Friday, March 29, 2013

Buff-banded Rail

 "Mirror, mirror on the wall . . ."

 "Who's the fairest of them all?"

This Buff-banded Rail was foraging in the lake on the property I was recently a guest at on the Mornington Peninsula.

Joining up with James' Weekend Reflections

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Walking on Water !

More scenes from the "Popeye" outing referred to in yesterday's post . . . .

A pair of swans taking off

Ibis grazing for food on the banks of the River Torrens

Would you believe those 3 large objects on top of the railings are Pelicans?
According to our tour guide, they regularly rest there most afternoons -
one would imagine it to be most uncomfortable trying to keep one's balance while "dozing off", but clearly they are quite adept at it!!

Joining in with Outdoor Wednesday

Adelaide's skyline

On the weekend I joined a few friends on an outing I've not experienced since childhood:  a trip on "Popeye" - a motor launch which runs on Adelaide's River Torrens from the bank adjacent to the CBD to the Zoo on the City's northern perimeter with commentary by the pilot. The first of these launches began operating in 1935 and offer a very relaxing perspective of our city and its environs for locals and visitors alike.
Following are a few shots taken on the journey.....

 Part of Adelaide's skyline looking east past the Morphett Street Bridge, towards the Intercontinental Hotel dwarfing Parliament House on the left.

City bridge, linking the CBD with North Adelaide and suburbs beyond

The Convention Centre with city-based rowing club premises in the foreground

A "Popeye" launch


Monday, March 25, 2013

Golden start to the day

En route to Melbourne as the rising sun punctuated the skies - 
another scorcher of a day in both Adelaide and Melbourne: 37oC !

Joining in with Mandarin Orange Mondays 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

On the wing

Flying out from Adelaide for a holiday in Melbourne, Victoria,
the morning sun and clouds were reflected on the aircraft's wing as it tilted towards the horizon.

Participating in James' Weekend Reflections meme
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Happy weekend all!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Skywatching !

Spotted in the skies above Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula last week.

Joining in Skywatch Friday at 
with thanks to Yogi, Sandy & Sylvia

A dizzy drive?

This driveway and its fencing fascinated me each time I drove past.

Joining up with Friday's Fences at

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Delicate wings

This was another creature encountered during my Victorian holiday -
its actual size was about 2 inches (4.5cm). Despite its bulky body, those gossamer-like wings obviously carried it on its journeys.
Can anyone help out with its identification please?

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The pause that refreshed

During my brief visit to Victoria's Mornington Peninsula, I travelled to Cape Schank at the southern tip, and was transfixed by the fabulous colours of the water and the power of the waves crashing against rocks and the shore.

Below the lighthouse was this stretch of land reaching out into Bass Strait.

 . . . Tasmania is out there somewhere!

and these beauties were crashing onto the western foreshore further up the Peninsula.

Joining in with Water World Wednesday at

Holiday encounters

Last week I was greatly blessed to spend time on holiday in my favourite Australian State - Victoria - and focussed my attention on the wonderful Mornington Peninsula.
During my travels, I encountered these captivating creatures:

an Echidna (almost ran over him/her as he/she was crossing the road!)

A White-Faced Heron

A pair of Sparrows

Participating in Outdoor Wednesday meme -

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Refreshing bites

As we "Down Under" have been sweltering in unseasonally hot temperatures for the past week with more to come, the sight of these tasty cold fresh fruit cubes helps me "chill out" somewhat!  I hope the shot has the same effect on you!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Conservative or Crazy?

Back to the recently-visited Wetlands where these Grebes caught my eye. 

Monday, March 4, 2013


Lisa's Macro Monday at

Wishing fellow bloggers a fabulous week ahead!

Saturday, March 2, 2013


Last week I visited some local wetlands and during my walkabout I came across this tree stump/root reflected in the (almost) still water.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Got some food?

This was one of several cute turtles capturing our attention and that of fellow diners at the amazing Maggie Beer's property in the Barossa Valley today.

Participating in Camera Critters meme at

Happy weekend all!
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