Well July has been a quite interesting month. I will say now that I am quite well and feeling great. The only sort of downside is I am not allowed to drive which is quite difficult when you live in the bush a fair way from town. The upside is my bestie doesn’t want me to be by myself so we have been together since the start of the month so living in isolation between her place and mine has been easy.
You may wonder what the hell is he talking about! It all started on July the fourth early in the morning. I was asleep so have no recollection of my seizure and consequent trip to hospital in the ambulance where I spent four days. I don’t remember that first day in the Emergency Unit only to say that I had a nurse with me for part of the time as my heart rate dropped to 37. Over the next three days I had all sorts of tests to examine my brain functions and contrary to what some people may think, my brain is quite a good brain with no signs of impairment at all. This is why my posts have been rather sporadic as I have been trying to come to terms with using my phone and small tablet to post. Downloading photos and trying to get them as I want is the hard part. I found a good free photo editing software at last for the tablet. I am sorry I missed a lot of Becky’s Perspective Squares and not many songs get added either.
OK on to what I saw in July
The mornings at my besties have been lovely misty mornings. I did manage to post a few others for Becky’s Squares
The bees were quite busy in July as a Beekeeper put his hives on the dairy farm across the road
Noisy Friarbirds like to call early in the morning. They seem to be the most predominant bird at my place at the moment
The Grevilleas look great in the morning sun. Honey Gem is one of my favourites as it attracts birds and insects
This flower actually looks like a Sun
Despite looking a bit scraggly, this Grevillea get visits from small Honeyeaters
I am not sure what this small native flower is but it has appeared since the fire.
A Blue-faced Honeyeater and a Honey Gem Grevillea are always a winner
A female Figbird was quite curious of what I was doing
The male Figbird has his red eye patch and feather colours at full mating mode in the morning sun
Going for a walk down my road, I saw a different bird in a tree. It was a Collared Sparrowhawk, the first time I have seen one here.
The Superb Fairy Wrens enjoyed the birdbath. See the difference between the female and male
He looks quite lovely with the colours of the Salvia
“Do these feathers make me look fat?” the Double Barred Finch seemed to say
An afternoon at the beach was a good restful way to spend the day. The Pied Oystercatchers think so as well.
A rare opportunity of seeing a Darter swimming underwater in search of a meal.
The pink and grey of a Galah look lovely in the afternoon sun
On an afternoon walk we often see a Pied Cormorant or two on this branch over the creek. This day there were more than ever and was a had to take reflection photo as well.
Above the Pied Cormorants, a pair of Rainbow Bee Eaters were enjoying their afternoon meal.
I did have time to muck about with some photos. These water abstracts are the raw images. I should send them out for Jez’s Water Water Everywhere as well
It is amazing what can be seen from inside a car at a car wash.
Water abstract of a Pelican
I did some black and white photos too. The empty cafe was my favourite
I love water drops
Well I must be going so as I slide down and away here’s a Green Tree Frog to say good bye
I wonder if the cows enjoy sunsets as much as we do?
An almost full Moon during the day is nice to see so it’s goodnight from me and hope you enjoyed a scroll through my July
The Clarence River, a few kilometers from my place is one of the largest rivers in Australia. When the river floods the amount of water that flows through the countryside is incredible at times five million million liters flows downstream. (one million liters is equal to an Olympic swimming pool).
On Saturday we went for a drive further upstream to a place we haven’t been before for a picnic. Didn’t encounter many people as the gravel road is quite rough but a very picturesque drive through some lovely country, through farms, across many cattle grids and a bit of forest.
Coming down the hill there is the river and the bridge
Signs of the recent flood are evident, a bit of debris on a fence and high in the trees.
Looking upstream at what appears to be calm water and not much of a sign of the flood
Looking downstream the river runs over some rocks and picks up speed. The trees on the front left hand side of the photo would have been under water.
Away from the main channel some side pools still have some water. This pool also had some algae.
Yes it has been raining and raining and raining. From drought to fire to flood, welcome to Australia.
All of my water tanks are full to overflowing. This is my household water supply.
The recent rain over the weekend and yesterday and today have ensured my dams are overflowing as well. Yes I have water, water everywhere. The gullies are rushing, the sounds of water during the day and the sounds of frogs of a night.
This dam is a small dam which has a limited catchment and doesn’t fill readily. This is more of a wetland for frogs and animals to utilise. Not much of a wetland as the little vegetation that was there as the dam dried in the drought has been burnt. The vegetation will come back. A couple of water plants have emerged already.
This is the big dam that doesn’t actually hold water. The dam wall gives me access to the rest of my property. The insect and frog life here is amazing.
Here is the House Dam which you have seen many times over the past couple of years full and overflowing. The small patch of lillies was the size of the dam a few months ago