Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Letters U or V

Cee’s Photo Challenge using the letters U or V. We are getting closer to the end of the alphabet and these letters really had me thinking.

The promotion women walking through the streets of Rome in 2012 with their Umbrellas

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Every seagull needs an Umbrella on a hot Australian day at the beach

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What Vehicle would be the most appropriate for the letter V!!! Only a VW would do. This is my besties sons which one day will be resuscitated.

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The Water Vine is huge as it uses itself to climb higher through the trees in the rainforest

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A bird or two and some small stuff

The world seems to be travelling at a fast pace and I have not been able to keep up!!! I looked back and see that I have put some photos on my blog in May and now it’s the end of June almost. I have so many photos to sort that I need to have a holiday just to get on top of everything.

It’s not that I haven’t done any travel over the past months as I have been to the Central Coast of NSW where the weather wasn’t all that condusive to taking photos or just roaming about.

This pigeon I have been calling a Top Knot Pigeon I now have discovered is a Crested Pigeon. It was wandering about in a park and just waddled over to where we were sitting and hunted under the table and seat for snacks.

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The marking on it’s feathers are rather striking and that red eye makes it look like it has had a hard night.

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On the way home we stopped at Bellwood, between Nambucca Heads and Macksville, for a hot chocolate at a well know fast food chain who we discovered make one of the best hot chocolates. On the way back to the car, we looked across the Pacific Highway toward the river and there was a Cormorant “high-rise hotel” with around fifteen nests.

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Judging by the open bills, it was hot work nest sitting.

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Back home and it’s time to gather firewood. I enjoy this time of year when I can get into the bush, do a bit of bushcare and wander about my place looking for suitable logs for firewood. It is always fantastic to discover the plants, birds and insects that live with me.

The forest has a lot of these yellow flowers scattered about most of the year. They grow close to the ground sometimes I find a number of flowers close together.

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The Autumn flowers are spent but leave behind their little hairy holders where, I hope, the seeds have spread onto the forest floor.

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I love this vine. I was at the same location last weekend and this fruit has turned orange. I knew I should have taken a photo of it in its orange form. I don’t think it is edible.

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There are a few butterflies still fliting about the forest floor. I chased this one for a few minutes before it tired and sat on the log. I was grateful for the rest as well.

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There has been some small falls of rain through the month – .5 of a ml to 2.5mls, recorded in the rain gauge at the house which is on the ridge line. The seems to rain more down at the bottom of the property as all around the forest are fungi. This one was one of a few who were pushing their shiney gold caps through the leaf litter.

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I love the wood orange fungus as it seems to be melted onto the bark of the fallen tree, tiny toes gripping onto the bark.

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The strangest of all are this fungi which sends crooked fingers reaching from the ground.

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I hope to have the photos sorted and ready for another blog soon. Thanks everyone for the feedback as well as letting me know what I have found. So if you know the names of anything in theis or any other of my blogs, please let me know ‘cos I love learning about our wonderful planet and it’s life.

In the bush at home

I have been roaming around my property finding some things of wonder in the bush and some things that I seem to regard as everyday stuff in my life. I would like to share some of the world of nature that inhabits my part of this Earth.

There is a small vine that entwines itself around the small Cheese Trees in the gullies. I haven’t found it on any other small trees. It was first found by my eldest brother many years ago so I call it the John Vine as I have no idea what it is called.

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This Summer the Cicadas seemed to be everywhere and they were at times rather deafening. This tree was the one of the ones where they hatched. How many can you count?

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Some hatched in precarious places.

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Heading down the gullies there are always Grass Trees to walk by.

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In the bottom of the gullies are ferns. This is a Five Fingered Jack. Perhaps a local name.

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There are also mosses and lichens which are so small and feel ever so soft as they cascade over logs and some even had “flowers”. I couldn’t decide which photo I liked best so here are three.

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They look almost like fox tails.

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Here are the “flowers”

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Among the logs laying in the gullies I can always find some fungus.

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This is what it looks like from beneath.

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Scattered throughout the bush are small plants with little yellow flowers which are about 10mm in diameter.

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Here is a close up of the flower.

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Of course, when wandering around the bush you are never alone. There are always birds and animals. Red-necked Wallabies are always hopping here and there.

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And someone is always keeping an eye on what you are doing.

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I often hear birds but they are so hard to find. But around the house they love to hang in my garden. The little Golden Whistler was calling and I found the female watching me as I split the firewood.

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There are always Eastern Yellow Robins around and this bloke made sure the firewood load was just right.

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The Rose Robin is such a pretty little bird.

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I just love to see them flitting around the garden.

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The Blue-faced Honeyeaters are the boss of the garden. They have adopted the Honey Gem as their own.

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They love the Bottle Brush as much as I do. I just love the flowers.

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Well thats a bit of a wander around my place. I hope you enjoyed discovering stuff as much as I do.

brian