Sunday

PXITE-Orange


This plant covers the fence that runs along the dogs fence. It flowers in winter so gives a lovely display when not much else is flowering.
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Macro-day Holidays-my favourite holiday is christmas and bells are my favourite decoration.
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Edith Falls-Northern Territory

We had hiked down to the falls then up to the next ridge, so the waterfall is not visible. This was not a digital shot so was scanned from the print.

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Saturday

All taken with the new Lens. Usually have heaps of geckos out on the deck in the morning but today, not one. This cactus will look great if most of the flowers come out together.

He could have chosen a more photogenic plant to pose in front of.

Friday

Portrait-MIKEAL

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Macro
Over the past few months and daily visits to Stevens sometimes , (which has great macro photos of things in the garden) I have been attempting to take close ups of plants etc. Then with 4 days off and nothing better to do, went to the camera store (just for a look) and purchased a canon 60mm f/2.8 macro lens. This is my first photo taken with it.

Wednesday

SHALLOW-Stream

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Edith Falls -NT This is another scanned photo.

Tuesday

Grevillea-After the rain


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Monday

Moody Monday-Exotic

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Sunday

Todays drive home
Logan River at low tide.

This one is an old farm house and Rachael gave me the idea of the sepia.

Saturday

Northern Territory-
Nitmiluk National Park

The Park is 292,800 hectares and is owned by the Jawoyn Aboringinal people. The gorge is carved through ancient sandstone by the Katherine River. I spent 3 months working in Darwin and camped in the park over the Easter break in 2003. Long before I ever owned a digital camera so any photos from here have been scanned and transferred to computer.

Friday

Queenslander



This house is on my way to work and is typical of the older style workers cottage built some years ago. Up until just recently there were people living in it. I am currently on night shift so took advantage of the early morning light to stop and take this shot on my way home.


There is a small side road just beside the highway and this shot is the view looking down the road with my back to the house. The early morning mist was still hugging the ground.

Thursday

Another view from the top of our hill.

Xanthorrhoea-australis - Tree Grass (COMMON NAME)

It is Australia's ancient Grass Tree(Common name) and is a remarkable, long lived plant. It takes 30 years or more for the leaf tuft to rise above the trunk. There are a few of them growing along the road near home. I am surprised someone has not tried to dig them up. Maybe people have now learnt that they usually die from being transplanted. These flower spears only appear after 10 to 15 years.
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THURSDAY CHALLENGE-STUFF


At least half no longer work, but they never get thrown out.
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Friday

SEDUM?-String of Pearls (common name) I have never seen this plant flower before and was amazed at the unusual flower. After a long period without water, I found it with the strings no longer attached to the long dead plant. So I put the strings in water and left them for a few days, before replanting. For the past 4 weeks they have been kept moist encouraging root growth and this is the result. This is the first flower but there is another 8 flower buds.
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Thursday

Feeding the parrots at Lamington


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Wednesday

GRAFFITI-and the duck



Ok I confess it was a photo of the duck and not the graffiti on the back wall, that I wanted.

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ANIMALS-GREEN TREE FROG



This is froggy who we rescued from a cat. He was badly injured and we set up a fish tank to give him time to recover. No lid on the tank so he could come and go as he pleased. He now lives on our front deck in one of the large self watering pots. Easy to recognise because of the scars.

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Tuesday

Monday

NIGHT FLOWERING CACTUS

This cactus that was purchased at the local market has only ever produced one flower per year. The flower is only ever open at night (really stands out almost luminous) and does not last very long. The plant is quite ugly and you would never imagine it would produce such a lovely flower.

Sunday

Cedarvale Winter- I took these photos today, and this is the view from my kitchen window. Used a zoom lense for the closer shots.


The difference a few hours can make.

This little bird seems to have set up home here. We have not been feeding it, but whenever we are in the garden he flies in to pick up any grubs etc. Lets you get quite close and the camera didn't bother him.

Saturday

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Wednesday

OUTDOORS



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CLOVELLY-UK

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Railway Bridge Scotland
Where the previous photo was taken.

CRASH BANG BOOM



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Tuesday

MOODY MONDAY-INDIFFERENT



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Monday

SALSA SATURDAY

In Australia We have a bit of an identity crisis in regards to national anthems. We started with the British "God Save the Queen", which quite frankly meant nothing at all to anyone born outside England. Then we changed to "Advance Australia Fair", which also holds no powerful message to tug at our Australian pride (may only be my opinion). At school we were always taught the following poem which was written by the author during and extended stay in the UK

MY COUNTRY- by Dorothea Mackellar

The love of field and coppice,
Of green and shaded lanes.
Of ordered woods and gardens
Is running in your veins
Strong love of grey-blue distance
Brown streams and soft dim skies
I know but cannot share it,
My love is other wise.

I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
of ragged montain ranges,
of drought and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror-
The wide brown land for me!

A stark white ring-barked forest
All tragic to the moon,
The saphire- misted of mountains,
The hot gold hush of noon.
Green tangle of the brushes
Where lithe lianes coil,
And orchids deck the tree tops
And ferns the warm dark soil.

Core of my heart my country!
Her pitiless blue sky,
When sick at heart around us,
We see the cattle die-
But then the grey clouds gather,
And we can bless again
The drumming of an army,
The steady, soaking rain.

Core of my heart, my country!
Land of the rainbow gold,
For the flood and fire and famine,
She pays us back threefold-
Over the thirsty paddocks,
Watch, after many days,
The filmy veil of greenness,
That thickens as we gaze.

An opal hearted country,
A wilful, lavish land-
All you who have not loved her,
You will not understand-
Though earth holds many splendours,
Wherever I may die,
I know to what brown country
My homing thought will fly.


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Sunday

BRUGE-Belgium



We spent Christmas 2005 here and I went for early morning walks while the other 2 slept in. The water ways around the city are just beautiful and it was very easy to get a nice photo.

Saturday

Lamington National Park