Nature's Place

Times Past …

Forms come and go …

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In plain sight … these grasshoppers have the ability to take on their background colours.

An ancient creature … life in another time and place.

Just passin through …

Sandpaper fig tree beetle … in perfect shape for a warm winter.

And mis-shapen … was struggling to make its way. Such is life in some form.

This creature patrols the plant until it locks on and becomes …

… this. Its shell hardens and it changes form inside over time until it emerges as …

… this. The familiar ladybug has many useful functions in the garden. Then it turns into something else …

form comes and goes.

To dream and dream again …

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Winter Colour

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Jewel bugs, overwintering in the local bush regeneration that buried the bees nest sites, posing with some reluctance – the shot still has to be made in the seconds available.

It’s a wonderful warm and occasionally wet winter here and everything is getting a head start on spring.

Life is burgeoning, even got a few pear tree seedlings – pips from the cores – going on the deck.

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Whereupon I dreamt a most peculiar dream … 

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Flowers Of Winter …

our sub tropical Brisbane winter. With the gardens colours for background, naturally.

Found years ago in the remnant rainforest and now, from a few seeds, populates the shadowed corners of the garden.

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Three of these bought as seedlings last year and still hanging on with a few flowers, sheltered by other plants from the cold night sky.

Impending bloom, believed to be from South Africa. Adds colour to the winter garden.

Never one for formality I rarely remember names of things so I won’t try. Another impending bloom.

This one flowers all year round. If something really needs a feed this one is always available and willing. As nature does.

Since I keep the garden watered many otherwise invisible plants appear. This is the flower of a succulent that grows from Autumn.

Nibbled. Another of the three from last year. African tulip tree in flower behind with blue sky through darkened branches.

Most flowers come to the garden as experiments by way of seed from plants found in the wild.

I often don’t know what’s going to grow where in a garden that was once coastal wetland forest.

A wonderfully wild and beautiful nature.

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Lost a day this week … can’t find it anywhere.

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Flower …

… because it’s possible.

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It’s been a warm winter and in parts the garden ‘thinks’ it’s spring, with all the new growth and some winter flowers.

But most of the little creatures aren’t fooled, too easy to die when the cold of dark space falls from a clear moonlit night.

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