Six years ago 15 or 16 Black Cockatoos paid us a brief visit

and we haven’t seen hide nor hair of them since.

In 2015 fifteen this

Superb Fairy Wren

was sighted in the garden,

never to be seen again.


Whereas the resident family of

New Holland Honeyeaters


…have become loud, noisy and flighty.

We have also had Spur Wing Plovers

make their nest in the front yard…


..the last time was a few years ago.

As soon as I put some protection around

the nest, the eggs disapeared.

I suspect Candi may have enjoyed them.

This Bluetongue Lizard had taken up residence

under our front verandah.

Earlier this year three or pieces of sliced and diced lizard

turned up in the back yard.

I think I may have inadvertently run over it

while cutting the grass.

Bees are also a regular in the garden.

Every now and again usually during late summer we

are inundated with

Sulphur Crested or Corella Cockatoos

We sometimes find parrots,

such as the Eastern Rosella…

…and the

Red Rump Parrot

making an appearance.

All doing their best to tear up the yard

in search of plant roots.



Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:…Willife-Close-to-Home

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Anne:…Wildlife-Close-to-Home

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:…Wildlife-Close-to-Home

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:…Wildlife-Close-to-Home

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Anne:…Wildlife-Close-to-Home

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Sofia:…Wildlife-Close-to-Home

Lens-Artist Photo-Challenge John:…Wildlife-Close-to-Home






the state of having no protection from something harmful.


When I hear the word ‘exposure’ I think in photographic terms.

So, when I had time to spare waiting for my cardiologist to call me I took a few photos with my phone and edited the exposure using Photoshop.   The above image is straight out of the camera.

This one underexposed, while…

…this is overexposed.

In photographic terminology the harmful mentioned

in my definition can be too little light,

producing an underexposed image,

or too much light which

produces an overexposed image.

Of course there are times when too little

or too much light is desirable.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:…Exposure

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Anne:…Exposure

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:…Exposure

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:…Exposure

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Anne:…Exposure

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Sofia:…Exposure

Lens-Artist Photo-Challenge John:…Exposure





The mountains which call me are not

the Rocky Mountains, as splendid as they are.

Rather, they are small volcanic cones that

surrounded me all my life until September 2005.

Now, instead, of seeing at least some of them

on a daily basis, I only see them when I make the

400-kilometre round trip back to the farm,

once or twice each year.

Mt Shadwell…

…is located at Mortlake and is known as

the Olivine Capital of the World.

Mortlake is around a 40 minute drive from

the farm and 145 kilometres from Geelong.

Mt Warrnambool…

…is located appoximately half way

between Warnambool and Terang.

Consequently this is as close as I usually

get to this volcanic cone.


Mt Buninyong…

…is located around ten to fifteen minutes south(ish)

of Ballarat and around half an hour inland

from Geelong.

Mt Elephant

…is located roughly halfway between

Geelong and my hometown


My final image this week is one extracted from Google.

My home town (not marked) is roughly equidistant

from Tower Hill in the South

and Penshurst’s Mt Rouse in the North

Travel west, 20 or so kilomteres,

to Macarthur and you

will at the home of Mt Eccles

Mortlake is clearly marked on this image,

however, Mt Shadwell is not.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:…Mountains-Are-Calling

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Anne:…Mountains-Are-Calling

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:…Mountains-Are-Calling

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:…Mountains-Are-Calling

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Anne:…Mountains-are-Calling

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Sofia:…Mountains-Are-Calling





These pansies are high on my list

of favourite flowers at the moment,

simply because they were planted in September 2020.

Earlier this year I had to replant some of them

in the hope of winter colour.

No such luck, however, during the past month or so,

after contemplating replanting my replants

they have taken off.

Meaning some of these plants are coming into their

third spring/summer flowering season.

Our mock orange bushes are in bloom at the moment

providing a gorgeous display and aroma.


The hardy leucadendron…

…seems to flourish year-round.

