Saturday, August 30, 2014

TODAY'S FLOWERS, I Heart Macro, Nature Notes & OUR WORLD - Surprises


The only patch of blue from my prison window last week
and even for that, I had to get out of bed
and squeeze myself sideways against the window
and point my iPhone at an odd angle 
to catch it.

An unexpected three days in a couple of hospitals for tests
kept me grounded for a bit
but here I am again


it was almost worth being away to come home to 
full-blown Spring when we were still in official Winter


suddenly all fruiting trees had put on their finery
Prunus, above


Bridal Veil swaying in the breeze


my once perfectly kept garden
did me proud with a show of beauty among the weeds


Prunus and Almond hiding the paddock behind


Almond blossom, all are much bette enlarged


double flowering plum
and below, a dessert plum on the espalier


a joyful homecoming indeed!

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and OUR WORLD

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Wild Bird Wednesday & Nature Notes - More Sydney Birds


Still in the same area as the cemetery below,
a Currawong
but a different Currawong than near George's River further
south or those on the North Shore or even in my son's garden.


These are slightly smaller and have much more white on them.
The normal Currawong is a black or grey bird with a white 
rim to the tail. The call is also distinctly different.

I have experience four different Currawong languages 
in different parts of the city.


I spotted this dove in the cemetery, see previous post,
it seemed rather fitting and so much nicer than one of stone.


I also saw a kite obviously going to it's nest in the rocks 
above the crashing sea,
it was much too fast for me to get it in my sights.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

OUR WORLD - Cemetery at a Sydney Suburb


On my last day in Sydney, my son dropped me of here
so I could take the cliff walk to Bronte beach 
while he and grandson went for their daily swim 
in the sea.

8 kilometres from the CBD of this multi-million city 
 is this historic old cemetery in the
suburb of Clovelly


it is extensive in size, covering two hillsides


mausoleums and an occasional palm tree 
vary the never ending gravestones


the whole is situated on prime real estate with extensive views
for the dead to enjoy


a pleasant and restful place for a protracted walk
with the occasional angel
to keep one company


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Saturday, August 23, 2014

TODAY'S FLOWERS & I Heart Macro - Almond Blossom Time


Spring has sprung although the calendar does not as yet
say so
the sun rises just after seven, the soil is drying out
the garden needs watering
and the almond blossoms are in full splendour


the blossoms are not as plentiful as usual as we had
a small flowering in autumn and the parrots
have nipped off a lot of buds in the winter


they look so pretty against the sky


their pink reverses show up well against the grass


and aren't they little beauties up close
and personal?


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Thursday, August 21, 2014

SkyWatch - Sydney Skies


Whoever that baby dragon was
hopping across the sky 
at the back of my son's garden
he did not leave a calling card


skies on holiday should always be this blue
with a passing cloud or two


sorry, the best pic would not transfer from iPhoto to Photoshop
if anyone knows how to cure this problem, 
I would be eternally grateful.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Wild Bird Wednesday - Common Suburban Birds of Sydney


Back on line after my trip to Sydney, 
had lots of fun 
and my son took me to interesting places


a one and a half hour drive and a ferry ride
took us to The Basin off Palm Beach
where we found these common birds:
above, Kookaburra


crow


wood ducks wandering


and feeding.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Wild Bird Wednesday - Indian Mynah


In Sydney there are far fewer
Acridotheres tristis,
the Indian Mynah bird,
than further south


Melbourne has them in plague proportions 
and in South Australia again,
there are but a few


they are great scavengers and can be quite 
aggressive to other birds.


These two were the only ones at the 
Bronte Beach change rooms
scrabbling around the rocks.

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