Purple

The word prompt from Debbie at Travel with Intent: Purple

Check out Debbies Purple – click on the above link – It is stunning and I was thinking what do I have that’s purple to be able to contribute to this photo challenge. There is no way I can do wonderful lights like Debbies post. But I do live in a city which just had it’s Jacaranda Festival and has Jacaranda trees. But I wanted more so it’s floral all the way.

Here’s my bit of Purple
Better start with a Jacaranda tree
171027_blog challenge_letter j_jacaranda

Purple berries from a native vine
purple fruit_home_named_nov 2015

Looking into a Torenia flower
torinia_purple yellow flower6_close_name_jan 2011

Another Native flower from my place. Haven’t identified it as yet.
purple star flowers_binna burra_nov 2013

The Native Wisteria or Wild Sarsparilla that grows all over my place
wisteria-native_named_home_aug-2016

and a regular Wisteria  with bonus Wanderer Butterfly
wisteria02_wanderer butterfly_crop_named_binna burra_sept 2017

Purple Pansies
pansey purple_named_binna burra_august 2017

Another purple flower I found somewhere
purple flower_named_binna burra_oct 2017

Wonderful Water Lilies
170718_blog challenge_water lilles_purple

Another Australian Native flower found on the coast, Purple Fringe Lily
170927_blog challenge_square sept_purple fring lily

My old mates Iris
iris_purple_geoffs_named_home_sept 2018

Back to the streets of Graftonjacarands_named_grafton_oct 2017

Thought about a song. Here is the original from 1958

Close Up

The word prompt on the Tuesday Photo Prompt: Close Up

I love close up photography. So many photos to choose from so here is just a few of my Close Ups

The Welcome Swallow was just as interested in what I was doing as I him.
180819_blog challenge_close up_welcome swallow

The Wanderer Butterfly wing has so many patterns and colours
180819_blog challenge_close up_wanderer butterfly wing

The Green Tree Frog seemed happy to see me and my camera
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A Tawny Frogmouth just looking in on what you are doing
tawny frogmouth_face_named_binna burra_nov 2017

This is March 2018

Here we are at what I saw in March.  There has been a couple of photo challenges I have done in March so some of those photos aren’t in this lot. It is another big photo post. There are a few photos of snakes, spiders and other insects but try to have a peek through your fingers when they come along. Nature is full of wondrous colours and shapes.

Of course there are flowers and birds plus my March obsession of spiders webs. So I do recommend getting your favourite drink and perhaps a snack as you settle in and have a look at my month of March.

OK, I’ll get the insects out of the way first for all those who have told me of their dislike of bugs. You will be rewarded with seeing some lovely little creatures from my world.

I’ll ease you into the insect section with a lovely Wanderer Butterfly
wanderer butterfly_binna burra_march 2018

Remember My Quest to photograph a Blue Triangle Butterfly. Well now it seems they are waiting for me. This Blue Triangle was on the road when we went for a walk.
blue triangle_named_road_binna burra_march 2018

There were a lot of Easten Common Brown Butterflies around this year.
eastern brown crow butterfly_named_binna burra_march 2018

A long range photo of a lovely bug with orange feelers. Some close ups are coming next.
beetle_named_binna birra_march 2018

When you are a small insect you really have to hang on if there is a breeze about.
insect_named_binna burra_march 2018

I look fearsome but I’m not.
insect_close_named_binna burra_march 2018

A small Fly with red eyes came to sit with us while we had a drink on the deck. Spiders next
fly_named_binna burra_march 2018

Remember the spiders web from my March Squares. Lots of people were glad the spider wasn’t in the web. Well here he is, all 5 or 6mm of him. Better watch out if you are a mossie.
spider_web_named_binna burra_march 2018

Some spiders hang up side down on their web.
spider_web_upsidedown_named_binna burra_march 2018

First prize in the messiest web. I love the droplets on the web from the morning mist.
spiders web_messy_named_binna burra_march 2018

As part of my obsession, I have been playing with my photo editor. Do you like this one?
spiders web_blackandwhite_named_binna burra_march 2018

A bit of respite now. A Lemon Migrant Butterfly on Lantana
lemon migrant_named_road_binna burra_march 2018

