The countryside in our part of the world is very dry as we approach the end of Summer. The bit of rain we had over the last couple of days has settled some dust, but that’s about all. It feels like Autumn already. I haven’t had the camera out for days, but this morning when I checked the garden, I spotted some thornbills. They proved elusive, so I settled for scenery. The cows looked lovely and peaceful, soaking up the morning sunshine.


I didn’t notice the kangaroo in the background until I uploaded the SD card to my laptop.


Tomorrow, Mr R. and I begin our next camper-trailer adventure. Our final destination is beyond Adelaide, South Australia, to the ‘Copper Triangle’ formed by three towns settled by Cornish miners, including my husbands ancestors. Neither of us have visited that part of Australia before.

Thanks for looking. Do have a great day.


Cows ‘n Kangaroo


A few mornings ago, very early, while tackling my first 6000 steps for the day, I had a feeling of being watched. I looked up. One of the rarely seen wild cats from next door was peeking over the top of our old bungalow. This one is a dark marmalade, with barely a spot of white anywhere.


I remember when I first saw this little fellow. His mother had him stashed in our backyard but he’d moved into a patch of sunlight where he’d fallen asleep. Besides being the darkest ginger I’d ever seen, he also was the tiniest. By his size, I’d be forgiven for thinking him a newborn, but when he startled awake, I saw that his eyes had already changed colour and he dashed away with the gait of an older kitten. Late last year, his mother was killed on the highway, but fortunately he and his fluffy calico siblings had been weaned by then and used to next-door’s feeding schedule.


A Marmalade Cat


As usual, my participation in blog challenges tends to fall short. No surprise, then, that I’ve missed a few weeks of #2019picoftheweek over at Maria’s.  (The photo challenge where I get to pick anything from the list.)

I’m choosing WONDER, as my theme this week.  Because, when I took this photograph this morning, I wondered a lot…

I wonder if that’s a Vanessa butterfly…


It was. Vanessa kershawi, to be exact, otherwise known as the Australian Painted Lady. Of about 20 Vanessa species worldwide, Australia has three. This one is distinguishable from vanessa cardui by the three blue-centred ocelli on each hind-wing. Yeah, the blue dots. I rarely see any of the Vanessa genus here.

I wonder if it will stay still long enough for the camera to focus. It didn’t.


I wonder if it will come back again. It did, twice more, but didn’t settle.

I wonder if it is still Saturday over at Maria’s blog. Maybe not, but do pop over there and look at her fascinating, and funny, pic of the week.  I guarantee you’ll have a giggle.

Maria's Weekly Pic Challenge list

Butterflies & Moths, Photo Challenge 2019 at Maria's

Photo Challenge: Wonder