Monday 15 July 2024

RAINY NIGHT

It's been raining on and off all day today and it's quite cold. The rain persisted in the evening and it's raining tonight as I'm posting this. A classic image of wintry Melbourne today, composed of four separate photos assembled into a Photoshop collage.

This post is part of the Mosaic Monday meme,
and also part of the Seasons meme.


Sunday 14 July 2024

COFFEE BREAK

I'm not a big fan of big shopping centres and generally avoid them. However, when it's unavoidable to visit one, I go do my shopping quickly and leave. Today was a wintry, cold and rainy Sunday, and we had to visit a one such shopping centre, which fortunately was not too crowded. Suddenly, the coffee smelt good and the light was less objectionable than usual. We did have a coffee and it was hot, aromatic and hit the spot...

This post is part of the My Sunday Best meme


Saturday 13 July 2024

LONE DUCK

Sunrise on a wintry Melbourne morning at the Darebin Parklands. Even the duck thought the water was too cold for swimming in!

This post is part of the Saturday Critters meme

Friday 12 July 2024

MORNING (F)LIGHT

Sunrise and the pigeons are waking up around our neighbour's gum tree. A nice view to wake up to.

This post is part of the Skywatch Friday meme


Thursday 11 July 2024

AT THE FLORIST'S

A cheerful sight in mid-winter, a florist shop in full bloom! Thank goodness for glasshouses...

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme

Wednesday 10 July 2024

YARRA WATERS

The Yarra River at Dights Falls, in Abbotsford, carrying a lot of water on account of the recent Winter rains we've had. Cold day, but always good to go out and about when one has the opportunity.

This post is part of the Roentare’s Water Meme,

and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Nature Notes meme.



Tuesday 9 July 2024

BY THE POND

Sunrise by the pond in the Darebin Parklands in Alphington. A cold and frosty morning.

This post is part of the Travel Tuesday meme

Monday 8 July 2024

WINTRY

We are in the midst of our Winter here in Melbourne at the moment, but there is much to enjoy both outdoors and indoors.

This post is part of the Mosaic Monday meme,
and also part of the Seasons meme.


Sunday 7 July 2024

Saturday 6 July 2024

AUSTRALIAN WOOD DUCKS

The Australian wood duck, maned duck or maned goose (Chenonetta jubata) is a dabbling duck found throughout much of Australia. It is the only living species in the genus Chenonetta. Traditionally placed in the subfamily Anatinae (dabbling ducks), it might belong to the subfamily Tadorninae (shelducks); the ringed teal may be its closest living relative.

This 45–51 cm duck looks like a small goose, and mostly feeds by grazing in flocks. The male is grey with a dark brown head and mottled breast. The female has white stripes above and below the eye and mottled underparts. Both sexes have grey wings with black primaries and a white speculum. Juveniles are similar to adult females, but lighter and with a more streaky breast.

The Australian wood duck is widespread in Australia, including Tasmania. The Australian wood duck is found in grasslands, open woodlands, wetlands, flooded pastures and along the coast in inlets and bays. It is also common on farmland with dams, as well as around rice fields, sewage ponds and in urban parks. It will often be found around deeper lakes that may be unsuitable for other waterbirds' foraging, as it prefers to forage on land. It has been recorded as a vagrant in New Zealand, although in 2015 and 2016 a pair successfully bred there. In the photos they are seen on a frosty Winter morning in the Darebin Parklands, Alphington.

This post is part of the Saturday Critters meme


Friday 5 July 2024

Thursday 4 July 2024

PIN-CUSHION HAKEA

One of the joys of Australian Winter is that many of the native plants begin to bloom now and stay blooming till Spring or beyond. Hakea laurina is shrub or small tree commonly known as kodjet or pin-cushion hakea and is endemic to Western Australia. The Noongar name for the plant is kodjet or kojet. It has red and cream conspicuous globular flowers and lance shaped leaves.

The plant, which is propagated from seeds, is used in cultivation in the eastern states of Australia, and as a hedging or street plant in America and Italy. Adaptable to a number of soil types, the plant is also tolerant of frost. The uses of this species include ornament and shading in public streets, wildlife habitat, windbreaks, and control of soil erosion. In the language of flowers, Hakea laurina symbolises nobility and longevity.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme

Wednesday 3 July 2024

FROSTY MORNING

Frosty morning sunrise in the Darebin Parklands with ambient temperature of 0˚C. Brave ducks (not to mention photographer).

This post is part of the Roentare’s Water Meme

and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme

and also part of the Nature Notes meme



Tuesday 2 July 2024

IN GIPPSLAND

Cold Winter's day in Gippsland. It may look sunny and fine, but the temperature is 2˚C...

This post is part of the Travel Tuesday meme


Sunday 30 June 2024

SOUTH MELBOURNE

South Melbourne viewed from Southbank. The Victorian building with the clocktower is the South Melbourne Town Hall.

This post is part of the My Sunday Best meme

Friday 28 June 2024

AT SUNRISE

At sunrise! Funny to see that outside your window when you draw the drapes in the morning...

