June had something new as well as old

The rain finally came in June. The big dam, which leaks, almost filled which is lovely to see even though it only lasts a few weeks before it’s a puddle again. The frogs certainly liked the water and there were a number of different types of frogs calling.

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The frogs were also on this little dam which is more of a wetland than a functioning dam. The animals drink from here as well as some birds. Dragonflies were flitting about on both dams.

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As usual, we do our drives around the north coast and one day, as we were heading west out of Casino we came across this Long-necked Tortoise in the middle of the road with cars and trucks speeding by. A quick rescue mission unfolded and it was taken to the dam up a side road not far from where we picked it up.

long-necked tortoise_casino_named_june 2016

At my besties one of the old farm sheds, this one was a piggery, we have created a studio space for art exhibitions and rent the Lady Shed for workshops by all manner of people. We love rearranging and decorating the Lady Shed with all sorts of things found or created

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I love this owl!!!

lady shed shelf_owl_binna burra_named_june 2016

Quite often when pillows or things are moved there are skinks that scurry away. This day it was a bit cold and some of the skinks were a bit too cold to move too fast.

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Spiders are also disturbed as we do a bit of a cleaning and moving stuff around when there is someone else going to use the Lady Shed Studio. I have lost my spider ID book so I can’t tell you what is this one.

lady shed_spider_binna burra_named_june 2016

There is a lovely cane light shade in the Lady Shed Studio. We always check to ensure that no one has decided that the light shade would make quite a nice house. Most times a spider or two is moved on or a mud daubers nest is removed. This time a little micro bat with only a face a mother could love had taken up residence. Luckily it had gone the next day before the workshop has started. I think it may be a Lesser Long-eared Bat.

lesser long eared bat_lady shed_binna burra_named_june 2016

In the insulation, just under the corrugated iron, lives a Carpet Snake. It is a lovely warm place for a snake to spend winter. This Carpet Snake has been living in the Lady Shed Studio for ages and sometimes can cause a bit of angst among the workshop participants.

lady shed_carpet snake_binna burra_named_june 2016

One afternoon I was driving home from work when I spied a Black-necked Stork patrolling after the rains had replenished a wetland. When he saw me he just casually walked away.

black necked stork_south grafton_named_june 2016

On the drive west of Casino in a place called Piora, we came across a little watercourse that had a couple of Spoonbills, some ducks and a Heron. The Spoonbill was the only one who didn’t move off when the car stopped.

spoonbill_piora_named_june 2016

As it has been very dry at my place with only occasional showers and 2 days of good rainfalls. The normally abundance of birds has deserted the garden and surrounding bush. The Lewins Honeyeater has stayed waiting for the blossoms to appear. The rain bought out the Honey Gem flowers.

lewins honeyeater_home_named_june 2016

The Satin Bowerbirds have also stayed around as they steal snacks from the chook yard. They also have a been stealing all manner of blue things from the surrounding properties.

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The number of Satin Bowerbirds usually increases when it gets a bit cold in the Gibraltar Ranges. This day when I took these photos the trees were full of the mad chattering of Satin Bowerbirds.

satin bowerbird_female_home_named_june 2016

I did a bit of a bush walk one day. Just near the dam in the first photo there has been a bower for a number of years. The blue objects were strewn in all directions from the bower up to 2 metres away.

satrin bower birds bower_home_named_june 2016

So many blue objects. I have no idea whose place they get the blue bottle tops from as I don’t have any and my recycling is always in a sealed wool bale sack. I do think the strips of blue are from a disintegrating tarp in my building materials area.

satrin bower birds_treasure_home_named_june 2016

The bird bath is always kept with water in it for the birds. Actually I have three places where the birds can get a drink and a wash. This one is one of the favourites. You can always hear the constant call of Eastern Yellow Robins in the bush and they come to the garden for an insect snack or head to the bird bath.

eastern yellow robin_home_named_june 2016

The little Striated Thornbills are regular bird bath regulars. They only stay for a quick wash and drink before they are off.

striated thornbills_home_named_june 2016

One day I heard a call I didn’t recognise at the bird bath. At first I didn’t see anyone but then a head popped up whilst the bird was clinging to the edge of the bird bath with its tail in the water. Just then, another bird flew in a sat on the edge. The big feet gave it away. This was the first time I had seen the White-throated Treecreepers in the bird bath.

white-throated treecreepers_home_named_june 2016

At my besties there are always Eastern Whipbirds calling and foraging in the garden. This one was muttering to itself while it turned over leaves and small rocks hoping for a bite to eat.

eastern whipbird_binna burra_named_june 2016

Of course there a the little Eastern Yellow Robins in her garden as well. They are such a cute little bird don’t you think?

eastern yellow robin_binna burra_named_june 2016


Hello May

Hello May. May has come and gone. We went back to Macleay Island again and I have another new bird that I have photographed. I do get excited when I find something new.

