Tuesday, 7 July 2015


The Darebin Parklands straddle Alphington and Ivanhoe, approximately 10 kilometres northeast of the City of Melbourne, and they are a district park covering an area of 33 hectares. Darebin Creek flows through the Parklands, to join the Yarra River, at Alphington. The Darebin Parklands are highly regarded for its social, recreation, education, conservation, water quality management, cultural and heritage values.

There is a wealth of native vegetation, with many eucalypts, wattles and a variety of shrubs. The Parklands have a rich history as the homeland of the Wurundjeri Willam people and for cattle and sheep grazing, orchard and market garden use post European settlement. The odd introduced tree can still be found amongst the native flora.

This post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Trees & Bushes meme.

Monday, 6 July 2015


Brunswick Street is a street in inner northern Melbourne, known for caf├ęs, live music venues, quirky shops, street entertainment and alternative fashion boutiques. Brunswick Street runs north-south through the inner northern Melbourne suburbs of Fitzroy and Fitzroy North, from Victoria Parade at its southernmost end, crossing Alexandra Parade, and continuing until it reaches St Georges Road in Fitzroy North, near the Edinburgh Gardens; there, its former northward course is continued by a much smaller residential street named Brunswick Street North. Tram route 112 runs along the entire length of Brunswick Street for part of its journey.

This mural is found on the side wall of a Brunswick St eatery and looks as though it was commissioned by the business. The artists involved are Otis Chamberlain, Bryan Itch and Mike Maka (see here for other works of Maka's I've featured), with the mural completed in 2014.

This post is part of the Monday Mellow Yellows meme,
and also part of the Monday Murals meme,
and also part of the Blue Monday meme,
and also part of the Friday Greens meme.

Sunday, 5 July 2015


The Dandenong Ranges (commonly just called 'the Dandenongs') are a set of low mountain ranges, rising to 633 metres at Mount Dandenong, approximately 35 km east of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The ranges consist mostly of rolling hills, steeply weathered valleys and gullies covered in thick temperate rainforest, predominantly of tall Mountain Ash trees and dense ferny undergrowth.

After European settlement in the region, the ranges were used as a main source of timber for Melbourne. They were popular with day-trippers from the 1870s onwards. Much of the Dandenongs were protected by parklands as early as 1882 and by 1987 these parklands were amalgamated to form the Dandenong Ranges National Park, which was added to again in 1997. The ranges experience light to moderate snow falls a few times most years, frequently between late winter and late spring.

Today, the Dandenongs are home to over 100,000 residents and the area is popular amongst visitors, many of which stay for the weekend at the various Bed & Breakfasts through the region.

This post is part of the Friday Greens meme,
and also part of the Scenic Weekends meme.

Friday, 3 July 2015


All Nations Park is a contemporary 13 hectare regional park created on the site of the former 'Northcote Landfill'. The official opening on the 23 February, 2002 was attended by an estimated crowd of over 10,000 people. Situated behind Northcote Shopping Plaza the elevated site provides views, which are a striking feature of the park.

The All Nations Park landscape reflects the City of Darebin's cultural diversity in the visual arts and design components of the park, and has many unique features including, The Hilltop, Veterans Walk and ANZAC Memorial, lake and performance area, The Olive Grove, lawn areas, contemporary Indigenous gardens, playground with disabled access, skate park, arts projects, outdoor exercise area for All Abilities.

This post is part of the Skywatch Friday meme,
and also part of the Friday Greens meme,
and also part of the Saturday Silhouettes meme.

Thursday, 2 July 2015


Camellia japonica (the Japanese camellia) is one of the best known species of the genus Camellia. Sometimes called the Rose of Winter, it belongs to the Theaceae family. It is the official state flower of Alabama in the USA. There are thousands of cultivars of C. japonica in cultivation, with many different colours and forms of flowers. In the wild, it is found in mainland China (Shandong, east Zhejiang), Taiwan, southern Korea and southern Japan. It grows in forests, at altitudes of around 300–1,100 metres.

