Summer ends in the national capital, Canberra (Australia) – Clean air, clean water, good nutrition, shelter and safety; the essentials of life in the national capital, the rest of Australia and globally. I do think about these issues quite a lot. February was no exception.
It has been a grey, often wet and windy end to summer in the national capital. The sun has shone too but it hasn’t really had any bite to it like it has in recent years. Thank goodness, I say. Who needs that howling inferno we had last year. However, we know the clement weather is temporary so we enjoy it while we can.
During February, we have some relaxing family time.
Some kids get takeaway while the going is good.*
[Juvenile Eastern Spinebill. Photo taken at the ANBG.]
The wattle bird is no doubt happy to get rid of its/this eastern koel (cuckoo) chick.* Freeloaders not welcome. Luckily, I have plenty of figs to go around.
Watch out! Lock up your eastern spinebills. [Wary eastern spinebill on the dog fence.]
The orchard swallowtails love the pink salvia too.*
The Macleay’s swallowtail is green with envy.* (Photo taken at the ANBG).
My garden is verdant. That is code for the mosquitoes are taking over the joint.
It is hazardous to look like a predator but it is no party being attacked either. Safety first.
“Play nice,” said the fly.
In times of crises, some prefer to blend in.*
Others get trapped between camo and marketing.
Sometimes I wonder whether we, Aussies, are living in a fool’s paradise.
It’s galling. [Insect galls in tree.]
Look out! Over there. There’s a snake in the grass. Just joking.
Stay calm, stay kind
and stay out of hospital.
This is my (somewhat satirical) response to The Changing Seasons – February 2021 photo challenge hosted by the lovely Su at Zimmerbitch.
In other news, my vegetable garden is under constant attack by fungal disease and hungry critters. On the other hand, the new leafy greens I planted this month are going gangbusters.
I do hope all my readers are well. I know it is very difficult in many countries where the number of Covid infections are high and where peace is not a given. If you are struggling, please seek help. If you are one of the lucky ones like me, please be kind.
*Photo taken by my True Love.