Weekly Photo Challenge-Twisted



My contribution for this week’s challenge…



When first approached about growing blue gums…  the clean up contractor told us all fencing material

would be ‘buried’.

I guess when his time arrives he will be happy

to be dumped under a tree in a twisted mess.


A twisted limb frames a canola paddock.


Twisted trees on Mt. Buninyong.

A foggy morning and

a clear reflection in still water.






Two of anything this week.

An African eagle and an

African Starling (I suspect) sharing a tree.


Two giraffes also sharing a tree.


Cape Buffalo

Zebras having a meeting.

A week or so ago, preening seagulls

at Geelong’s Corio Bay.

On Friday I drove up Mount Buninyong,

about a sixty minute drive inland,

and discovered there a two roads.

An up road and a down road.

From Mount Buninyong, two trees were an easy find.


Have just re-read the challenge and realised

that we were supposed to post two different things.

First photo is okay, I think.

So here is Taji and her new toy.

I am told it is a Cong or is that Kong?

And a Juvenile Collared Hawk which decided to

breakfast on an annoying mudlark in

our back yard, a week or so ago.

If I had known that it would be photographed

I would have had the lawn mower out to knock over

the weeds that seem to thrive when

other grasses want water.


Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Any-Two



Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge-Leaves-Trees


My contribution for

this week’s challenge

Leaves or Trees

A shady tree in a small Victorian,

Western District town.

Based on the appearance of the limbs/trunk,

it may be a bushy Poplar.

I believe they are known as Aspens

in America.

The cool temperate rain forests

of the Otway Ranges…

provides an ideal climate for

some of our native eucalypts.


 Trees around Corio Bay can add

some interest or foil the suns rays

in early morning photography.


Tree Farming

About twenty years ago a new industry popped up in southern Australia. Rather than farming livestock many farmers nearing retirement sold, or leased, their land to companies which planted trees.

Blue Gum

Varieties planted are quick-growing and are harvested between ten and twelve years after planting.


Blue Gums

These are twelve-year-old Eucalyptus globulus, commonly known as ‘Blue Gums.’ There were
80,000 trees planted in this 80 hectare plantation.



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Harvest, shipping and shipping is scheduled for the end of 2013.  It is a shame really as although there is very little road traffic around here, three or four hundred metres along this track and you are in a different world.  Any road noise is eliminated by the trees and all one can hear is the rustle of the leaves.

Native wildlife, mainly kangaroos, birds and reptiles, have found their way into this man-made forest and will soon be homeless.