This collection of photos has some birds, mainly that I have put here before, that I have found in a comical situation. OK situations that I find comical and hope you do too.

There is also a photo of a moth just to warn those people who have a phobia about moths. I should have put that warning in the last blog too. There aren’t any spiders or snakes this time.

This poor old Blue Tiger Butterfly was sitting on a leaf catching a bit of sunshine, probably the last sunshine he had. See the hole in the right wing? And the rest of the wings are a bit shabby and colour bleached.

blue tiger butterfly_binna burra_named_may 2016

Here is the moth. An Emperor Gum Moth, one of the largest moths that are around here. Its wingspan is around 150mm. I thought it was a Micro Bat when it flew past me.

emperor gum moth_named_home_may 2016

This year the Cordyline Rubras flowers were spectacular. I have never seen so many flower spikes. There were lots of bees buzzing around. Can you spot one?

cordeline flowers01_binna burra_named_may 2016

Here is a close up of a flower spike.

cordeline flower_binna burra_named_may 2016

On the ferry going to Macleay Island, one of the Morton Bay islands, the ferry was followed by a White-bellied Sea Eagle for a long part of the journey. At one stage it swooped off to the other side of the ferry but didn’t catch anything.

white bellied seaeagle_macleay island_named_may 2016

The Curlews are back. I am not sure what they were on but I have not seen such a wide eyed expression.

beach stone curlews01_macleay island_named_may 2016

Here is the photograph first for me. The Pale-headed Rosella. They were having a lovely time in the Grevillea on the property next door to where we stayed on the island.

pale headed rosella01_macleay island_crop_named_may 2016

They have lovely markings don’t they? The red splosh under the tail is eye catching.

pale headed rosella_macleay island_crop_named_may 2016

Back home, the Yellow-faced Honeyeaters have claimed the sparse flowered Honey Gem Grevillea. The dry weather has reduced the number of flowers of what is usually a shrub laden with flowers. This is what it looked like a while ago

yellow faced honeyeaters_home_named_may 2016

The Yellow-faced Honeyeater are very bossy in the garden at the moment. Taking up vantage points around the garden to chase of anyone who thinks they might get at the flowers. The Eastern Spinebills are the one who seem to be picked on the most.

yellow faced honeyeater_home_named_crop_may 2016

The Blue-faced Honeyeater has a black chin. I hadn’t noticed how extensive it was before. I have gone through the previous photos and none have shown the honeyeaters chin before.

blue faced honeyeater_home_named_may 2016

Hi on the tree, the Eastern Rosella was just hanging out. It seemed to see me with the camera and just posed for quite a while.

eastern rosella02_binna burra_named_may 2016

Look at me, don’t I look splendid?

eastern rosella01_binna burra_named_may 2016

After a while it was a case of “See my butt!!” and away it flew.

eastern rosella_rump_binna burra_named_may 2016

I love getting photos of Eastern Whipbirds. They never sit still long enough to get good photos. I took this photo as it was just about to take off.

eastern whipbird_binna burra_named_april 2016

The bird bath is always a place to get some birds. The White-throated Honeyeaters swapped from the small hanging pot to the bigger bird bath.

white throated honeyeaters02_birdbath_home_named_may 2016

Although it doesn’t look like the water was to this ones liking. Don’t honeyeaters have long tongues?

white throated honeyeaters01_birdbath_home_named_may 2016

I love it at this time of year. There is always someone new in the garden. The little Rose Robins are so cute.

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Driving home one afternoon, I spied a Wedged Tailed Eagle feasting on a bit of road kill. Despite getting into my best sneaky mode, the eagle flew into a nearby tree to wait for me to go so it could continue dinner.

wedged tailed eagle_jackadgery_named_may 2016

Well it’s night time and the moon is beaming down. Goodnight.

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The year so far

So far this year I have found some allusive birds, some bees doing what bees do, lovely flowers, insects, a new bird that was very accommodating to be photographed and a photo or two that viewer discretion is advised.

Yes, this blog does contain images of sexual behaviour. Consenting sex I may add. The sexual activity did occur over quite a while although use of the word activity may be a stretch of the imagination. Most of the time both partners didn’t engage in much activity at all!!!

So it may be best if I start with “those” images. That way your titillation can be catered for straight away and you wont be scrolling through and perhaps missing other images that can perhaps be stimulating. The moths decided that near the back door, on the verandah was a good place to procreate.

