I thought it would be a change to start with a look at the local Red Deer population. We were driving home the other day and as we crossed the bridge not far from home, Lorelle called out, “Deer!” I replied, “Yes, what’s up Love?” “In the creek, Deer!” “Oh.” Pulling over smartly and after a quick rummage through the back seat, I grabbed my camera and took off. There’s something about deer that brings the adrenalin out. The hinds aren’t too sure about me and they keep their young close by.
Now for some Australiana. For those who have followed the blog for a while, you may remember the picture I put up of the skull-like termite nest in a tree. Well, this one is about 30 metres away and it contains a Kookaburra nest. The best result will be achieved if you open in a new tab. Across the top: 1. A faint outline of something in there. 2. Yes, it’s a Kookaburra. 3. She’s not too happy at all. She flew out, I missed that, and sat in the next tree. Her feathers are ruffled, so I moved back and waited. Beautiful, I managed this shot of her flying back into the nest. Bottom left, yep, that’s her bum sticking out. She would have pecked the hole into the nest, imagine the disturbance with the thousands of termites. At least she would have a quick feed on the larvae. I’ve seen a documentary where it showed the inside of a Kookaburra’s nest. Believe me, it’s not pretty at all. When the young are being fed the inside is crawling with maggots.
Clockwise, an Echidna trying to get away from the intruding lens of yours truly. We were at the Canberra Botanic gardens, I was snapping some delicate flower and Lorelle had wandered ahead, then, “Laurie quick, an Echidna.” Music to my ears, the only trouble he was 50 metres away and by the time I reached him, he was in the process of burrowing. Would he come out from under that bush? No way, if he had a finger he would have flipped it at me. So this is about the best I could get. There isn’t a lot to them, long grey snout, sharp claws and a LOT of spines. Next a Koala at the Dubbo Zoo, the enclosure was under repair and Koalas being what they are slept. This fellow heard the first click of the shutter and stretched, a little. Then bless him, he crawled out and sat in this classic pose. The bottom two are at the Japanese gardens in Cowra, the duck and the carp seem to be eyeing each other off.
Talk about getting the eye, this turtle at the Dubbo Zoo gave me the eyeball. Those little eyes seem to bore right into you, he could do with something of a trim on his shell. The Water Dragon was sunning himself on a rock at the Botanic Gardens. I like the orange colour on his frill.
Okay, I’ve been outed, I like waterfalls. We arrived early at the Cowra Japanese gardens, hired a buggy (that’s it in the picture) and hit the tracks. The morning light certainly softened the shrubbery.
I didn’t get the name of this plant, I’m sure someone may enlighten me. The flower intrigued me though, I like the contrast between the living and dead one. The grass trees at bottom right remind me of a creature from Star Wars.
Sometimes a picture doesn’t need an explanation, other than it’s from the Canberra Botanic gardens.
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A shearing shed on the road out of Canberra heading up to Kosciusko national park.
I believe this is the Orraral Homestead in Namadgi National Park, it is situated about a kilometre from the old space station mentioned in last week’s post.
Hold the front page! I couldn’t wait until next week for this one. I took these photos last night (Thursday).The top one is of course the view from our front yard, the blue-grey cloud looks like a hand grabbing the mountain top. Twenty minutes later I was getting the lightning shots. I had the camera on the tripod and set on bulb. The middle picture was a fluke shot, I didn’t want to have the aperture open for too long so I flicked the shot off and immediately set the remote switch again and caught this. The bottom one I had set for about 6 seconds.
That’s the lot for this week, I think have covered a wide range today and as always the pictures look much better when opened in a new tab. Until next time,