Sunday, June 10, 2018

Monday Morning Moments on Moffat/Dicky Beach

Morning Swallows

Last Morning Dewdrop

Surfing with Container Ships

Rock Pigeon

Cormorant and Container Ship

Rock Pigeon

Hibiscus and Mailbox

Swallows and Container Ship

Morning Light on Tooway Creek

Surfer on Dicky Beach

Black Eyed Susan

Three Swallows

Two Swallows on Dicky Beach

Gone Surfing

Container Ship and Surf

Fishing the Point

Fisherman and Friends

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Australian Natives with Birds

   Australian Native Plant Society Banksias 
  • Banksias -- Named after botanist Joseph Banks who landed on the shores of Botany Bay with Captain Cook. These hardy and resilient plants love the sand and the surf, they grow all the way out to the desert.

Australian Native Plant Society Grevillias 
  • Grevilleas -- There are many species of Grevilleas which attract birds into Australian gardens because of the huge quantities of sweet nectar flowers they produce. There are  many different colours and come in all shapes from low growing ground covers, small shrubs and hedges, to tall trees.

Lorikeet Feeding on Grevillea

Australian Native Plant Society Wattles

  • Acacias and Wattles -- They grow all over Australia and are over 1000 known species with the Golden Wattle being Australias national floral emblem and our national colours, green and gold, come from the flowers and leaves of this popular tree. They have very small flowers that occur in clusters and have a strong smell which attracts birds, bees, wasps and beetles. They are a great habitat for small birds, providing shelter, perching and nesting sites, and attracting insects for them to eat. Different species attract different birds and those that love wattles include Crested Pigeons, Silvereyes, Wrens,Lorikeets and Honey Eaters.

Australian Native Plant Society Callistemons 

  • Callistemons and Melaleuca -- They are also known as Bottlebrushes and occur in the east and south east of Australia. Two species occur in the south of Western Australia and four species in New Caledonia. Bottlebrushes can be found growing from Australia's tropical north to the south states. They often grow in damp or wet conditions such as along creek beds or in areas which are prone to floods.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Bits of Nature

Fungi Family 

Copper Blue Butterflies 

Strange Fungi Art

King Magpie

Copper Blue Resting


Monday, July 10, 2017

Birds and Bees

Bird Song 
Lyrics by Robert Hunter 
Music Jerry Garcia 

A song written after the passing of Janis Joplin 

All I know something like a bird within her sang
All I know she sang a little while and then flew on
Tell me all that you know
I'll show you
snow and rain

If you hear that same sweet song again,will you know why?
Anyone who sings a tune so sweet is passing by
Laugh in the sunshine
Sing,cry in the dark
Fly through the night

Birds of Passage

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Black shadows fall
From the lindens tall,
That lift aloft their massive wall
  Against the southern sky; 
And from the realms
Of the shadowy elms
A tide-like darkness overwhelms
  The fields that round us lie. 
But the night is fair,
And everywhere
A warm, soft vapor fills the air,
  And distant sounds seem near, 
And above, in the light
Of the star-lit night,
Swift birds of passage wing their flight
  Through the dewy atmosphere. 
I hear the beat
Of their pinions fleet,
As from the land of snow and sleet
  They seek a southern lea. 
I hear the cry
Of their voices high
Falling dreamily through the sky,
  But their forms I cannot see. 
O, say not so!
Those sounds that flow
In murmurs of delight and woe
  Come not from wings of birds. 
They are the throngs
Of the poet's songs,
Murmurs of pleasures, and pains, and wrongs,
  The sound of winged words. 
This is the cry
Of souls, that high
On toiling, beating pinions, fly,
  Seeking a warmer clime, 
From their distant flight
Through realms of light
It falls into our world of night,
  With the murmuring sound of rhyme. 

George J Carroll
Poem by twentieth century writer
Earliest use of the Bluebird of Happiness

“And in the valley beneath the mountains of my youth,
 lies the river of my tears. 
 As it wends its way to the ocean of my dreams, 
so long ago they have gone.  
And yet, if I were but to think anew, 
would these dreams evaporate in my mind
 and become the morning dew 
upon a supple rose whose beauty is enhanced
 with these glistening drops,
 as the sun of life peeks o’er the mountains
 when youth was full.  
Then I must not supply this endless fountain 
that creates the river of my tears 
but look beyond those mountains 
where the bluebird of happiness flies.”

  Paul McCartney 
The Beatles Blackbird

    "you were only waiting for this moment to arise" was about, you know, the black people's struggle in the southern states, and I was using the symbolism of a blackbird. It's not really about a blackbird whose wings are broken, you know, it's a bit more symbolic.

Birds and the Bees
Jewel Aken 

Let me tell you bout 
The birds and the bees 
 The flower and the trees
 And the moon up above
 And a thing called love