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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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Another pre-pandemic city field recording taken at approximately 9:00am Monday morning in mid February. The recording begins at the corner of Martin Place just as a bus trundles past. From there I walked up the super historic street that contains... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2020 at matouenpeluche
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Before the pandemic, when it was some distant "something" happening "somewhere else" i.e. two months ago, I had started getting interested in field recordings. One morning in early March I woke up bright and early, caught the express bus into... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2020 at matouenpeluche
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Koi doing their thing in a pond. Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2020 at matouenpeluche
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Another Toucan, this time with palm fruit. Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2020 at matouenpeluche
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Koi ensemble Happy Chinese New Year (for yesterday that is) and Happy Australia Day also! Wikipedia informs me that the Japanese name for koi is jinli or nishikigoi which translates as "brocaded carp". Also, they are a traditional Japanese symbol... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2020 at matouenpeluche
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Nancy (pussy cat), Nelson (orange koi) and Cuthbert (red and black koi) doing what Nancy and Nelson and Cuthbert do. Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2020 at matouenpeluche
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Above: A lace monitor, a pelican, a darter, a cormorant, and a masked lapwing. Above: a back swan, a little grey egret, a duckling, a very large grey moth, (perhaps?) two eastern saw shelled turtles, a mother duck and ducklings,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2020 at matouenpeluche
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My Falling Kitten Gif - how a pussy cat always manages to land on its feet explained! Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2020 at matouenpeluche
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This frothy beauty on historic Macquarie Street has caught my eye on several occasions. As a result, I have had finding out about its style and background on my "to do" list for some time. Fortunately, this building is heritage... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2020 at matouenpeluche
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A Toucan and fruit for the beginning of 2020! Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2020 at matouenpeluche
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I send my good wishes to one and all with my gif that features: two (native Australian) Peacock Carpenter bees (that I was very fortunate to see in person on one of my bush walks!), a posey of flannel flowers,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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From top right clockwise: Gum Blossoms, a Black Swan, Native Fuchsia, A Pelican, Red Spider Flower, A Little Cormorant, Tea Tree Blossoms, another Pelican, and Flannel Flowers in the centre. Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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Tabitha and Giorgio - just passing. Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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My drawing of one of Sydney's (and New South Wales' for that matter) prettiest bush flowers: the Flannel Flower. Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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What has Doric, Ionic and Corinthian Columns and is pink all over? The State Savings Bank of course - another of my favourite buildings in Sydney. It is a Beaux-Arts Revivalist wonder right in the heart of Sydney city! Built... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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Mother ducks teaching their ducklings how to forage, Kangaroo Paws, Spoonbills, Sulphur Crested Cockatoos and Flannel Flowers. Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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Lots of firsts over the past couple of weeks! I visited West Head, more than likely for the first time, because boy! you wouldn't forget that view in a hurry (although I can't believe I haven't been there before). It's... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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Amazingly enough, there are still many more Spring bush flowers that can be photographed and identified. Below are a couple more that I have come across on my travels. Left to right from top: 1) I have only ever seen... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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Here are some (yes, that's right - some!) of the Spring flowers that are blossoming in the Sydney bush. It is by no means a comprehensive gallery, as there are many that I have not included. I feel pretty certain... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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...with the sound of buzzing. Particularly popular this fine Spring are the pretty pink wax flowers. Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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I was lucky enough today to have my very first wild encounter with the beautiful New South Wales State floral emblem: the Waratah. Its scientific name is Telopea speciosissima. The Australian National Herbarium explains that Telopea comes from the Greek... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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A large pelican (are they any other size?)balancing comfortably on tree stump by a local lake, Eggs and Bacon (Heathy Parrot Pea), Grey Spider-flower, Native Lilac (False Sarsparilla), a kookaburra, Heath Fuchsia with a backdrop of Showy Boronia and a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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...of the furred kind. Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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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