This post is part of the Skywatch Friday meme


Thursday 27 June 2024

CYCLAMEN

Winter brings flowering cyclamen to our garden and home. Cyclamen is a genus of 23 species of perennial flowering plants in the family Primulaceae. Cyclamen species are native to Europe and the Mediterranean Basin east to Iran, with one species in Somalia. They grow from tubers and are valued for their flowers with upswept petals and variably patterned leaves. Many hybrids exist, and some varieties (especially the wild ones) are fragrant.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme


Wednesday 26 June 2024

FISH LADDER

Darebin Creek fish ladder in the Darebin Parklands in Alphington. A fish ladder, also known as a fishway, fish pass, fish steps, or fish cannon, is a structure on or around artificial and natural barriers (such as dams, locks and waterfalls) to facilitate diadromous fishes' natural migration as well as movements of potamodromous species.

Most fish ladders enable fish to pass around the barriers by swimming and leaping up a series of relatively low steps (hence the term ladder) into the waters on the other side. The velocity of water falling over the steps has to be great enough to attract the fish to the ladder, but it cannot be so great that it washes fish back downstream or exhausts them to the point of inability to continue their journey upriver.

Carried out by Melbourne Water, the $350,000 project in Darebin Creek involved installing a series of carefully designed rock works placed downstream of the structure in Darebin Parklands. This ‘rock ramp fishway’ allows water to cascade through the structure forming eddies that act as a refuge for fish so they can move freely through the waterway.

The design targets fish species that migrate from saltwater to freshwater environments to complete their life cycle including Common Galaxias and Short Finned Eel. The fish ladder was constructed with imported locally sourced rock. The project was constructed on site where materials were matched to complement the natural waterway and the environment.

This post is part of Roentare’s Water Meme
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme
and also part of the Nature Notes meme


Tuesday 25 June 2024

HAWTHORN

Burwood Rd in Hawthorn looking West towards the City. Always busy and with a good variety of historic buildings, interesting shops, galleries, Swinburne University of Technology campus and many cafés and restaurants.

This post is part of the Travel Tuesday meme

Sunday 23 June 2024

CAMBERWELL ART SHOW 2024

We visited the Camberwell Art Show last Saturday at the Swinburne University of Technology's Hawthorn Campus. It was a very well-organised, extensive showing of works by well-known, emerging and amateur artists. As always well-curated and displayed in a commodious and interesting setting. A most enjoyable outing once again this year!

This post is part of the My Sunday Best meme






Friday 21 June 2024

WINTER SUNRISE

A noisy miner (Manorina melanocephala), a bird in the honeyeater family, Meliphagidae, enjoying the sunrise in Melbourne.

This post is part of the Skywatch Friday meme


Thursday 20 June 2024

CAMELLIA

Camellia sasanqua 'Jennifer Susan', is a wonderful camellia with soft warm pink semi-double to peony flowers, with wavy petals. It is a vigorous evergreen grower, early flowering in autumn and winter. Makes a great hedge and guaranteed to brighten winter's grey days!

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme

Wednesday 19 June 2024

FROSTY MORNING

We had our first very cold night and frosty morning last night, with the temperature down to -1˚C in our garden. The pond surfaces froze and the first rays of the sun fell on the frosty leaves.

This post is part of the Wordless Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Nature Notes meme,
and also part of Roentare's Water meme


Tuesday 18 June 2024

DAREBIN PARKLANDS

Winter Sunrise in the Darebin Parklands, with the thermometer showing 2˚C. Beautiful, though...

This post is part of the Travel Tuesday meme

Saturday 15 June 2024

FOGGY WINTER POND

A cold and foggy Winter morning today. However, always pleasant for a walk in the Darebin Parklands. The ducks seemed happy to there too!

This post is part of the Saturday Critters meme




Friday 14 June 2024

YARRA SUNRISE

Sunrise over the River Yarra, along the Sandridge Pedestrian Bridge with the Evan Walker Pedestrian Bridge in the distance to the right.

This post is part of the Skywatch Friday meme


Thursday 13 June 2024

ROSE HIPS

The roses have well and truly said goodbye for this growing season and only the hips are now evidence of their passing. Waiting for their yearly pruning so as to ensure more blooms in Spring.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme

Wednesday 12 June 2024

AT THE PARK

Winter is well and truly here with us in Melbourne and the Queen Victoria Gardens opposite the National Gallery of Victoria look a little bleak. Nevertheless, it is always pleasant to take a walk there.

This post is part of the Wordless Wednesday meme
and also part of the Nature Notes meme.


Tuesday 11 June 2024

Sunday 9 June 2024

WINTER SUN

At the Darebin Parklands on a brisk, but fine morning. A few surviving olive trees are a remnant of an old olive grove in the area.

This post is part of the My Sunday Best meme

Saturday 8 June 2024

COOL DOG

Cool dog trying to be warm in a Melbourne Winter, but is a hot dog in pink :-) I love dog owners who are considerate of their animals in cold weather and make sure they are kept warm!

This post is part of the Saturday Critters meme


Thursday 6 June 2024

BIRTHDAY BOUQUET

An early Winter bouquet from our garden with golden wattles, orange calendulas, pink bergenias, red alstroemerias and white daisies.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme


Sunday 2 June 2024