While on a day trip, we stopped at an art gallery which wasn’t all that great. Outside life was far more interesting. I found a Praying Mantis eating a Bee in the flower bed.
praying mantis_bee_named_blue knob_march 2018

This poor little bloke couldn’t get his wings folded
beetle_named_binna burra_march 2018

Photographing some grass seeds I was photo-bombed by a Dragonfly
dragonfly_photobomb_flowers rd_march 2018

I don’t think it was this lovely red Dragonfly. I love the shadow
dragonfly red_named_binna burra-march 2018

My favourite Australian Native Bees are the Blue-banded Bees which are in other posts this month. This Australian Native Bee has the best named of all. Let me introduce you to the Teddy Bear Bee. Do you know of a cuter bee name?
teddy bear bee_named_binna burra_march 2018

When we look out of the kitchen window at my besties place, neatly framed in the arch, waiting for his breakfast too is PJ the horse. He knows where to stand to get attention doesn’t he?
pj_horse_gate_named_binna burra_march 2018

The grass seed photo I talked about earlier.
grass seeds_named_flowers rd_march 2018

An Australian Native flower that grows at my place. This one was on the side of the road.
pea flower_named_jackadgery_march 2018

My besties Roses are lovely this year. The camera couldn’t capture the wonderful red colour though
red rose_named_binna burra_march 2018

A great year for Bromiliad flowering too.
bromiliad flower_named_binna burra_march 2018

This plant is called Ink Weed. Apparently you can make ink from the plant. Not sure which part but they did in the early days of the colony.
ink weed_ named_binna burra_march 2018

I have often shown the Blue Ginger flowers up close, sometimes with a Blue-banded Bee in them. This is one patch of them in my besties garden.
blue ginger flowers_named_binna burra_march 2018

I love Cats Whiskers flowers. They are just opening in March.
cats whiskers_flower_named_binna burra_march 2018

Aren’t the colours of the garden striking?
binna burra garden_named_march 2018

Remember the many posts about the Dancing Lady Hibiscus. Here is a shot of the many flowers that came out this year taken from the verandah where we sometimes have breakfast, the most flowers we have ever seen. The Hibiscus bush trails up the Poinciana tree trunks. How many Dancing Ladies can you count?
dancing lady hibiscus_named_binna burra-march 2018

A tiny Eco-system in a tree trunk on the side of the road.
tree life_named_road_binna burra_march 2018

The fence post was covered on one side with these fungi.
fungi_named_road_binna burra_march 2018

A lone fungus on the side of the hill.
fungi_named_flowers rd_march 2018

I love this shot from under the Poinciana tree at the small fungi high up.
fungus_tree_named_binna burra_march 2018

The Common Garden Skink, I call a Copper Headed Skink, doing its best not to look at the camera before it scurried away.
copper garden skink_named_binna burra_march 2018

Apart from flowers, fungi, birds, the Poinciana also has a non-venomous Green Tree Snake who lives in the hollows. These Pythons are harmless
green tree snake_named_binna burra_march 2018

Beautiful little snake. Aren’t the colours and markings lovely?
green tree snake_close_named_binna burra_march 2018

I wondered why the chook was hesitant about coming out of her yard. When she did she would run across the yard to a sheltered spot. She never came into the front garden. Then I spied why. The Square-tailed Kites have built a nest in a eucalypt in the front yard
kites nest_named_home_march 2018
The Black Kites are everywhere near the Lismore Waste Centerblack kite_named_lismore_march 2018
On  a drive to Caniaba, while waiting for some dairy cows to cross the road, I saw two Wedged-tailed Eagles wheeling about high in the sky.wedged tailed eagles_caniaba_named_march 2018

The Little Wattlebird enjoyed singing and searching for food in the Poinciana tree
little wattlebird_named_binna burra_march 2018

He saw me with my camera while up side down looking for grubs.
little wattlebird_looking_named_binna burra_march 2018

The tiny Buff-rumped Thornbill defied gravity looking for a snack in the Poinciana tree  too
buff rumped thornbill_named_binna burra_march 2018

A Golden Whistler was in fine voice in the Poinciana tree.
golden whistler_named_binna burra_march 2018