How did I know that there was something mothy happening. Perhaps the next image is more explanatory.

moths_sex_named_binna burra_april 2016

They were indeed attached, chosing a cactus to add that extra bit of spice to the act perhaps.

moths_sex02_named_binna burra_april 2016

I had a hard time trying to get a good photo of this insect. It was on a mission and kept marching along the leaf, which thankfully was a large leaf.

bug_lismore_crop_named_april 2016

The bes were having a real buzzy time around the garden. There were plenty of flowers to choose.

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The Blue-banded Bees love the Blue Ginger flowers even if you have to really scrunch up to get at the flowers goodness.

bee_binna burra_crop_named_april 2016

The Camelias were quite striking this year. As an added bonus, can you count the little Stingless Bees on the flower? One little bloke has even got a water drop drink!!!

camillia_binna burra_named_april 2016

I love this cacti flower. It is just a balloon like structure and when it opens there is nothing inside. The colour is lovely don’t you think?

cactus flower_binna burra_named_april 2016

The Blue Ginger flower. Now you can see why the bees love visiting.

blue ginger flower_binna burra_named_april 2016

The little Violet flowers love the cool and the shade. Plenty of water sees the plant send up lots of flower shoots to add small splashes of colour around the garden.

violet_binna burra_named_april 2016

High up in the Bangalow Palm, the Lewins Honeyeater contemplated his vast bounty of seeds.

lewins honeyeater_binna burra_named_april 2016

While the White-headed Pigeon observed hoping for some lunch after a quick dip and drink at the birdbath.

white headed pigeon_binna burra_named_april 2016

The Bar-shouldered Dove walked around looking for a tasty morsel amongst the leaf litter. He looks spectacular with those red legs.

bar shouldered dove_binna burra_named_april 2016

The allusive Green Catbird. They can be heard throughout the forest in the mornings and late afternoons but here, they are quite shy and hop along the branches, never sitting still for long.

catbird_binna burra_named_april 2016

A drink and a bath at the little hanging birdbath is a family affair for the White-throated Honeyeaters

white throated honeyeaters_named_home_april 2016

I love this photo. The antique wrought iron garden chair is a lovely resting place for the Eastern Yellow Robin, a constant visitor to the garden.

yellow robin_binna burra_named_april 2016

Now for something new. We went to Macleay Island in Moreton Bay. The island is home to lots of Beach Stone Curlews. These pair were having a sleep at the back of the house, opening an eye to see what I was doing. This is the first time I have seen Beach Stone Curlews so it was rather exciting.

beach stone curlew_two_macleay island_named_april 2016

After a while one decided to get up and walk a little way into the bush.

beach stone curlew_macleay island_named_april 2016

I don’t think that he was impressed at being woken. During the night, they were calling with their mournful call. Actually it seemed like all night they were calling. No wonder they didn’t like being disturbed.

beach stone curlew_close_macleay island_named_april 2016

Well, that’s what I have found, refound and photographed so far this year. I was excited photographing the Curlews and the Green Catbird. I hope you have enjoyed my images.


Birds and butterflies and perhaps a snail

I really enjoy sitting down and writing. Something I haven’t done a lot of lately so this little bit of writing includes a lot of photos. I was intending to do a series of birdbath photos. Instead here is a selection of the two birdbaths, my besties birdbath and the small hanging pot that I found some of the birds at my place love to visit.

First off is the birdbath that has been a regular feature in a lot of my blogs. I still remember the first time I saw a Noisy Friarbird. They are so prehistoric looking. I tell visitors that they are Australia’s only vulture. Naughty aren’t I? Their songs are one of the most distinctive as they call in the bush. I love seeing them when two Noisy Friarbirds sing in unison, both doing the same movements as well.

friarbird_bird bath_named_binna burra_march 2016

The little Eastern Yellow Robin must have had a hot tail as he sat with his tail in the water for quite some time.

eastern yellow robin_bird bath_named_binna burra_march 2016

The White-browed Scrubwren was far more interested in what the other scrubwrens were doing underneath the birdbath.

white browed scrubwren_bird bath_named_binna burra_march 2016

“Oh for goodness sake, tidy yourself up!” The Spangled Drongos having a lovely time at the birdbath.

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I wonder what the Little Wattlebird was giving the Drongo the stink eye about?

spangled drongo_wattlebird_bird bath_named_binna burra_march 2016

Here is the little hanging pot. One day the hole in the bottom was blocked with some leaves and dirt. It filled with water after the rain and I heard some birds having a good time, drinking and having a splash about. I sealed the bottom and now keep it filled with water. The small birds, especially the honeyeaters, are the ones who use it the most.

bird bath_small_named_home_march 2016

The White-throated Honeyeaters are regular users. They are here every afternoon to have a drink or a bit of a splash in the water.

white-throated honeyeaters_bird bath_named_home_march 2016

One has a bath while the others keep a look out.

