Sunday Selections # 255

Welcome back to Sunday Selections!

This once-a- week-meme was originally begun by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock, as a way to showcase some of the many photos we all take, but don't get around to showing on our blogs.

The rules are very simple:-
1. post photos of your choice, old or new, under the Sunday Selections title
2. link back to me, River, somewhere in your post
3. leave me a comment so that I know you've joined in and can come over and see what you've posted.
4. hop on over to Elephant’s Child to see more of her wonderful photos.
  Andrew often joins in too.

I usually go with a theme for my Sunday Selections and this week I have another random selection from the past. January and February 2012. If I can find them. 

Right, I remember where that folder ended up, so here we go.

a brick wall made less boring with a pattern formed by slightly protruding bricks

if you look closely there is a house on the hill. For quite a while I thought it would be lovely living in the hills here, with the views and the gorgeous autumn colours when the trees change, but then we had a bushfire, followed by another bushfire the next year and of course this year we face similar fire hazards, there has already been one fire up there, last week. 

there are houses in this picture too, but hard to spot because of all the greenery.

more views of the hills and trees,

taken from the top end of Glen Osmond road I think

more trees than hill, but still a nice view

shadowed Jacaranda leaves

and sunnier ones

this magpie scurried away as I walked past.

this one on my front grass, followed me,

right to my front door,

then turned and walked away when he discovered I wasn't going to bring food out for him.

a praying mantis clung to the screen on my back porch gate, watching while I swept up dust and leaves that had blown in

curious little fellows aren't they? always watching

I rescued him and placed him in the ivy growing over the back fence. It's a little blurry, probably the wind was blowing.

a different bug finding refuge on my screen door.

a wonderfully shady tree in our city

a couple of sunset coloured roses,

and more trees.

let's finish with something without trees or greenery of any kind

a couple of window washers doing a fantastic job. I watched them swinging and swooping for so long I almost missed my bus.


  1. The greenery is lush and beautiful; sad that the dry conditions make for fires. I could not be a window washer. When I have to visit people in offices on very high floors, I'm not even a window looker outer.

  2. Joanne; I don't mind looking out, but I don't think I'd like to be swinging in a sling and washing the windows, not even with the safety harnesses they wear.

  3. Love the trees. The fires always scare me. When the firestorm hit our city (10+ years ago now where did it go) by 3 in the afternoon it was too dark to see across the road. Only the flames lit the sky.
    I have a big weakness for praying mantises. Haven't seen one this season.
    Another lovely selection.

  4. Elephant's Child; I can't think of a worse way to lose everything than a fire. I worried yesterday as I could smell smoke from my front porch. I raced through to the back porch to check my neighbour hadn't set herself alight by smoking in bed, but it was all clear there. Don't know where the smell was coming from I couldn't see smoke and it cleared after a couple of hours.
    I have a young mantis living in the fake greenery on the front porch, I first spotted him when he was about an inch long, now he's two inches.
    Yesterday I saw our resident blue tongue! I put a dish of water on the front porch for Angel and he came for a drink too. When Angel wasn't there of course.

  5. I love the maggies and I have a family of than that hang around my cabin along with the butcher birds, currawongs, kookas and a family of crows who have now brought they chicks to visit me every afternoon. The birds get the meat scraps from when I'm cutting up Remy and Shama's dinner. The birds know the time...promptly every afternoon they are there...and always let me know if I'm lagging! I love having the around.

    That bug you showed there...I found one just like it in my cabin on Thursday.

    Those window washers deserve medals. The husband of a couple I know here where I live operates his own window cleaning business...I'm in awe. His work is done down on the Gold Coast which is full of high-rise business. Not my cup of tea!

    Try not to rush around much in that terrible heat you're experiencing, Rive...have a good week staying cool and relaxing. Cuddles to Angel. :)

    1. I'm so glad to hear that the temperature has dropped considerably today, River...make the most of the cooler temps while they last. Take care. :)

  6. What a wonderful selection today and far too many to comment on individually.
    We also have people build their homes in the hills among hundreds of trees and not all of them are careful about clearing litter etc and then a fire comes along and they lose so much, I hear today that homes have been lost in Victoria. First WA, then SA and now Victoria. Our country is so fire prone and already there have been heatwaves. Glad your weather has improved slightly and hope it stays cooler for Christmas. We have hot weather this week and then a promise of 27ºa for C/day. One can only hope.
    Once again, thank you for sharing so many delightful pictures and not one of Angel. lol

  7. Those magpies look mature but I've seen many immature ones lately and they don't seem to have a fear of humans, or sadly cars either. At least the house on the hill has a good bit of cleared land around.

  8. Lee; crows with chicks!! You'll have to take photos for us to see. What a sight that would be.
    I didn't rush around at all yesterday, but today is cooler, so I've done the washing, been to the shop, baked four dozen mince pies and a dozen mince pasties, just for something different. They're tricky, because the filling oozes out when folding and sealing them, but if I put less filling, people would get just a mouthful of pastry. It's wonderful pastry, home made, but having little or no filling would still be disappointing.
    Cooler again tomorrow, then the temp starts climbing again.

    Mimsie; no Angel pictures because these are from 2012 and Angel came to me in 2014. We have council men cruising around the hills and reminding people to clear their properties this year, so there isn't a repeat of previous years home losses. Probably some still won't bother though.

    Andrew; those maggies are from 2012, I've seen a few immature ones here too, but they stay away from the roads. There's plenty of trees here for them. I wish all the hills houses had a good sized clear circle.

  9. Four dozen mince pies? You have been busy. I am so glad that the weather cooled down for you.

  10. Wonderful photos, River.

    I love our magpies. The female will swoop down from high in the sky, like a falcon, and take food from my hand.

    We live in a heavily forested bushland suburb and this year's summer temps have started early.
    The community sirens sounded en masse three nights ago - four deliberately lit fires in quick succession.
    I'm a little concerned...

  11. Elephant's Child; and one dozen mince pasties, I wanted to see if they would be as easy. A little trickier, because of the filling oozing as I folded and sealed the pasties, but easy enough and I'll probably make them again.

    Vicki; I saw the fires on TV and wondered if any of my interstate friends were in danger. You were safe and far enough away?
    I like the idea of a magpie taking food from the hand, but I don't think it will ever happen here. My brother, R, feeds a family of maggies every day at 4pm. He drives to the nearby park where they wait for him and one comes pretty close but doesn't yet eat from his hand. When he is away for his work, his wife V takes over the feeding.

  12. I could swear these are the sorts of birds that would get into milk bottles when we lived in Aus. You had to put a trash can upside down over the bottles so they couldn't find it. :)


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