Spotted Pardalotes #2

Since my post first highlighting the visit of a pair of Spotted Pardalotes, I have managed to get another couple of shots. This time the  female was not so elusive and I managed to capture her as well.

Sadly I have not seen them lately, and it appears that may have moved on.

Spotted Pardalote – the male of the species

Spotted Pardalote – the male of the species

The female Spotted Pardalote

Three Trees

Yesterday I walked through the Queen’s Lake Park in Moonee Ponds, a suburb  of Melbourne, Australia. Three trees caught my attention for various reasons.

The first, for the texture of the bark.

Unknown Tree Species – It was the texture of the bark that attracted my attention

The second tree is a Red Flowering Gum, Corymbia ficifolia, and it was the base of the tree with its root system above the ground that I found interesting.

Red Flowering Gum, Corymbia ficifolia, Queen's Lake, Park, Moonee Ponds, Victoria, Australia

Red Flowering Gum – An interesting specimen

Red Flowering Gum, Corymbia ficifolia, Queen's Lake, Park, Moonee Ponds, Victoria, Australia

Red Flowering Gum, Corymbia ficifolia – an impressive base

The third tree had been planted in memory of an Australian icon James Lesley (Les) Darcy (1895-1917), boxer and folk hero.  While he was a middleweight boxer , he held the Australian Heavyweight Championship title at the same time.

Les Darcy Tree, Queen's Lake Park, Moonee Ponds, Victoria, Australia

Les Darcy Tree, Queen’s Lake Park

In Memory of Les Darcy, Queen's Lake Park, Moonee Ponds, Victoria, Australia

In Memory of Les Darcy, Queen’s Lake Park

Weekly Photo Challenge – Green

I wasn’t going to post any photos today. But, by coincidence, I had taken some early morning shots of the strawberry plants growing in my backyard. I liked the way the early morning sun played on the leaves, then, when I got up close I saw the dew and a hint of frost.

With this week’s photo challenge theme being “green”, it was meant to be. Also this is my first Weekly Photo Challenge.

Strawberry Plants, Barongarook West, Victoria, Australia

Strawberry Plants – Kissed by the early morning sun

Strawberry Plants, Barongarook West, Victoria, Australia

Strawberry Plants #2

Strawberry Plants, Barongarook West, Victoria, Australia

Strawberry Plants #3 – A hint of frost

Spotted Pardalotes

Two new visitors have turned up in my garden. They are Spotted Pardalotes.

Their scientific name is Pardalotus punctatus.

Spotted Pardalote, Pardalotus punctatus, Barongarook West, Victoria, Australia

Spotted Pardalote, Pardalotus punctatus – A welcome visitor to the garden

Spotted Pardalote, Pardalotus punctatus, Barongarook West, Victoria, Australia

Spotted Pardalote, Pardalotus punctatus – With eyes closed

Spotted Pardalote, Pardalotus punctatus, Barongarook West, Victoria, Australia

Spotted Pardalote, Pardalotus punctatus – A welcome visitor

The New Jetty, Lorne

These images are from a couple of years ago. This is the new jetty at Lorne on the Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia.

It replaces an old timber jetty that was over a hundred years old: And, of course, does not have the same character!

The old jetty was constructed of logs and sawn timber, but the years had taken its toll on the rotting wood. But, the fact that the timber has been replaced with concrete, does not seem to deter the fishermen who sit their with their lines cast every weekend.

Jetty, Great Ocean Road, Lorne, Victoria, Australia

Jetty, at Lorne on the Great Ocean Road – taken at a disappointing sunrise

Jetty, Great Ocean Road, Lorne, Victoria, Australia

Jetty on the Great Ocean Road – taken a few hours later, when the light was a bit better