Great Cormorants and Little Black Cormorants

So my last post talked about a family of Cormorants. Well, it seems, they were two different types of cormorants. The Little Black Cormorant below and, at the bottom, the Great Cormorant.  There is definitely a difference in size when you see them together, but not a massive difference. They enjoyed being together. This morning when I was back at the park there were four Great Cormorants on that same dead tree in the water and a smaller Little Black Cormorant diving in the lake.

Great Cormorant

Great Cormorant family

Great Cormorant

Winter Visit to Cloudehill Gardens 5

I’d be most remiss if I didn’t mention the sculptures there on display. There are quite a few, plus other ornaments. It really does add to the gardens.

Visit to Cloudehill

Visit to Cloudehill

Visit to Cloudehill

It is solved by walking

Winter Visit to Cloudehill 4

Looking at more of what is on display at the Cloudehill Gardens currently.

There are two beautiful Japanese weeping maples and these were apparently planted in the 1920s. So they are of quite an age! This is one of them.

Visit to Cloudehill

And here are a couple more images from there.

Visit to Cloudehill

Visit to Cloudehill

Winter Visit to Cloudehill Gardens 3

It might be winter but there are still interesting things to see on display in the gardens.

I never found out what these are:

Visit to Cloudehill

This is holly. I’m told that it’s a weed or pest in this area but I’d not seen it before and thought it looked lovely. It’s something often seen on Christmas Cards for the northern hemisphere but, here in Australia, it produces berries in the middle of the year, when our winter is on.

Visit to Cloudehill

And this is a flowering apricot. It’s a lovely ornamental that flowers in winter. Isn’t it gorgeous?
Visit to Cloudehill

Winter Visit to Cloudehill Gardens 2

Still on the same topic. I love the architecture and pathways in this place.  It’s so beautifully done. It’s created on a 3.3ha property and used to be a flower farm we learnt while listening to the owner.

I’d love to put pathways on some of our property and do ‘rooms’ of plants.  In the meantime, I’ll just enjoy them at this place instead.

Visit to Cloudehill

Visit to Cloudehill

Visit to Cloudehill