Elevation

Join in with Debbie over at Travel with Intent with the word prompt: Elevation

Here is a my Elevations for the photo challenge

The Wattlebird has a good lookout in the coastal heath atop a Banksia
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Pelicans in the harbour will find anywhere to sit
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High in the Pine Tree, a Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo surveys the best pine cones for dinner
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Parrots

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter P

Enjoy a slideshow of Parrots that hang around my place or nearby

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CFFC

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: The Letter K

Join in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge with all the other photographers who have lots of K’s in their photos.

A King Parrot often drops in to see what’s happening on the verandah
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Rainbow Lorikeets are here in numbers to feast on the nectar of the eucalypt blossoms
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Musk Lorikeets only drop in every now and then
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The Grey Goshawk frightens the chooks
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This Australian Kestrel was hunting for lizards in a car park
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A Fan-tailed Cuckoo kept an eye on me
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Had to include a Chook
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and some Chickens
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and of course Brendan the Brush Turkey
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The little Forest Kingfisher is a brilliant flash of blue as he darts through the forest
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Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos love pine cones and eat them like an ice cream cone
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These Plumed Whistling Ducks were paddling about in a puddle in a football field
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Dis someone say Duckduck looking_grafton show_named_may 2017

This is July

At last I am able to sit down and write this blog. I have a chest infection which made my concentration levels drop and a lack of interest in doing anything. Looking at the screen made my eyes sore as well. July was interesting as the days became more like Summer than Winter. There hasn’t been much rain so the garden is suffering. Most of the flowers are from elsewhere, some of the birds are from around here and there is a bit of what is that photo. There is a bit of excitement but that will come later. There are quite a number of photos so perhaps a cup of tea or coffee or whatever you drink while sitting have a look at my July.

This is the view from Raspberry Lookout in the Gibraltar Ranges, about 70kms from my place, which is somewhere to the left of the photo a few gullies over.
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I thought I’d start with the bugs I found. A moth isn’t really a bug but an insect but this beauty had to go in somewhere.moth_named_binna burra_july 2017

We found a caterpillar munching a plant. Look at how much it has eaten for such a small sized caterpillar.
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The winter flowering stone fruits are alive with bees.
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I was enjoying a cuppa on the verandah when this bloke came buzzing around. I like the confusion of fly and shadow.
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At the Raspberry Lookout I found a log. Not just an ordinary log but one that had a lichen that made it look so green.
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Can you see the face on this old tree stump. The big cut mark on the left is where the timber cutters used to put a board to stand on to cut the tree down with an axe. The “graffiti” isn’t all that old though.
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My  bestie found this fantastic leaf.
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One day the clouds just decided to look rather special. Something to do with a hot day, cold upper air or whatever.
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“What are you looking at?”
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I call this photo “The Electric Fish”. I would love to tell you how I took the photo but have no idea. The leaves and flowers were in the bottom of the bowl and the spots on the surface are fish food.
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Late one evening when going for a walk, I saw the red and green leaves glowing in the afternoon sun.
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A neighbours place glowed in that afternoon sun. This plant is called Firesticks.
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I have never looked at a Dandelion flower. Isn’t it beautiful.
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In a garden in Grafton the rest of the garden was bare and a few of the flowers were doing their last gasp but this Gazania stood out among the rest.
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A fragrant Rose. I love Roses.
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The Grevillea flower shone in the early morning sun.
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Some birds come back every year to spend Winter here or perhaps just drop in for a snack and rest on their migratory route to further warming climes. The Blue-faced Honeyeaters stay around and nest. The mornings and evenings are filled with their calls.
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The Silvereyes flock through, some keep going but some hang around for a while eating and building their strength for the next part of their journey.
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The Figbirds are after the fruiting trees in the rainforest gullies. This Figbird seemed to have an interest in a Eucalypt nut.
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The Lewins Honeyeater found a tasty morsel in the bark of the tree.
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It doesn’t look like it was that appealing does it?
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A White-throated Honeyeater, a bowl and a garden bench. There are a number of places where birds can get a drink in my garden.
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Going to my besties one day, I came across a flock of Brolgas in a farmers field beside the highway. This is only the second time I have seen Brolgas and to see around twenty was wonderful.
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Some birds will do anything not to have their photo taken. The Eurasian Coot did a great dive.
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Have you ever been so angry that you just had to shout at a tree?
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I hadn’t noticed the rich orange around the eye of a White-throated Tree Creeper before. Since the blog was published, Carol Probets who often lets me know what’s what informed me that this is a Red-browed Tree Creeper. See Carols blog at Lyreades
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The Welcome Swallow was ignoring me as he sat on the old bridge watching the workings building the new one.
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The Spotted Pardalote had a ritual of checking out the verandah every morning for snacks.
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The Grey Shrike-Thrush have set up home at my besties.
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Adorable looking birds aren’t they?
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The Grey Fantail was a bit puffed up in the cool afternoon breeze.
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Another regular Winter visitor to my place are the Noisy Friarbirds. Their calls resound through the forest all day long. These two were having an in depth conversation.
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Every now and then a large flock of Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos descend on the pine trees to feed and then take off to find a place to roost.
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The lovely little Rose Robins are occasional visitors. So cute as the bounce in the garden looking for snacks.
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This is excitement number one. First time I have seen a Grey Goshawk. It was high in the trees at my besties place.
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Excitement number two. The first time I have seen a Fan-tailed Cuckoo. It was so happy to sit on a post and pose for a minute or two at my besties place.
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This was the sunset in some of the photos mentioned before. So it must be time to go.
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Thank you for stopping by. Drop me a note if you found something that interested you.