Another singer in the garden is the Varied Triller
varied triller_named_binna burra_march 2018

A flock of Silvereyes called in to have a feed
silvereye_named_road_binna burra_march 2018

A Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike strained to see if it was food or just the wind blowing leaves about
black faced cuckoo shrike_named_binna burra_march 2018

On a recent walk, I spied a young Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike harassing its parent for food
black faced cuckoo shrike_juvenile_named_jackadgery_march 2018

“Where is everyone?” the Pied Cormorant seemed to say as it looked around before diving for fish once more in the Brunswick River.
cormorant_named_brunswick river_march 2018

Meanwhile on the beach at Brunswick Heads, a Welcome Swallow found a convenient stick to perch
welcome swallow_named_brunswick heads_march 2018

Remember the Bromiliad Flower? The Lewins Honeyeater has been sticking his head into the flower to get a snack. The flower also rewarded him but giving him a pollen crown.
lewins honeyeater_pollen head_named_binna burra_march 2018

I love Wonga Pigeons. This pair were sitting in the garden preening and looking about.
wonga pigeons_named_binna burra_march 2018

The Grey Fantail looked like he was walking on stilts.
grey fantail_stilts_named_flowers rd_march 2018

A great moment in March was seeing the Green Catbird feeding her young. Seconds later another young one came along which disturbed the scene and soon all three had flown off.
catbirds_feeding young_named_binna burra_march 2018

I can’t do a post with birds and not included Bobbin, the cute resident Northern Yellow Robin. I recently discovered that I have been calling the Yellow Robins around here and at my besties, Eastern Yellow Robins. There are two distinct races of Yellow Robins. So from now on Bobbin and his friends are Northern Yellow Robins.
northern yellow robin_table_named_binna burra_march 2018

Thanks for getting this far. I even made a second coffee to keep me going to the end.

The afternoon colour and trees looked so lovely
yellow sky_trees_named_binna burra_march 2018

The Full Moon earlier in March looked great with the clouds drifting by.
moon_clouds_named_march 2018

I like to put the captions before the photo. What do you do? Do you prefer the captions before or after a photo? Let me know what you think?

Did you have a favourite photo from March?

This is January

January has been a month of hot weather a bit of rain but most of all the butterflies are around. The hot days have made the birds a bit scarce. Now the Summer flowers are out they’ll return. The rain over the past 5 days has seen a lot more smaller birds in the garden.

Ok lets get going. Another huge lot of photos so maybe your favourite drink you enjoy while looking at blogs may be in order again.

Perhaps some flowers and plants to get going. Isn’t the bark on this Australian Native Fig Tree wonderful
bark marking_named_ballina_jan 2018

The Red Tower Ginger flowers are looking after the garden
red tower ginger flower_named_binna burra_jan 2018

More red flowers are emerging
red flower_named_binna burra_jan 2018

The Blue Ginger buds are ready to burst
blue ginger buds_named_binna burra_jan 2018

I did find a bit of wood fungi in the forest
fungi_named_binna burra_jan 2018

I have never seem Macaranga flowers before. I am still not sure if they are flowers or buds
macaranga flower buds_named_binna burra_jan 2018

The flower buds are high in the canopy. When they open they are tubular white flowers which drop to the garden floor.
silk tree_flower buds_named_binna burra_jan 2018

A mixture of weeds. A Camphor Laurel leaf on a Cobblers Peg plant
weeds_named_binna burra_jan 2018

The Cunji are growing so well on the banks of the spring
cunji_named_binna burra_jan 2018

The spring is a lovely place to be on a hot day.
creek_named_binna burra_jan 2018

I discovered this Australian Native plant when I was mowing the front of my place. It is almost two meters tall, covered in white flowers which ants love.
austrailian native flower_named_home_jan 2018

Some bits and pieces
Holding the cattle yards together
fence fix_named_jackadgery_jan 2018

The trawler setting off in the afternoon to fish through the night
trawler going to sea_named_ballina_jan 2018

The rusty seat on the old tractor
rust_named_jackadgery_jan 2018

Reptiles I have found
The Geckos live in my house. This is the Gecko who lives in the hallway.
gecko_named_home_jan 2018

