MtLawleyshire playing with leaves, light and colour

And, apart from playing with light and colour, I should add – a problem.  I know the solution, but it’ll take time and quite a bit of money.  No, not a camera – glasses!

I was told last year that I needed glasses & fairly urgently, and promptly forgot.  But then – I got my zoom lens and – oh dear.  I got such terrible eye strain that I couldn’t focus the camera properly and even when I switched to my little point and shoot, it remained.  So a few scant photos of honey eaters in the flame tree from yesterday.  At least it makes sense of the strange headaches I’ve had over the last week.  Sigh.

This wattle bird was the only decent photo I got – & as you can see, am still learning apertures and so on.  But at least you can see the bird with his glorious yellow underneath.

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These two of a singing honeyeater came out OK

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and this:

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This one surprised me when I downloaded the photos.

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But the flowers drenched in sunlight came out OK.

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The rest are black and whites – all the photos that sort of failed but I think they are redeemed with the black and white:

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This one has come cloud darkness which kinda works.


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The one with the flying wattle bird works better in black and white than it did in colour!  And the one next to it is the same – there is a honey eater sipping nectar that didn’t come out well in colour (though I think it needs a wee bit more light):

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I experimented with flowers

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And Jacaranda tree:

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and finally – clouds:


Two photos of the same cloud, but I wanted detail of that lower raggedy edge:

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Finally, some portraits of the lovely Fat one:

wanting lemon grass – not the camera!

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more content in her favourite chair:

on her favourite chair

a series of portraits in her favourite chair:

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She puts up with the camera in her face 🙂


her and her bloody camera  kitty_3


she moved  kitty_5


kitty_6  kitty_1


& sometimes, there is an affectionate glance:


Next week, I’m finding an optomertrist & then – new glasses instead of the readers I’ve been using for years and years….




MtLawleyshire’s flame tree & honey eaters

Yes, it was sunny enough for photos, but it was windy too – and the singing honey eaters were more interested in lying and fighting than feeding this afternoon.  But I go some good shots.

First, though, just the scarlet flowers against the blue sky – so striking:

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soaked in sun against the trunk of the old flame tree:

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Or against the green of a neighbouring tree:

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Finally, I got some shots of the wee birds:

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And this one – I was lucky enough to get 2!  Before they started quarrelling, that is 🙂

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And this little one perched on a century old flame tree cropped so much it had no flowers:

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Apologies, birds and flame trees- Mt Lawleyshire and Matilda Bay



My dears – I want to apologize for my absence – & after this, I will be absent again for a while.  I will look through all your blogs.  I know there are wonderful things just waiting for me in your posts, but right now – oh my God I am soooooo busy!

So, as a way of apology – Flame trees, flowers, the moon & birds.  I don’t know if it’s a native or not – I suspect the latter, but it certainly brightness up the streets.

The Flame tree is one of those trees of beauty and ugliness – depending on the time of year.  Right now – its beauty, before the big ugly leaves come and while it’s full of flowers – & birds!

It’s difficult to get a photo of the street & its flame trees but maybe these give you an idea.  They’re quite large trees and the scarlet en masse is striking.


This is against the pastel shades of the eastern evening sky

and this against the glow of sunset.


Next a few shots of the flowers themselves.  Most of these were taken around or just before sunset, and the flowers really soak up that particular glow





The following were taken earlier in the day – both fine and cloudy:



There is also a flame tree outside the Matilda Bay tearooms, and on this particular day, it was raining and cloudy – a wonderful backdrop to the delicacy of flame tree flowers and branch ends:

Then there is the flame tree and the moon:





Finally – flame tree flowers and birds.

Birds love the flowers.  They must be packed full of nectar!

First – Port Lincoln parrots – colourful noisy little ferals from South Australia:


New Holland honeyeater – these were taken at Matilda Bay on a day when it wasn’t raining:






And from the tree around the corner from my house – singing honeyeaters.  Very difficult to catch, these little guys – the flit and sing and happily taunt me as I try to take photos 😀




The flowers are fading and falling now, the roads covered in crushed scarlet curves and soon the large ugly leaves will come out.  They do give shade, but conceal the astonishing beauty of these trees.

I hope you have enjoyed my apology.