Flowers bugs and birds

The many wanderings around the north coast of NSW has taken me to many places, seen many things and of course taken many photos. The last wandering took in the warm days of Spring. The flowers are blooming and many of the birds are coming back to the gardens.

The Calendulas are looking great in the garden.

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The Gerberas just stand out in the sunshine.

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Lemon trees are full of buds. It’s hard to imagine that this little flower will turn into a lemon.

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All through the garden the nasturtiums are a riot of colour, brilliant reds and oranges.

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I thought it would be good to look deep inside to see what they look like. The patterns and shapes are quite different.

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The wisteria trailing over the arbour with the hanging blooms added a splash of mauve to the garden.

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Lots of native flowers are looking good this year as well. The Egg and Bacon plants tiny flowers, only about 5 to 8mm across, are very showy.

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With the onset of warm weather the insects are always present around the house and garden. This Crane Fly was hovering around and finally resting on a leaf.

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The baby geckos are also on the move at night. This little bloke lives in the laundry.

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The King Parrots send waves of reds and greens through the garden as the fly about the trees and bushes.

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Whereas the Rainbow Lorikeets provide a constant chatter.

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The old broken pot has made a great birdbath. The Wattlebird is a bit shy when bathing.

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But doesn’t seem to mind sharing with the Spangled Drongo.

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At Lismore Lake the birds are busy. The late afternoon has birds flying and singing everywhere. The Egrets stalk around the water plants, probably looking for an unsuspecting frog or fish.

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The Superb Fairy Wrens were flitting about the shrubs.

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I wondered why that little bloke was so intent of capturing my attention. A bit of an investigation found these two.

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Back at home, the Scarlet Honeyeater kept a wary eye on me as he had a feed on the Bottlebrush flower.

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A convenient post let the Eastern Whipbird call his mate.

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The sunsets are quite spectacular this time of year, it must be time to go.

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The candles are lit so time to settle down for a bit relaxing after a busy day wandering about. Good night.

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Some things new – Some things discovered

Last weekend my bestie and I went for a walk around my place as well as a bit of a drive to see what we could discover. A walk up the road in the morning was so nice. Listening to the birds in the bush, seeing them fly between the patches of bush and trying to get a photo or two certainly occupied the morning.

The property at the end of the road have dragged the old truck from one property to their front gate. It looked like a painting of a rural scene.

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We found a She-oak that I have never seen before along a track. It felt so soft to the touch unlike the She-oaks that are everywhere. It just cascaded to the ground and was much lighter in colour.

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There seems to be a lot of air fern growing on dead wood as well as on trees.

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As the weather is warming up, lots of insects are on the move, especially the Bull Ants.

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It seemed a bit dangerous to get down to photograph this tiny yellow flower with the Bull Ants prowling about the leaf litter.

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The birds seemed to like sitting on the dead branches of the trees along the road. This little Robin just sat for a while before hearing a call and swooping away.

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The Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike tried to look like the branch it clung onto.

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On the drive we came across a couple of Spoonbills sitting on a Bottlebrush. They didn’t seem to care until I got closer, then they the became restless.

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Overhead a Whistling Kite rode the air currents at speed. I didn’t think I actually got the photo but ended up with two plus a couple of photos of blue sky.

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We went for a walk to the rock pool on my place. On the way, I found a Satin Bowerbird’s bower that was covered in blue items from all around the neighbourhood. There can’t be too many blue pegs left in the neighbourhood as well as bottle tops! I think this bloke has a hoarder issue.

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This pool hasn’t dried out, even in the big drys that have happened since I have been living here. This is one of my favourite spots on the place, lovely and cool on hot days. A Yellow-faced Honeyeater came down for a drink while we were having a cup of tea.

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Although it pretended to be shy at first.

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I saw a flash of red and then a tiny Scarlet Honeyeater dropped in for a drink as well.

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Besides Water Striders, the only other thing in the water was a frog. It splashed into the water and was gone. After a while she came out and sat on the ponds edge. I have heard them, but this is the first time I have seen an Eastern Stony Creek Frog.

