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Snowball tree and other stuff

WP_20140928_004ABOVE:  I think this is a ‘snowball’ tree, it still has old balls hanging from it. It has gorgeous red buds opening. [I’ve since discovered it is an American Sycamore]

The sunrise was gorgeous this morning. Only minutes after this photo, the fiery red sun sprang above the horizon, bathing the lounge in a red glow, and giving me spots before my eyes! Serve myself right for looking at it.

A pretty little bird looked at me through the kitchen window today, and hung around long enough for a few terrible photos. I really must clean that window! A striated pardalote, methinks, though not as dark on top as the sample from Wikipedia: a juvenile perhaps.

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It actually looks more like this … from Wikipedia

By Ric Raftis (originally posted to Flickr as Striated Pardalote) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
By Ric Raftis (originally posted to Flickr as Striated Pardalote) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Fly on succulent flower
fly on succulent flower, Sept 29th

LEFT: Thisch flower succulent, featuring here in early August, is now flowering.

RIGHT: I was taking the photo before I noticed the fly, so I chased it around a bit.

BELOW: This last photo taken on my walk yesterday shows a tree with these weird, green catkins which seem to opening into leaves. I’ll take more notice tomorrow. I have no idea what type of tree it is.



I started blogging in an effort to keep the old brain cells alive. I'm writing a fantasy series, I take more MOOCs than I can handle, and am trying to get my Nikon D3000 off auto. I live in Victoria, Australia, with my husband and our dog, Vika.

13 thoughts on “Snowball tree and other stuff

    1. no, too much colour, M-R. 😀 Apparently one of the species has a yellow dot on the wing instead of red, but I haven’t a clue what mine had. I’ll have to wait until it appears again. Gorgeous pic.

      They’re not MY trees, on public land – all of them!

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    1. The variety in my little strip is pretty astounding, Sue. The one with the catkins might have been sown by birds, it’s in the scrubby bit by the footbridge over the drain/creek. 🙂 Some of the trees could have been planted by residents on their nature strip side of the road.


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