Nature's Place

The Wet

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Well, no sooner than I have said how dry it is here the rain comes. And it poured floods up and down the East coast. Fortunately where I am is protected from the worst of it, barring high winds – falling trees, ravaged gardens, big clean up and the heat/humidity.

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Some are saying these extremes are here to stay and I am either at home with it or move on from it, remains to be seen – it doesn’t get easier. It was a cyclone that hit the coast a few days ago and the next day there were more bees about than I have ever seen, and of kinds I have never seen before.

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People and all sorts of creatures were made homeless, and then it all sorted itself out, as it does. I am at least pleased the little ones had food for the duration, and the shelter a wild garden provides as habitat. And pleased for the opportunity to see so much I wouldn’t otherwise have done.

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I have since noticed there is a gang of male Blue Banded Bees that roost in the back garden, up against the fence, on the dried out stems of Star Jasmine – the same the small native wasps like to hang their nests from. Also, while clearing up I disturbed a Carpenter Bee that had made its home in a dried out stick I used to support plants. When I noticed it flying around the spot the stick used to be I put the stick back, today the Carpenter is also back.

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It seems such extremes are approaching, in time and event; there will soon be no option but to move on – one way or another. I could do with new pastures anyway, the old being so worn …

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  1. sweffling said, on 06/02/2013 at 2:23 am

    Wonderful photos and I do like the story of the carpenter bee: thanks for putting its stick back:)

    • Mark said, on 07/02/2013 at 8:21 pm

      Thanks S. The Carpenter Bee is rare and would rather have it around than not – the biggest I know of too, and very shy …

  2. jamiun micheal said, on 05/02/2013 at 2:24 pm

    wow..always inspired me Mark..this is great..

  3. standingoutinmyfield said, on 05/02/2013 at 12:33 am

    Will you go to Western Australia?

  4. sybil said, on 04/02/2013 at 6:02 am

    Not sure how I found you. Link from a link from a link … Your photos are staggeringly beautiful. The clarity is amazing !

  5. Alex Jones said, on 02/02/2013 at 5:23 am

    Beautiful photographs of beautiful creatures.

  6. Godfried said, on 02/02/2013 at 4:23 am

    That second picture is a beauty Mark. Very nice colours.

  7. Alice O'Leary said, on 02/02/2013 at 2:11 am

    Hello Mark – Enjoyed your post. Are you in Australia? I have friends in Maleny and wondered if you might be near there.

    • Mark said, on 02/02/2013 at 2:37 am

      Hello Alice. In Oz yes, Brisbane. Maleny is 100kl Nth and I don’t know anyone there …

  8. Jacques said, on 01/02/2013 at 6:58 pm

    As usual, very impressive pictures with a ‘Wow-factor’!

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