Another Friday and no sunset again. Well, this is round, white and looks like it is going extremely fast. I’m learning how to play with shutter speeds. My attempt at cleverness knows no bounds.
The windmill and flowers were all taken at a friends place. It’s good to have friends who like gardening, there are more opportunities for picture taking. I’m almost sure someone will tell me what these are.
Hmm, well it’s red and growing and very pretty. Damn I ‘d make a great Botanist.
A Phalaenopsis orchid, I know this one. I think they’re beautiful and yes, that is an Emu egg in the background.
Grevillea robusta, or the Silky Oak, the largest of the Grevillea family. They tend to only flower every couple of years but when they do it’s a magnificent show. This tree is about 60 feet tall. They are renowned for their timber which was used extensively in furniture making. It has a delicate grain that lent itself to veneers.
Lorelle’s grandchildren came for the day and we went to the Darling Downs Zoo. I have mixed feelings about zoo’s: the animals are locked up and have limited freedom, most of the are born in captivity, there are breeding programs for rare species. So I guess they even up and we can enjoy the photos. It wasn’t a photographer friendly zoo and a lot of stretching and groaning went into some shots. So here we have a Common Wombat, they’re a marsupial and built like a small tank. In my first novel Mountain of Death, one of these little blighters is the cause of a turnaround in a character’s life. They can wreck your car if you hit them. They are usually quiet through the day, I think this one may have been meditating.
A Rhesus Macaque with her youngster, “Bruce, how many times must I tell you to wash your ears?’
An egret, I read his name on the fence and promptly forgot it. I had an asthma attack after being near the tiger cage so there were more pressing things on my mind.
‘Hmm, I could have sworn I put a pack of Mentos back here yesterday.’
The best shot I could get of the Koala, naturally he was asleep. They’re more active early morning and evening. I had a look at the zoo website and of course their pictures of the koalas are taken when they’re on speed or something. All bright eyed and bushy tailed. I think they must have sessions where you can get better photos, especially with the big cats. I still keep an eye out for koalas when we’re out driving.
Dave Manchon runs some of his horses on our place and to show his gratitude he organised a birthday treat for Lorelle’s granddaughter. Dave has a horse show and these three dogs are part of it. They are so well trained I reckon he could train a frog not to hop. Let’s get some dialogue going.
Tilly, ‘Me Dave, pick me I can drive it you know I can. Pick meeeee.’
Charlie, ‘Bloody hell, where’s your dignity? You’re a DOG, ya hear me. Oooooh treats, pick me, meeeee.’
Tia, ‘Shut up ya pack of useless mutts, the Kids have got the keys. Grab the treats, we’re all going cruising for a milkshake.’
Shaun the sheep was ticked off because there wasn’t any room for him.
Here’s Dave, his horse Rocy and one of the dogs, plus two happy kids.
One very happy girl who may have a future in horse riding.
This is a link to Dave’s, ‘Rooftop Express.’ it’s a fantastic show and gives you an idea of what a great horseman he is.
That’s all for this week, so drop by and check it out. Believe me it’s worth the time, especially for my overseas readers as the video gives you a look at the Brisbane Exhibition, or ‘Ekka’ a huge show where the country comes to the city.