Saturday, May 30, 2009


On a recent trip to Emerald Lake, I found this beautiful Kookaburra sitting quietly on a post taking in the scenery. As luck happened I had my camera in hand turned on and ready, not to be one to miss a golden opportunity I slowly lifted the camera and took my shot. The Kookaburra didn't seem to mind my presence and continued to sit quietly and watched me. So I slowly took another step closer and took another shot. One of this friends landed in the tree above us and made is laughing call and both birds flew away. I was not disappointed with the photo s I'd taken when I arrived home. These truly are a most beautiful bird instantly recognisable by their plumage and their voice.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens

The Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens are located in Sherbrooke in the Dandenong Ranges, a short drive from Melbourne.

Alfred Nicholas Gardens are the original gardens of the "historic Burnham Beeches" estate. The gardens are renowned for their extensive water features , including a quaint boathouse. The unusual Blackfish Pond and a picturesque lake which is fed by two striking waterfalls. Sadly, Alfred Nicholas died in 1933 before his garden had been completed and after his death the gardens began to decline. In 1965 The Nicholas Institute donated the gardens to the people of Victoria by way of the Shire of Sherbrooke.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Autumn Leaves

It is had not hard to be impressed by the the wonderful colours of Autumn leaves, we all enjoy the Autumn display. As summer becomes Autumn the days become shorter this is the signal for the trees to begin getting ready for winter. There is not enough light or water for photosynthesis during the winter months. During winter the trees rest and will live off the food they have stored over summer. The green chlorophyll disappears from the leaves and the bright green colour fades away, leaves begin to change to yellow and orange. The bright rich colours of red and purple are caused in leaves when photosynthesis stops and glucose is trapped in the leaves. The sunlight and the change to the cooler nights of Autumn cause the leaves to turn the glucose into the rich red colours.



Sunday, May 10, 2009

Emerald Lake

Autumn is such a beautiful time of the year and it is a great time of the year to visit the Dandenong Ranges and see the beautiful Autumn trees in all their glory, such stunning colours. Today we took a drive up to Emerald Lake, a favorite place to go with the camera in hand and today I was not disappointed. A lovely way to spend mother's day, sunshine, fresh air and beautiful scenery.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Autumn Trees

In Australia and the Southern Hemisphere, the Autumn months are March, April and May, when the temperatures start their slide into winter. It's getting noticeably colder, especially in the early morning and over night. Autumn is a time of change the green color of summer gives way to the yellow, red, and browns of autumn. The Autumn trees with all their vibrant colours leave a lasting impression of this beautiful season.

Sunday, May 3, 2009


For the first time I am growing Daylilies in my garden, they were given to me over summer when we were experiencing extremely hot weather. I was uncertain if these lilies would survive as they received very little water after the first week or so. But survive they did and to my surprise some of them have started to flower.