Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Magnificent Monarchs

Late last week I ambled around Morialta Conservation Park, about 20 minutes' drive from home.  The number of Monarch butterflies there was astonishing! 
At times it felt like I was being "escorted" by these attractive creatures as they danced ahead, alongside and above me - a delightful experience.





The area is much more attractive in Winter after rain - at this time of the year there was no water running through the creek :-(

I believe this is a species of Banksia - spotted en route


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with grateful thanks again to the faithful team who enable us all to share.
Keep safe and healthy all.



 

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Monarto Safari Park

Last week a dear friend and I visited Monarto Safari Park, about an hour's drive east of Adelaide. It covers more than 1500 ha and is home to 50+ species of exotic and native mammals, birds & reptiles with more than 500 animals roaming in a natural safari-style setting.  

Currently the Park is in the process of becoming the largest safari park outside of Africa and, in due course, will offer resort accommodation together with open-sided vehicle tours. At present tours are provided by bus that takes you through territory occupied by lions, cheetahs, giraffes, rhinoceros, zebra, wild Mongolian horses, ostrich & emu to mention a few.

In addition, one can choose to have more "up close & personal" experiences with selected animals and a keeper - we opted for feeding the giraffes!

The weather was great and it was a full but wonderful day out.  

Ahh yes, the ever-entertaining Meerkat

This youngster was having a wonderful time disturbing the adult's rest!

After all its playtime, it just wanted a cuddle

Another youngster was fascinated with a thick rubber band

.... and so to the giraffe-feeding experience



Gotta love those eyelashes !

The keeper told us this sight would be a rarity in Africa because the giraffes are too vulnerable to attack by predators in this position - it takes them too long to stand up and get moving.  However, there is no such threat here in Monarto.


. . . . then onto the "Zoo Loop" bus





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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

A Pleasant Walk

A spur of the moment decision to take a walk in a quiet setting with my camera and keen photographer friend, resulted in the following experiences . . . .
(sadly, the pics loaded in reverse order and I've not the patience to correct that!)

 

Colourful bracts of a Bougainvillea



A local property displaying the beginnings of Autumn's colour changes


the outing begins!



A busy bee!


This tree fascinated us with its seemingly "painted" bark effect


. . . and another busy bee in action


Was fortunate to catch this Eastern Spinebill before it flew off again !

With grateful thanks to the hosts of the following blog sites which enable us to share our images and to explore other parts of the world 
- if only visually at this time!

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Great Ocean Rd - Pt 2

Coming or Going?  These yachts were participating in a race around buoys out from Portland, Victoria

While this fellow was previously sitting in the middle of the road as we rounded a blind corner nearing Apollo Bay (our destination). After we stopped and alerted traffic coming from both directions, and several unsuccessful attempts to encourage it to relocate to safer ground, a following motorist took a coat from his car, grabbed the koala from behind and took it to the base of a tree, which it quickly climbed (but not before expressing displeasure at having been "rescued"!)

These crayfish (perhaps known as lobster in the USA) pots were stacked on the jetty of Apollo Bay marina

Apollo Bay shoreline from the Marina


One of several aspiring surfers out each morning in the Bay

The faithful companion of one of the surfing "cheer squad"

The definition of patience?? (waiting for THE wave)


Ahh - the unrelenting call of today's technology!


A pair of Cape Barren Geese


I hope this week finds you healthy, safe and grateful.  Wishing you all a blessed Easter.

Thank you Lady Fi for hosting this wonderful site which enables us to get a glimpse of worldwide regions we might otherwise not see.

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