Thursday, 31 March 2011

The birds Break it, the Butterflies benefit ...

Please don't be too appalled by the fruit wastage in these pics.
We humans had more plums than we could handle so this year I decided to let the crop from this one slide and the wildlife benefit.

Silver eyes. Tiny Birds not more than 10cm long.

you can see his proboscis dipping in the open fruit.

Looks like one of these had a close call!

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Flowers

Pink out the back ...


and purple out the front.

Monday, 28 March 2011

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Left behind

Mostly Broken ...
Tools as they lay in various places throughout the garden.




Thursday, 24 March 2011

The public Baths

Thats what it feels like around here sometimes :)
Actually its entirely how I am working to set it up.

We have been here a few months now and over this time I have observed different birds bathe in different ways and also prefer different depths of water.


Here is the current line up.
The bowl that you see the Rosella drinking from is not typically a Rosella haunt but he was nervous and judged this a safer bet for drinking. This is actually the bath for the Magpie Larks or Pee wees they splash so much! They don't mind if its here or on the ground.


The black bird's who are primarily forager's prefer the shallow long dish in the middle. I have just moved it to this location. The bird bath is the preferred place for Rosellas, Red Wattle Birds and Wagtails. Also occasionally I'll catch a Miner or Currawong here.
The silver eyes have a dish hanging in the tree but they have mostly moved on now, we do still occasionally see a small group. 
I have not seen any bathe in the small bowl by the birdbath , its just extra drinking water when there is a crowd. I prefer to keep them all close for my personal ease of maintenance. 

Monday, 21 March 2011

The worst and the best...

... Cut flowers.
Of course I haven't sampled them all but I am learning.
These orange - pink blush  roses are soft and pretty and have the most divine fragrance but wilt by the afternoon if cut and put in a vase.


These structured, frilly, bright, beautiful Yellow roses well and truly go the distance as a cut flower.

Sunday, 20 March 2011

What a Ruckus

The red  wattle birds seem to be moving in pairs now.
This particular evening there were two immediately above our front door, feeding here and territorially barking at some crimson Rosellas hanging around.


Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Aperture

I'm getting to know my camera a little better and have started playing with the aperture settings to enable me to get clearer images.

Before, very dark and devoid of colour
Standard Camera Setting.

After much clearer subject.
Adjusted aperture manually


Before a bit glarey
Standard camera setting
After shows truer colour and is more anchored and defined.
Adjusted aperture manually.

Monday, 14 March 2011

Bejewelled Ballerinas

This Fuchsia, stands taller than me , weaving its way up and through a big camellia outside my kitchen window.


Sunday, 13 March 2011

What is this?

A vine rambling up and over through the jungle of climbing plants around our tanks.


Saturday, 12 March 2011

Out my kitchen window.

Maple to the left, Camellia to the right.
A lot of leaf litter under the standard Rose. a leg of the pergola.
The post with the seeds the kids grew, Nasturtium and Alyssum,
Gorgeous Colour in the background.
Such a pretty cheerful view.

Friday, 11 March 2011

I can sing a rainbow.

Red 


And Yellow


and Pink


and Green.


Purple


and Orange


and Blue


 ♪ I can sing a rainbow , sing a rainbow , sing a rainbow too. ♫ 

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Unusual

A Bee, Feeding on a fallen Sugar plum, I have never seen a Bee at fruit like this before.

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Crab Apples

Four different varieties. I'm looking forward to seeing these in the spring : )

These are the largest and most like what grew at our old house

these hang over a path

These are by the mail box

these are out the back struggling through the other growth :)