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The Brown Honeyeater caught with his tongue out after taking a drink.

brown honeyeater_bird bath_named_home_march 2016

The Lewins Honeyeaters are in the garden most of the day. This one came for a drink in the middle of a rather warm March day.

lewins honeyeater_named_home_march 2016

Another tongue out shot. This time of a White-throated Honeyeater.

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You can see why I need to keep the water up to the birdbath. The Lewins certainly enjoy a good splash.

lewins honeyeater_bird bath_splash_named_home_march 2016

The White-throated Honeyeaters are a bit more refined in their bathing habits.

white throated honeyeater_bird bath_splash_named_home_march 2016

I love seeing the little Thornbills in the garden. They always seem to have something to investigate.

thornbill_named_binna burra_march 2016

The Whipbirds are always hiding behind something or rustling about in the garden under the bushes.

eastern whipbird_named_binna burra_march 2016

Enough of the birds. I also love Dragonflies. We were doing some bush regen down at the spring, when this Dragonfly took an interest in what we were doing. Yes, that is one of the lantana bushes he is sitting on that got pulled out.

dragonfly01_red_named_march 2016

After a bit more zooming around, I realised that he was doing something other than watching what we were doing. At least it reminded us to have a break and a snack.

dragonfly01_snack_named_march 2016

Speaking of snacks. There was a loud buzzing and upon investigating, there was the fly caught in the web and a Daddy Long Legs getting ready to wrap the fly up for his dinner. Fly wrap anybody?

spider_fly_crop_named_binna burra_march 2016

I don’t think it is fair to be called common but the butterfly world has many “common” butterflies. This Common Crow was very obliging to have its photo taken.

common crow butterfly_named_lismore_march 2016

The Pentas are a great flowering shrub for butterflies.

butterfly02_pentas_named_binna burra_march 2016

Butterflies are so delicate as they stand on flowers to gather nectar.

butterfly01_pentas_named_binna burra_march 2016

Getting your proboscis right in there seems to be the way to go.

butterfly_pentas_named_binna burra_march 2016

The Orchard Butterflies were in the garden a lot in march. These two were having a good time fluttering around the garden.

orchard butterflies02_home_named_march 2016

Quite often their dance became quite close and eventually there was a lot of blurred photos as they mated. As this isn’t one of “those” blogs I haven’t included the very blurry photos, mainly as they were very blurry

orchard butterflies01_home_crop_small_named_march 2016

Aren’t they beautiful big butterflies?

orchard butterfly01_home_named_march 2016

Oh. That’s right. I did mention a snail didn’t I. One evening I went into the bathroom and saw something high up on the wall. The soft-shelled native snail was very shy and seemed to sense when I was close trying to get a photo and went into it’s shell. At least I know what was making holes in the leaves of the plant in the bathroom.

snail_soft shelled_crop_named_home_march 2013

I am glad you have gotten to the end of one of the longest blogs I have done. Did you enjoy the journey? What was your favourite photo?


Wanderings in early 2016

I have been so slack in getting things together of late. Many bits of life have been taking my time plus a bit of laziness on my behalf have put my photos way back in the order of life. The photos here are from last month and are just a quick selection of all sorts of things. Also, I have been a slack on identifying some of the insects mainly that I have come across, so if you have the skills that can help, let me know what I have found please.

One thing that I find fascinating is finding other objects in inanimate stuff that I discover. Let’s start with some tree roots that were on the side of the road at Buccarumbi which was a “lets see what’s down this road” destination on a wandering drive around the Clarence Valley.

I saw a duck…what about you?

tree root_duck_buccarumbi_named_feb 2016

Can you see the elephant?

tree root_elephant_buccarumbi_named_feb 2016

This building was the General Store or Post Office many many years ago. I haven’t found out exactly But I am sure I’ll let you know one day. A blog I have been wanting to do, after I have taken more photos, is the old building around where I live…..one day, one day.

old store_buccarumbi_named_feb 2016

Sometimes a joey doesn’t really want to grow up. This young Red-necked Wallaby is too big to want “pouch time” but the mother was quite patient and stood there for quite some time.

