The Changing Seasons August 2017

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.



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


Well, I don’t really study plants. I like to take photos of them sometimes.


Oh and btw I just noticed there is a registration process for this April; apologies for ignoring it and not becoming #1994 but my energy levels have not allowed it.

Trip to South Gippsland – October 17/18, 2015

Jo and I were invited to a 60th birthday party in Foster, about 180 km SE of Melbourne. Initially the party was supposed to be on Saturday at 1 PM but due to a death in the family, it was postponed to Sunday. We had booked our accommodation, so we stayed with the plan and did things in reverse. We travelled via the Latrobe Valley, through the Strezlecki Ranges to Thorpdale and Boolarra, dropping in on a teardrop caravan manufacturer on the way.

Lush farmland near Thorpdale

Lush farmland near Thorpdale

We travelled through the managed forests south of Boolarra, along the Grand Ridge Road, then on down to the semi coastal town of Foster.grand ridge road2

We then settled in our motel, caught up with some friends for dinner at the local pub. After breakfast we had some time to kill so we decided to head over to Walkerville and Fish Creek. On the way we spotted Foster’s beautiful gardens. This garden displayed your usual suspects like rhododendrons and northern hemisphere exotics.rhodies

But some lovely natives were sneaking in too. Like this tree ferntree fern foster

and this Callistemoncallistemon at foster

And this beauty as welljo bridge foster

To be continued.