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So the She-oak and a photo of a Spoonbill and the frog were the new discoveries. I wonder what new discoveries I’ll find this weekend. I will take my wildlife camera as well and maybe set it up to see who come to my besties bird bath.


Stuff I saw last weekend

So much happened last weekend. Most of the things I found were during a drive to Murwillumbah plus bits and pieces around my besties place. There were things made of plastic, flowers, big things, small things and of course some birds.

Lets begin with the first thing we saw on the road to Murwillumbah. Cruising through Mooball we just had to stop at the Moo Moo Cafe as the biggest motorbike I have ever seen was “parked” outside. As a bloke who loves his MotoGP and road racing since the days of the Yamaha TZ750’s, this one was worth a quick stop.

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Of course, the first stop was for coffee. This time we went to a cafe I hadn’t been to before. The inside was rather funky and we sat up the back so we could people watch and take in the feel of the place. I liked the lights.

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One wall had some wacky art works and the biggest paella pan I have ever seen.

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Of course the Op-shops had to be explored. I found one of my favourites, an elephant. It was made of plastic but at $45 it stayed in the shop.

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So did the rocker. I think it was a deer?

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The Garden around the Civic Centre was bursting with flowers. The Lilli Pillis were lovely.

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I think this is a Lilli Pilli too but not sure.

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Hanging around the garden was this little Water Dragon. He just ran every time I came near but stopped for a minute for me to get this shot before scurrying off again.

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On the way to the Art Gallery is a Kapok tree whose seed pods were bursting open.

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The Tweed Art Gallery is always a stop off when there are new exhibits. Only one really took my imagination. The art of Philip Wolfhagen was the best and well worth a visit. I just love the Margaret Olley Art Centre as I always find something that I hadn’t seen before. This time I found a chook. Okay, it may not be a chook but I want to think it is.

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Looking out of the window we saw a storm heading over the range and over Mt Warning. They are always spectacular and dramatic looking.

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That night the Huntsman came out from behind the cupboard to check out what we were doing.

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The next day the overnight rain had refreshed the garden and it seemed that there were flowers everywhere. The scent in the air was from the Jasmin growing on the old fence around the garden.

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And from the Wisteria growing on the arbour.

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A splash of yellow caught my eye. It was a Day Lily all by itself standing tall.

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The Azalias were full of blossoms.

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The red of these tiny flowers provided a contrast in the garden.

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There are Pansy’s everywhere, but these small ones looked a treat as they spilled over the edge of the garden.

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I disturbed a small spider who had folded the petals of a Gazania. He was gone in a flash, probably in case I thought he was a snack.

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High in the sky a couple of Kites wheeled about.

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They didn’t come down very close unfortunately.

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Walking around not caring about much, an Emerald Dove just walked down the track.

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While a Galah sat on the powerline looking rather fluffy.

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Among the bushes, a Brush Wattlebird was calling.

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The Wonga Pigeon didn’t seem to mind the rasping call and sat around watching what was going on.

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Late in the afternoon, it looked as if the wattlebird had its pants on fire.

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The next morning back at home, the Satin Bowerbird was getting into the Honey Gem before the Blue-faced Honeyeaters or Friarbirds were awake. This bloke did look rather serious didn’t he?

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Well, like the Brush Turkey, I’d better run.

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Out and about

Last weekend was a great weekend for wandering about. We did a bit of walking around my street and found lots of things that caught my attention. A drive to Grafton and out to Lawrence yielded many an experience that I love to share with everyone. And of course there was plenty going on around my place as well. Some photos have been already seen by those who like to interact on Twitter as they were too good not to share straight away…..I can be impatient sometimes. So let’s be off…..the sky looked ominous on Saturday morning as we set off on a morning stroll.

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There were birds flying around and chatting from the bush. Usually I seem to get photos of thin air but this time I got the swoop from the tree.

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The spider webs were still out, all shimmery in the morning sun.

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I found lots just walking down the gravel road, just like the little horse from next door who always gallops along the fence as we walk down the street. He is so cute, always wants a rub but you have to keep an eye out as he does like to have a bit of a nip.

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I love wood and the shapes, patterns, colours and things that grow on it. This post just caught my eye.

