1 and 5 – Healesville Sanctury

For this week’s 1 and 5 I am focusing on one of Zoo Victoria’s wonderful attractions – Healesville Sanctuary. Situated 52kms from Melbourne is the rural township of Healesville in Victoria’s Yarra Valley. Pretty spot, most well known for the Healesville Animal Sanctuary.


Helmeted Honeyeater, perched on Moth’s lens

1 – Healesville Sanctuary, or the Sir Colin MacKenzie Fauna Park, is a zoo specializing in native Australian animals.

2 – The zoo is set in a natural bushland environment where paths wind through different habitat areas showcasing wallabies, wombats, dingoes, kangaroos, and over 200 native bird varieties. Including a breeding population of the endangered helmeted honeyeater.

3 – Setup in 1920 by Dr Colin MacKenzie, the Institute of Anatomical Research on 78 acres (32 ha) of land. The Reserve passed to the Healesville Council in 1927 and became the Sir Colin MacKenzie Sanctuary in 1934.It was opened to the public in 1930.

4 – The first platypus bred in captivity was born at the Sanctuary in 1943.It is one of only two places to have successfully bred a platypus, the other being Sydney’s Taronga Zoo.

5 –  In 2009, the sanctuary was threatened by the Black Saturday bushfires, and the sanctuary evacuated their threatened species to Melbourne Zoo.

Til next time, happy snapping…


1 and 5 – Cairns (Rock Stacking)

I did a post a while back now about stacked stones, but it is becoming even more prevalent.It seems everywhere we travel we find Love Locks or Stacked Stones.


1 – A cairn is a human-made pile (or stack) of stones. The word cairn comes from the Scottish Gaelic: càrn (plural càirn).

2 – Cairns were used as trail markers in many parts of the world, in uplands, on moorland, on mountaintops, near waterways and on sea cliffs, as well as in barren deserts and tundra. They come in all shapes and sizes from quite small to an entire artificial hill.

3 – For some they are ‘Prayer-Stone’ stacks left in areas with a natural energy, and you will often find them in tranquil settings by water or up high on mountains overlooking tranquil valleys; occasionally you may even spot someone doing yoga!

4 – One particular artist in Colorado, USA has made an art form out of stacking rocks, and is now embroiled in a dispute of human safety with the Boulder, Colorado Police Dept now making it illegal to stack rocks??

5 – Somehow it has turned into a tourist thing, in the above photo was taken at Carrisbrook Creek (Great Ocean Road)………cars pulled up on the side of the road with all these people climbing down an embankment (yes us included) to see these stacked stones and the creek mouth. There was hundreds of them and people everywhere making more. Where did all these stones come from?

Til next time, safe travels and happy snapping…





1 and 5 – Hosier Lane

Melbourne is known for it’s arts, culture, fashion and sport, one of the iconic tourist attractions within the CDB is our Street Art, one of the more famous would be Hosier Lane (This is just one of Melbourne’s notable Street Art Lane-ways).


Fact 1 – Hosier Lane is a blue stone cobbled lane way (Cars and people use it) on the southern edge of the CDB. Hosier lane is a much celebrated landmark mainly due to its sophisticated Street art.

Fact 2 – Hosier Lane is situated opposite the entrance to the Atrium at Federation Square on Flinders St, just a short walk from Flinders Street Train Station. It was at times in the (Not so distant) dim, dark past, a place of disrepute and criminal activity.

Fact 3 – The lane has been noted for the quality and the political nature of its art. It features in the state-sponsored book The Melbourne Design Guide and in Tourism Victoria’s Lose Yourself in Melbourne advertising campaign, leading to questions about the dichotomy of Victoria’s approach to graffiti. The graffiti-covered walls and art-installations have become a popular backdrop for fashion and wedding photography, (Me Included).

Fact 4 – Hosier Lane is also known for its upmarket cocktail lounges including the popular Misty and MoVida. An open air cooking session with MoVida’s chef Frank Camorra on Masterchef Australia (TV Show) season 2 showcased the lane as a major Melbourne attraction.

Fact 5 – The artwork is very much in the eye of the beholder – tagging has it’s proponents, street art and murals have their detractors. The discussion around varying different forms from; graffiti, street art, tagging, writing, stencils, street sculpture, installations, gallery and commercial art generates fervent opinions and responses depending upon who’s doing the talking. At the end of the day, none of the subjective assessments really matter – our lane-ways appear to be a much safer, vibrant and enjoyable place to be, thanks to the incredible artwork of these artists!

Til next time, travel safe and happy snapping…


1 and 5 – Love Locks

I saw a post a little while back, apologies I cannot remember who or where, they did a post with one image about a location or item and then five quick facts about that location (or item)…it stuck with me, and I thought perhaps I might do a few posts on a similar level. So here we go, Love Locks………..love them or hate them, we seem to see them everywhere in our travels across Australia.


Love Locks, Blue Lake, Mt Gambier, SA

Fact 1

A love lock or love padlock is a padlock which sweethearts lock to a bridge, fence, gate, or similar public fixture to symbolize their love. Typically the sweethearts’ names or initials are inscribed on the padlock, and its key is thrown away to symbolize unbreakable love. Since the 2000s, love locks have proliferated at an increasing number of locations worldwide.

Fact 2

This latest tradition is believed by some to have been inspired by an ancient custom, which is believed to have originated in China – where lovers lock a padlock on a chain or gate and then throw away the key, symbolically locking their love forever.  Around the world, cities from Moscow to Rome (And Australia) are filled with fences, bridges, and poles adorned with padlocks.

Fact 3

They are now mostly treated by municipal authorities as litter or vandalism, and there is some cost to their removal. However, there are authorities who embrace them, and who use them as fundraising projects or tourism attractions.Melbourne recently had 20,000 love locks removed from Yarra Bridge by the City Council citing that the locks were weighing down and stretching the safety rails.

Fact 4

Even the Pont des Arts bridge in Paris which was reportedly covered in 45 tonnes of love locks and had them removed due to the structural integrity of the bridge. That is a LOT of padlocks and twice as many keys!(Don’t forget those thrown away keys).

Fact 5

Padlocks begin rusting very quickly once exposed to the elements. This rust spreads almost immediately to metal fencing or structures to which they are attached. A rusting bridge is NEVER a good thing. The locks are polluting the rivers, most people, after attaching their locks, toss the keys into the river or lake below as part of the “romantic ritual” – but have you stopped to consider that this is actually POLLUTING these waterways and creating an environmental problem for the wildlife? There are tens of thousands of rusted keys throw into these waterways and is as bad as throwing away your plastic water bottles or other trash.

So what is your stance, romantic or destructive?