Red Wattle Bird Nest.

I was lucky to notice this treasure in my garden. I never got too close and tried to take a photo every day from when I first saw them. In the beginning one chick hadn't opened its eyes. They grow so quickly!

Such a privilege to watch.
There is more from Day 8 yet to come.

A leisurely Walk and Talk with Steve Parish

On Thursday I spent a couple of hours with a group led by Steve Parish, the session was called a leisurely walk and talk, though they actually walked at quite a cracking pace, maybe because it was raining?  I didn't monopolise Steve's time or garner his opinion. I hung back a bit seeing things I usually do with one ear on the conversation and tips that were being offered. it was followed by a morning Tea.

The conversation roamed from mental health and history to writing, cameras and lenses. It wasn't a lesson per se, more of a take what you want from it offering. Steve's opinion on what makes a good image and some know how was offered throughout; he took us to a couple of spots he liked in the gardens and told us why and what he saw there. When I got home I loaded and edited my few images and this is what I wrote  'Colour, texture, scenes, background and how I fill a frame. Creative process with no destination in mind.' 
These are the words that I held in mind taken from that one ear on Conversation I mentioned. Backgrounds and colour are evident in the images I took on the day and while I wasn't consciously aware of it I was obviously drawn to yellow, perhaps because reds and pinks are so very prevalent in the native flora right now.

I have been mulling it all over and I think the biggest take away I had from the morning is that photography is a form of creative expression and as such involves a creative process. I resolve to not always put my tree trunks on the same 1/3 line and to do some much closer crops, also to use parts of a whole as an acceptable image. Technical take away thoughts were to learn how to read and use the histogram on my camera, play with my f stops more and attempt photographing 'scenes' as opposed to things. Steve is a down to earth, reasonable, easy to get along with person and it was a lovely session.


Beautiful Weeds, that sway in the breeze.


On Monday afternoon a Swarm of Bees landed in our garden. I knew that with a Nosy little dog this was a disaster waiting to happen so I called a local bee keeper who said he could come to collect the swarm the next morning, for a small fee. 

The next three pictures are from that first afternoon, the bees had formed a large loose U shape on the fence and were congregating under the top rail, while a cluster at the bottom of the U were pulling in a part of the Rose bush they were behind.

The next morning when I went out to check on them this is what sat where that lower cluster had been and the majority of the remaining bees were now down at the base of the fence and behind the bottom rail. There were a few up at the top pulling in the plant as the group down lower had been the previous day. Isn't the pendulum of bees amazing!

The man came with his box and communicated so nicely with me about the process, he patiently answered all of my questions about the fate of the bees. He said once they settle in that box they will be offered to a beginner who wants to start keeping bees, through the bee keepers association. He did tell me at the start he would not be able to get every single bee in there and estimated about 1% of the swarm would be left behind. He gave me a protective hood thing ( I don't know the correct term ) and let me watch the entire process.

With no Queen, no purpose and drastically diminished supply of honey, the ones left behind are dying. Its sad watching them trying to fly and seeing that their energy levels are so low they just can't make it. They wait so faithfully there looking for her. I took this pic earlier this morning and now that it has warmed up most of them have made it back up onto the fence. The ants are moving in on the others.

I feel so privileged to have experienced this

Practice ANBG

On Sunday I headed off early to the Australian National  Botanic Gardens ( anbg) and spent a couple of hours wandering around with my Camera. I'm trying to spend at least 1/2 hour a day out in my own garden with the camera but its always interesting to get out of my comfort zone and have different subject matter. I like going without the kids as I can get off the main path and go at my own pace.

These are some of my favourite pics I took that morning. I'm really happy with those first two flowers and the water dragon above. I found a sensational mossy path with water running across it and stepping stones in place. Its was so tranquil and lovely. I did spend quite a lot of time photographing water looking for something to enter in my 'Click Love Grow' Grads group, challenge for last week. Though my heart wasn't really in it with so many pretty flowers, birds and lizards. I even met a few Kangaroos one with a Joey in her pouch and a territorial magpie who gave a loud beak clap in my right ear as his fast flying wings whooshed by in warning.

There were a few beautiful Rosella encounters none of which I captured with a real degree of skill when it came to my camera but which did bring me joy in witnessing the acts. Two bathing in a deeply shaded running stream another two feeding on a native flowering low to ground shrub which one of them literally fell out of! It was so funny to see a Crimson Rosella on its back on a path after it tried to reach a flower using a branch that couldn't support its weight. Then there was the young one pictured below who landed practically 1m in front of me at the side of a footbridge I was crossing. He was sweet and entertaining.

This dragon got busted having a mid morning snack and just froze there as if to say ... Nope no grasshoppers came this way. Its a bit hard to see but a leg of whatever it was he ate is poking out of its mouth. It was some type of large insect as far as I could tell, I have seen a water dragon and the gardens eating a baby bird, with both its legs and part of its body protruding which was not very nice, but just nature I guess.

I am loving my 70-200mm lens and might never take it off my camera! Though in all honesty I'm really starting to think about a 50mm and a 135mm, though I haven't done any research and can't say why its these two on my radar. Thanks so much to all my regular readers who are leaving such beautiful compliments and feedback on my photos. Your encouragement is so valued. x

Hothouse Orchids- Australian National Botanic Gardens

These Orchids are a part of the Gardens research collection, not usually on display but were available to be viewed until the 6th of October.

The scent as you entered the hothouse was overwhelming. I noticed not many people who came in after me stayed longer than I did. It was mostly quick in and out visits.

The new lens that I mentioned in my previous post has arrived ( yesterday ) and already blown my mind! I'm having fun getting to know it and its capabilities and I'm looking forward to next week when the kids go back to school so I can venture out beyond my yard and put it through its paces at my own leisurely pace.