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The lichen growing on the post at the front gate together with the cracks  looked a treat.

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Further along the road, a tree had fallen in a storm many years ago, throwing the root ball into the air which looked like a modern art sculpture.

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Just out the front of my place there has been a bit of a flush of spring plus the recent rains have bout all sorts of things alive. These little fungi were about the size of a 10 cent piece.

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While this little yellow flower was a bit smaller.

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At this time of year, following the swathes of yellow from the Fringe Wattles, the Dogwoods start to appear. Still in bud, but their little white flowers are getting ready to burst open.

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In the park in Grafton, this white climbing rose had Fairy Wrens, yes those ones from this page, as well as Scarlet Honeyeaters, flitting in and out among the blooms.

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On the drive to Lawrence, we had to stop at a flood shoot of the Clarence River where last year we saw a Black-necked Stork patrolling the water’s edge. This time there wasn’t a stork but a group of ducks paddling along. A mix of Pacific Black Ducks and Hardheads.

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A couple of ducks decided to take off while I was taking the photo. Again for one I was lucky to get them taking off.

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Just up the road there is an Ospreys nest. I have taken photos of it before but this time they have a baby. Here is the adult keeping a lookout while baby looks about constantly squawking. You can just see the small bump in the nest.

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Here is a better look at the young one.

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Back home it was all go in the garden. The Blue-faced Honeyeaters are the bosses of the Honey Gem Grevillea.

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Chasing away everyone who comes for a bit of a snack. The Friarbirds think they own the Grevillea too.

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The Scarlet Honeyeaters dash in for a quick drink of nectar while the bigger birds are busy. The female seemed to be much braver.

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As usual, the Eastern Yellow Robin was always around somewhere making sure the garden was in order.

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There are lots of Red-necked Wallabies cruising around the house and garden. This little bloke is last years Joey still hanging around Mum.

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Meanwhile, Mum was also sampling the delights of the Honey Gem with this years young one keeping a look out from the warmth of the pouch.

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That was last weekend….I wonder what I’ll see this weekend?


Lots of new things to discover

I really enjoy discovering new things as well as seeing things through the lens of my camera in a different way. So far this year the rains that are usually around just haven’t come. But the middle of this month there was a good fall of 60mls and the follow-up rain arrived a week later with 15mls. This rain was the best since the 1st June when 22mls fell. The change to the landscape has gone from browns and yellows to a tinge of green and new shoots appearing on many plants.

The new shoots on the Native Wisteria suddenly started to appear.

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The Pine Trees new cones came in a variety of shapes. Some in a random way.

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With others seemingly more ordered. The Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoos will be pleased.

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The plum trees are flowering, some in groups.

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While others are singles on the bare branches.

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There is plenty of insect activity too. Some plants have evidence of insect activity like these leaves.

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Some plants visitors are more obvious. This little beetle was very camera-shy and kept walking away from the camera despite my efforts. Those red legs were very determined to trudge away!

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The Raspberries had a mixture of fruits and flowers but mainly flowers. The fruits were hard to find and weren’t all that nice to eat, but looked good.

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I had never really looked at Raspberry flowers. They are quite pretty.

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The bees seemed to think so as well. They were buzzing around going from flower to flower.

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They were very intent on their pollen collecting.

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The bees were also drawn to Fireweed. I can see why someone decided that they would be pretty in the garden, not realising what they would end up doing to the paddocks.

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As always, there was an Eastern Yellow Robin nearby to see what was flushed out with the weed pulling going on.

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While higher up the Little Wattlebird kept an eye on things.

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But much, much higher up still, a Brahminy Kite wheeled over head.

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During a drive into Ballina, we came across a puddle on a small park where a small flock of Plumed Whistling Ducks were having a good time wandering about.

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I have never seen Plumed Whistling Ducks before. They are a very striking bird.

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Seeing them really made my weekend. They have great plumage don’t they? Hope you enjoyed a bit of my weekend.

brian


Flowers, birds, bees and fish

The title says it all, except not in that order. Sometimes it’s nice just to sit in a lovely place and see what the world brings. These are some of the flowers, birds, bees and fish that happened along whilst I was at my besties Mum’s place at Banora Point.

