I spy…

A walk around a small town not far from where I live revealed just how many photographic opportunities abound when one is willing to open one’s eyes and mind.

Many years ago I was told: “There are 10 thousand pictures within 10 minutes of home.” Those words have stayed with me ever since and are foremost in my mind whenever I pick up my camera and venture out.

So, in this instance, it was a case of “I spy with my little eye something beginning with O. Old!”

The Old Wooden Shed, Beeac

An old wooden shed down a side street, with its weathered timber and slight lean, was a certain candidate for a photograph.

Old Bedford Truck

They don’t make them like this anymore! No plastic in this blast from the past – an old Bedford truck once a common sight on our roads.

Old Common School

The Common School is now a private residence. Built in 1868, this bluestone building has had many uses – first as a school, then between 1923 and 2004, it was the Presbyterian Sunday School. It has been used as a hall by many other organisations also.

The above photographs were all taken using a Nikon EM SLR film camera loaded with Kodak Tri-X 400 black and white film.

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The following photographs were shot using film (Kodak Professional Tri-X 400 black and white negative film). I believe that by using black and white film it compliments my love of taking pictures of old buildings. Many of these old buildings were built in the 19th century or early 20th century, and seem to have more character than many modern buildings.

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Nature at Agnes Water

Recently I spent a few days at Agnes Water in Central Queensland. Agnes Water is a coastal town just south of the Tropic of Capricorn, so it is an ideal place to escape the harsh winter of my part of Australia.

The following photos are just a few of the species I encountered in the natural world of Agnes Water.

 

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Australian Monitor Lizard – commonly known as a Goanna

Our holiday accommodation faced east, and was high up on a hill, so watching the sunrise each morning was a delight.

 

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Sunrise at Agnes Water

This Australasian Figbird (Sphecotheres vieilloti) was enjoying her breakfast in a nearby, well, fig tree.

 

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Australasian Figbird
Sphecotheres vieilloti

As I stood on the veranda, waiting to see which birds would appear, my attention was drawn to this Brown House Spider (Steatoda sp) backlit by the early morning sun.

 

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Brown House Spider
Steatoda sp

 

 

When I saw this Grevillea in a local park, I knew it would not be long before one of the many Blue-faced Honeyeaters (Entomyzon cyanotis) appeared.

 

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Grevillea

 

 

Blue-faced Honeyeater

Blue-faced Honeyeater 
Entomyzon cyanotis

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Nature Walk

The following photos were taken over the past few days when I included the Botanic Gardens in my nature walk.

 

Oleander-leaved Protea

Oleander-leaved Protea
(Protea neriifolia)
White Form

 

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Oleander-leaved Protea (Protea neriifolia) White Form

Bottle Brush Kunzea

Bottle Brush Kunzea
(Kunzea baxteri)

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Bottle Brush Kunzea
(Kunzea baxteri)

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River Wattle
(Acacia cognata)
Lime Magic, Mimosaceae

Camellia

Camellia

Camellia

Camellia

Camellia

Camellia

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Pied Cormorants

A pair of Pied Cormorants (Phalacrocorax varius) were basking in the sunshine at  Jawbone Reserve on a chilly winter’s day.

 

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Pied Cormorants
(Phalacrocorax varius)

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Paisley Challis Wetlands

The Paisley Challis Wetlands is one of five significant sites in Hobsons Bay that provide important habitat for a large number of migratory and resident shorebirds.

Created in 2003, by restructuring the Paisley and Challis stormwater drains to form a series of wetland tidal ponds. These ponds with reeds filter out the urban pollutants to provide valuable habitat for local flora and fauna.

 

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Tidal filtration pool – Supporting spoonbills and other waterbirds

 

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Royal Spoonbills roosting
(Platalea regia)

 

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Paisley Drain

 

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Paisley Drain – View from the footbridge

 

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Plaque

 

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White-faced Heron 
(Egretta novaehollandiae)
Paisley-Challis Wetlands

The White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae) was well hidden behind that bush (above photo). I only saw it when it moved his head and, out of the corner of my eye, noticed its white face.

 

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White-faced Heron
(Egretta novaehollandiae)
With its catch at the Paisley-Challis Wetlands

 

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White-faced Heron
(Egretta novaehollandiae)
Enjoying its catch at the Paisley-Challis Wetlands

 

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A pair of Royal Spoonbills 
(Platalea regia) – in a tidal filtration pool

 

Pacific Black Duck

Pacific Black Ducks
(Anas superciliosa)
swimming in the Paisley Drain, Paisley Challis Wetlands

 

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Sign

 

 

 

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Fingal, Tasmania

After departing Avoca, we continued along the Esk Highway to another little town named Fingal.

It is believed that Fingal was named by Roderic O’Connor who, with John Helder Wedge, surveyed the area in 1824, after Fingal’s Cave in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland.

 

Fingal Post Office

Fingal Post Office – 1907

We stopped outside the Post Office and my first impression was our well kept it was – complete with a picket fence. White paint has a way of making things look fresh and this was no exception.

 

St Peters Anglican Church

St Peter’s Anglican – 1867

Dedicated in 1867, St Peter’s Anglican Church is the town’s oldest church.

The Old Fingal Hotel

The Old Hotel – 1844

The Fingal Hotel was originally licensed as the Talbot Arms in 1828. A two-story hotel was built in 1844.

The Old Town Hall

The Old Town Hall

The Old Town Hall

The Old Town Hall

The two photographs above are believed to be of the Old Town Hall, built in the early 1900s. It is privately owned and has been placed on the market.

Our visit to Fingal was very brief. But I am hoping to return to this part of Tasmania for a longer stay. If I do, I will certainly explore this quaint little town further.

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