Monday, August 15, 2016

Snow, glorious snow!

Reliving the experience! 
Following are some more images taken at Mt Baw Baw in Victoria last month.
(I was very tempted to head off "the beaten track" and get amongst those trees looking for different angles, etc. however, an image of suddenly finding myself waist-deep in snow - without waterproofs other than boots - kept my enthusiasm under control!)

. . . the rich colours of the fabulous Snow Gums continue to enthral me!

 From the rooftops of the chalets, the "big thaw" became more evident as the day wore on
Aah . . . . memories of a fabulous day!
Sharing with Our World Tuesday

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Gippsland Floral treats

Hardenbergia - also known as "The Happy Wanderer"
Sorry I don't know the botanical name for this one, but it is commonly known as
"Red Hot Poker"
 and here is a group of them in late afternoon sun
and finally, what I know as a Tree Dahlia (but happy to be corrected on this and all of the above!)

Joining in at Nick's Floral Friday Foto
(thank you for hosting, Nick)
Happy weekend to all.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Venus Bay, Gippsland

Following are scenes of Venus Bay in Gippsland, Victoria.
The name of the bay was apparently bestowed by an expedition led by French explorer Nicholas Baudin.
 It was a particularly cold and blustery day, but I couldn't resist venturing out!
 The mist from the ocean's spray blew in along the coast - direct from Bass Strait
 The power in the crashing waves I found somewhat hypnotic!

 The Sooty Oystercatchers, Pacific Gulls and Silver-backed Gulls searched for morsels of food in the sand and in the water
 Perhaps a territorial dispute in progress?!
 The noise from the crashing, turbulent waves was thunderous!
 Here, one can see the turbulence of the water as sand is churned up from the ocean floor
and flicked through the air as the waves complete their cycle
 (I just like the different textures of timber, sand & grass in this one)
 (I wasn't the only one out braving that biting wind!)
A Pacific Gull (I think a juvenile as the tip of its beak hasn't yet turned orange)
Do visit Our World Tuesday to see other regions around the globe
(and thank you again to the team of hosts)

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Great Ocean Road scenes

Returning last month from the house & cat-sit in Gippsland,
I drove back to South Australia via the fabulous Great Ocean Road
and following is a taste of the scenery to be experienced on that route


Before reaching the coast, I drove through part of the Otway Ranges and
spotted this reflection in the river

Linking up with Skywatch Friday and
(with thanks to the hosts)

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Treats from Willunga

A delightful day's outing to Willunga in South Australia today, delivered the opportunity to capture these bold coloured tulips in a local garden

. . . and just down the street this (I think) Japonica was begging to be appreciated

Then came the original purpose for our trip - almond blossom

and the flowering gum didn't escape my attention either!

 Joining in with Nick's Floral Friday Foto

Wednesday, August 3, 2016


This Laughing Kookaburra and its companions were spotted during a walk
along the riverbanks in the lovely Victorian town of Warburton.

After being content to pose for me for several minutes, this one then joined its
two companions nearby, one of which had obviously just been out for a "takeaway" meal!

Linking up with Wild Bird Wednesday
(thank you Stewart)

Tuesday, August 2, 2016


Yarragon is a town on the main highway between Melbourne and the eastern-most part of the Australian State of Victoria and is located in the Gippsland region.
The bakeries and shops providing gift options, art and craft works are charmingly enticing - their offerings seem fairly unique, and one was hard-pressed not to step inside and explore further!
With all the terrible events occurring worldwide, the message below seems relevant ....

These cute critters fascinated (and I'm disappointed not to have enquired about the material used in their creation)

Link up with Our World Tuesday to discover other parts of our globe.
(Thank you to the lovely hosts of this meme)

Friday, July 29, 2016

Textured water

This part of a creek in Coal Creek Village captivated me with the different "textures" it created as it flowed around a partly submerged branch, then over the edge of the earth and rocks as it continued its journey.  Then I spotted the reflection of overhanging shrubs . . .

Looking forward to exploring other reflections at
(Thank you James, and happy weekend to all)

Camellia Sasanqua

(I hope I've identified this Camellia correctly!)
Linking up with Nick's Floral Friday Fotos

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Eastern Yellow Robin

This gorgeous species clearly thrived in the environment offered by Coal Creek Village
(mentioned in an earlier post) and was a delightful companion on my walk around the acreage
I love the "coal" colour of its head and wings, providing a strong contrast to the
brilliant yellow of its throat and underparts


Joining in with Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesday
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