Down by the water, there was a fish who was swimming here and there in the shallows. I wasn’t too sure what it was but you can always ask the people you are in contact with on Twitter. Stan from the South Coast let me know that the fish in the following photos was a Toad Fish or Puffer Fish, depending on where you come from I guess.

This bloke has the most amazing red eyes. It seemed like he was walking on the sand in the clear water.

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In the garden there was a small plant with the most amazing seeds. They just stuck out with the black ball seed in the middle of the star-shaped flower.

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The silk flowers were almost over but the seed or flower bud cluster took my eye.

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One flower wasn’t as bedraggled as the rest.

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In one corner of the garden I heard a bit of a buzz. A couple of bees were having a great time searching among the flowers.

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And when they found a flower they certainly got stuck in, gathering what pollen they could find.

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This bloke was always speeding around on a mission.

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The Butcher Bird came down for a look at what was happening in the garden. A very serious look if ever I saw one!

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I hadn’t noticed Butcher Bird’s “whiskers” before.

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Back at my besties place, I though I saw someone watching from the trees. Can you see.

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The Whipbirds are always in her garden. Have a look at Meet the Whipbirds. This bloke was quite vocal but always had an eye on what I was doing.

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Well, that’s a short stroll through some of the things I found. Did you enjoy seeing the things I found?


Have you seen inside Margaret Olley’s house?

On the North Coast we are very lucky to have a number of excellent Art Galleries, the Grafton Regional Gallery has hosted many fine travelling exhibitions as well as holding some fine works of art. The Tweed Art Gallery is very privileged to have Margaret Olley’s “house” within the Gallery. “The recreation features original architectural elements such as windows and doors, relocated from Olley’s home studio at 48 Duxford Street, Paddington, Sydney. The interiors are filled with over 20,000 items Olley collected over many years as subject matter for her paintings.” – (http://artgallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au/MargaretOlleyArtCentre)

A view from the Gallery

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I often go to the gallery with my bestie to see the current exhibits and always have a wander around the Margaret Olley Art Centre where I see something new every time. Last visit I decided to take some photos and would like to share them with you.

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You look through windows and doors –  a voyeuristic glance into someones life.

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The rooms are filled, as the galleries blurb says, with thousands of interesting objects

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You can look into the kitchen from many angles and see how it was left after her passing.

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I do like the dresser with the blue and white china.

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The kitchen sink is rather cluttered

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The green glassware is great with the light just right

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Other rooms have her artists bits and pieces as well as overflowing ashtrays.

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The dresser, like most of the house has flowers

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Some of the cups are just how she lived with some containing the sticky residue.

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There are some amazing pieces adorning the walls.

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As well as the floor

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On cupboards and dressers

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Some of her stuff is a bit broken and tired looking but interesting never-the-less.

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Other rooms have some of the things she painted

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There are stacks of books everywhere

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As well as some magazines and art works

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The oriental screen is quite lovely

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You can just make out the soft toy rat on the cushion on the lounge

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Can’t see it clearly…here’s a closer look.

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Well the sun is setting so I better say see ya!

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I hope you enjoyed a glimpse into someone elses life. If you can, visit the Tweed Art Gallery as the sights that you will see in Margaret Olley’s House will be worth the trip to Murwillumbah.

brian


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


Discoveries in June and July

I have been doing my usual wandering about, looking for things that are interesting, stunning or just plain great to photograph. This is what I have found over the past two months which have made a quick stroll or a drive into a lot of stop and look.

The early morning fog sitting in the Clarence Valley looked quite amazing as I came over the hill on the way to town.

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Some of the morning skies had so much colour

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The Pelicans were paddling on the Clarence River looking for their breakfast. Everyone knows that Pelicans are great fishers and know exactly where the fish are.

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The Little Corellas played on the light towers, swinging on the wires and generally creating havoc.

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There were many storm clouds around but I haven’t had much rain at my place in the past few months and the Summer storms just didn’t appear this season. These were looming while I was travelling around the Richmond Valley.

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The next few photos are stuff I found in Lismore. I will have to go back and see if I can get the shot I saw in my mind with this spiral stair case.