Week 31 – Empty Space

With a title like that for 52 weeks photo challenge  the sky’s the limit.

A little poem to start

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From the top of the pine tree the Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo can see all the empty space around

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The Square-tailed Kite was being harassed by the Friarbird

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Empty space abounds for the Jacky Winter perched on the old tree branch

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The Wedged-tailed Eagles getting away with their lunch. The one on the right has a Water Dragon trailing from its feet.

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The Ibis soared in the sky.

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The Black-shouldered Kite has the perfect perch to survey his surroundings.

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The Cormorant has many an empty space. One of my projects is to make some silhouettes of birds.

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Where could there be more empty space than…..weellll……Space

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Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Letters O or P

Looking for the right photos for this weeks Cee’s Black and White photo challenge I thought I would use some of my favourite Australian bird photos and one reptile.

A Parrot – A Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo

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Just an Osprey walking along the beach

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A parrot about to get a dunking in the bird bath

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The Python who was removed from the chook house before it could eat any of the hens

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Thursdays Special – Pick a Word challenge in March

Another photo challenge from Paula’s Thursday’s Special

I have chosen a few photos from my travel folder for this challenge as well as the first two from my home, Australia.

Commanding – The view from the top of the pine tree

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Coarse – The Sand Crab and his treasures

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Gibbous – On the wall of the Notre Dame de Paris

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Incremental – A wall in the Grand Hyatt South Korea

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Indelible – The first time I saw the Segrada Familia in 2009

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Thanks Paula for the inspiration and time to set the challenges.

Silhouettes

A few years ago I looked at some of my photos and thought they would be good as silhouettes. I remade some of the best ones that I thought would be good to frame and sell at hand-made markets or other markets that abound here on the north coast of NSW. I only managed to get a stall at a couple of markets, no where near as many as I would have liked to attend, over the past year or two.

There has been some good sales and some where not one photo sold. Perhaps this year I may get to more markets as a stallholder and see if anyone enjoys my photos.

I don’t just convert from colour to black and white, in some cases I have taken the photo in monochrome, I actually trace around the photo to get a bit of a better definition. This takes time and sometimes I think I have spent more time than necessary but I enjoy doing the work.

This first silhouette is the photo that I took that started the process. I came home late in the afternoon and as I drove down the driveway, I disturbed the White-faced Heron on the dam who flew onto a branch near the house. I was just getting excited in capturing birds with my new digital camera, this was an ideal opportunity. The original photo late in the afternoon was almost in black and white with the sky blue and the Heron without any detail, just a dark image. The bark of the Yellow Stringybark was a challenge!!!

