Various forms and colours of the Camellias in flower in my garden at the moment. The strange coloured one second from the bottom is actually that colour, or even a bit darker. It is apparently called a Port Wine Camellia, it's very unusual and was planted by a former owner of the garden. Unfortunately the flowers drop immediately they are cut.
These lovely cloud formations reminded me so much of ripples in the sea sands that I went ahead and inverted the colours in Photoshop and the clouds now do indeed look for all the world like ripples in the wet sand at the edge of the water......I even have a clump of bleached seaweed (tree leaves) in the corner.
This is a Lyrebird, one of the iconic birds seen here in Victoria. Not only does it have a gorgeous tail to display, which it isn't doing here, it can mimic almost any noise it hears most convincingly. There are recordings of birds mimicking chain saws and various other motors, all the other birds in its vicinity, hammering, people chattering in various languages and so on. This particular bird was imitating Kookaburras and Bush Curlews whilst we near it at the Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary in country Victoria.
Here are a pair of Bush Curlews, once called Bush Thick - Knees!