Hello again. I have some time up my sleeve before popping out to work so sharing some sheep photos I took last night. The setting sun was outlining them really nicely, but by the time I fetched the camera, it was too late, and they moved. These two live in the paddock across the lane from me. Their fleece looks really stroke-able at the moment.



I presume the dark patches are from rubbing against burnt timber or from bedding down in ash and coals – the neighbour’s have a bonfire every year when they tidy the paddock.

Thanks for looking!







Nikon D3000 SLR, on auto. Bit a camera shake on those last cows.



Thanks for looking!  🙂



Cows and Sunset


Cattle Collection

After walking the dog this morning, I grabbed the Nikon D3000, put it on auto, and went down the side lane to take these pictures of cattle, just for you. I’m liking this theme and wanting to blog photos to see what happens with them. 🙂

cows in paddock behind our house block

Cows in the paddocks behind our house block



strawberry coloured cow with wood ducks and a small dam behind – the highway beyond the fence



Hereford cows with kangaroos in background



on the other side of the lane are two more cows


red cow

I think this red one is a steer or a bull


I hope you liked my cows! Have good day. 🙂



Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Sheep

Hello everyone. I hope you are having a good day. I haven’t posted for Sally D’s challenge yet this last week, so thought I better fish out these photos I’ve been meaning to share since January.

We are already are up to a week beginning with a 5th Monday. I’m late for the 4th, but …

4th Monday Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Panorama, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).


My theme here is animals, and (tongue-in-cheek) street photography. 

All images were taken with the Nokia Lumia 530 Windows Phone.



Out walking, the dog and I saw a group of sheep grazing at the end of the service road.


In early January these sheep appeared in our yard, leaving enough evidence around the vicinity indicating that they were out for days. I assumed plenty of people reported them to the local council, so I didn’t bother.

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Animals, Flowers

Looking out for cats

belladonnas near the footbridge

walking in the rain yesterday (see? I can straighten images if I want)


Vika is always on the lookout for cats

Vika is always on the lookout for cats – they live over there


dog meets cat

and this morning there is one basking in the sunshine


dog chases cat

I thought it would just swipe Vika across the nose – but it ran home, but only as far as the end of Vika’s leash. Not much difference in size, nor colour.


No dogs or cats were harmed in my exercise in stupidity. Vika could have lost an eye!

Have a good day.  🙂




Black Wallaby (Wallabia bicolor)

On our walk this morning, we saw the rock wallaby again. It let me get close, and only dashed away down the creek bed when heavy traffic thundered by. I had my real camera with me (FujiFilm FinePix A607).


Black Wallaby. 30 July 2015

I did mention seeing this dark furry wallaby back in June. It stands so still that I don’t usually notice it’s there until it crashes off, but today I remembered to look. Luckily, there is some sun to show off the lighter colour on its front. If you click on it a couple of times until it is full size, then you can see the pale muzzle which tells us it is a fair age.

The wallaby is less frightened of me now, after a couple more sightings. He dashes along the dry creek bed, and goes underneath the road via the rectangular pipes beneath the road bridge.

Here’s a photo from Wikipedia

sswamp wallaby

By jjron (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

Wikipedia says:

The swamp wallaby (Wallabia bicolor) is a small macropod marsupial of eastern Australia. This wallaby is also commonly known as the black wallaby, with other names including black-tailed wallaby, fern wallaby, black pademelon, stinker (in Queensland), and black stinker (in New South Wales) on account of its characteristic swampy odour. The swamp wallaby is the only living member of the genus Wallabia …

The species name bicolor comes from the distinct colouring variation, with the typical grey coat of the macropods varied with a dark brown to black region on the back, and light yellow to rufous orange on the chest. A light coloured cheek stripe is usually present, and extremities of the body generally show a darker colouring, except for the tip of the tail, which is often white.

The gait differs from other wallabies, with the swamp wallaby carrying its head low and tail out straight.

The average length is 76 cm (30 in) for males, and 70 cm (27.5 in) for females (excluding the tail). The tail in both sexes is approximately equal in length to the rest of the body. Average weight for males is 17 kg (37 lb), females averaging 13 kg (29 lb)

Here is a photo I took back in June, with the camera phone. Under the footbridge, looking along the creek bed to the road.

Under the footbridge

Under the footbridge, looking towards the road.

Today, I’ll keep working my way through my index cards, firming up the plotting for my novel. I’m only a third of the way through, so far, and it has proved a very valuable exercise. Last time I did plot cards my heart wasn’t in it, and I ended up with scribbled-on pieces of index-card sized paper. These cards are the real thing, and asking myself several questions about each scene makes me really think about what’s happening … or not.

I’ve found where my last bit of lost writing was hiding – inside text files within zipped backups. I love Scrivener’s snapshot function. I’m able to keep several versions of the same scene together without inflating the word count.

I hope you are having a good day.  🙂