seed heads. A breeze blew up just I was about to take a photo. They just wavered about for ages and I have a fair bit of walking to do.

    The tree on the left is the streets guardian tree. A huge Red Ironbark. The fence beside it is about four feet tall so you can do the calculations, I have walking to do.

    Before leaving the street, I say goodbye to the old tree man, who keeps an eye on things. His weather worn face, tired eyes and bulbous nose with that crooked mouth has seen many things.

    Not far around the corner is a cattle grid. The only tricky part of the walk. Look right to the end of what you can see. Yep, that’s where we’re heading

    Here is the road block. An Eastern Grey Kangaroo. It’s a young male surveying the scene. He didn’t seen to care when I kept walking and he kept hopping up the road towards me. I stopped to see what he would do. I took a few steps scuffing my feet on the gravel and he looked up as though he had seen me for the first time, and he sped off into the bush. Last thing I needed today was to be attacked by a Kangaroo because we got too close to one another.

    The floods and rain have caused a couple of deep erosion gullies. The old fence posts look like they didn’t stand a chance. The grass in the foreground is the edge of what’s left of the road.

    An attempt at erosion repair work mainly to stop the head-cut eroding back and collapsing the road.

    Well we’re at the top of the hill and I don’t want to go further so looking back at the road back home

    The Spotted Gums are losing their bark, making shapes. You can see the dimples on the trunk that give it it’s name.

    Looks like someone missed recycle bin day.

    All the time I have been walking, I have heard a few birds, about six or seven different birds, have seen a couple of Noisy Friarbirds fly across the road but not any others. We are not far now. The turn-off to my road is at the end of the photo

    I am not far from the turn-off and suddenly there are lots of butterflies. The sun has come out and it is warm. A Wanderer on a Lantana flower

    A new butterfly for me. An Imperial Hairstreak. This one was so intent on grooming, it paid me no mind. If I was that butterfly, I wouldn’t mind the Imperial part but hairstreak. That’s almost as bad as a Dingy Ringlet

    Almost to the front gate and there were a number of Australian Painted Lady Butterflies hovering and landing on the ground as they seem to like doing

    OK have you got this far with a bit of a song to get through? Are you a bit weary after the hills? Well that was a four kilometre round trip almost exactly to the metre.

    Cee’s FOTD

    Trees around town

    Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Tree Art and Trees

    A selection of trees around my town, Grafton.

    There are quite a number of Date Palms around town planted a long time ago. They are quite tall

    There is a street which is lined with Bottle Trees as war memorial. I really like bottle trees

    Cannot do a post on the trees of Grafton without including Jacaranda trees. It is almost time for the towns Jacaranda Festival, one of the oldest Floral Festivals in Australia

    One of my favourite trees. This huge White Fig provides so much shade. It is a popular parking spot in Summer

    A cafe, which has now gone, had lots of quirky things on display. My bit for the tree art section of the theme

    Pick a topic

    Cee’s Midweek madness Challenge September: Pick a Topic from my Photo (click on the link to see Cee’s photo)

    clouds, green, trees, landscape, blue, white

    red, green

    red, leaf, texture

    trees, green, red,

    roof, tiles