Monday, October 31, 2011

Our world - London, UK

These scenes were captured in London, England during a previously mentioned fabulous 6-week return visit to the country of my birth.  Clockwise they are:  the pretty way London City Council pretties up it's signage impressed me.  Then there is the Tower Bridge; below that a view from the Thames Embankment across to the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben (partially obscured). Finally this different perspective of Big Ben was taken from our river boat.

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Weekend reflections - Adelaide

Looking over the River Torrens towards the Adelaide Festival Centre and the CBD

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Skywatch Friday - Peekaboo !

This was taken outside my home one evening in mid-December last year. (Oh, how a telephoto lens would have been handy, to better show the moon sneaking into the viewfinder!)  Still, guess I should be grateful to be able to see it with the naked eye.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

South Australia - the Barossa Valley

  A few months ago, together with several friends, I visited another mutual friend's property in the Barossa Valley, about an hour's drive north of Adelaide city. This is the view across surrounding land.   

And this is Lucy, ever-alert for wayward sheep

Here the sheep - mostly lambs - were looking for an afternoon treat

Free ranging chickens.   "Mmm . . . is that a worm I see down there? "!

It was a delightful, relaxed afternoon spent in the company of good people, discussing a wide range of topics over a delicious lunch, and soaking up the glorious environment. (No, I don't mean the wines - on this occasion!)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Our world Tuesday - Adelaide Hills

These shots were taken back in April of this year (with a Canon iXus 60) and the locations were the Paracombe region (vineyard shots ) and approaches to Birdwood, in the Adelaide Hills.
The shot in the bottom left-hand corner - at first glance - made me think there was a fire raging on the property, but it turned out to be the magnificent "fiery" foliage of the trees (thankfully!).

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Scenic Sunday - Melbourne

Viewing the streets and buildings of Melbourne's CBD - from another era - and oblivious to the hustle and bustle of today's traffic and trams.

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Weekend Reflections - Melbourne

This is the interior of a rather grand hotel in the CBD of Melbourne - this design somewhat took my breath away!

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Skywatch - River Murray

This capture of the River Murray was taken by my late Father, who
was the inspiration for my love of photography.  He was a remarkable man who
turned our bathroom (back in the '50s) into a dark room for the developing & printing of film
and he even converted a barrel vacuum cleaner into a photo enlarger!

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Thursday, October 20, 2011


In earlier postings I referred to the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia as being my favourite "neck of the woods" in this State.  Those postings were mainly of Normanville and Carrickalinga which are both situated on the northern side of the Peninsula.
The following shots were taken on the southern side, on Granite Island, which is adjacent to the popular seaside town of Victor Harbor and accessed by walking or riding on the horse-drawn tram across the long bridge.

I particularly enjoy watching and hearing the crashing of waves upon the rocks, regardless of the weather

... and here a Spur-Wing Plover surveys it's surroundings

... just far enough back not to get the lens splashed !

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Our world Tuesday - Victoria

This is more of the picturesque State of Victoria in Australia. This particular shot was taken in the wine-growing region of the Yarra Valley - and yes, we did sample the results of the winemaker's efforts; exceptional !

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Monday, October 17, 2011

A pleasant surprise in "the garden"!

While I genuinely appreciate flowers, I'm no gardener, so imagine
my surprise and delight when I discovered this beautiful Iris in
my back yard a few days ago!  (I'd been given several plants last year
when a friend moved house, so I planted them against the fence, behind the tall palm trees and pink Diosma in my small rear garden area and pretty much forgot about them - how forgiving is nature of such neglect!)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Scenic Sunday - Red Hot Pokers

Don't know the botanical name for this plant, but it is
popularly known as "Red Hot Pokers" for obvious reasons!
This was taken on the hillside of the northern Adelaide foothills, about
15 minutes away from my home on an unusually warm Winter's day.

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Weekend reflections : Federation Square

One aspect of Federation Square in Melbourne, Victoria

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Friday, October 14, 2011

What images stir your heart ? .....

After an absence of almost 40 years, it was a dream come true to be able
to revisit in 2009 the country of my birth.  (While I am very grateful to now be an
Australian citizen, there still lingers this strong sense of "belonging" in England.)
The shot above was taken within the grounds of Dover Castle.

On our arrival in England, we stayed with friends in Kent and were
treated to wonderful long walks along pathways such as this, on high land
overlooking glorious green fields.

