Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Carrickalinga Pt 1

Have just returned from a wonderfully relaxing few days in my very favourite part of South Australia - the Fleurieu Peninsula. 
The following images convey just some of the delights this area has to offer.
 


 Above is one section of Carrickalinga's beach
 

a cheeky Willie Wagtail (fan tail) seemed to follow us on one of our walks

Ingalalla Waterfall, just 10 or so kms inland from Carrickalinga

The southern end of Carrickalinga
 




Just a few of the gorgeous flowers in the area - Protea, (unknown), Hibiscus, Leucadendron and Banksia

 
. . . . and the northern end of Carrickalinga, where the dark, ridged rocks running into the sea resemble a moonscape
 
Hoping your week is going well, wherever you are, and linking up with


Monday, May 18, 2015

Morialta Conservation Park

 
The following images were captured during a lovely morning's outing yesterday through a small section of Morialta Conservation Park, about 1/2 hour's drive from Adelaide's CBD.

 Eastern Rosella

A variety of Banksia

Pacific Black Duck

A male Red-Headed Mouse Spider
(apparently a similar species to the Trapdoor and Funnel-web spiders)
- although research suggests this one is not generally aggressive, I was thankful our feet were well-protected!

 
 
Hop on over to Our World Tuesday 
to see more images from different parts of our amazing world.
(and thank you to the team of hosts of that site)
 
 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Thistles

 
Seeking new territory in which to walk with my dog Jessie, I opted for an area just a short drive from home - Cobbler Creek. It is quite hilly and offers great views down to the coast. The tracks/trails are shared by hikers and bikers, but on this particular day I only came upon one other person who also was out exercising his canine friend.
 
 
There are lots of Scotch Thistle (or Onopordum acanthium to those seeking a botanical name) in the area which, despite being declared a weed, I find have a unique beauty. When in flower, they display a vivid shade of purple (at least here in South Australia - it may be different in other regions of the world).
However, even when they've finished blooming they still provide an appealing sight.
 


.... below is the view towards Greenwith
 


across the windswept hillside


 
 

Thankfully the rain held off and, although a bit on the blustery side, it was an invigorating walk which I will doubtless embark upon again in the coming cooler months when one doesn't have to worry about the presence of snakes!
 
Sharing with Our World Tuesday
 
and thanking Lady Fi and the team for hosting.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Daily view

 
Aaah .... wonderful memories of an amazing house exchange holiday on Vancouver Island, BC - what a fabulous part of the world to visit (and, dare I say, live?)
 

 
Linking up with James' Weekend Reflection

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Inside or Al Fresco?

During an evening stroll in Paris with my photography buddy last year, we came upon this busy Brasserie in the Opera district.
It wasn't until I looked more closely at the image with a view to posting it that I noticed the budding young photographer in the top left hand corner of the upstairs restaurant - cute!
 

Participating with others from all corners of the earth, in

Friday, May 1, 2015

Monet & friends

 
Following are a few more images from Monet's extraordinarily beautiful and colourful garden
  

 



"Froggie went a'courting ...!"
The peaceful garden environment became alive with an "orchestral concert" in full swing, as (it seemed) 100s of frogs went about their courting in the ponds - the volume of sounds was amazing!


Joining in with James' Weekend Reflection
and
(with thanks also to Barb, Sanni & Tammy)
 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Sweet surprise


While being shown around Biddulph Grange gardens by my house exchange hosts last year, I was delighted to not only see this charming little Robin on a nearby branch, but to capture it with my lens too!
(Am not sure whether I've posted this shot previously. If so, perhaps I can be forgiven as "he" really is such a sweetie!)
 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Just "chilling out" with friends


This mixed group of cattle breeds were just lazing around on a property near Congleton in Cheshire, UK during my visit there this time last year. (I couldn't help but smile at the "bad hair day" look of the highland cattle - or at least I think that's what breed they are!)
 
Joining in the fun at Camera Critters

Monday, April 20, 2015

More Mylor Magic


 
 
 
 
 



 










This series of images was captured during my recent visit to Mylor . . .
. . . am thinking I need to revisit the area again with tripod at the ready and more time at my disposal, in order to do justice to the sweet birdlife that abounds there.
 
Joining in the fun at Our World Tuesday

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Linear Park

Out walking over Easter weekend, my lifelong friend and I enjoyed the beauty of Linear Park - a shared walk & bike trail that runs from the Adelaide foothills (following the River Torrens) to the coastline.
 

 
Linking up (belatedly) with Outdoor Wednesday
and getting in early for both
(with grateful thanks to the hosts of all these sites)
 





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