Surrounding our Weeping Cherry is Hellebores…

…which year after year keeps reproducing flowers

during winter.


Finally, number one on my list is one

I have named the Farm Camellia.

For approximately 4 or 5 years it languished

under a willow tree in our backyard where

no flowers were produced.

When we moved to the Geelong region,

I decided to bring it with us.

So it was dug up, tossed into half a 20-litre drum

and upon arrival, it was rather unceremoniously

dumped into its new home,

where it has flourished for the past 17 years.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:…Favourite-Flowers

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Anne:…Favourite-Flowers

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:…Favourite-Flowers

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:…Favourite-Flowers

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Anne:…Favourite-Flowers

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Sofia:…Favourite-Flowers





A staircase in Craigdarroch Castle…

…Victoria, Vancouver Island…

…British Columbia Canada.

The exit from…


…Craigdarroch Castle.


The Spire…


…Notre Dame de Paris…

…before the fire.

Same day…


…Notre Dame…

de Paris.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:…One-Subject-3-Ways

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Anne:…One-Subject-3-Ways

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:…One-Subject-3-Ways**

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:…One-Subject-3-Ways

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Anne:…One-Subject-3-Ways

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Sofia:…One-Subject-3-Ways





Our current canine pets


The Moon 


These clouds were flooding some parts

of Geelong to a depth of three feet


An Alaskan reflection



Jaxon…Our third grandchild and only grandson


An umbrella


A truck and trailer.

Trucks of a goods train.


Autumn foliage


A few years ago I discovered this banana tree

in the Geelong Botanic Gardens

Stumbled across this sign in London


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:…Treasure-Hunt

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Anne:…Treasure-Hunt

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:…Treasure-Hunt

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:…Treasure-Hunt

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Anne:…Treasure-Hunt

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Sofia:…Treasure-Hunt

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Donna:…Treasure-Hunt**





Corio Bay Sunrise

Light towers surrounding

Geelong Football Club


Eastern Beach


The Promenade

Eastern Beach


Geelong Marina

Balyang Sanctuary


Cunningham Pier

Geelong Marina in the background

Eastern Beach

Ferris Wheel


Geelong Botanic Gardens

Griffin Gully Pier



Griffin Gully

Sunrise at

Point Lonsdale Pier

Rural Sunset


Gibson Steps Beach…

12 Apostles about two hours

from Geelong



Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:…Local-Vistas

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:...Local-Vistas

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:…Local-Vistas

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:...Local-Vistas

Lens Artist Photo Challenge Anne:…Local-Vistas

Lens Artist Photo Challenge Sofia:…Local-Vistas





My entry for this week’s Minimalist-Maximalist challenge

captured in South Africa in 2013.



Autumn 2022




Snow Gums


Wimmera River,



A cropped version of the above

Gibson Steps Beach

Manly Beach



Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:…Minimalism-Maximalism

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:...Minimalism-Maximalism

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:…Minimalism-Maximalism

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:...Minimalism-Maximalism

Lens Artist Photo Challenge Anne:…Minimalism-Maximalism

Lens Artist Photo Challenge Sofia:…Minimalism-Maximalism





My special place…

…for sunrise shots is…

…Griffin Gully…


…and its Pier.


All of these images…


…have been captured…


…within approximately 50 metres from…


…where the pier joins the walking path.

Last, but by no means least,

is my favourite fog shot.

Also captured from

Griffin Gully.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:…A-Special-Place

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:…A-Special-Place

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:...A-Special-Place

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:…A-Special-Place

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Anne:…A-Special-Place

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Karina:…A-Special-Place





Rough sea at Torquay


Surfing at Torquay



Torquay Surf


Rough seas at



Sunrise at

Point Lonsdale Pier.


Corio Bay Sunrise


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:…Water, Water, Everywhere

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:…Water, Water, Everywhere

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:...Water, Water, Everywhere

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:…Water, Water, Everywhere

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Anne:…Water, Water, Everywhere