Winter in Victoria or at least around

Geelong and the Western District of Victoria

is usually cold and wet. 

Maximum temperatures below 20 celsius

is considered cold. 

And under 10, freezing.  🙂

Wind chill is often a factor determining

how cold it feels.


June 2019 and our backyard was temporarily flooded

in the wee hours of the morning…several times.

However, in 2020 we were headed for our

wettest year on record such was rainfall

during summer and autumn.

When the calendar rolled over to June

the weather gods put their heads together

and decided we had had our share

and turned our rain taps off.

We have been getting cold mornings and

nice afternoons…at least for a few hours.

Many of our mornings look like this image

which was taken only last week.

The only snow we see is when weather

is cold enough to snow down

to 500-600 feet above sea-level.

The Great Dividing Range,

about an hour or so drive inland

often is dusted with short lived snow.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Winter

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  Winter

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Winter

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  Winter





Japanese Maple about two months back.



Japanese Maple.


Agapanthus in Autumn.


Hydrangea in Autumn colour


Japanese Maple.


Ginko Tree on Corio Bay

Autumn leaf


The best of our Golden Robinias


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Autumn

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  Autumn

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Autumn

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  Autumn





I have resorted to the archives

as still a bit early for spring.


Our flowering pear and some bulbs

are in process of, or have already,

bloomed early.

African Blesbok with a spring in their step


Usually daffodils are our first sign

of garden spring.

However, for many years…

…I have always acknowledged…

…the flowering of the

Golden and Cootamundra (above) Wattles,

both Acacias…




…as announcing that Spring

is just around the corner.

Australian natives they brighten up roadsides

in mid to late August and…



….are always nice in larger

garden settings as well.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Spring

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  Spring

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Spring

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  Spring




Last summer was a bad summer

for fires in Australia.

However, there is rarely a summer when

we don’t have scenes like this

by fires somewhere in our dry land.


January 4th, 2013.

Loch Ard Gorge was the end of our

Great Ocean Road drive

with some Canadian friends.

At around 44/111 degrees C/F

the car park was literally

melting under our feet.

Manly Beach in early December/Summer.

Travel through rural areas in late summer

and you are more than likely to see

this scene repeated regularly.

Cropping stubble has been burned

to facilitate easier sewing to winter crops.

Strangely I thought this practise had died out

in favour of direct drilling and leaving

the stubble to help protect the soil

from wind or water erosion.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:   Summer

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:    Summer

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:   Summer

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:    Surprise



Towards the end of our first day

in Kruger National Park…

…our driver received a message which lead us to

what I call my National Geographic shot.

So called because it is where I thought it

most likely to see such a shot…


…and also because I imagined that such an image

would require much patience

and luck to capture.



On our final morning at

Sausage Tree Safari Camp

we were woken by the sound of

breaking tree branches.

Upon looking outside into the darkness

I noticed this passerby, probably heading

for the water hole.

More surprising was the fact that it was only

this image which made me realise the there was only

a three foot six inch high fence

separating us from wildlife.


The following year another surprise

at Botswana’s Elephant Sands.

While at breakfast we noticed this elephant

wandering past last night’s accommodation.

We wondered how many other had

wandered past during the night.

Elephant Sands is a water hole which elephants come

to drink at any time of day or night.

As with all animals there were more

at night than during the day.

Some of the accommodation can bee seen

in the background for the record my camera

lens was set at 55 mm for this shot.



Back to 2013 and our last evening at

Sausage Tree Safari Camp.

We were offered one last surprise game drive.

About half an hour into the drive the message

came through of a sighting…at

the other end of the reserve.




Long story short.

Mother Limpy watched on while

Nosy and Rosy (our nicknames for the cubs)

came to within twenty-five feet of our

vehicle to watch the tourists

and play on the elephant dung.

Twenty breath taking minutes and 300 shots later,

as the sun neared the horizon,

our driver alerted other vehicles

in the reserve of our sighting.



We had seen the work of a local artist,

made contact via Facebook and had one of our photos

converted into to into a charcoal sketch which

now adorns our living room wall.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:   Surprise

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:    Surprise

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:   Surprise

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:    Surprise



Channel markers

in Corio Bay



With all the world’s problems…



…Corio Bay is a very peaceful place

to take a quiet moment

to reflect especially at or…

…just before sunrise.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:   A-Quiet-Moment

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:    A-Quiet-Moment

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:   A-Quiet-Moment

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:    A-Quiet-Place



This week mostly dahlias from

a nearby Dahlia Farm…

…with a Camellia…

…and a….


…hibiscus to lead off today’s post.


From here on…


…all bar one…


…are from…

…the Dahlia Farm.








Last, but not least,

one of our very own daisies.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:   Single-Flower

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:    Single-Flower

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:   Single-Flower

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:    Single-Flower



This would be nearly as long a piece

of straight road as you would find in

the Great Ocean Road area.



Even on a quiet day it only takes one

overly cautious driver to have traffic

bumper to bumper.


Along winding walk down into the Ruakuri Cave

at Waitomo Glow Worm Caves

New Zealand.


And there is only one entry/exit,

so another long winding walk

up to ground level.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:   Long-Winding-Road

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:    Long-Winding-Road

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:   Long-Winding-Road

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:    Long-Winding-Road



Our guide told us that this was

the sight of the original McDonalds…

…at Pompeii.  🙂




Twenty-first century tourists inspecting what

is left of First century (79A.D.) Pompeii.


A mature age gentleman asking a young lady

the price of of a carriage ride

around Melbourne.


Old and new forms of transport


A ceremony dating back 364 years to 1656,

now conducted with modern instruments and

to a backdrop of modern transportation.

Different generations appreciating

the same music.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:   Old-and-New

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:    Old-and-New

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:   Old-and-New

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:    Old-and-New



From local gardens and hopefully

fitting the Delicate Colours theme.





Finishing with Camellias…

…of various…


…and hues.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:   Delicate-Colours

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:    Delicate-Colours

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:   Delicate-Colours

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:    Delicate-Colours