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Chicki in the Bush

16 Jan
Chicki in the Bush

Chicki in the Bush

I wonder what Chicki is looking at?

It could be anything: sulphur-crested cockatoos, magpies, ducks. The list goes on…

Nevertheless, here she is on a ledge in the local bushland park, looking a picture of innocent interest. 🙂

I’m sure that her daily visits to the park are the highlight of her life.

Enjoy!

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Wildflowers of Australia: Flannel Flowers

13 Nov
Flannel Flowers in the breeze

Flannel Flowers in the breeze

Right now, the Flannel Flowers are in bloom. Every time I visit the local bushland park, I see their lovely, daisy-like flowers.

They seem to be very choosy in  where they will grow. The greatest number here are beside the road, though there a few clumps in the broader bushland. Their heads bob about in the breeze.

Enjoy!

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Chicki in the Spring

12 Sep

Our Maltese Chicki likes nothing better than to visit our local park with us, and walk along the sand  — ever alert for new and exciting smells.

Chicki

Chicki

 

However, she doesn’t seem to mind giving this hobby a rest and trying her other penchant: posing.

Now that there are so many lovely Spring wildflowers in bloom, there’s an even sweeter background for her photograph.

Enjoy!

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Springtime in the Australian Bush

5 Sep
Springtime in the Bush

Springtime in the Bush

 

It’s easy to tell it’s Springtime in the bush. It’s the only time one ever sees in such abundance this lovely white-flowered creeper in bloom. It’s common name is Old Man’s Beard, but purists call it Clematis glycinoides. It starts to flower in August, reaching it full potential weeks later. But alas, it finishes its display in September. A brief but most welcome show!

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Spring Revisited in the Australian Bush

11 Mar
Revisiting Spring

Revisiting Spring

Officially it’s Autumn here in Australia. Days are shortening. Leaves are colouring and starting to fall. A sense of change is in the air.

But for a moment, let’s look backwards (or forward) to Spring in the bush.

While some of our natives flower all year round, many provide a flush of beauty exclusively in early Spring.

Here is a photo taken in our natural parkland.

Enjoy the sweet little gems!

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As Christmas Becomes a Memory…

23 Jan

Four weeks have passed since Christmas Day.

Memories– of get-togethers with family and friends, of gifts, and maybe of spiritual contemplation –perhaps still hold a special place in our consciousness.

Recently at the local bushland park I observed the last of the Christmas Bush, fading away. Still lovely, though its cheerful glow had weakened in intensity.

And so, as one season passes, another comes into view.

Easter is just around the corner, and already the supermarkets are selling the first of the ever-popular Easter Buns.

I wonder will the Easter Bunny visit me? Visit you?

Love milk chocolate!

The remnants of Christmas Bush

The remnants of Christmas Bush

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Gum Trees and All…

22 Jan

I love to stroll around this track. There’s interest all around, from the river to the shrubs, from the sand to the sky. Who knows what I’ll spy?

Ducks, sea-gulls, even a pelican or two. Shags, herons, plovers, egrets and swallows all  find their way onto or around the water’s edge. Sure, except for the swallows, their numbers are small –even negligible –yet the promise of seeing their beauty is always there.

Both on the ground and overhead, Cockatoos, Rainbow Lorikeets, King Parrots, Magpies, Noisy Miners, Kookaburras and the occasional Blue Wren can be found.

Australian bushland holds many delights.

My favourite track

My favourite track

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Scenic Australian Picture

13 Jan

Almost every day I take Chicki for a walk along the track beside the river. One day, not so long ago, i decided to climb up a little to capture this scene.

Luckily, Chicki co-operated. She remained quite calm while I secured her to the ground by putting one of my feet on her lead.

The result is this photograph. Where the bush meets the river.

Flannel Flowers by the River

Flannel Flowers by the River

I flatter myself that it’s quite lovely. Hope you agree!

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Home Sweet Home, If You’re a Lorikeet…

2 Jan

I guess it’s rather nice, making your home in a tree.

Fresh air, views a plenty. An enviable supply of ultra-fresh, healthy food from which to choose. Friends flying past…

This cheerful Rainbow Lorikeet gives me the impression that he (or she) is well satisfied with life.

Rainbow Lorikeet at home

Rainbow Lorikeet at home

 

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Life’s a Walk in the Park…

19 Dec

Life’s a walk in the park…

Most days, Chicki and I  stroll around this bushland track. Well, in truth, I stroll: Chicki stops every few yards to indulge in her favourite pastime, sniffing.

There seems to be an endless supply of wonderful smells around here, since it’s a favourite haunt of many dogs and their owners.

That’s Chicki’s pleasure. Mine is looking at the river, the bush, and the wildlife: especially the abundant birdlife.

It’s wonderful that Sydney suburbia still boasts lovely pockets of natural bushland.

Chicki overlooking her favourite track

Chicki overlooking her favourite track