Archive | November, 2014

Memories of Yesteryear

30 Nov
The reserve near my childhood home.

The reserve near my childhood home.

Once in a while, I visit the place where I grew up.

I spent my early years in an inner suburb of Sydney: a place, mostly, of tar and cement. Though in fairness, there were a number of parks and reserves where I use to play. The footpaths, however, were all of the soulless variety, without a blade of grass, and those gardens that were in existence were quite small.

Luckily, one of these reserves was just a stone’s throw away from our house.

Here’s a photo of me, taken a few years ago, sitting on a bench in this little area.

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Focus On Birds: Pacific Black Ducks

28 Nov
Waddling Along

Waddling Along

Although it’s fairly common for me to see a pair of these lovely ducks, a larger number is quite an event.

There are several types of ducks that inhabit the local river and its surrounds. The Pacific Black Ducks can be distinguished by the large size and iridescent wing feathers.

Enjoy!

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Focus on Bird: Australian King Parrot

26 Nov
Male King Parrot

Male King Parrot

I saw a pair of these stunningly-beautiful birds this morning. Even at a distance, the male’s wonderful colours shone out.

The male of the species is much brighter in colour than its mate. The male’s bright red feathers are a joy to see. The female, though, is still a lovely bird. Her subtle greens and red must surely help her camouflage.

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Stop Press: I’m in a Magazine!

26 Nov

Here’s news: I’m in a magazine!

The Australia Times has just published its first edition about Indie writers and their work. Not only have they reviewed my eleventh title, ‘Love, Desire and Betrayal’, but also they’ve published an article about me and my writing.

I’m thrilled!

http://www.theaustraliatimes.com/magazine/indiebooks/issue/101/

http://www.amazon.com/Desire-Betrayal-Margaret-Lynette-Sharp-ebook/dp/B00L8KOKZM

Here’s More: Beautiful Bottlebrush

25 Nov
Beautiful Bottlebrush

Beautiful Bottlebrush

The Spring flush of these flowers is just ending in our backyard, but fortunately I captured this image in time.

Bottlebrushes are a great addition to Sydney backyards. Not only do they produce beautifully-coloured and formed flowers, they also attract the birds. What a combination!

Enjoy!

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Here’s More: Flannel Flowers

24 Nov

Right now, the Flannel Flowers are out in all their glory, and I see them every day in the local bushland park. A popular spot for them is beside the narrow roadway. There they can be enjoyed by those traveling through (at the twenty kilometre speed limit).

Enjoy!

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Flannel Flowers

Flannel Flowers

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Focus on Birds: Sulphur-crested Cockatoos

23 Nov
Sulphur-crested Cockatoos

Sulphur-crested Cockatoos

I was lucky to get this photo, since it isn’t every day that I spot a group of Sulphur-crested Cockatoos displaying their impressive head-gear.

This shot was taken in a bushland park suburban Sydney, N.S.W., Australia: a place where these and other parrots congregate.

Enjoy!

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