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Speaking of patient mothers, the Butcher Bird had come down to the bird bath to show the young one where to get a drink on a hot day. Young Butcher Birds are all “mum….mum…..mum….where are you…..mum…..mum!!! Quite incessant!!

butcher bird_young_home_named_feb 2016

We spent a weekend at the Ballina Beach Resort which was just a mini holiday away from all the life that surrounded us at the time. Just outside of our room was this little Water Dragon. One day it will grow into its tail.

water dragon_young01_ballina_named_feb 2016

The little one certainly kept an eye on me.

water dragon_young_ballina_named_feb 2016

The thing about living in an organic house is getting used to whoever decides to pop in for a while. Sometimes they even like a bit of screen time.

huntsman02_screen _named_home_feb 2016

Once outside there are always butterflies flitting around the garden, either mine or my besties. This Common Pencilled Blue butterfly was at her place. Thanks to @joylibbylib for letting me know:)

butterfly01_binna burra_named_feb 2016

There are aways Common Ringlets in the garden somewhere. They sit still long enough to be photographed.

butterfly_binna burra_named_feb 2016

The bees have been busy as the late Summer and Autumn flowers are bursting forth adding brilliant colour to the gardens.

bee_binna burra_crop_named_feb 2016

The dragonflies are quite content to zoom around the garden, occasionally stopping for a bit to survey the scene or catch their breath. I am never sure which!

dragonfly01_binna burra_named_feb 2016

Ever wondered what Dragonflies do when it rains?

dragonfly_rain_binna burra_named_feb 2016

We went to Emerald Beach for another mini holiday. Walking to the headland I spied a small spot of purple. There it was a Purple Fringed Lily. So small but so perfect.

fringe lily_emerald beach_named_feb 2016

Thanks for taking the time to have a look at some of my discoveries in February. Now to start on March.


Birds, Bugs and Flowers

I have been meaning to do the last lot of photos for December. Being on holidays makes it hard to sit and do useful things. I haven’t really gone anywhere. Just doing the usual day trips around the north coast of NSW, trying to avoid the places where the tourists are massed and clogging the roads. Managed to get caught in a 7km traffic jam because I didn’t check Live traffic before I left home. A useful website when driving around here in the school holidays.

The title doesn’t really tell you everything that is in this blog but there are birds, bugs and flowers. I suppose I should warn some of my more squeamish readers that this blog may contain spiders and moths. Yes someone doesn’t enjoy my moth photos.

The Ibis is the garbage scavenger quickly replacing the Seagull. I looked up one fine day and there, high above me, wheeling around on the air currents were some Ibis. They looked so graceful.

ibis_lismore_named_dec 2015

It was a hot day and the young Magpie Lark or Pee Wee as we called them as kids, was in the trees occasionally squawking but mainly panting – that’s if birds pant.

magpie lark_named_home_dec 2015

The heat of the day also brings some visitors to the verandah into the cool. The hanging plants make a good resting place for this King Parrot. King Parrots are regular visitors.

king parrot_named_home_dec 2015

Walking around Lismore Heights, we stopped at the lookout where there were heaps of Copperheaded Skinks. Mostly small ones that were quite fast who ran away when I got too close.

skink_named_lismore_dec 2015

I love coming across caterpillars. I have no idea what this one is and am feeling too lazy to get the books out. They are always ready to have their photo taken.

caterpillar_named_lismore_dec 2015

There has been a hatching of Cabbage White butterflies. There were quite a few flitting about the garden. I am not sure of the name of the flower this butterfly was enjoying.

butterfly_named_lismore_dec 2015

Bugs. I really need a bug book as there are so many in the gardens and places I go to. I just call these types of insects shield bugs. It was quite intent on sucking on the stem of the plant and didn’t mind me taking a few photos.

sheild bug_named_lismore_dec 2015

Whereas this bloke was quite busy trotting about the vege garden. As you can see it wasn’t a very big bug.

bug_named_lismore_dec 2015

The tiny moth just settled on the door frame, keeping dry from a passing shower. I love how hairy some moths can be. This one looks like it even has feathers on its back.

moth_binna burra_named_dec 2015

Bees. I love trying to get good photos of bees as you would know. I wonder how many bee photos I have?

bee_named_lismore_dec 2015

As I was doing a bit of a tidy up in the garden, I came to the Crinum and was removing some of the debris that had gathered in the leaf stalks. I was also looking for spiders as well because they love to make a home in there. This time it wasn’t a spider I found but a cricket. It tried to wiggle its way deeper into the stem. This was the first photo before it made itself smaller.

cricket_named_home_dec 2015

One evening I got into the shower and this girl was in there as well. I gently moved her out of the shower as I don’t think she would find hot water beneficial. She decided that the mirror was a good place to sit. Maybe she was reflecting on her day.

huntsman spider_mirror_named_home_dec 2015

I have developed an obsession in photographing Dragonflies. I didn’t realise there were so many different colours in dragonflies. This one almost looks like the stick it is sitting on.

dragonfly01_binna burra_named_dec 2015

Some dragonflies are quite orange. They seem to hold their wings out to the side when they are resting.

dragonfly_named_binna burrra_dec 2015

And then there are the red dragonflies that I have been trying to get a photo of for quite a while. The red is almost fluorescent. The red dragonflies hold their wings to the front.