You never know who is sleeping on the verandah rafters.
carpet snake_verandah_named_binna burra_jan 2018

Such pretty markings
carpet snake_close_named_binna burra_jan 2018
Time for some birds
I didn’t know this bird as it flew about me. I have taken photos of Jacky Winter birds before. This is a young bird
jackie winter_named_jackadgery_jan 2018

The Lewins Honeyeaters are always on the look out for the grubs in the Poinciana tree
lewins honeyeater_named_binna burra_jan 2018

Late afternoon and the Pelicans are ready to sleep
pelicans_asleep_named_ballina_jan 2018

The Gulls are ready to annoy them.
pelican_seagull_named_ballina_jan 2018

The lovely Eastern Yellow Robin happy to be in the garden.
eastern yellow robin_named_binna burra_jan 2018

Found these native snails in the garden having a snooze.
snails_namewd_binna burra_jan 2018

The Cricket was happy to be taken outside
cricket_named_home_jan 2018

What would Summer be like without Dragonflies
dragonfly01_named_binna burra_jan 2018

I love their wing patterns
dragonfly02_named_binna burra_jan 2018

A grub in the Paperbark tree making track and holes all over the tree
lavae_paperbark tree_named_tweed heads_jan 2018

There was a migration of moths. We called this one a Fox Moth
fox moth_named_binna burra_jan 2018

The outside wings of the Meadow Argus are quite muted
meadow argus butterfly_named_binna burra_jan 2018

Inside is a different story
meadow argus_wings open_named_binna burra_jan 2018

The Wanderers are slowly coming back
wanderer butterfly_named_binna burra_jan 2018

Common Crows are everywhere at the moment
common crow_named_binna burra_jan 2018

A Common Ringlet about to take off
common ringlet_named_binna burra_jan 2018

There are so many butterflies with the word Common in front of their name. The Common Eggfly is a name that doesn’t do this butterfly justice.
common eggfly01_named_binna burra_jan 2018

Remember The Quest to photograph a Blue Triangle Butterfly. Well now I have two Blue Triangles. Aren’t their faces great
blue triangle butterflies_mating_named_binna burra_jan 2018

The Moon is up and about in the clouds
moon_cloud_named_ballina_jan 2018

The Sun is almost setting
sunset_early_named_binna burra_jan 2018

So it is time for me to finish off. Hope you have enjoyed my January.
sunset full_named_binna burra_jan 2018

Mundane Monday Challenge #130: Wisteria

My bestie has a wonderful arbour arc covered in a Wisteria. Trying to photograph wisteria has its challenges. Trying to capture the long hanging blooms makes you twist this way and that, stand back, go in close, shoot upwards or downwards. What do you think is best?

wisteria04_named_binna burra_sept 2017

You can go in close
wisteria01_named_binna burra_sept 2017

You can look at the jumble of flowers
wisteria03_named_binna burra_sept 2017

If you are lucky a passing Wanderer Butterfly might help
wisteria02_wanderer butterfly_named_binna burra_sept 2017

Or do you crop just for the Wanderer and ignore the flowers
wisteria02_wanderer butterfly_crop_named_binna burra_sept 2017

This is September: the other bits

Well here is the second installment of This is September. Here is an assortment of stuff but mainly nature.

First off I’d like to let you know my sad news. My elderly neighbour and good friend Geoff, the bloke who gave me this beautiful Iris, died earlier this week. I have so many plants from his wonderful garden, perhaps a future blog, that I will always have good memories especially when the plants flower and spread sunshine to my garden.
iris_geoffs_named_home_sept 2017

I might as well stay on the flowers that managed to bloom despite the lack of rain. Orange Trumpet flowers hang from the shed.
orange trumpet flower_named_home_sept 2017

The Bromiliad flowers are most unusual
bromiliad flower_named_home_sept 2017

The Pansys battled on with a watering every now and then.
pansy_yellow_named_binna burra_sept 2017

I like the lion face in this Pansy
pansy_orange_named_binna burra_sept 2017

The Rose Geraniums flowered looking so spectacular dotted through the garden
rose geranium_named_home_sept 2017

Most of the flowers also had other things happening too. Can you find the insect on the Westringia? Hint it’s a bee
westringia_named_home-sept 2017

