Look Up, Look Down-Wk-53



Look Up, Look Down

for Week 53


Recently I found this Sulphur Crest Cockatoo close

enough to capture a reasonably good photo.


 It eyed me off, and decided that I would probably do him no  harm…


and decided to preen its feathers.


It reminded me of many summer nights when hundreds of cockatoos

would be noisily bidding each other ‘goodnight’

in surrounding pine trees.


After several hours of ‘goodnights’, when they were almost quiet

our neighbour would fire a shotgun either into them, or in the air,

and hundreds of cockatoos would be woken

from their almost slumber…not mention yours truly.


This one was kinda cute and it is hard to think that it was one of

hundreds which managed to spoil a quiet evening.



Look Up, Look Down, challenge






Wordless Wednesday-2008


A Free Feed


Recently on a walk around the garden I noticed this flock of birds helping themselves to a feed.



 Unfortunately this was usually the best view of them.

birds_0729But there is usually one to break the rules and give me a half decent shot


Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday (create-with-joy.com)


Craftyspices.com_Wordless Wednesday


Rest In Peace-Willie

While on Safari in 2013, we were introduced to


Sausage Tree Safari Camp’s only wildebeest.

Willie had lost his life partner and their offspring to hungry lions a few years ago.

willie_N1127Being a wily Willie, this clever wildebeest devised a cunning plan.

Willie decided to join a herd of impala

in the hope that he would be overlooked by hungry lions.

Willie was spending his days feeling protected by the large number of impala with whom

he now shared Sausage Tree plains.


We thought Willie would live forever.

Or at least die of old age.


Alas!  Leo had other  ideas.

Earlier this week we received the sad news that Willie had met is match.

A hungry Leo decided that Willie was a more satisfying feast than impala…

and Sausage Tree has lost its only wildebeest.

However, Willie did not go down without a fight.

Leo’s belly may have been full, after the kill, but he is now sporting a black eye

thanks to Willie’s valiant attempts to escape.

And so the circle of life goes on.

R.I.P Willie

Photo taken by Liam Burrough,

senior guide at Sausage Tree Safari Camp.

Thanks Liam for allowing me to use your photo



Black and White Tuesday-1908



Black and White

Tuesday, August 19, 2014




Turned to our garden for my Black and White this week.

daffodil_0747Erlicheer jonquils, or daffodils, surrounded by rosemary.

daffodil_0753And winter bulbs would not be complete…

daffodil_0748without some King Alfred daffodils

daffodil_0742My Floral Friday post…in Black and White.

Looks good either way, I  think.



Hope you enjoyed.


Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge-Wk-25


Odd Ball

Week 25


What is the fuss about?


Sammy seagull could not see anything wrong with his perching place…


seagull_625although the owner of this car did…

particularly when that little patch behind Sammy’s feet was noticed.

Fortunately it was just rain.


Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge-25





Travel Theme-Horizons




Travel Theme.


When I was contemplating what photos to use this week,

I remembered the ‘rule of thirds‘.

ship_0098I have concluded that many of my photos do not adhere to this rule.

In this first shot, for example, I simply wanted to compose the photo so that I would have a large amount a sparkling water in the foreground and the oil  tanker as the centre piece.

The tanker became part of the horizon.

It appears to be a rule of twos to me.

horizon_0013Here I hope I have conveyed an open, empty area which has two horizons in it, I think.

Another rule of twos?

horizon_0009Closer to the rule of thirds?

One of my least favourite shots in this series.

horizon_0306As is this one…but closer to thirds?  I also like the bolder colours.

Middle ground and far horizons add interest, I think.


I was trying to capture the sparkling water in later afternoon sun.

horizon_0227No horizon series would be complete without a Geelong City skyline…

horizon_0757or this shot across Corio Bay taken late yesterday afternoon.


Where’s My Backpack?: Travel Theme: Horizons





Floral Friday-14-1508


Floral Friday Challenge.


Finally, some bulb photographs.

erlicheer_0746Our erlicheer jonquils (or daffodils, I’m not sure) seem to appreciate this climate.

daffodil_0739The daffodils are still only flowering in singles and doubles.

I guess they need more time to multiply.


daffodil_0748Many neighbours have had daffodils flowering for several weeks.



This is definitely my favourite of this series.


Floral Friday

Floral Friday