09 March 2009

Garden photos

My last post was so verbose that I thought you would enjoy a few pictures for a change of pace. These are pictures from our flower gardens around the house. Enjoy.

I posted a while back that at night there was a lovely and heavy floral fragrance. We believe this is the flower responsible for that.

Aboriginal legend states that when this plant shoots up and flowers like this, the whales will be in the bay. Maybe this plant is early, because the whales aren't due to arrive until May.

This purples flowering bush has a lovely fragrance too.

Saw this plant near school.

This delicate blue flower is on the border with our neighbors, Arthur and Jan. They are lovely people.

This is a Kookaburra - I have had a difficult time trying to get a good photo. These birds have an elaborate song that they sing in pairs. To hear it, in a fraction of the volume, go to this website: http://fcfhsp.customer.netspace.net.au/kooka.wav (You might have to cut and paste)


TheHarriman Family said...

beautiful flowers! How fun to actually see a Kookabura! I'll be the kids are having a blast with all that wildlife.

Florida Girl In Sydney said...

I was also just taking some time to enjoy the beauty myself. Shockingly, I just saw my first Kookabura a couple of months ago-- and we've been here almost 2 years!

Catherine said...

We have certainly heard this bird's "laughter" from the first day we arrived. We only saw fleetingly glances at a distance for weeks....until school started. There is a pair at the school yard and they often landed on the ground to feed. I finally remembered to bring my camera, but by this time the kooka had become shy and no longer hangs out on the ground. One day on the way home from taking the children to school, a Kooka flew up from the side of the road right in front of my car. I heard him hit, pulled over and got out to look for him. I found him standing on the side of the road, stunned. After a while, he flew off, fortunately.

Catherine said...

Ranae -

The kids love the wildlife, as do we. Clara especially enjoys taking pictures and feeding birds.

LizzyT said...

Love the flowers and as for the wildlife, I remember the birds are certainly very vocal over there :)

Dana said...

I love the sound of kookaburras. I heard a bunch of them the very first morning I woke up in Sydney and thought "Are there monkeys in Sydney??" (I was also very jetlagged!)