Thursday, March 19, 2009

SkyWatch ~ 26 Mainly Blue & a Surprise

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This week, I give you blue, our summer skies
condensed into one post.

See how the Galahs have stripped the outside leaves?

With enough birds, they will eventually kill a huge tree.

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When Large Eucalyptus die through fire or other
causes, we leave them standing for nesting habitat
and carbon sequestration. On the gound they take
up a lot of pasture space. When they do fall, we cut
up the branches but leave the trunk as shelter for
lizards and snakes so necessary for eco-balance.
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The Crows or Ravens, hard to tell at this distance
always sit on the very topmost twig of the highest tree
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What it is to have the freedom of the skies!
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For those of you who miss my sunrises, here is a
bonus worth enlarging.
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To visit other skies, click on the SkyWatch Logo
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To Klaus and our wonderful SkyWatch team,
endless gratitude for this wonderful meme.
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85 comments:

  1. Silly galah. (Isn't there a book with that name?)
    Great shot of the bird on the tree top. I love your posts for all the beauty and teaching and love in them.

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  2. I like the crow and the photo of the birf soaring in the sky.

    My parents lived on th eGold Coast. Mum hated the crows. To the Chinese, crows were not auspicious birds.

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  3. a wonderful collection of sky shots, Arija. that red bird against the clear blue summer sky is an eye catcher.

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  4. Oh nice! The blue is the bluest I have seen in so long... it looks warm and I welcome warm!! =)
    Such beautiful photos!!
    Hugs♥

    Mountain Retreat Photos

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  5. Love that sunrise photo, it's been a while since I've seen a sunrise like that around here.

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  6. My dearest Arija, your photographs and description of them reveal you absolute love for nature. I appreciate all of these very much as they inspire me and make my face break into a contented smile. I am still envious of your skies.

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  7. i guess even though the birds strip the tree and it dies, it ends up providing protection for creatures on the ground. In Mother Nature's plan everything has a role... Nice post, Arija!

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  8. I swear, Arija, your skies down there are more beautiful than ours! I'm sooo envious!!

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  9. Beautiful Sunrise!!! Love the other shots too...I love birds of any kind, even crows. They are so cute in the spring when they are building nests. They make this call that I call talking trash to thier mate. Enjoy your day!!

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  10. Wow..that sunset is so intense and beautiful! Love the bird flying and the one at the tree top. Those are great shots! It sounds like you practice good ecology and care for the environment around you.

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  11. As always, your photos take my breath away! Love the blue sky and the birds and there are no words to accurately describe the beauty of that sunrise. Thanks you, Arija, for all the beauty and wisdom you bring into my life with all your posts.

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  12. Lovely skies!The sunrise is spectacular.
    Blessings,Ruth

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  13. Hard to imagine that such a beautiful bird can be so destructive. Great pictures.

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  14. Enjoyed your description of how everything all fits together. And what a blue!!

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  15. You have such fantastic colourful birds - and sunrises Arija - it all looks so exotic.

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  16. It seems to me that Australians are very aware of their nature. I like how you leave the trunks for the fauna! The world could do with more of that!

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  17. Beautiful pictures, the crow on the top of the tree is a great shot and those blue skies....wow! Wish we had a bit of that here right now :)

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  18. It is all very beautiful. I like very much how you leave the dead trees to live on as shelter and habitat for the wildlife.

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  19. I want to come back to Australia
    But now I am home again. Thanks for sharing. Beautiful pictures.
    Micha

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  20. Beautiful sky images!

    That little Galah bird is an interesting fellow - I hope there are not too many of them around.

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  21. Blue, blue - I think you really have the blue sky much more than we have!
    We had it too today, it is so rare here, that it alone can make one very happy :)

    Your surprises are gorgeously captured against that blueness, you are so talented!

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  22. Beautiful series of photos and the sunrise was magnificent

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  23. The blue sky I have, but the magnificent birds, no. Thank you for beautiful pictures!

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  24. Great shots, expecially the sunrise.

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  25. If I'm not mistaken, ravens are a variety of crow -- a really really BIG variety.

    You have some wonderful shots here, my favorites would have to be the raven and whatever the red-chested bird in flight is. And of course the sunrise.

    Can't wear gloves when I'm actually shooting, makes it impossible to get a feel for the shutter so my "trigger control" gets all messed up. But you can believe I had them on in between!

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  26. Oh to have the freedom of the skies....

    Great shots of the birds and the sunset too!

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  27. Birds in flight are always frim favourites with me.

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  28. Wonderful pictures and accompanying thoughts.
    That rook, Raven, Crow which ever. They manage to break the new growth on the tree branches as they balance on the top most.
    Still its a lovely picture.

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  29. Sensational photos, the last one is my favourite, wow.

    Have a great weekend!
    Guy
    Regina In Pictures

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  30. Ah, yes, the freedom of the skies! Nice series of photos Arija. Are you feeling better?

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  31. I like the picture of the large Eucalyptus tree against the blue sky. When I walk in the wilderness I am always drawn to the dead trees and love how they provide shelter for small creatures.

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  32. These are beautiful photographs. The one of the crow on the top of tree is great. I can do without crows but I absolutely love the ravens....smart, smart bird! Thank you for sharing and happy spring...ooops, happy fall!
    Smiles

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  33. Gorgeous images of your summer skies! Beautiful one of the crow with wings outstretched!

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  34. Beautiful blue skies, and your commentary is so interesting as you explain about the birds and trees. Your sunrise is gorgeous, thanks for sharing! And thank you for stopping by my blog and commenting... wouldn't that old mailbox look even more lovely with black eyed susans growing around it?! That is my plan, to plant some wildflowers at its base, whether it is the old mailbox or we manage to get the new one in place!

