Archive | December, 2014

Another Scene: The River and Flannel Flowers

31 Dec
The River and Flannel Flowers

The River and Flannel Flowers

Here we have a combination of two of my favourite sights: the river and Flannel Flowers.

Conditions permitting, I swim in these river baths most of the year. But the sight of the Flannel Flowers is not nearly so continuous. They flower only in the warmer weather.

Enjoy!

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2014 in review

30 Dec

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 12,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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A big ‘Thank You’ to my followers and commentators!

Number One Commentator: David Prosser!

HAPPY NEW YEAR,  EVERYONE!!

A Rare Sight: Pelicans and Cormorants

30 Dec
Pelicans and Cormorants

Pelicans and Cormorants

It’s been a while since I took this photograph, but it’s still quite special. It’s a record of the one and only time I’ve ever seen a flock of Little Black Cormorants and a group of their huge cousins, the Australian Pelicans, together on the river.

Enjoy!

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Little Black Cormorants in Action!

29 Dec
Little Black Cormorants

Little Black Cormorants

I like this action shot of Little Black Cormorants. I took it recently in the local river baths, where these delightful little birds sometimes choose to play…

Enjoy!

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Little Pied Cormorant at Rest

28 Dec
Little Pied Cormorant

Little Pied Cormorant

Little Pied Cormorants regularly visit the local swimming baths in the river. But this little fellow has chosen a quite unusual place to rest. 🙂

Enjoy!

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Australian Bushland Scene

27 Dec

I found this photograph in my files, taken some time ago in the local bushland park. It prominently shows a beautiful Banksia in abundant flower, and in the background, a delightful Wattle also in bloom.

Australian wildflowers must surely rank high on the list of beautiful plants.

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Australian bushland scene

Australian bushland scene

Elegant Heron

26 Dec
Elegant Heron

Elegant Heron

Although I see these birds quite often, familiarity has not lessened by admiration of these elegant creatures. White-faced Herons make great subjects for photography, and they are not, in my experience, the least bit camera-shy.

Enjoy!

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Australian Wood Ducks By the Shore

25 Dec
Australian Wood Ducks

Australian Wood Ducks

I love to see ducks in their natural environment.

Here’s a pair of Australian Wood Ducks near the river.

Enjoy!

Merry Christmas!!

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River Scene in Suburban Sydney

24 Dec
River scene

River scene

Whenever possible, I like to spend time on the shore, admiring this view. On most days it’s quite calming. Sometimes, though, speed-boats tear along, disturbing the tranquility.

Enjoy!

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Australian Christmas Bush

23 Dec
Australian Christmas Bush

Australian Christmas Bush

Here in Sydney, we know that Christmas is coming when we see the Australian Christmas Bush starting to turn red.

In our native bush park there are many, many such trees beside the river, and they make a delightful display. One can stand in the baths and gaze at them. Delightful!

Ron and I have a couple of mature trees at home, too. They soldier on…

Merry Christmas!

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