Sunday, December 16, 2007

Seven Prawns a Grilling



On the Seventh Day of Christmas, my True Love gave to me,
Seven Prawns a Grilling,
Six Priests Crocheting,
Five Frozen Things,
Four Collie Birds,
Three Fresh Pens,
Two Purple Gloves,
and a Cartridge in a Bare Tree.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Six Priests Crocheting



On the Sixth day of Christmas, my True Love gave to me,
Six Priests Crocheting,
Five Frozen Things,
Four Collie Birds,
Three Fresh Pens,
Two Purple Gloves,
and a Cartridge in a Bare Tree.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Five Frozen Things



On the Fifth day of Christmas, my True Love gave to me,
Five Frozen Things....
Four Collie Birds,
Three Fresh Pens,
Two Purple Gloves,
and a Cartridge in a Bare Tree.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Four Collie Birds


On the Fourth day of of Christmas, my True Love gave to me,
Four Collie Birds,
Three Fresh Pens,
Two Purple Gloves,
and a Cartridge in a Bare Tree.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Three Fresh Pens



One the third day of Christmas, my True Love gave to me,
Three Fresh Pens,
Two Purple Gloves,
and a Cartridge in a Bare Tree.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Two Purple Gloves


On the Second day of Christmas my True Love gave to me,
Two Purple Gloves,
and a Cartridge in a Bare Tree.

Monday, December 10, 2007

A Cartridge in a Bare Tree



On the First day of Christmas my True Love gave to me,
A Cartridge in a Bare Tree.


Ive had some fun with Paint Shop Pro 6 again, this time for my tounge in cheek Christmas celebration. The source photo of the dormant Frangipani tree was taken by Anonymous of Bird Anonymous, who graciously has allowed me to use and tamper with it. Heres hoping she doesnt regret it when she sees this, Thank you Anon!

As I will be on holiday from Dec 23rd to Jan 3rd, I thought Id start my Twelve Days of Christmas now. Mind you, I only have three of the twelve days done so far - so dont get too excited. I may be forced into "Radio Silence" during that time - long story - suffice it to say: Blood Sucking Monopolizing Bar-stools!

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Anigozanthos, Kangaroo Paw


Close up of the buds of my all time favourite Kangaroo Paw plant. I love the fuzzy orange buds, and the fact that this one is happy in my garden, while so many other Kangaroo paw plants have perished.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Sweet Pea, Old Spice

Sweet Pea, Old Spice

Fantastic colours and the best sweet pea for heady, old worlde fragrance.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Out of Control...



Sweet Peas and Queen Annes Lace race each other to the clouds.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Future Food: Tomato


From this little yellow flower, a tomato will form. Pretty groovy when you think about it.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Hello, Chicky Bird!


Heard a Little Wattle Bird scolding someone outside. And he sounded close to the house, so you know what I did, I grabbed the camera. Soon found him, on the railing outside the back sliding glass door. And who was he scolding? My two cats Aurora & Priapus, who were eyeing him with less than noble intentions.

Its hard to tell the chicks from thier parents now, I can only use behaviour as my guide. I know this is one of the chicks for two reasons. First, his parents learned long ago that a cat behind glass is no threat, and secondly, look how nice and calmly he sits when I show up with a camera. Good to see you, Chicky bird!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Australian King Parrot



The Most DH works a shift, so although its sunday morning, we were up as the sun rose. I give him his coffee, then pick up The Guardian of the Portal so he can go out on the front porch without kitty Priapus escaping.

On getting outside, he gestures with his coffee cup and quietly says "King is here." I drop the cat and run for the camera. Except its not much of a run, first thing in the morning and without adequate caffeine, its more like a hobble crossed with a shamble.

Once outside, I carefully stalk the pair between our lawn ornament (boat) and the thicket between us and the downhill neighbor. All the while I can hear them speaking to one another, small low grunt like noises mixed with the clicking of thier beaks as they munch the nuts from a conifer. But I cant see them, so I head out to the road.

From the top of the neighbors driveway I can see the male King Parrot. He is breathtaking. He is a fair way away, and its rather dark still, so Im not happy with the quality of these shots, but I am happy to have got them.

The male King Parrot finished his breakfast and flew away, but he chose to fly between me and the thicket and not off to the other side where there was much more room. The tip of his wing nearly brushed my leg as he flew by....one of those magic moments to savour.

Course then I had to hustle to get The Most DH's lunch ready. :)

Would you like to see clearer shots of the Australian King Parrot?
Try King at Bird Anonymous and
King factsheet at birdsinbackyards.net

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Oncidium....bugrit



"Millennium hand and shrimp! I tol 'em! I tol 'em!"
- Foul Ole Ron


Theres been a lot of hectic activity and major upheaval here as the lampworking studio was dismantled and its contents sold off. There is very little left, and the room now looks enormous. All thats left to reclaim the space, is to uninstall the ventilation system (such as it was) and repair the cieling from whence it exits.

