Sunday, 29 April 2012

Day 119/366

A tree with a furry lichen "scarf" around it. 

Day 118/366

I spotted this down the side of our place when I was taking the rubbish bins out.  I am not a big fan of spiders unless they are like this one - hiding from me in a leaf :)

Day 117/366

 This outer space looking sculpture is at the front of our local library.  I pass it on a weekly basis and it always makes me smile.  I took my kids to have a really close look when it was first erected and got a shock to realise that it was 12 years ago!  Time is passing way too fast.

Day 116/366

ANZAC Day here in Australia and New Zealand.  We were looking at my late father-in-law's medals from World War II  to find that there are also medals from his father for serving in World War I, I thought it appropriate to show them today.  Lest we forget .

Day 115/366

There's one positive to all this rain....photogenic mushrooms/toadstools!

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Sunday, 22 April 2012

Days 106 to 113/366

I thought this time, as I am only getting time to post once a week, I would do it in one big post.  Not sure if this is good or not, so let me know what you think.
This week has been very very wet...again.. so the opportunities to take photographs have been a bit limited.  I was inspired by Sweet Pea's photo of Lilli Pillis (Day 105/366) to investigate and photograph all the berries that are in our garden at the moment.  So this week has an abundance of berry photographs.

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Day 109/366

A break from the berries for a day.  I saw this bright leaf in the gutter whilst on my morning walk in the rain.  We don't have many deciduous trees around here so the autumn leaves are extra special.  I came to Australia from the UK when I was 10 and still love to walk through any crunchy dry autumn leaves, just like I did when I was a child in England. Pity this one was too soggy.

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Back to the berries today, in the rain again.  I don't know what this berry/flower is but it is a favourite with the Koel bird that visits us every year. 

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A break in the weather with a beautiful rainbow!

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Battle for the rock!

Day 113/366

A fine and sunny Sunday,  so Hubby and I headed out for a drive this morning. He was looking for somewhere to go fishing off the beach, but the seas were just too rough.  The beaches were closed but the lifeguards still vigilant for the foolhardy that ignore the signs.
I did a bit of photo editing of these photos and couldn't decide which one I liked best, so here they both are;

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Day 105/366

Quilt-as-you-go blocks for a 70th birthday quilt for one of the ladies in my craft group.  We make a special group gift when it's one of our "0" birthdays.  We are all making 5 blocks and then having a sewing bee to put it together.

Day 104/366

A fun school holiday job!  This is my daughter, on the right, performing in a children's show at one of our local shopping centres.  She had to do 2 shows a day and a "meet and greet" with the small adoring fans who were very keen to pat the dog characters!  I took a long lunch break to watch her last show and sneak a couple of shots :)

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The morning sun hitting some grass heads.  I have been waiting for a while to capture this moment, there has either been no grass heads or more sun!

Day 101/366

This gorgeous tree is across the road from my son's house.  I think it looks as though the leaves have been pleated.  This shot is not edited at all, the sky was really that blue!  I suspect I will be revisiting this tree for some more photos :)

Day 100/366

Robyn and I must have been at our rubbish tips at the same time.  Here are my photos of a trip to the tip on Easter Monday, when hubby and I were getting rid of some garden waste.  I have done a bit of editing of the photos to saturate the colours in the first shot to emphasis the stack of rubbish and make the second shot look a bit more desolate with sepia tones.

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Day 98/366

The forgotten cucumber!
We were removing the cucumber plant today as it is looking a bit frail and we are just a teensy bit sick of cucumbers and lo and behold we found a whopper hiding at the back of the vegie patch.  It weighs 735 gms!!!  Here it is wearing my sunglasses :)

Day 98/366

The seas have been very wild this Easter weekend.

Day 97/366

Here on the Mid North Coast of NSW, Australia the Tibouchina tree grows in abundance.  At this time of the year we are treated to a wonderful display of lush purples and pretty pinks.  The Tibouchina is also known in Australia and New Zealand as the Lasiandra.   These trees are in a street near to our place, but we have also planted quite a few of these trees in our garden to enjoy.

Day 96/366

Here's another of our neighbour's succulents.  I had a bit of a play in Picassa with the frame - not sure if I really like it or not.

Day 95/366

The house at the end of our street has a rockery full of succulents.  At first glance they look a bit tatty, but when the sun shines on them in the morning they reveal their true selves.

Day 94/366

Sunrise on my morning walk.  I just love this tree, but it really needs a wide angle lense to do it justice.  It is quite flat on the sea side from the winds.

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This little moth was having a rest on our window.  It was a bit tricky to take this photo with my little Nikon Coolpix camera, but luckily the moth was co operative and stayed still for a long time.  Don't the markings on the underside of the wings look like angry eyes?  A very effective way of scaring off predators!

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Day 92/366

I joined my husband on a trip to sea in his boat today as Autumn is when he is out fishing at least once a week.   I was hanging on tight with one hand trying to take a shot of the spray patterns :)   The weather was beautiful but we didn't catch a fish....although I did see a Hammer Head shark cruising by us!

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Lobster pot....still waiting to catch a lobster in it!

Day 90/366

This is a "petal" from our Honey Gem Grevillea, that was caught in a cobweb (we have lots of spiders at the moment!).  This is what the whole flower looks like

Day 89/366

I found this dead Monarch butterfly in a carpark, so took it in to take a few photos and then popped it in the fork of a tree to rest in peace.

Day 88/366

We are doing the final clear out of my Mother In Law's house, now that she has moved into a retirement hostel, and I found these tucked away in the back of a kitchen cupboard.

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Our Avocados are nearly ready to pick!

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Afternoon walk on the beach with my daughter and a little bit of photo editing :)

Day 85/366

My Mother-In-Law's 88th birthday and here is a close up of the cake I made...pity the icing decided to slide off in the heat!

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Close up of a flower on our Aloe Vera plant.