Tag Archives: nature

At The Lookout…

5 Apr
The Lookout

The Lookout

Our local park boast a number of delightful lookouts that show the Georges River and its surroundings to best advantage. Now and then, Ron and I take Chicki to visit these beauty spots. I’m a bit timid where heights are concerned. Even the railings are not quite enough… Still, the view is superb, even from a (small) distance. 🙂
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What a Display! West Australian Red-flowering Gum

28 Jan
West Australian Flowering Red Gum

West Australian Red- flowering  Gum

Here in Sydney, some varieties of the magnificent West Australian Red-flowering Gum are still in bloom. Lately, I’ve seen several beautiful pink and rose-coloured varieties displaying their lovely flowers.

This particular one, however, has sadly had its day. I’m looking forward to early Summer this year so that, once again, we can all witness its glory. And don’t the Rainbow Lorikeets love them…

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P.S. This photo was taken some weeks ago.

Australian Beauty: Rainbow Lorikeets

25 Jan
Rainbow Lorikeet

Rainbow Lorikeet

When it comes to stunning beauty of feathers, it’s hard to beat those of  the Rainbow Lorikeets. These parrots are pretty common in the local park and often venture into nearby gardens, especially those with natives such as Grevilleas and Flowering Gums in bloom.

Enjoy!

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Plovers on the Shore

22 Jan
Plovers on the shore

Plovers on the shore

Now and again I see Plovers on the shore of the local swimming baths.

More formally known as Masked Lapwings, these are quite handsome birds. It’s a treat to see them against the backdrop of the river.

Enjoy!

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Shadows

15 Jan
Shadows

Shadows

The effect of light and shade can be quite magical.

This photograph was taken one afternoon, just as the sun was at the right angle to cast these beautiful shadows of leaves onto the bark.

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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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

A Welcome Visitor: A Spotted Dove

16 Dec
Spotted Dove

Spotted Dove

One of the bonuses of keeping budgerigars as pets is the attraction their left-over seed has to these sweet creatures.

For days afterwards, whenever I empty the budgies’ seed-dish into the empty flower-pots, one or more Spotted Doves fly in and start scratching for left-overs. They must be rewarded quite well, for usually they keep on coming back, time after time.

Enjoy!

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What a Handsome Bird: Laughing Kookaburra

15 Dec
Laughing Kookaburra

Laughing Kookaburra

One of the most striking-looking Australian native birds is the Laughing Kookaburra. They are quite strong-looking, even masterful…

They are highly intelligent and have wonderful vision. Clean, too: I often see them bathing in the local park, underneath the bubbler and tap area where cool,  fresh water collects.

Enjoy!

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Flannel Flowers By The River

11 Dec
Flannel Flowers by the river

Flannel Flowers by the river

Flannel Flowers are one of the few native plants that have been honoured by their appearance on Australian postage stamps.

Their simple beauty is a delight. Currently, they are in flower in our local park, and have become one of the highlights of our going to visit.

Enjoy!

By the way, here’s a link to my third post on my new blog. Thanks go to those who visit!

http://margaretlynettesharp2.wordpress.com/2014/12/11/a-soggy-day/

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