Then I can begin to explore again. Perhaps only tentatively as the whole Annual Tree Slaughtering Celebration of Consumerism is nearly upon us. Groan. Must go before I morph back into Foul Ole Ron......

Friday, November 30, 2007

Hoist the colours!





Have you ever noticed about Poppys, how the developing buds hang downward? Then, the day before its due to bloom, the plant hoists the bud up skyward, then deploys it lovely coloured silk sails...

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

New Quarry?



I am frequently teased by Australian Butterflys. They flit through the gardens so quickly that I usually miss them. Ive decided they are next on my 'must photo' list.

I dont even know the names of the Aussie butterflys, so there is much to learn. My local library has a few volumes on them, but they are all in the reference section, so I have to find a day to sit at the library and study this new quarry.

This little one was sheltering on the Salvia Farinacea during a stormy day. Its quite tiny, Id estimate it to only be about 15mm (1/2 inch) from wing tip to wing tip. On a sunny day they appear to be quite blue, while on this grey day, the colours are much more earthy. At this time of year they are abundant in the garden, flying low over the lawn, often in pairs.

I look forward to learning its name, and if possible, what its caterpillar looks like, and making the garden even more attractive to all the butterflys. Then perhaps they will stay a little longer, and let me get thier photo.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Two Turtle Doves

Two Spotted Turtle Doves, so engrossed in thier conversation, that I couldnt get a shot of thier faces...oh well, the Jacaranda blossoms look great against the blue sky.

If youd like to see more Spotted Turtle Doves, check them out at Bird Anonymous's blog or at the birdsinbackyards.net site.

Wonder where I could find a partridge in a pear tree.....

Monday, November 26, 2007

Fly By Posting



"Im Late! Im Late!
For a very important Date!
No time to say Hello! Goodbye!
Im Late! Im Late! Im Late! "

- The White Rabbit

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Budgie Sunday - Moult nearly over



Heres the back of Baiter's head. See those 'pins'? They are the shafts of his new head feathers. The shaft is made of a material similar to our fingernails. Once the shaft has fully emerged, the soft part of the feather will unfurl from inside the shaft. Baiter is nearly done with his spring moult.

Please vote in the poll - see the upper right hand corner of your screen - and Have a great Sunday!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Musk Lorikeet



Another first time sighting late yesterday - a Musk Lorikeet! Again it was hearing an unfamiliar call that caused me to grab the camera and go on the prowl. It pays to keep your ears open, at least whenever the evil neighbor isnt playing his Ghetto Throb "music".

More info on the Musk Lorikeet at birdsinbackyards.net

Friday, November 23, 2007

Doryanthes excelsa (Gymea or Spear Lily) 1



Shot from above. Can hardly wait till it blooms. You can bet I will have the camera ready for it. Amazing plant!

Doryanthes excelsa, Gymea or Spear Lily info on Wikipedia

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Whiskers inside orchid



Its a re-packaged re-run today, Im sorry to say. But a closer view inside the orchid from earlier this week...love those whiskers of colour inside!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Surrogate Sun



Heres a sunny zinnia to brighten the grey day we are having today.
Have a good one, and dont catch my cold while youre here!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Sneezin, Wheezin, Coughin & Bleckky



Summer colds are the worst, why is that? And why do I have a summer cold, when it isnt officially summmer yet? Well enough of that, I must 'soldier on' today regardless! But Im making no promises as to whether or not I will be coherent.

Another orchid with an unreadable tag, I thought I could get a better shot on a sunnier day, but a little orange and black beetle ate holes all thru the flower. Blighter. Wonder if he brought me this cold as well?

Monday, November 19, 2007

Aerial Survey



Three pair of Red Rumped Parrot made a brief survey of my patch this week. They didnt stay to sample the lawn though. Bummer! In this pic we have two males and one female. Usually they are seen in lawns or in grassy roadside verges, where they can be practically invisible. We get a much better view of thier lovely colours here.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Budgie Sunday - Odd shot



Everybudgie is still at some point in the moult, so Ive pulled out a pic from October to share today. I like the way Uno is sitting so perfectly upright, while her mate Goliath appears to be missing his head.

This shot was taken just moments before the one I used in Budgie Sunday - Sharing, and also gives us a good look at the feather patterns on thier backs.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Purple Wattles & Pirates



By now you know my camera (a Kodak DX6490) is hopeless in less than full sun (at noon, on the equator). Last week during our rainy days I spied both our Little Wattle Bird chick friends, and the pics I got were terrible. So I had a little fun with this one.

Busily taking nectar from the Jacaranda, our two chicks look very nearly full grown. They are doing great on thier own, but whenever they see thier parents they still beg to be fed. I guess kids are always kids, eh?

