The Scot on the hill

Very occasionally in life I have experienced a strange feeling of having just arrived home when arriving at a place for the first time ever! The first occasion I recall this was in 1994 when I visited Ireland for the first time. I remember very much feeling...

10 August 2020

The Circle of Oaks

At some point around 1840, or just before, someone planted a ring of some 14 pedunculate or “English” oaks around a spring in the Adelaide hills at what is now known as Gumeracha. A name thought to be derived from Umer-acha, a word used by the local Peramangk...

15 June 2020
IMGP0361 - God tree Perry Sandhills, NSW

The Deity of the Desert

Cradled in the arms of the disappearing giantRecent rains in north eastern Australia have given some relief for the starved grazers and the graziers. The tributaries in the catchment of the Darling River have been flowing, birds have begun to sing again and...

31 March 2020
IMGP8996 - The Kissing Tree, Murray Street Perth

Love and lust under the Kissing Tree

It's hard to imagine anything more wonderful than a "Kissing Tree", especially during the present viral pandemic. This glorious Moreton Bay Fig tree planted in the 1890's stands today at the top end of Perth's Murray Street. Its great branches span across...

19 March 2020

The Mentor of Mambray Creek

This gentle giant of a redgum tree stands earnestly in the middle of the campground at Mambray Creek in the southern Flinders Ranges of South Australia. It reaches up cathedral like, open to the sky on a series of broad flat pillars. The size of this giant...

18 November 2019

The Mail Bag tree

This venerable brown stringybark (Eucalyptus baxteri) tree was once the local post office!When diggers were working the Blackwood Gully goldfield in the 1880's in South Australia, the mail to and from the prospectors was left in a bag hanging on a hook on...

31 October 2019

Fleeting moments

The sun perked up as we crossed the Tay Road Bridge in DundeeThe weather hasn't been too kind over the past month, actually it's been pretty drizzerable with rain falling everywhere we have been every day. The few exceptions being a couple of days on the Isle...

6 September 2019

The words unsaid

The master, John McGuinness on the run down Bray Hill.Our trip was organised to coincide with the Isle of Man Classic TT, on the world's most famous motor racing circuit. On the first day of racing we took our spectator point from advice given in the race...

3 September 2019

Combestone tor, wind, the dart and moor

Above: into the unknown, Combestone farmOn top of a hill sit a great pile of rocks, belligerent, defying gale force winds and driving rain, at least for the moment. A few metres downslope a track winds its way slowly down the hill and onto a little shoulder...

11 August 2019

The last postcards from Spain

Serendipity strikes again.Zaragoza, always good to seek out the town belltower for a good perspective.Freedom of expression, Zaragoza.The stone houses of Aragon, Ainsa.It's a new baby!The future is hereWell that's it from Spain, we're off to catch the ferry...

3 August 2019