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Dragonflies can also be a bit hairy.

dragonfly01_named_lismore_dec 2015

Of course any blog of mine would be complete without a fungi appearing somewhere.

fungi_named_binna burra_dec 2015

It looks like we are up to the flowers. I have had a fascination with photographing flowers since I got my first SLR camera. The small geranium flowers all seem quite different if you look carefully.

geranium_binna burra_named_dec 2015

The ball of flowers that make up the Pentas flowers looks so striking even when you get right into the flower and see the individuals that make up the whole ball.

pentas_named_binna burra_dec 2015

Flowers grow in all sorts of shapes and patterns. I didn’t notice the structure of this flower until I looked from directly above. What a lovely circle of flowers.

flowers_named_lismore_dec 2015

These marigolds have so many subtle shades of orange that changes when viewed in sunlight. In the shade they seem to darken with lighter highlights.

flower_binna burra_named_dec 2015

What would summer be without the scent of a Frangipani? I can almost smell them when I see the photos, can’t you?

frangapanni_lismore_named_dec 2015

Buddha has a nice shady spot to sit. I like to visit him often for a chat.

budda_named_binna burra_dec 2015

Well that is the last of the 2015 photos. I hope you have enjoyed being with me as I made some lovely discoveries over the 2015. Here is the year in review that WordPress build – https://bushboy54.com/2015/12/31/2015-in-review/

Thanks for the positive comments and support and I hope I can let you see what will be in my world in 2016.


2015 in review

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December’s Discoveries

So much to do in the next few days. I wanted to get a little bit of my world out there for you to enjoy. I looked at some of the photos and there are some that are recurring from years gone by. I guess that’s what happens in nature. The cycles just keep rolling on. I wonder if you can spot the photos subjects that have appeared before. All of the flower and insect photos are from my besties fantastic garden. I love wandering around her garden discovering flowers and insects.

I took many photos of this tree as the textures and lines are so good. It was so hard to settle on one photo.

tree bark textures_binna burra_named_ dec 2015

The air ferns are increasing in the bush and around the garden. They are so primitive looking don’t you think?

air fern01_home_named_dec 2015

The way the moss just cascades over the old tree trunk, filling crevices giving life to the dead wood of a large tree from the past.

moss_binna burra_named_dec 2015

The water vine grew in the fork of the tree long ago and now it looks like the tree has an appendage. The vine is still alive reaching up into the canopy.

tree_vine_binna burra_named_dec 2015

The flowers of the Silk Tree aren’t around for long. The birds sure make a mess of the flowers when they come to gather the bit of pollen or nectar the flowers supply.

silk flower_binna burra_named_dec 2015

This hibiscus flower grows high in the tree and sends the occasional flower to hang down adding a splash of red to the garden.

hybiscus02_binna burra_named_dec 2015

The little balls laden with pollen usually have native bees buzzing around except when I was taking photos.

hybiscus01_binna burra_named_dec 2015

The delicate blue centres of the white hydrangea are quite stunning when you get close to the large white flower ball.

white hydrangea01_binna burra_named_dec 2015

These tiny daisies are popping up all through the garden. They are about 10mm in diameter.

daisy_binna burra_named_dec 2015

I love the Cats Whiskers with their purple tips.

cats whiskers01_binna burra_dec 2015

I am not sure what this orange flower is called but it makes a bold statement in the garden’s borders.

yellow flower_binna burra_named_dec 2015

Flowers aren’t just to be seen in the garden, they are also a source of joy in the house or even in the lady shed.

flower arrangement_binna burra_named_dec 2015

I can’t find my spider book so I can’t let you know the names of these spiders. This little one is quite small but very fast.

spider01_binna burra_named_dec 2015

Another tiny spider who sat still for a photo or two then decided that enough was enough and jumped onto the camera.

spider01_home_named_dec 2015

When we were fixing up the studio I came across a few insects, mainly black ants by the thousands, but this long skinny spider was staying where he was, pretending to be a stick I guess.

spider_binna burra_named_dec 2015

There have been lots of dragonflies flitting around my besties garden and mine as well. There have been blue and large red dragonflies at my place, whereas there appears to be a lot of these orange/yellow ones at her place. This one was happily flying around the rainforest near the creek.