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I have always like to outline of birds against the sky. An Osprey wheeling above the water looking for a fish provided a nice silhouette.

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The Cormorant sitting on a branch on the edge of the dam also looking for a fish or yabbie obliged by sitting still for quite some time.

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The Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos with their almost slow-motion flying as they flew overhead to their roost for the night were a delight to watch and photograph. The wing tips were hard to get right.

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The New Holland Honeyeater sitting atop of a Banksia isn’t really a silhouette but the conversion into black and white was so striking that I decided to leave it as a monochrome. I included this one in my silhouette series as it is a popular photo at the markets.

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Some birds are so distinctive in their shape, they are just right for silhouettes. Even a brightly coloured Rainbow Bee Eater is recognisable in black and white.

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As is a Spangled Drongo.

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The Golden Whistler photo has taken me the most time to convert into a silhouette. I didn’t realise that when there are branches in the background that they are ever so slightly out of focus and need a lot of attention. I even left a small patch of the bright yellow colour on the neck as neither black or white to add a bit of definition of this wonderful small bird.

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I have posted lots of brightly coloured birds on my blogs over the years. I hope you have enjoyed something different.

Spring brings life

Spring has begun and is almost over so I better get going and post some of my world in spring so far. There has been a lot happening, too many photos to sort through and making time to write, sort, edit and get it out!!!!

My old friend a few properties down the street is no longer able to care for himself and has gone into a care facility. His garden has been a source of inspiration and his help has made my garden a better place. He was always coming with bulbs, seeds or cuttings some of which have survived the dry periods and some just reappear much to my amazement.

This Iris was one of the first things I saw as I visited him before he left. A stunning splash of purple.

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Of course it attracted the native stingless bees

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The Grevilleas begin to bud at the start of spring. They don’t look as spectacular as the flowers but have a certain furry interest……

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….and then they bloom into the most fantastic flower displaying many hues and colours.

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The Honey Gem attracts so many birds to my garden but when you look closely you find some of the smaller creatures in my garden.

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Throughout the bush around my place, the yellows and oranges of the Jacksonias splash colour into the bush.

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I love the tiny native flowers that appear throughout the bush. This tiny yellow flower is about 10mm in diameter.

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Another tiny native that has the most hairy leaves.

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I am amazed that the lichen has regenerated from what looked like a dead blob in the grass. A small amount of rain bought it to life.

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This is part of my “front lawn” I don’t have much grass and what is here is native grasses. I rarely cut the grass as there are so many tiny flowers that either grow at ground level or are on small stalks. This moss has gone to seed or is it the flowers?

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Come spring everyone wakes up. Some like to prowl around the garden and “back yard” looking for things to eat. This bloke was looking for my chooks eggs!!!

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One day coming home from town, there was a raucous noise and the sky suddenly was dotted with a huge flock of Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos. This year there has seemed to be lots of them around. Sometimes in large flock or in just a few, screeching as they wheel about the sky.

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I spent ages by the side of the road watching the Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos argue of the best perch and change trees to find something to eat. Their aerobatics are superb don’t you think?

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I am the boss of this tree and can see for kilometers.

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Ahh….there is nothing as good as a pine cone.

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Heralding in the morning, Kookaburras fill the air with their call. I love the bit of blue on their wings.

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The beautiful call of the Grey Shrike Thrush is such a pleasant change from the usual suspects, Friarbirds, Blue-faced Honeyeaters and Ravens.

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At my besties, the Emerald doves pop in for a quick drink from the bird bath. THe shimmer of green is eye-catching as they move through the bush.

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A rare visitor to my road were these Crimson Rosellas. The bloke up the road put out feed for his horses and a flock of Rosellas dropped in for lunch.

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Their colours are very striking. The red can be seen from a distance s they jumped about among the horses.

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On a walk up the road, I found a Blue-faced Honeyeaters nest. As I was watching it became change over time.

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A keen eye was kept on me before he settled onto the nest.

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The best part was the Rainbow Bee Eaters as they swooped around. I played around with my photo program to see if I could get a different effect.

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Thanks for hanging out with me for a while.