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Samantha Battersby
I'm a drawing machine and history head!
Interests: the "photo" above is of me in a past life., interests include drawing and designing new prints and originals to put in my etsy shop of course! other interests include going for walks and talking
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Making shapes in the sun - a calico kitten relaxing. Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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The ridiculously good-looking Crimson Rosella - accessorised with gum blossom. Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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A Red Capped Robin and berries. Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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Below is the first Boronia of the season: Showy Boronia. It's absolutely everywhere in some parts of the bush at the moment. Below are more July (mostly!) flora and fauna. From top left: Pine-leaf Geebung (actually I took this photo... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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Top left hand corner and down as follows: Acacia longifolia or Sydney Golden Wattle, Slender Rice Flowers (a lot along bush paths but only in one park!), Sweet Wattle, a mum Swamp Wallaby (joey in pouch), Long-leaved Fivecorners, Gingko tree,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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I was lucky enough to actually go into the board room of this Art Deco beauty one Open Sydney day a few years back. It still had its original art deco interior wood panelling and light fixtures which still looked... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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This is Mr and Mrs Little Corella in a coral tree. Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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This is a handsome Green Pygmy Goose which resides up in the northern parts of Australia and also in New Guinea. However, I saw him at the zoo! Also, what? That's no goose! (I heard you say). That's right, according... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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This is a Little Pied Egret (or Pied Heron) - enjoying the company of two robust looking pink water lilies. Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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A Dove out for a stroll amongst snow drops. Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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First there was the Lady Lady Gouldian Finch and now her husband, the Gentleman Gouldian Finch. Also, he is perched in front of a suitable flower. The flower is the Sturt's Desert Rose which is the Northern Territory State emblem... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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A Handsome Emerald Dove pauses under a canopy of jungle flowers. Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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This is a (lady) Crimson Finch perching briefly on a Red Spider Flower as she goes about her daily business. Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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A Lady Gouldian Finch using a frangipani flower as an umbrella. Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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This is Felix making the most of some wintery late afternoon sun before his pre-dinner nap. Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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The many and varied banksia aside, I would have thought the Autumn/ Winter Sydney bush flower scene would be relatively quiet as the days grow shorter and the temperatures drop. However, I have been amazed at the amount and variety... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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Asleep under a Native Fuchsia pagoda. I could think of nothing nicer really. Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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A little Diamond Firetail Finch perched amongst the tea tree blossoms. Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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Three more little Diamond Firetail Finches for the weekend. Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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Two more lady Lady Gouldian Finches. Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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An Australian Diamond Firetail finch. Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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Behold the lovely Amadina who is a Lady Gouldian Finch, who is actually also a...lady. Female Gouldian finches have a violet/ mauve bib, while the males have a purple bib. The Lady Gouldian Finch was first described by John Gould,... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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A few photos of the flora and fauna I've encountered in the bush this month. From the top left hand side and clockwise: fuchsia heath in full bloom, an eastern water dragon sunbathing on a rock, orange bracket fungi and... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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Autumn in the Sydney bush is full of banksia of one sort or another. One of the most prolific banksia flowering in the bush at the moment is the bright orange heath banksia: Banksia ericifolia, or "Little Eric" which you... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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Here are a few photos I've taken on my travels recently: 1) The GPO clock 2) the stylish Art Deco entrance of the State Theatre 3) the decommissioned historic wooden escalator in Wynard train station now preserved and displayed as... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2019 at matouenpeluche