There are times when I feel compelled to take a photograph, whether it is something particularly beautiful or unusual, or both. I then wonder what I am going to do with that photo, so here are some of my random snaps to share with you. In spring, we had a pair of welcome swallows determined to nest close to our front door. Each time they started a nest, we devised cunning ways to deter their efforts. We eventually ended up with a 30cm strip of black plastic stapled to the top of our walls to prevent them attaching their mud to the cedar cladding. They finally got the message they weren’t welcome.
Michael came across this gorgeous mum keeping her eggs warm, while walking with Poppy in the forest.
I love kookaburras, I spied this handsome fella in the garden before leaving for work one morning, keeping an eye out for a tasty breakfast morsel.
After a brief rain shower one summer morning, behind the stream of sunlight, the plants were letting off steam.
The strelitzia looked magnificent after the rain.
When we first moved to our house, there was an impressive stand of oriental poppies outside the lounge window, the same ones you can see on the header image of this blog. They then disappeared, my husband suspects I inadvertently poisoned them along with the weeds (he could be right). This year, just one bloomed and hopefully there will be more in the future.
The Japanese black pine seemed to be at impossible angles, reflected against the clear sky in the waters of our pond.
I don’t know what these enormous moths had been up to but it looked like they were enjoying a well deserved rest.
The Tiger Lilies fell victim to our nocturnal furry critters last year and we had no blooms. For some reason, they left them alone this time around and they were stunning. Apparently, they are named because of their spots. Shouldn’t they be called Leopard Lilies?
Walking in the forest, I saw these cute fungi emerging from the damp humus.
On my way to bed one night, I sensed I wasn’t alone. It’s nice to get a friendly wave, just not from five hands at the same time!
No spiders were harmed, he was gently relocated out of doors. Finally, after a hard day working in the garden, there is nothing better than a draught of home brewed stout.
so much beauty on our doorstep !
We are very lucky to live in this country.
Great collection of photo’s, your swallow deterrent efforts remind me of our similar trials with the local possums.
They are smarter than we give them credit for.
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