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This dragonfly is one of the bigger dragonflies in the rainforest.

dragonfly02_binna burra_named_dec 2015

Back at my place I have been keeping an eye on the Friarbirds nest.

friarbird nest01_home_named_dec 2015

I think the female or juvenile Satin Bowerbird spotted me as I was staking out the bird bath.

bower bird_home_named_dec 2015

The tiny Thornbill didn’t seem to care as it contemplated taking a plunge into the water.

thornbill_home_named_dec 2015

As usual the garden has its resident Easter Yellow Robin. I love the way they seem to enjoy landing on vertical things.

yellow robin_banana_home_named_dec 2015

We went to Broken Head for the afternoon. There are always White-bellied Sea Eagles soaring on the currents around the headland.

white bellied sea eagle_broken head_named_dec 2015

It was a surprise to see the Sooty Oystercatcher strolling around the beach. It looked a bit tired so maybe it was the first landing on its migration?

sooty oystercatcher_broken head_named_dec 2015

The little bit of rain I have had has certainly sent the frogs into a cacophony of a night. I think these tadpoles may be Bleating Tree Frogs as I hear them around the pool.

tadpole_home_named_dec 2015

I think the one on the right may enjoy getting its pictue taken.

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That’s all for the time being so if I don’t get to post another blog soon, have a great Christmas. Remember to look after our nature because it’s the only one we have.


Novembers discoveries

I love this time of year. The warmth starts everything growing, flowers bloom in the garden, many birds arrive to spend the end of the year and life just abounds. It also gives me a chance to find things at my place, at my besties, in town and everywhere I am wandering.

This year, the Hippeastrums were spectacular. The red ones were full of life and colour. Remember the native bees? The other colours bloomed after the reds and I found this little grasshopper while I was admiring the flowers. The grasshopper was inside the flowers trumpet but tended to be camera shy and started to get away from the lens.

grasshopper_home_named_nov 2015

I have no idea what this bug is! Maybe a grasshopper?  I was standing in the garden when it decided to walk onto my foot. This bloke wasn’t camera shy at all and kept walking towards me. Just after I took this photo, he jumped onto the camera.

bug_binna burra_named_nov 2015

On my besties place, a farm for more than one hundred years, I came across this concrete pier from a building long since gone. This is the only pier I have found, covered in moss, laying in what is now a young rainforest.

moss_binna burra_named_nov 2015

Also down among the leaf litter are the fungi. This one looks like it has been tied up by the grass.

red fungi_binna burra_named_nov 2015

There is lots of this type of fungi. It seems to grow on rotting wood especially bits of the fig trees which have tumbled from the big old trees, the remnants of the original Big Scrub rainforest.

fungi_binna burra_named_nov 2015

Now back to my place. I have found a couple of this grass species throughout the bush. The stem has a lot of purple fruit which really catch the eye when walking in the bush. This plant is growing beside the track to the house.

purple fruit_home_named_nov 2015

I love Gerberas, don’t you? They come in so many colours adding a splash of colour to the garden.

gerbera_binna burra_named_nov 2015

Enough of bugs and plants. The Bar-shouldered Doves have taken to walking around the garden in the mornings, examining the bits of bark and grass to find their breakfast.

bar shouldered dove_binna burra_named_nov 2015

We went to Ballina and came across these fluffy plover chicks who were in constant movement as the walked across the field, closely followed by the parents. Yes I was a chicken and stayed on the other side of the road as the parents didn’t like me getting too close.

plover chicks_ballina_named_nov 2015

My besties birdbath is a constant source of photo opportunities. The Little Wattlebirds have become a fixture in the garden over the past 3 years. This one looks like it saw me hiding on the verandah.

little wattlebird02_binna burra_named_nov 2015

This year the Jacarandas in Grafton were amazing. The large tree near the building where I work had an extra surprise this year. A Figbird pair decided to make their nest close to the building. Here is mum coming back to the nest to feed the young one. I think she saw me at the window don’t you?

fig bird_nest_grafton_named_nov 2015

But she soon settled down the sit on the nest among the Jacaranda blooms.

fig bird01_nest_grafton_named_nov 2015

A few days later, the wind was blowing when dad turned up to give the little feller a snack, blowing the blossoms away allowing a sneak peak at the young one.

fig bird_feeding_nest_grafton_named_nov 2015

Then he took over the nest sitting duties.

fig bird_male_nest_grafton_named_nov 2015

Late in the evening at my besties, the Green Catbirds start making their strange calls from high among the trees.

cat bird_binna burra_named_nov 2015

Yes it is getting dark. The flowers in the garden still shine in the encroaching darkness.

night garden_binna burra_named_nov 2015

Well the sun is setting, so I must say goodnight and a goodnight from the Kookaburra too.

sunset_grafton_named_nov 2015

See you next time. What did you enjoy the most, the bugs, the fungi, the flowers or the birds?


