Canberra (Australia) – Mid spring and all systems go.
We had the luck of the Ken Behrens this month. Canberra avoided the damaging storms and tornadoes that have hit other parts of eastern Australia. Daily infections of Covid in the city dropped to single digits on the back of the highest vaccination rate in Australia. Non-essential retail businesses have begun to open for in-store shopping bringing joy to Canberra shopaholics. Students began returning to schools and next month, more people will be back in the office. Excitedly, Canberra is ready to welcome back travellers from other parts of Australia and from overseas. It was a good month for plants and animals too, and, of course, I was delighted about the return of daylight savings and warmer temperatures (albeit some days have been freezing). It was all systems go on my mosaic project too.
This month wasn’t an overnight success. Its success came off the back of many months of hard work. Over winter, I had been magpie training and that training has come to fruition. Our resident magpies had three babies and from my walks around my suburb, it is clear that many other magpie families were similarly productive. None have swooped me yet.
I don’t know who was more surprised, dad mags or me, when I accidentally water blasted him as I was fiddling with the nozzle of the hose. I didn’t know he was there, however he was very tolerant. I carefully crouched down as I took his photo. “Make sure you get my good side,” he said. My True Love snapped one of dad mags’ kids yawning in the tree next to our window.
I thought I would have few photos due to my preoccupation with my mosaic project. I need not have worried. On a late afternoon walk, my True Love snapped a parrot party in some flowering wych elms. [L-R, sulphur crested cockatoo, female or juvenile superb parrot, eastern rosella]
The flower show continued. Regrettably, I am unable to show you all of my favourites. The blossom of flowering eucalypts made a pretty picture against the blue sky. Sticking with pink, I had to include this one last camellia photo before saying goodbye to my camellia’s gorgeous display for another year.
I love the results of people’s guerilla gardening. This bearded iris set my heart afire on another late walk. I loved the uphill sweep of green behind it so I am giving this photo to you in landscape orientation.
Here’s one last flower photo. What a beauty it is, even if I do say so myself. I’m not sure what the plant is but I think it may be an Albany woolly bush (Adenanthos Sericeus). That would make it originally from Western Australia. I’ve tried to grow two woolly bushes before with no success. This one was planted on a slope so perhaps that is the secret to growing it. It’s my absolute favourite for the month.
“Where is the art?” I hear you say. Still a work in progress. Let me give you an arty-farty rescue photo instead. The lovely textured pattern I included in it seems to have disappeared when I re-sized the photo but I still like it. I have so much to learn about this digital art bizzo.
Oh, okay. I give you eyelashes. And glue. One of my least favourite tasks is cleaning the glue off the mosaic before I grout it. Stay tuned.
This is my response to “The Changing Seasons” photo challenge, jointly hosted by Ju-Lyn (Touring My Backyard) and Brian (Bushboys World). Check out Ju-Lyn’s lovely post to see how you can participate in the challenge. Brian’s October post will be up shortly.
Take care, everyone, and love will keep us together. Woops. It is not Friday song day. Maybe another day then, but for now, there’s the ear worm.