The butterflies liked resting on the Westringia. Not sure if this is a Grass Dart or a Skipper
grass dart or skipper_named_home_sept 2017

Stingless Native Bees were a buzz about the Orange Trumpet flowers.
orange trumpet flower_stingless native bees_named_home_sept 2017

Other bees likes to get among the Grevilleas
bee_honey gem_named_home_sept 2017

The Wisteria came out to bloom for a few weeks. Wanderer Butterflies were attracted to the flowers perfume.
wanderer butterfly_wisteria_named_binna burra_sept 2017

Another sign of Spring is Orchard Swallowtails in the garden.
orchard swallowtail butterfly01_named_binna burra_sept 2017

One of the biggest butterflies that come around the garden.
orchard swallowtail butterfly02_side_named_binna burra_sept 2017

Some moths are hard to find when they sit on the ground
moth hidden_named_home_august 2017

Other butterflies are rather small like this Barred Skipper who didn’t mind resting on a leaf
barred skipper_named_home_sept 2017

Do you remember the Assassin Bug photo? Here is the full photo
assasin bug_bananas_named_home_sept 2017

Come warmer weather, spider webs appear. The St Andrews Cross Spider didn’t quite get the “this is what a cross looks like” memo
st andrews cross spider_web_named_home_sept 2017

I din’t think he cares very much
st andrews cross spider_named_home_sept 2017

Insects are everywhere. Some like to see what you are doing on the computer
insect on screen_named_home_sept 2017

Just a fly sitting on a leaf
fly_named_binna burra_sept 2017

An ant scurried away when it saw the camera
ant_pentas_named_home_sept 2017

A Common Yellow Butterfly shows the birds how to hide among the leaves
common yellow butterfly_named_home_sept 2017

Some leaves look  wonderful. The colours the White Fig leaves turn merge so well
leaf_fig_named_home_sept 2017

The sunlight on the Bottlebrush leaf drew my attention. This is without the photo bombing bee
bottlebrush_leaf_colour_named_home_sept 2017

The Bloodwood Tree nuts litter the forest floor
bloodwood nuts_named_home_sept 2017

On a walk we came across a Spotted Gum with interesting bark patterns and lumps. What can you see?
tree bumps_named_home_sept 2017

The Ironbark looked like it had a claw emerging down its trunk.
tree claw_named_home_sept 2017

Can you see a cat?
tree cat_named_home_sept 2017

We saw a bear…can you?
tree bear_named_home_sept 2017

The Silk Tree pods are like orange velvet in the tree tops
silk tree pod_named_binna burra_sept 2017

Sometimes the pods drop with their seeds intact
silk tree pod_seeds_named_binna burra_sept 2017

The Agave looked lovely in the morning sun
agave_pot_named_home_sept 2017

The Skink hung on to the bricks as it surveyed the scene on the church in Grafton
skink_named_grafton_sept 2017

The Joeys are now too big to fit in the pouch any more
red necked wallaby_joey_named_home_sept 2017
The Spring sunsets have been amazingsunset01_named_binna burra_sept 2017

The sun is almost gone so it’s time to say see ya later.
sunset02_named_binna burra_sept 2017

Februarys butterflies

There has been so much happening this month it is impossible to put into one blog. February is when everything has come alive and this year, the rains have come bringing life to my place. There has been a lot of new birds and insects being spotted which gladdens my heart. I must be doing something right with my own small piece of this world.

The main thing that I have found is there are more butterflies than ever before. Actually some more varieties of butterflies. As I have written in previous blogs, I have spotted quite a few butterflies but they have been around the north coast of NSW, at my besties place, as well as other places I found when we have been wandering around. I haven’t included some of the ones I have put in my other February blogs so this is just the others I have managed to photograph. One of these days I am going to get a photo of the Blue Triangles which fly so fast and don’t seem to rest when I am around.

So let’s get going, I hope I have named them correctly.

