Spring Outings – Australia Gardens Pt 1

We seem to be three for three in weekly outings, it’s been great. Sadly we only seem to get one day between Friday and Sunday that’s actually worth leaving the house. The joy of Spring and unpredictable weather. This week is Australia Gardens in Cranbourne about 50km SE Melbourne. not far from my house, beautiful…

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Monday’s Musings…

It’s been a rather quiet week, it’s been wonderful. It was a little stressful behind the scenes for the last month or so, I won’t go into details, but things were getting rather stressful. So, I pencilled in a couple of weeks off…to a degree. No classes, no presentations, no workshops. I still had work…

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Spring bees…

Technically honey bees are not native to Australia, we do have our own blue banded bees, but I don’t think I have actually ever seen one up close. Supposedly our natives don’t sting…or is that an urban myth? Anyway, honey bees are a lovely sight and perform such a big job. Before we changed our…

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Spring bugs…

While I was out the front with my macro lens this time, (really trying to make the most of the window on my weeping cherry blossoms, sadly they do not last long) I spotted a ladybug! I have not see one in such a long time… She (or he?) only stuck around for a few…

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Ice, Ice baby

I was doing a photographic challenge for a photography group, just for fun, we had to shoot items beginning with each letter of the alphabet. I thought I would get all arty and capturing ice melting with my macro. I grabbed a bowl of ice and set up on the back deck in a lovely…

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It’s Spring…

Well it is now officially Spring here in the Southern States, not my favourite season, but it marks the end of Winter, and I am NOT a fan of Winter at all. But, we were lucky that our stage 4 lock down was during some horrible weather, now it is on the improve, hopefully we…

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In the studio – playing with minimalism part two

I recently did a post with these same lilies on a black background and they are quite stark and minimal and beautiful. They were a joy to capture in the studio. But I wasn’t quite finished. I have been getting some beautiful Winter sunlight in the mornings, so I placed my lilies in a glass…

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In the studio – playing with minimalism part one

In my back garden I have a frog pond, sadly there are currently no frogs, we did once have frogs, but a sad mishap one hot Summer while we were on holidays meant we lost our tadpoles and the parent frogs moved (or maybe died) to more suited surrounding. We have fixed the frog pond,…

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Spring is nearly here

It’s technically still Winter here in Australia, but signs that Spring is nearly here are starting to show, out in my garden (still can’t really leave the house). Tiny buds are starting to shoot, my Hellebore is in subtle bloom, my clivia are in bud. I took some time to explore and enjoy in my…

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In the studio – Gerberas

There is nothing is as bright and cheerful as gerberas, is there? Possibly Daisies or Cosmos, but I cannot get either of them at the moment. But I did recently pick up these bright orange ones! So I spent some time playing with them in the studio… Just popped them on my chippy table in…

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