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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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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
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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