Willow Tree Close up

Have you ever looked really close at a willow tree? I hadn’t, until we shifted to our home where an old one presides at the back of our home. Amazing tree really. And you wouldn’t guess what actually lives on it at different times of the year. I was surprised!

I bet you are too. I haven’t yet worked out what lives in these.
Shell on the willow

Shell on the willow

And it’s not just the bees that enjoy the flowers.
The ant and willow flower

Autumn in the Ranges

Autumn is here once again. My favourite time of year. Warmish days, cooler nights, beautiful imagery.  The flowers, the changing tree colours, beautiful sunrises and sunsets, lovely scenery all round. It really is a picturesque place to live and I love it here in the Dandenong Ranges.

We have autumn flowers coming out now and our roses are flowering again, as are our strawberries. Another round before winter sets in.

Cosmos – my grandmother used to grow these in her garden and I loved seeing them there.

Cosmos

Dahlias. I have grown to love these flowers. There are quite a variety. Love the dark leaves too.

Dahlia

We have a gigantic weeping oak in our garden.  I would say probably a good 45-50 feet tall, maybe taller. Certainly towers above the houses in our area. It’s just beginning to change colour.

Weeping Oak

Working on my macro

Well, actually Nikon calls it a micro lens and it’s a 60mm AF-S lens. I’ve had a love/hate relationship with it and want to learn to master this lens.  Lighting plays a key and at the moment I’ve been doing hand held but may have to consider using a tripod.

Below: Hoverfly and daisy; bee inside a flower and a bee on a lavender stalk.

Hover fly and daisy

Bee and rhododendron flower

Bee on lavender

Asiatic Lily

Of course, we don’t just have white flowers and grevilleas in the garden.  After being given a bunch of flowers awhile back with gorgeous lilies in them, I actually bought one to put in the garden. Isn’t this beautiful?

Orange Asiatic Lily

Grevilleas

We have a few different grevilleas coming out now and that means all the honey-eaters, large and small, are starting to hang around more. These are just a couple of them.

Grevillea

Grevillea