The calendar is now available for 2016. Featuring images from around the Dandenong Ranges, including the Puffing Billy, Birdsland Reserve, Alfred Nicholas Gardens and other popular sights. Retailing for $19.95AUD plus postage. Click here to place your order.
I have been writing blogposts but not in my usual category. I’ve created a new one called Postcards and it is linked in the menu of my site. So it won’t be going out through my normal email feed.
For almost a year now I’ve been a member of Postcrossing.net and enjoying receiving postcards from all over the world, as well as sending them. I’m teaching others about our country and I’m learning lots about other countries. If you’re interested in seeing the cards I’ve received, and some that I’ve sent, why not check out that menu item Postcards to see. Make sure you pop back now and then. I have a year’s worth (almost) of cards to pop up on the site and it’s going to take me awhile to get them up there, then I’ll have to keep it updated.
In the meantime, here is one I’ve sent overseas to a small number of people. A very iconic image from our area, don’t you think?
I’ve been away on holidays overseas and it’s taking me awhile to get through all the photos I took. However, I’m back to taking local photos now too.
This is an eastern spinebill in salvia in our garden. I love seeing the birds here all year round, even in winter, enjoying what our garden has to offer them.
It’s becoming an annual thing for me now, to photograph the Puffing Billy Race in May, here in Selby close to home. Last year I went to the Menzies Creek crossing and had to handle an umbrella while taking shots too, but this time round the weather was just perfect with a slight breeze and blue skies and fluffy clouds. So my husband, a colleague and I set up near the Trestle Bridge to watch the runners and the trains (two of them) pass by at the start of the race. Over 3,000 runners in this year’s event and the winner, Steve Kelly, beat the train, coming in at 42:47 mins. I believe the train was around 52 mins. Always great to watch those who get involved. Here are just a few shots from the race.
More images can be seen here.
As you may have gathered in past posts, I am a keen gardener and for me, the mix of nature and gardens is just perfect. Last year I learnt about Edna Walling, who was a well known garden designer here in Australia during the 1920s-1940s but she was also a photographer and an author, writing for magazines and also writing books. I felt I’d found I kindred spirit and now have 3 books by or about Edna and have been happily finding out all I can. So, to have been invited to visit one of her most well-known gardens was an absolute joy and privilege and I wandered around the garden with my camera, in absolute heaven. Hope you enjoy these images and you can find more here. Mawarra is in Sherbrooke, Victoria and you can choose to stay at the guest house and enjoy this beautiful garden.
While at this garden walk I met with Chris who provides wonderful art deco style outdoor furniture. If you’re wanting to decorate your garden you might also like to visit his site to explore.