a nature reserve


Geelong has several wetlands/sanctuaries within,

or only a few kilometres drive from,

the Central Business District.

I have only visited the Serendip Sanctuary

two or three times mainly because

it is out of my way to reach.

Serendip does appear to have

more wildlife that are happy…

…to sit and and smile for the camera.


This Crimson Rosella Parrot and

the Boobook/Mopoke Owl (previous image)

are but two of the feathered friends

to be found.



There are 71 different species of Macropods in Australia.

In 2011 the estimated population within

commercial harvesting areas was 34,303,677.

To se any species of kangaroo sit

this quietly is quite a novelty.

Lacking in variety,  but convenient to reach

is Balyang Sanctuary which is only

a five minute drive from where MGW grew up.


Balyang is populated by bird life only.


Noisy cockatoos, parrots and seagulls…



…along with a few sleepy pelicans comprise

the bulk of the population.



I think of Balyang as a sanctuary also.

There is a small shopping centre behind me

and Geelong City in the fog ahead.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:   Sanctuary

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  Sanctuary

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Sanctuary

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  Sanctuary




Except for the signs, this could be a shop window

almost anywhere in the world.

Although Melbourne would have to be excluded

until least mid-September this year.

Just about all retail is closed until then.

Still in Brugge.


To the best of my knowledge this is

definitely not an Australian building.

Last from Brugge and Belgium.