A B&W Bee for Sally D’s Mobile Challenge

I’m wanting to get back to my favourite photo challenges this year, and also attempt some haiku once my revision frenzy is over. To this end, I took this photograph for Sally D’s challenge with the Nokia Lumia 520 Windows Phone – both versions are cropped and processed in GIMP. I had intended it for…

Common Blackbird

The Common Blackbird was introduced to Australia in the 1850s and was originally confined to Melbourne and Adelaide. Now considered a pest in Eastern Australia, its habitat has spread inland, and as far north as Sydney and down into Tasmania and the Bass Islands. Fearful of it becoming a pest to commercial crops and competing…

Small White:Pieris rapae

I love it when I learn something new. All my life -I’m nearly 62 now – I’ve been calling this common white butterfly a cabbage moth. I took these pictures the other day and I thought I should find out if it really was a moth. As I suspected, it’s not.   Wikipedia says… Pieris…

Garden Snail

Just before I went to bed last night, I spotted snails outside. It had rained a lot and we had been blessed with cooler temperatures for the day. When I saw the snails, I thought of Sue’s grandson.  These are for him, but you can enjoy them, too. 🙂

The Honey Bee in Australia

Before Christmas, I borrowed a couple of books about beekeeping from the local library network. I wanted to learn to identify the bees in my photographs. The universe thought I wanted a swarm of my own for on my next walk, down the lane by our house, I encountered a very busy hollow in a…

My first magnolia flower

Last year, I purchased a potted Magnolia from the supermarket. It is a little frazzled about the edges from the heat and I’ve been watching the two flower buds with some anxiety – sure they would wither and harden. A few days ago, the first one began to loosen and, yesterday, the flower opened on…