Canberra (Australia) – May be, maybe not.
May was like an episode of the tele tubbies, and I am not talking about the British kiddies program. How much tele can one pathetic, pain wracked woman watch? As it turns out, quite a lot. When one series is completed, said woman rises from the couch to gaze longingly at the beckoning craft table, only to shed a (metaphorical) tear for opportunities lost. The trick is to keep going. My physical challenges necessitate changing my priorities. Maybe a little less blogging in future. Maybe. Don’t quote me on that. I’m a work in progress so we will just have to see what happens.
I didn’t take many photos this month. It was too painful to carry my camera. I am sure this situation will improve. I had to get my mind around walking without a camera. It felt strange but I am slowly getting used to it. If walking wasn’t so important to magpie training, I might never have got off the couch. As it turns out, walking also keeps my mind and body functional. The crisp autumn air is great for encouraging a brisk pace. I digress here, but I walked to the shop and bought a cheap, a very cheap, art set! Yeah, I know, but at least I will be able to work over a tilted surface rather than a flat one.
As for urban wildlife, we had many visitors to our house this month but, you know, the couch. I did take a photo of one twilight visitor as I ventured outside to hose the dogs to get them to shut up.
A King Parrot visited for some tucker. I am not sure whether the plant is Solanum laciniatum or Solanum aviculare. It is a favourite among the birds and also the rodents. I understand that First Nation’s people use the fruit of Solanum (aka kangaroo apple) to make a poultice for swollen joints, as the fruit contains a steroid used in the production of cortisone. Now, that has got me thinking ….
I didn’t completely do away with my camera. I lugged it out to a couple of nature reserves. The birds were too quick for me so I left those shots to my True Love (TL), while I kept an eye on wayward kangaroos. You will be pleased to know that I didn’t see a single mouse during the day.
Nothing to see here.
And landscapes. [This dam had no water in it last year.]
And plants. [It would make a nice mosaic, don’t you think?]
My TL excelled with birds on sticks. [L-R Common Starling, Scarlet Robin, Collared Sparrowhawk, Yellow-Rumped Thornbill]
And, finally, I was cheered enormously by meeting the fierce mice hunters on my way home. [L-R Fynn, Makea and Ama]
This is my response to The Changing Seasons – May 2021 photo challenge hosted by the lovely Su at Zimmerbitch. Su has hosted The Changing Seasons for at least two years now and she is looking for someone who may be willing to host the challenge so she can focus on other projects. Please feel free to contact Su, if you think that this is something you might be interested in. I thank Su for her friendship, inspiration, support and kindness to all her monthly contributors over the years. We might all be a little tired though as it is hard to find motivation in the midst of a pandemic.
As of 31 May 2021, it has been 325 days since Canberra recorded a case of community transmission of Covid-19. Meanwhile, the Australian state of Victoria last week entered its fourth lockdown in response to new local cases which arose when an Australian caught the virus while in quarantine and was unknowingly infectious in the community for a period. It is a critical time now for Victorians as the state government attempts to bring the current outbreak under control.
[Mum, dad. Please get vaccinated. Even Ray Hadley is getting vaccinated. I checked.]
Dear Readers, I’m thinking of you all. My TL and I will continue to take photos of birds for the duration. That’s my promise to you, unless of course, we fall off our perches. Hopefully we won’t. Hopefully you won’t either. Stay safe, everyone.