Not your usual holiday photos

When I travel, I am always looking for something that has some sort of appeal to me. Whether it is concrete or abstract there nearly is always a photo in something that I see and perhaps, others do too. I often find I am drawn to many the same theme. Those themes have been the subject in the past and of other blogs as time goes on. This time I would like to let you into my world of the everyday stuff that I see. Often I will take a photograph, to the quizzical looks of people who wonder what the hell is he photographing!!! This is true especially on holidays where there is a lot of people wandering about the same cities or towns as me. So off we go, starting at the top.

The tiles on rooves have patterns, shapes and colours and sometimes perhaps a plants or two.

roof tiles_baume_named_oct 2015

And in this case moss or lichens. It could almost be vegetation on a terraced hillside.

roof moss_baume_named_oct 2015

I love the ceramic chimney pots. They contrast with the new looking tiles in the background.

chimney pots_paris_named_oct 2015

These chimney pots seemed like rather severe looking totem poles.

chimney pots01_paris_named_oct 2015

This was on a roof near our Paris apartment. We thought it was our own Ned Kelly or medieval warrior looking after us, spear in hand.

chimney pot knight01_paris_named_oct 2015

Some places have the most amazing ceilings, quite often in churches but this one was in a large shopping center in Milan

rooof_milan_named_oct 2015

Some walls in the old churches have the most amazing construction. Imagine looking upwards to see these bricks jutting out in a higgledy-piggledy fashion.

brick wall_bologna_named_oct 2015

In contrast, this wall was in the cafe at the Venice Biennale showcasing modern art. Yes it is a flat wall.

spotted walll_venice_named_oct 2015

Whereas this sloping wall was in the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Korea.

wall_korea_named_oct 2015

Again, the modern art world showed geometry on the walls of the Confluence Museum of Art in Lyon.

museum_lyon_named_oct 2015

The Koreans really embraced the world of modern art with this window between the bedroom and bathroom in our room in the Grand Hyatt.

glass wall_korea_named_oct 2015

This sign on the wall in Venice seemed poignant as everywhere we went in Italy people smoked cigarettes regardless of where they were.

sign_venice_named_oct 2015

There were many different floors with patterns or geometrical designs. This was hard to walk on while looking down as it made walking in a straight line difficult.

floor_korea_named_oct 2015

I don’t know how many cobblestone roads we walked down. This one in Stirling, Scotland, wet and late in the afternoon drew me into its seemingly wavy pattern.

cobbles_edinburgh_named_oct 2015

Lights have always been a source of inspiration whether they are candles in a church.

church candles_bologna_named_oct 2015

Or modern sculpture like this one of cascading balls from the third floor to the ground in Korea.

lights_korea_named_oct 2015

Or beautiful old Murano glass light in the entrance of the hotel in Genoa.

light_genoa_named_oct 2015

I guess I have a certain fascination for water. The Autumn leaves floating in the water feature in Dijon summed up the first cool wet day.

leaves_dijon_named_oct 2015

Reflections in water always look so abstract. A bit of blue sky and the sides of a boat rippling on the water in the canal caught my eye in Burano.

water reflections_burano_named_oct 2015

Further down the canal the colours changed to green and “gold” to make me feel at home.

water reflections01_burano_named_oct 2015

To get water often you need a tap. I don’t think much water has flowed from this tap in quite a while. The tap was in a rather large old building in Arsenale, Venice which had an art installation. I saw a few people wander over to the tap after I walked away, probably wondering what I was photographing.

tap_venice_named_oct 2015

Just walking down the road, exploring the neighbourhood when we got to Bologna, the blue bottle on the graffitied concrete column of the building just seemed like an art installation.

blue bottle_bologna_named_oct 2015

If you have water, you quite often need a teapot, even if it is part of an art installation from China.

tea pot_venice_named_oct 2015

Teapot always needs some tea cups.

tea cups_korea_named_oct 2015

There were lots of chairs in the church. This is just a part of all of the chairs. There was so many.

chairs_dijon_named_oct 2015

Sometimes looking into a sculpture changes the perception of how the work makes you feel.

sculpture_korea_named_oct 2015

This was the Canadian Exhibit in the Venice Biennale. It was a shop with so much “for sale” as well as a lot of used items to ponder.

art work_venice_named_oct 2015

The posters on the walls of so many places had me perplexed but I appreciated the work especially combined with the everyday life.

bike_poster_bologna_named_oct 2015

Road signs sometimes get altered. I have no words.

sign_paris_named_oct 2015

Did you enjoy my holiday snaps? Leave me a comment to let me know what you likes most. Stay tuned for the next installment of my holiday photos – better than a slide night.


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