Native garden in Monbulk

I recently had the privilege of photographing a garden in Monbulk.  I’d been to visit it a few times in the past and I was amazed at how much it had grown. Just under two years of age, there are many bushes there of a mature size. The owner, Shirley, started the garden after she bought the house and ripped out what was there and started from scratch. My daughter (Shirley’s neighbour) informs me that Shirley has done this with previous homes and she’s obviously quite experienced in garden planning and design. It shows. Shirley is not a young woman and has done most of the work herself. A great way to keep physically active and fit in her older years.

I hope you’ll agree, from the photos below, that this is a great garden to visit and that you’ll keep your eyes open for possible open days at a later date.  Many of her plants have been bought from Kuranga Nursery (one of my favourite nurseries too), as has her garden ornaments.

Looking towards Shirley’s house in the backyard.
Monbulk garden

The kangaroo paw is looking well established.

Monbulk garden

Another section of her garden.

Monbulk garden

She had a variety of heath in her garden, this one originally from WA.

Monbulk garden

You can see more photos from her garden here.



Autumn garden photography

Do you live in or near the Dandenong ranges? Autumn is my favourite season – still some warmth in the day, cooler nights, and with it changing colours in our trees and gardens. Truly a paradise in this area and I love it.

I am building a garden (botanic) portfolio and I invite you to have your garden photographed if you live in or near this beautiful region. For a limited time I have a special price offering to photograph your garden and give you a 20page photo book of your garden at the special price of $325.00.  What does this entail? Usually 2 visits – the first so I can meet you and get to know your garden, the second to do the photography of your garden at a mutually convenient time.

It can be a portion of your garden or an overview of the whole garden. Or perhaps you know someone you’d like to gift this to?  Make contact with me today via the contact page on this site. I look forward to hearing from you!


Sunrise over Mt Dandenong

I was photographing an event one morning this week and when I looked out the window the sun was just peeking over the distant hills. I love the hint of rays in the shot too. This is looking toward Mt Dandenong, Victoria.

The quote is something the guest speaker said that morning and I figured sunrise shows it’s the start of a new day.


Australasian Darter Birds

I really enjoy walking at Birdsland Reserve, in Belgrave.  Always something to see, no matter the time of day. I’m usually there as the sun is rising and hits the lakes, roughly about 40mins after official sunrise. Lots of birdlife, beautiful lakes and bush life. Occasionally a kangaroo, haven’t yet seen an echidna yet. One day…

Male darterbird in flight

Male darterbird with fish

Male darterbird

2016 Calendar now available


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.