I’ll start with the Blue Tiger, a butterfly I found in Ballina. There were quite a number flying around the coastal vegetation and as it was late in the afternoon, quite happy to sit for ages.

blue tiger butterfly01_named_ballina_feb 2015

The names of the butterflies around my garden are bird related. There has been quite a number of Common Albatrosses which seemed to disappear as they look white when flying but at rest they are a yellow colour. The inside of the wings are white.

common albatross_named_home_feb 2015

The other bird named butterfly is the Australian Gull. I have a number of photos and they look different in each one. This poor old one looks a bit ragged doesn’t it?

australian gull01_named_home_feb 2015

This one looks a bit healthier.

australian gull butterfly_named_home_feb 2015

This photo shows the inside of the wings a bit better.

australian gull butterfly_named_home_feb 2015

The Common Jezabel has been around the garden for a while and tends to rest with its wings open.

common jezabel_named_home_feb 2015

Of course there has been Wanderers floating about. I rescued one from a Night Spiders very very sticky web one afternoon.

wanderer butterfly_named_binna burra_feb 2015

My favourite is the Northern Jezabel as I saw a flash of red as it settled on the Pink Euodia.

northern jezabel butterfly_named_home_feb 2015

I hope I get to find some more butterflies this weekend.

What’s been happening in March

THIS month has been a frustrating month for my writing and photographs. My computer hasn’t been performing to “manufacturers specifications” which took me many a night of working out what was happening but finally the solution happened. For the geeks out there, the C: drive space was disappearing, just filling up, despite my making room to have that space disappear overnight. The solution was in the back-ups that was happening daily or sometimes twice a day to the C: drive was stopped and back-ups deleted freeing 880GBs!!!! That’s enough of that….onto March and what discoveries I have found for the month.

Took another drive around the back roads and on the road between Uki and Tyalgum there was a huge tree, a Camphor Laurel, which was laden with Birds Nest Ferns and Stags. The photos I took  just don’t give the wonder that is this tree. Can you count them all?

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Trees are important as they can provide so much for everyone. Even a dead tree has its uses. They make great lookouts.

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From such a great spot, the Black Shouldered Kite was able to survey the surrounds of Cowans Pond Wetland and nearby farmlands. I think he saw me don’t you?

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While spending a warm day sitting in the Clarence River at Lilydale, a White_bellied Sea Eagle soared over the water looking for a snack.

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The Osprey was so high up as it wheeled across the sky I didn’t think I would get any photos. Getting two different bird of prey photos made my day!

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While back on the ground, a lovely song was being sung in my besties garden. It took a while to find the tuneful bird but persistence found the Varied Triller singing away high in the branches of a coastal pine.

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Everyone likes the bird bath photos. This time one of the small birds was having a lovely time. A Brown Thornbill was looking particularly fluffy during his bath time. He even was concerned about how clean his feet were just like the Whipbird

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Afterwards, among the branches of the wisteria looked like a safe place to dry off.

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Around the garden, even though there hadn’t been much rain, some plants put on their end of summer show. Everyone knows how much I love to photograph flowers  The colours are amazing, so onward with a small flower show, starting with a stunning red flower.

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The bromeliads were full of flowers. The white inside with red spires and the twisty ends of a purple/mauve colour.

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The little Chinamans Hat flower looked stunning covering the bush with its little yellow curled up stamen.

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The cream colouring on the Zinnia made it stand out among the others.

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Passionfruit flowers can look rather messy.

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The Camelias showed plenty of welcome for the insects to gather pollen.

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The Blue Banded Bees loved these purple flowers

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While way up in the eucalypt, the blossoms made a spectacular sight. Even the insects were enjoying what the gum blossoms had to offer. Can you see the little bug searching among the blossoms?

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Travelling around the north coast it’s not hard to find a beach somewhere. Even the beach has its insects. There were a few flies just chillin’ on the sand.

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The garden was also full of butterflies, many who were too fast for me, but there were a few who I managed to get while they were resting or sampling what the flowers had to offer. The Wanderers are always accommodating when the camera is near.

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And the Jezabels are always dressed in their brightest colours with a fluffy coat.

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The Common Grass Yellow certainly stands out among the darker green foliage as it feeds on a Farmers Friend flower.

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See more butterflies here

So the usual suspects were around in March plus a few new discoveries. I hope you have enjoyed some of my March wanderings. See you next time for more adventures through the lens of my camera.

brian