Wednesday, 23 April 2014

The day brought rain ~ of course it did!


Harbingers of rain, two yellow tailed black cockatoos flew over at sun up,
 and the day was decided.  There would be rain.











Mist followed and a stunning sunset,
 but nothing can beat the call and the flight of the black cockatoo.
 It's like no other and always inspires me to fly just that little bit higher!
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What motivates you to keep going when you'd really rather not?

38 comments:

  1. Gorgeous series of photos, the two ones with the cockatoos are just stunning. Beautiful Australia!

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    1. Thanks Janneke, great that you came for a visit, and glad you enjoyed the cockatoos!

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  2. Beautiful photos and views. I love the two birds flying against the sky.

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    1. Thank you Wendy, I was really happy to catch them up close in flight. Usually they are off in the distance, or else my camera is!

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  3. Wonderful pictures - how kind of the cockatoos to let you know it was going to rain - and how refreshed everything looks - and those roses - they look good enough to eat.

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    1. Mmm, rose petal jelly perhaps? I remember as a child trying to make perfume from rose petals. It turned into a brown smelly glug!
      Yes the cockatoos are very considerate Elaine!

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  4. Awww so beautiful! I love black cockatoos. I only saw them once in the London zoo. They are a bit like humans!

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    1. I find them fascinating too Midori, quite different in their flight and a haunting call. If they were humans I am trying to think who they'd be?! A politician maybe because they screech a lot!

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  5. Breathtakingly beautiful... I love the freshness the rain brings. But did you know where that after the rain fresh smell is? It is emitted by a type of filamentous bacteria called Actinomycetes that grows in the soil.

    Motivation when I rather not.... Hmmm. The promise of picking up the book I am reading, or sitting down to a video about stars and the Cosmos, or a nice cuppa tea with a biscuits...

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    1. You are a mine of information Zsuzsa! No I didn't know that, but I'm glad I do now.You are obviously interested in the world around us as well as your delicious cooking:)

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  6. Beautiful images- on my feedly link it only showed the images and not the words. We were trying to identify the birds my husband thought it might have be a parrot so wasn't far off! Sarah x

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    1. No your husband was right Sarah! According to my bird book Cockatoos are medium to large parrots from the Family Cacatuidae, with erectile crest, orbital ring ~ dear me! Thank you for prompting me to check :)

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  7. Gorgeous shots my friend.
    Jane thank you SO much for sharing this , it is truly spectacular !
    Magnificent beauty surround you there Jane ~ truly magnificent.

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    1. Thank you so much Willow! I think of you every time I see a black cockatoo now ~ I will post some more of them up close soon too.

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  8. Beautiful pics Jane, I had forgotten , the black cockatoo rain forecast, remember it from when I was a kid.Thanks for the reminder, where I live now, does not bring those beautiful birds flying over.

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    1. I bet you get some other beautiful birds though. Everywhere has different delights doesn't it?

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  9. You certainly live in a gorgeous place! The photos are great! I searched about that pink bird...so they are everywhere in Australia..that's new to me. And there are more of the type...like parrots.

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    1. That's right Zila. There are many many different types of parrot here. The Cockatoo above is one as well. I was quite astounded when I first came here from England. Quite different!

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  10. Hello Jane
    Your images are quite beautiful and that sunset is spectacular. How special to hear the song of the cockatoo.

    Thanks for visiting and have a glorious week

    Helen xx

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    1. Thank you too Helen. Isn't it great to share our days across the oceans?

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  11. Wonderful photos, particularly love the raindrops on the roses. Beautiful! So glad that I found your blog.

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    1. Likewise, I enjoyed finding yours too! Good to see other parts of the country, and thank you for your kind words.

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  12. Hey Jane, we don't have this beautiful cocketoo overhere but your photo's are great. I can imagine how you love your landscape. When I was a child, and thats a long time ago, I always had a dream to go and live in Australia one day. But more then fourty years later I am still living in that small Holland. But it's beautiful overhere too.
    Thanks for your visit and I am your latest follower.
    Have a wonderful day.

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    1. Welcome Marijke! Holland is certainly a beautiful country too. I went there many years ago and loved it. Now the whole world is open to us via blogland, and I look forward to sharing with you.

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  13. I could just bask in the beauty of your photos, Jane. It was just the mental breather I needed. Thank you! As a bird lover, I totally appreciate your feeling on watching those exotic (and gorgeous) birds take wing. Gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you so much Kim. It is nice sometimes to get away to another world, which is why I also enjoy visiting your blog. However, I don't have your skill with words! Glad you enjoying the cockatoos.

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  14. Jane, your photos get better and more intriguing with every post. you certainly have a great eye for the camera. That first shot is amazing and i love the rain on the water :)

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    1. Hello Connie, lovely to see you and thank you so much for your kind words :)

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  15. Jane how inspiring to find your blog....I have often wondered what it would be like to fly like a bird....stunning images too! My garden gets me going and keeps me going most days!

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    1. Hi Donna, I was equally happy to find your blog and look forward to following along. I have been away from here for a few months but hope to be back on track again soon. Nature has a way of lifting us up doesn't it?

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  16. nice blog i found you true other bloggers
    will visit more...blessings

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    1. Thank you so much, I am glad you enjoyed my blog.

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  17. beautifully captured.

    over here, the seagulls go wild, and a storm comes.

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    1. Hello Monica, thank you so much for visiting my blog and I hope that the seagulls are calm over your way at the moment.

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed my cockatoos Sandi!

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