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I love puddles

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I also love rust – the textures and colours rust brings to metal.

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This is what it’s like looking down the barrel of a gun.

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The footpath also got my attention. The moss is such a striking green.

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The early Winter flowers were appearing in the gardens around Lismore. A splash of white caught my attention. I have no idea what it is though.

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One tree had ants massing all over as they were preparing to launch the winged ones.

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But the tree looked nonplussed.

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On the way back to my besties, we stopped at the outdoor cathedral in Bexhill. The Grevillea flowers (I think) were almost over but still looked amazing.

yellow_grevillia_bexhill catherdral_named_june 2014

The flowers at her place were also blooming. I was hoping to get a bee or two but they were too fast.

white flower_yellow centre_binna burra_named_june 2014

The birds that are there are nothing like the birds at my place, although there are a couple that I find at mine as well as at hers. The cheekiest is the White-browed Scrub Wren who likes to hang around the back door.

“Is anyone home!!”

white browed scrubwren02_binna burra_door_named_june 2014

“I know you’re in there!!”

white browed scrubwren01_binna burra_door_named_june 2014

The Catbirds were around in the afternoon making their weird sounds.

cat bird_binna burra_named_june 2014

I also came across this butterfly. Its colours made for a great camouflage until I came blundering along.

butterfly_binna burra_named_june 2014

I guess the sun is setting so drop by soon and let me know if you enjoyed my some of my Discoveries in June and July.

sunset_main creek_named_june 2014


The Seeker Part 8

What was that trickling sound I thought I heard……perhaps my thirst was giving to dreams of desire……but I am sure that the trickling sound was real!!

In the lower part of the slope the ground was still stony but many of the rocks were rounded….like rocks that have been rolled about by water. I knelt on the ground on the soft grass and dug my hand between the tufts where it was cooler. Gripping onto a tuft, I gave a hard tug ….nothing!!….it didn’t budge at all.

The ground under the grass was hard and rocky not soft as I had hoped. If I do dig down to see if there is some moisture…..what can I use to dig…the sticks were too crumbly and brittle to be of any use in digging through the hard ground.

I started to try and scrape the ground away from the base of a grass tuft…..it didn’t take long before the skin on my fingers to become sore with small cuts and I had hardly gotten anywhere…..I lay down on the soft grass……the frustration and weariness was getting too much….what do I have to do….why am I on this world…..the sun beat down on my back but the grass was cool on my body and face ….as I drifted off to sleep I was sure that I heard water again.

Water…….I awoke with a thirst…..rolling over, the cool relief on my back was welcomed………looking around I wanted to find some sort of a digging tool….maybe a rock from further up the slope might be suitable as the stones here were too small.

Walking back towards the ridge I hoped I would be lucky and be able to find water….allusive water…..something I desperately need to survive. but what will survival do if I am just to wander this domed world.

I hoped the greenness of the mound would lead to there being water…..water that would sustain me for some time.

I am sure I again heard the sounds of water but not being visible on actually running over the rocks and stony ground must mean that it is somehow flowing underground. How can I get below this hard baked ground to get to the water that keeps this small patch green in a desert landscape alive.

Near the top of the ridge, which is only a few meters high, there is some larger rocks which I could use to dig…..scrambling over the rocks of the scree slope once again to the base of the ridge I found a good sized and appropriately shaped rock that I could use to get below the surface.

I wonder where I was when I heard that trickling sound…….down the slope slipping and sliding as the rocks gave no solid purchase…looking left….looking right….everything looked the same…….down on the edgewhere the tufted grasses came up to meet the bare rocky ground.

I stood….straining to listen to the slightest sound other than the occasional rocks tumble…..nothing….perhaps I should move down to where the grass evens out before abruptly ending to meet the desert once again.

Lifting my stone age implement, I struck the ground between the tufts sending smaller pebbles out of the way…..again…..again….again I hit the ground making a small divot.

Now I could scrape the hole into something bigger as I tired of hitting the hard stony surface…….sweat glistened on my now brown baked skin. I managed to struggle to a point where the small rocks and pebbles changed colour….a deeper colour.


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