Good morning, yes it is Friday again at least here in Australia. There’s something of a mixed bag again this week, ‘Isn’t there always?’ Who said that? Rest assured I’m not going crazy. Although after deleting a whole days worth of photos off my SD card, and only able to recover three of them I’m not a happy camper. To make matters worse, they were exquisite shots. Sob. Enough of this feeling sorry myself, let’s get on with it. Here we have a Great Egret, I took this at Lake Apex in Gatton, last Sunday. I think that green around the eye is lovely.
With those pink, skinny legs you would have to have nice plumage to attract the ladies.
The common old Cattle Egret scrubs up well for mating season. Their plumage is delightful.
I had a whole range of Batman jokes to go, then I thought better of it. These are Fruit Bats or Flying foxes, I won’t mention the names given to them by the people who live near their roosts. These bats are without doubt the, noisiest, smelliest creatures you would ever want to have around and yet look at those faces. The roost is at Gatton, in a creek bed behind several houses. The bats look like exploding umbrellas when they come in to land. The bottom picture shows how they just, ‘hang around ‘ all day. They remind me of alien fruits hanging on the branch.
This trio in the top section were something of a riot, they were engaged in an inordinate amount of grooming. The male in the centre yawned and then, well decided to groom his nether regions. The female on the right seemed stunned by his, ‘manliness’ and the chap on the left was more interested in scratching. The bottom picture shows just how cute their faces are,
A nice water view at the Cowra Botanical Gardens.
The Poinciana trees are out in flower, I adore the colours. There seem to be so many shades of orange. This fine specimen is growing at the Weeping Mothers Memorial in Gatton, Qld. The memorial is dedicated to the fallen in WW1 and 2, Korea and Vietnam. The memorial was erected after WW1 and is there to remind us that mothers grieve over the loss of their children in war.
I took these from the hill that Byron Bay Lighthouse stands on. No, I wasn’t perving on the young lady, she just happened to make more runs at the waves than the other dozen or so surfers. Honest, really.
I know, it’s a water-lily, or two. Sometimes you just have to take the picture. At the East Ballina golf club.
The Frangipani in the top left is a, fruit salad type. The main picture is of the first flowers on a Frangipani I planted last year. The roses are all from the rose garden at Cowra.
Sunrise at Ballina from our apartment balcony.
Playing around with a glass of white wine and a sunset at Ballina.
That’s your lot for this week. I hope you’ve enjoyed the variety and remember, the pictures all look far better when opened in a new tab or window. Maybe not with the fruit bat. Until next week take care.