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!


Photography in Olinda

Recently I had the privilege of photographing a garden in Olinda, Victoria, Australia. As the property is surrounded by tall mountain ash trees sunlight tends to arrive quite late in the morning, even in the warmer months.

Beautiful Hydrangea

Purple splash

Morning sun peeking through

Garden art

For more garden images visit my Gardens album at Flickr.

Meet Steve and the crew from our workshop

Delighted to see that Steve has shared some of our photos and about the workshop on his website.  We really did have a lovely 2 days – it went far too fast but I did learn a great deal once again. This is the second workshop I’ve done with Steve Parish and very different to the first one. And again, I learnt so many things.

He is very generous with his knowledge and sharing.  Everyone really did enjoy their time together.

This is a photo of the group (I’m 3rd from the right).


If you would like to see the photos that Steve has shared from each of the group please visit this page.

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Sunrise from my office window

Love working at home. I get to watch the sun rise through my office window each morning, see the birds in the garden and watch the foot and car traffic pass by.

This sunrise happened a few days ago. I grabbed my camera as quickly as I could to race outside and get a clear shot. Gorgeous, isn’t it?

Misty Sunrise in Selby

Living in the Dandenong Ranges

It is nearly 5 years since my husband and I shifted to the beautiful Dandenong Ranges.  We live in the lower part of the ranges, just above the foothills really, sitting at around 230m above sea level. Not high enough for snow, although that would be nice to see on occasion. But high enough to be clouded in at times and surrounded in a cloudy mist rain. We’re on the right side of the mountains (seaside) to collect a fair bit of rain each year. So far we’ve had 554mm (21.81in) of rain. I decided at the beginning of the year to keep a record of the rainfall here. I wasn’t sure if that was average or what for us but on checking Mt Dandenong (which is at the peak of the ranges and about 1/2 hour drive from us) it seems they average 1164mm a year, so we’re pretty much on track for this area I would say.

I love living in this area, surrounded by bushland and rainforest. Our own property has many deciduous trees on it, planted by past residents in years gone by. Some of our trees are over 50 years old, the eucalypts probably older. One of the things I don’t like is how gum trees just like to drop branches on windy or very wet days, but it seems our lily pilly trees like to do the same. And this weekend our very old willow tree out the back of house decided to do the same. A very, very large bough that took out the eucalypt right next to us. We can be thankful the house and the rainwater tank (spare for the summer) wasn’t damaged along with it.  We’re going to miss the shade they both provided each summer at the back of the house. Thought I’d share some images of our willow tree as it has been in the past.

In the summer

Under the willow tree

Heading into Spring

Willow Tree in flower

Close up – the willow does produce flowers and the bees love it.

260-366 Bees in the willow