I just wanted to share with everyone that they have both made it. Hooray!

And on a completely unrelated topic:

POTC3! Pirates of the Caribean - At Worlds End hits video rental stores NEXT WEDNESDAY, November 21st. Arrrr, finally!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Absolutely Fabulous!

Pawhealer of A Spiritual Dog Blog has awarded my Little Wattle Bird Series the I'm Fabulous Award! How Totally Fabulous is that!

Thank you very much Pawhealer!


Jacaranda Mimosifolia





Jacaranda Mimosifolia is a fast growing deciduous tree that I absolutely fell in love with the first time I saw one in flower. The leaves are ferny, giving a gorgeous dense but dappled shade. In my garden "Jackie" sheds her leaves in early spring, and are shortly followed by masses of these spectacular tubular lilac flowers. Birds and Bees alike adore them.

Our Jackie was just 2 feet tall when we planted her in 2000, and today she is very nearly as tall as a street light. At maturity Jacarandas are about 33 feet (10 metres) tall, and the canopy just as wide. I paid just $13 AUD for this tree, and it seems I got an excellent return on my investment.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Cornflower - bachelor button



Back to some garden colour for us today. Must post and run, got to get back to chasing my tail. Hope you have a great day!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Retiring from the Lampwork Bench



Yesterdays mystery bird turns out to be a female Satin Bowerbird. Once I figured that out, I had to just sit back and enjoy the irony.

You may know that I make lampwork glass beads, under the business name Bower Bird Beads. (No prizes for guessing why I named a business after a bird, especially this one.) You might also know that Ive been having trouble with my hands due to an old injury. Long story short, the hands are getting worse, and I am not able to continue my work with glass. Not for a lack of trying though.

During the days I began to come to terms with this unexpected and undesireable turn of events, a Bowerbird shows up. Of course, I didnt know it was a Bowerbird till yesterday - but still - a Bowerbird! And she stays just long enough for me to get two pictures, and is gone. Ive never seen one here before. Talk about getting a 'sign'. Somehow, now that Ive got the message, I feel more at peace with it now.

So what will I do with myself? Oh, I will mess about with a few ideas...see what these hands are still capable of. Ive always said that I am a 'complusive creator'. I get very depressed if I do not have a creative outlet. So I choose to believe that there is a medium out there somewhere just waiting for me to get ahold it, and see what comes.

By the way, Im taking you all with me on this new adventure.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Who? What? When?




One of the rainy days we had last week, I heard an unfamiliar bird calling from the front garden. So I snagged my camera and went out to see who it was. Quite high up the gum tree was this bird - "Who are you?"

I got these two blurry shots before this bird took off. Then I noticed something odd hanging in the tree - "What is that?".

Its a birds toy! "When did that arrive?" Later in the day The Most DH said he had seen one of our new neighbors up in the tree a few days back.

Which gave me a nice feeling, because, they cant possibly see it from thier side of the tree. Have they placed it there for me?

But back to the original question...Who is this bird?

3pm - Its a FEMALE SATIN BOWERBIRD!!!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Baby Superb Fairy Wren



This little one hadnt been out of the nest long when its parents brought it to my garden to begin its hunting lessons. Its siblings were quick learners, but this little chick was not impressed with being turned out of the warm nest.

It spent most of an hour sitting in this spot, calling for its parents to come back from the hunt to feed it. It wasnt untill I was close enough to get this shot that the parents decided they'd given the chick enough 'tough love' for one day.

Momma swooped down to the chicks side with a worm in her beak, while Daddy called urgently from nearby cover. When Momma took off again, still in possession of the worm, the chick was quick to follow.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Budgie Sunday - Erm, sorta



Yes, I know. I know that isnt a budgie. Thats my man-cat Priapus, and you've yet to be introduced to him properly. Yes, yes, Im a bad mommy-blogger now.

I repeat, I know thats not a picture of a budgie. And for the record, the subject of said picture does not contain a budgie. Just so thats clear.

Heres the deal: the budgies are having That Time, The Big M, The Bird Curse, Having a visit from Aunty Plume, The Dastardly Depilation...in other words, the moult.

They look terrible. They feel terrible. And they are really, really cranky. So we will just enjoy the handsome kitty this week, okay?

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Mrs Superb Fairy Wren



Sweet fluffy mommy bird having a break from showing her chick how to hunt in my Orange Trumpet Vine for insects.

Ive got a few things going on behind the scenes of the blog. As a result, Im still behind with visiting everyone. I should be around tonight - if I survive! LOL Will fill you all in soon, Have a great weekend!

Friday, November 9, 2007

Mr Superb Fairy Wren

This pic doesnt do him justice at all, but getting any pic of these is pretty tough. Keeping in mind the old adage "A bird in the hand, beats two in the bush" , here 'tis.