Snowball tree and other stuff

WP_20140928_004ABOVE:  I think this is a ‘snowball’ tree, it still has old balls hanging from it. It has gorgeous red buds opening. [I’ve since discovered it is an American Sycamore]

The sunrise was gorgeous this morning. Only minutes after this photo, the fiery red sun sprang above the horizon, bathing the lounge in a red glow, and giving me spots before my eyes! Serve myself right for looking at it.

A pretty little bird looked at me through the kitchen window today, and hung around long enough for a few terrible photos. I really must clean that window! A striated pardalote, methinks, though not as dark on top as the sample from Wikipedia: a juvenile perhaps.

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It actually looks more like this … from Wikipedia

By Ric Raftis (originally posted to Flickr as Striated Pardalote) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
By Ric Raftis (originally posted to Flickr as Striated Pardalote) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Fly on succulent flower
fly on succulent flower, Sept 29th

LEFT: Thisch flower succulent, featuring here in early August, is now flowering.

RIGHT: I was taking the photo before I noticed the fly, so I chased it around a bit.

BELOW: This last photo taken on my walk yesterday shows a tree with these weird, green catkins which seem to opening into leaves. I’ll take more notice tomorrow. I have no idea what type of tree it is.

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13 Comments Add yours

  1. M-R says:

    How come you have all these weird trees ? – what’s the MATTER with you ? [grin]

    Did it really look like this ???

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    1. ChristineR says:

      no, too much colour, M-R. 😀 Apparently one of the species has a yellow dot on the wing instead of red, but I haven’t a clue what mine had. I’ll have to wait until it appears again. Gorgeous pic.

      They’re not MY trees, on public land – all of them!

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      1. M-R says:

        Well it was called a whateveryousaid pardalote, so there ! [grin]

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        1. ChristineR says:

          Yeah, it is that – the one I saw is probably a juvenile or female, so not as colourful. I forgot to thank you for the great photo. ❤

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          1. M-R says:

            Do not do so, I pray ! – it was the result of typing the phrase into Google and selecting Images ….

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  2. bkpyett says:

    Lovely photos of awakening spring! We had spotted pardelotes nesting here for the first couple of years, they were very special birds.

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    1. ChristineR says:

      They are a cute little bird. We have an old apple tree smothered in ivy and lots of little birds nest in the dense canopy. I suppose I’ve seen them here before, not sure.

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  3. Sue says:

    YOU KNOW I LOVE ALL YOUR PHOTOS, but, your council sure seems to have some odd trees

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    1. ChristineR says:

      The variety in my little strip is pretty astounding, Sue. The one with the catkins might have been sown by birds, it’s in the scrubby bit by the footbridge over the drain/creek. 🙂 Some of the trees could have been planted by residents on their nature strip side of the road.

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  4. I liked this post very much Christine—odd trees and all!

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    1. ChristineR says:

      Thanks Kayti. 🙂

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  5. Cindi says:

    I sure enjoy seeing all aspects of your part of the world and seasons through your camera and words, Christine!

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    1. ChristineR says:

      Thanks Cindi, appreciated. ❤

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