Camellia japonica is a flowering tree or shrub, usually 1.5–6 metres tall, but occasionally up to 11 metres tall. Some cultivated varieties achieve a size of 72m² or more. The youngest branches are purplish-brown, becoming grayish-brown as they age. The alternately arranged leathery leaves are dark green on the top side, paler on the underside, usually 5–11 centimetres long by 2.5–6 centimetres wide with a stalk (petiole) about 5–10 millimetres long. The base of the leaf is pointed (cuneate), the margins are very finely toothed (serrulate) and the tip somewhat pointed.

In the wild, flowering is between January and March. The flowers appear along the branches, particularly towards the ends, and have very short stems. They occur either alone or in pairs, and are 6–10 centimetres across. There are about nine greenish bracteoles and sepals. Flowers of the wild species have six or seven rose or white petals, each 3–4.5 centimetres  long by 1.5–2.5 centimetres wide; the innermost petals are joined at the base for up to a third of their length. (Cultivated forms often have more petals.) The numerous stamens are 2.5–3.5 centimetres long, the outer whorl being joined at the base for up to 2.5 centimetres. The three-lobed style is about 3 centimetres long.

The cultivar illustrated here is the bicoloured, anemone type of blossom, "Baby Sis Pink". Melbourne climate suits the camellia so they are a very popular garden plant, often growing to a very large size (4-5 m tall).

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015


The Great Hall in the National Gallery of Victoria was opened on August 20, 1968. Its magnificent ceiling is the world's largest stained-glass ceiling, designed by Australian artist Leonard French. The ceiling is high (13.72 metres), vast (60.9 x 15.24 metres) and so heavy with glass and steel that its downward projecting triangles need to be held up by a series of slim steel columns. Each of the main intersecting triangles has been turned into thousands of geometric pieces of coloured and clear glass that have been cut so their facets bounce and refract coloured light. The 224 triangles of diamond-cut primary colours weigh 300 kilograms each.

This post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Ruby Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme.

Monday, 29 June 2015


This little alley in Fitzroy lies parallel to Brunswick St and is directly off Princes St. One could quite easily miss it, however, unless one is walking. There is a huge variety of graffiti, nasty and ugly tagging, and occasionally some really nice art. I was quite impressed with the "Green Goddess". It seems to have been painted over another piece of art, which unfortunately I did not see. Such is the lot of street art, evanescent and ephemeral...

This post is part of the Monday Murals meme,
and also part of the Blue Monday meme,
and also part of the Friday Greens meme.

Sunday, 28 June 2015


St Andrews is a town in Victoria, Australia, 36 km north-east of Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area is the Shire of Nillumbik. At the 2011 Census, St Andrews had a population of 1,138. St Andrews is well known for its alternative market, which is open every Saturday from 8am to 2pm. It also contains a hotel, primary school, bakery, CFA, general store and a community centre, as well as the small church from which the town takes its name.

Originally called Queenstown, the area was surveyed in 1858 and a town proclaimed on 25 February 1861. St Andrew Post Office had opened earlier on 1 January 1856 and was renamed St Andrews in 1923. It experienced population growth during the Victorian gold rush, when prospectors mined the hills around the town. The first discovery of gold in Queenstown was recorded in The Herald on 9 and 11 March 1855 and was attributed to a George Boston and two Scotsmen.

On 7 February 2009 a major bushfire destroyed houses on Ninks, Muller, Jacksons and Wild Dog Creek Roads, as well as Buttermans Track and Olives Lane. Its progression toward the town centre was halted by a southerly wind change, which saved the rest of the town, but drove the fire front further east, destroying the towns of Kinglake and Marysville.

This post is part of the Spiritual Sundays meme,
and also part of the inSPIREd Sunday meme,
and also part of the Scenic Weekends meme.