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  35. Wonderful sunrise and beautiful bird shots. I enjoyed the info on the eucalyptus trees and their value in nature even when fallen.

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  36. Glad to hear that dead timbers are left to make new soil and provide wildlife habitat. Great firery sunset.

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  37. Beautiful blue skies and sunset!
    I enjoyed reading about your Eucalyptus trees!Nice shot of the raven in flight!sending smiles NG

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  38. Really wonderful shots!
    The galah is a little destructive I guess; but what beautiful feathers and I like that red against the blue sky as it flys.
    Awesome sunrise!

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  39. Amazing photos I like the last one most.
    Thank you ever so much for your visit on my blog.

    Have a nice day

    Gunilla in Sweden

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  40. Arija: You certainly had a wonderful sky watch today with the birds and the colorful sky.

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  41. Wow, so wonderful photos Arija. I love them all, the blue ones and esp the last photo.

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  42. You took some great shots of your beautiful skies. I enjoyed all of these and the birds are such a pleasure. Too bad they damage some of the trees.

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  43. I was just out looking at some of the birds favourite trees and they are usually the barren ones with no leaves or needles.. at least for the large birds...

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  44. "Birds of a feather"....

    These are definitely NOT the same ones. Pretty!

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  45. Thanks especially for the birds! It's not that jays and mourning doves and pigeons are boring, exactly, but one's heart leaps on seeing a red-tailed hawk or even a barred owl at evening. Even your ravens look exotic from "up here."

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  46. An excellent, informative post. The trees have a role to play even after dying. Those sunrises are worth getting up for - that is clear.

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  47. Thank you for lovely view of your area. I commend you for leaving debris for the wildlife. The orangs sky is stunning.

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  48. This is a wonderful post. Love the birds and the red one flying is beautiful. Nice orange fire sky on the last one.

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  49. another excellent series of shots

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  50. Great and varied series!

    Have a nice weekend, Arija!

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  51. Lovely pictures. Thanks for the info too. Have a great day.

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  52. Great, Arija. You keep treating us to delightful Australian pictures.

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  53. Such beautiful photos all of them. e certainly had the awe factor. No doubt about it. But I loved the one of the raven about to sit down in a treetop. And the dead treetrunk was very decorative. I'm so pleased to hear that you work with the nature and not against it.

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  54. These are just amazing. I admire your work very much.

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  55. I haven't Skywatched or followed your blog long enough to miss the sunrises, but wow, I can see why someone would. Nice shots of the birds and trees as well.

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  56. Fantastic shot of the sky full of colour and fun photos of all the birds, we are so lucky in Australia to have such beautiful birds to look at.

    Thanks for sharing with us all in Sky Watch Friday and your kind words on my blog earlier. Yes it feels good to finally get the internet back, I missed out on lots of things.

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  57. A lovely looking bird - the galah! I'd never even heard of them until I read your post. I loved all the photos in this post, especially the one of the crow coming into land - and all against a warm blue summery sky!

    Thanks for stopping by earlier and have a great weekend!

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  58. what a most informative post and beautiful photos. enjoyed it very much. thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment.
    it is appreciated.

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  59. I left you a little surprise on my blog!!

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  60. Great photos - love the one of the galah

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  61. Splendid sequence of pictures!
    I enjoyed the beautiful sunrise too.
    Have a nice weekend!

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  62. There are >300 entries for this skies meme and I am so delighted that you have left some kind words on my blog otherwise I may not have come and discover such garden delights you have to offer. Thank you.
    Love your post.
    have a blessed weekend.

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  63. Georgeous colour skies! You took some great pictures.

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  64. WOW - All beautiful shots, but especially the last one - beautiful!
    Thanks for visiting my blog - pleae come back often!

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  65. Your photos are absolutely breath taking....love all the color! Thank you for stopping by!

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  66. A wonderful series of SWF. The birds are awesome and your sunset is breathtaking.

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  67. The very definition of blue! I love seeing your photos of the birds of your area. Just magic to me in the land of robins and cardinals!

    And Edward loved seeing Rex!!

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  68. Beautiful blue. Super shots. You have a most wonderful blog with many interesting posts. Anytime I can learn anything I am happy. Thanks. MB

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  69. ain't just YOUR sunrises i miss, Ma
    they don't make em like that here in the Big Smoke!

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  70. Wonderful birds against BEAUTIFUL blue skies! I've shared birds today at Happily Retired Gal and Small Reflections today and Southern California skies on all three blogs on Friday ;--)
    Hugs and blessings,

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  71. All beautiful photos but that last one is so beautiful like the sky is on fire

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  72. Wow! Awesome blue skies...and wonderful birds. That sunrise certainly make an impression! Thanks for visiting my SWF post. Enjoy the week...

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  73. These are all really great photos! Magnificent! I love them all especially the fiery sunrise.

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  74. Excellent photos of the birds and sky. The raven (crow? I don't know, either) is my favorite. I can't believe such a giant bird sits at the very top of the tree.

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  75. The crow about to fly is something thatsays right timing. Sunset fills me with peace too.

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  76. Wonderful series of sky photos ! Love them all !

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  77. hey thanks for dropping by my photoblog, thanks to it i found your wonderful blog. wonderful shots... that crow taking off is beautiful....

    and the last sky is breathtaking... beautiful

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  78. Your blog is absolutely beautiful. Your photos moved me emotionally and I will definitely be back! Thank you!
    Janice.

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  79. Beautiful skies and the birds and information are such a nice bonus. I love the shot of the crow with his wings out spread!

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  80. You do have beautiful sunsets, but I enjoyed all the pictures in this post. Your first picture shows some of the bluest sky I have seen.

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