.... and in Canterbury (while being rowed by an athletic Uni student earning
some holiday cash), this delightful family captured our attention.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Colourful displays in Singapore

 Following a workshop in Singapore in March of last year, before flying home
to Adelaide, I took some "time out" by visiting the extraordinary Jurong Bird Park.
These are a few of the snaps taken there before I retreated to the airconditioned airport -
I was concerned about my camera "cooking" in the heat & humidity!

These birds amazed me - it was as though they'd been spray painted this rich colour!

And this pair amused me - it was as though each bird was looking
at it's own reflection in a mirror.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Beneath the canopy

.... and this is beneath, where you can see the tree trunks and all
the tuberous roots heading skyward.

Over the top .... (of the Mangroves)

Sshh . . . we're bird watching !

There were 3 or 4 of these "hideouts" along the boarded walk which was just above sea level. 
In case you didn't know, Mangroves are uniquely adapted trees and larger shrubs that inhabit the tidal sea edge and I have just learned that Australia has the third largest area of mangroves in the world after Indonesia and Brazil.

A window to the world .... well, part of it anyway!

This was the view from inside a viewing hut on part of the
Mangrove Walking Trail at St Kilda in South Australia.
From this hut one can observe the various birds that inhabit this area -
I believe there are several hundred species in total, and we were blessed to see
a beautiful Blue Wren hopping amongst the mangrove roots.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Beautiful Victoria (the Australian State, that is..!)

This is just a "snatch" of gorgeous East Gippsland in the
Australian State of Victoria

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Scenic Sunday - Versailles

These shots were taken at the remarkable Palace of Versailles in France.
The central picture does not capture the entire palace -
I couldn't get back far enough to get it all in!!
The grounds, gardens, lake, ponds, fountains and statues were amazing
and the interior of the palace was an awesome experience.
If you're blessed to visit France on any future travels, I suggest you ensure
this is on your itinerary.

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Saturday, October 8, 2011

A picnic and a mystery . . . .unsolved?

These shots were taken at the site of the famous film
"Picnic at Hanging Rock", in the Macedon Ranges of Victoria.
The film, directed by Australian Peter Weir, tells the story of several schoolgirls
who went missing in this area during a picnic in 1900.  At the time, it was suggested
that this was a true story, but there have subsequently been reports that this is not the case.

Whatever the case, the scenery was great and the story
made for a eerie climb up the rock!

Weekend Reflections - Waves, sea, sun & sky

This was taken at Normanville on the Fleurieu Peninsula
(I hope you'll forgive my return photographic visits to this area -
it is just such a relaxing region and offers wonderful opportunities for the
constantly changing and beautiful sunsets and cloud formations)

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Friday, October 7, 2011

Wines, vines and geese !


These pictures were taken at another favourite Fleurieu Peninsula town - McLaren Vale,
an internationally recognised wine growing region
(and a "MUST visit" when you come to South Australia!).
The geese were quite tame and didn't budge as I walked up closer to take pictures.

Skywatch Friday - The promise ...

This rainbow was "captured" in the area of Port Elliot
in Encounter Bay on the southern shores of South Australia

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Memories of England

This is the River Stour and surroundings, in Canterbury, Kent, England - snaps taken during a 6-week
return visit in 2009 with close friends to the country of our birth .

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Our World Tuesday - Carrickalinga, South Australia

These shots are of my very favourite part of South Australia -
the Fleurieu Peninsula, specifically Carrickalinga.
The water is crystal clear, and the white sand wonderful beneath one's feet as the beach stretches for miles - a great place to contemplate God's creation, His provision and His unconditional love.

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Carrick Hill - update

At my post in Weekend Reflections, I refer to Carrick Hill and that more information would be coming.
  (That post was taken from the bottom right hand corner of this picture)
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The images in the top left and bottom right are of a Pleached Pear Arbor
(which I'd not heard of before) - see below for an explanation of this term.

Sorry, you'll need to click on this image to enlarge it (my blogging skills aren't yet sufficiently developed to use a better method !) - but it is worth reading.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

A mildly rugged coastline

This shot was taken in my absolute favourite Australian State of Victoria, from Queenscliff
at the base of the Bellarine Peninsula. A car and passenger ferry service runs between Queenscliff and Sorrento (at the base of the Mornington Peninsula) every hour on the hour, 7am to 6pm, all weather, 7 days a week - the trip takes approximately 40 minutes and is a fun inclusion for any trip to Victoria/Melbourne.

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From the outside looking in....

My intended tour of this building didn't work out, but we were able to
stroll around the gardens of this Adelaide estate, former residence to one of the City's
prominent citizens (more on that later). 
From the outside looking in, this image caught my eye.

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