It’s been a while since I’ve blogged anything but on the changing seasons. Here’s a bunch of photos specially chosen for the Serene theme. Apologies as some have been previously published.
I am so lucky to have been asked to sample down at the Gippsland Lakes this August as I don’t think I would have too much to contribute. I’ve added these photos for Max’s Changing Seasons. Please visit the page and check out some nice views of the world at different times of the year.
August is Acacia flowering time here in Victoria. I grabbed a couple of close ups.
These are both Cootamundra Wattles, Acacia Baileyana. Wattles grow through the bush like weeds and indeed, these wattles, 10s of them, have popped up since the 2014 fire, all from the seeds of one tree. These wattles are not indigenous to the area and must be kept under control. I love their flowers.
Last week I visited the Gippsland Lakes for a sampling trip. The lakes are estuarine and are mostly surrounded by farmland. While they are very beautiful and still wild in parts, they are under threat from the many uses that surround them, such as farming, industry and tourism. We sample the lakes to monitor the chemical and biological quality of the water. From this we can detect gross changes, or gradual trending, in water quality. This in turn enables us to pinpoint the possible source and can initiate discussions to influence changes in industry practices. It becomes a win-win, because most locals do not want their lakes to change while at the same time do not want to be over-regulated.
On the 2nd day, before heading out again, my colleague and I got up well before sunrise to do a spot of fishing and photography near where we were staying. It is indeed a beautiful place.
Out on the Bay May 10
In the garden 21 May.
Added for Max’s changing seasons
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We don’t do thanksgiving but the Christmas list is around the corner. Me, I’m cutting grass and felling trees. I’m enjoying not having to light the fire every night. I’m loving catching glimpses of beautiful natives in our garden.
Australian wildflowers are often tiny. They possess absolute beauty without being ostentatious. I’ve have included some here for wordpress’s tiny. I have also included some tiny exotics.
With a macro lens, some of the best photos you can get are right down in the earth. I am far from being competent at this skill. But it is so much fun when that inspiration comes along.
The Pyrete State Forest is a dry, rarely visited forest near where I live. I love to visit there when I have the time. See more earthy photos here