IMGP2286 - Kolkata Botanic Garden, Banyan tree

A reverence for trees - The great banyan of Kolkata

In countries other than Australia trees are held in high esteem, nurtured, and revered. This one in the botanic gardens in Kolkata, India, is a sheer delight. This single tree is a wonderland of trunks, a place to explore, to get lost, and to marvel in natures...

22 December 2014
IMGP3059 - Jacaranda, Jacaranda

Jacaranda - reminds me of home

Late spring in Australia brings the purple haze to brighten up our cities and towns. The Jacaranda trees are a feature of much of urban Australia in the late spring and early summer, all the way from Perth in the south-west corner, through Adelaide, Melbourne,...

24 November 2014

Big red's harem

I’ve just been out chasing one of the more elusive kangaroos, the Yellow-footed rock wallaby, one of Australia’s threatened species, found only in some outback areas of South Australia and New South Wales. The Yellow-footed’s are rather reclusive, favouring...

20 October 2014

Old and Beautiful

I may be old but with age comes great wisdom and enduring beauty

9 September 2014
Wine_Country-2272 - Coonawarra

Wine Country - The pickers hut

I live in a very beautiful part of the world, and as it happens it is “Wine Country”. Our State and country is well endowed with such wonderful landscapes, full of the elixir of life. If you haven’t tried it yet I can hopefully bring some of the joy of wine...

21 July 2014

A Reverence for Trees - Ginko Gold

I still remember the first time I saw a Ginko (Ginko biloba) tree. It was at the University of California, Berkeley Campus, it was autumn and the tree was resplendent in its beautiful gold frock, a glorius gilt lawn under its feet. The Ginko is a curious tree,...

22 June 2014

Welcome to the googlesphere

The great mechanical auk stirred from its roost and ambled across to the end of the spit which jutted out into the ocean below Sydney. It had a little stretch and a sigh, then a gulp, before finally committing to leave for warmer climes. It lumbered straight...

24 May 2014

A Reverence for Trees - The ancient olive of Acharavi

Trees are one of the great joys of my life but I know most people don’t give them a second look. I must confess that I do get upset when majestic trees are cut down. Why? Because their great presence and wisdom cannot easily be replaced, and also because it...

4 May 2014

Trembling red knees at Robe

Just back from a week down south on the coast at lovely Robe. I managed to get some time chasing birds, mostly wading birds, around the Outlet Lakes on the edge of town. It’s a great spot to watch birds and there is a huge variety there, especially at this...

13 March 2014
The Stiltwalkers

The bird whose beak leans to the right!

I only had a couple of very short windows of opportunity to find the Wrybill, one in the morning and one the following afternoon. The bird is only found in New Zealand where it favours pebbled riverbeds which split into multiple channels, so-called braided...

13 February 2014