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





a time or set of circumstances that makes it
possible to do something.

A couple who love

feeding the birds…

…provided Percy with an opportunity…



…to practise his  catching skills.


And catch he did….thank you very much.







Some Geelong chimneys.

Wood chipping chimneys.


An old railway station.

Now converted to a family run restaurant

Finally, a chimney which is no longer in use

and just across the road from

Balyang Sanctuary in Geelong.


Cee’s-Hunt-for-Joy-Challenge:  Chimneys



Bridges from all over…

Probably Australia’s best known bridge.

Auckland Harbour Bridge, New Zealand.


A small rural bridge in

New Zealand’s North Island.

Arriving by ferry in Melbourne…

…and cruising under

Melbourne’s West Gate Bridge.



A footbridge in Geelong’s

Balyang Sanctuary.


A one lane bridge in Botswana’s

Okavango Delta.


Finally a bridge from my primary years of schooling.

Whoever said some of the old methods

of teaching are wrong is incorrect.

 Or maybe I am getting older and cannot remember

what I had for breakfast, but can remember incidents

and conversations which occurred nearly 60 years ago,

as if it were yesterday.  🙂



Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge:  Bridge





Ladders…of sorts.

Am I pushing the theme this week?  🙂

Seagulls again

Two eyes


Two Pelicans


Finally, two rainbows.

Darkened image to show second rainbow.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Seeing-Double

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  Seeing-Double

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Seeing-Double

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  Seeing-Double





chance or luck as an arbitrary force affecting human affairs.


Percy and I both had good fortune

one day in late May, this year.

‘...It’s mine…’

‘...Got it!…’


Word of the Day Challenge:  Fortune




Wordless Wednesday19_0529_Balyang-Sanctuary

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Recently, after a long absence,

I decided to pay a visit to Balyang Sanctuary.

Our long hot summer/autumn

had depleted, substantially,

the water supply for wild life.

Normally, I would have needed waders

to keep my legs and feet dry

to capture these images.

The board walk gives an idea

of the usual water level.


Hope you enjoyed.





Black and White Challenge.


My initial thoughts were of planes

for the In Flight challenge.

However, I discovered…

I had more images of…

birds in flight than planes.


This kingfisher hovering for lunch,

in Botswana’s Okavango Delta,

is one of my favourites.


Cees-BW-Photo-Challenge: In-Flight






A wet day in… 

colourful Murano.


Even the rain could not hide…


Murano’s colourful character.

A young African dancer’s dress.

A preening parrot at Geelong’s Balyang Sanctuary.

LIghts in a restaurant… 


near the London Eye.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti: Colourful

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya: Colourful

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy: Colourful

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina: Colourful