Garden Photography Challenge : Wild Flowers

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 Australia is a relatively flat continent and the Snowy Mountain Range, in New South Wales, is the highest mountain range in the country. The highest peak is Mount Kosciuszko, it reaches to a height of 2,228 m (7,310 ft) above sea level.

It was February 2011, on our circuit of Australia, that our trusty old camper van, Matilda, slowly took us up and over this very impressive and steep climb. It looked as though snow was coating the far hills. But it is summer and that is the result of the devastating 2006 bushfires that ravaged over one million hectares of high country. One of the worst bushfire seasons on record, the fires raged for 69 days. 70 individual fires, caused by lightning strikes eventually merged to cause an enormous uncontrollable wildfire.

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It is now 5 years since the fires and the snow gums are stark and skeleton like stretching into the distance. But look closer and there are signs of life.

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Regrowth is starting from the base of these snow gums. Many Australian species are well adapted to fire and can survive, but it will take time.

Meanwhile the wild flowers have taken the opportunity to take over the empty spaces.

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If you look carefully you can see the winding road that we came up. This area has stronger regrowth. Maybe a different type of faster growing vegetation

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This is the last week of May and so ends the “wild flower” theme. I could go on for ever with this theme. But next month it is “the essence of summer”. This will certainly be a memory jogger for me as we move into winter down under. But then our winters are often as perfect as Northern summers!!!

It is well worth going over to Jude’s “earth laughs in flowers” to see the glorious wild flowers from all around the world. Maybe you have some you could show us…

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Drosera capensis sun dew

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Happiness is hard to recall.

Its just a glow.

Frank McCourt


I could not resist adding this to Paula’s “Thursday Special” which this week is “glow”

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Can you spare a dime…

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This is winter in Hobart, Tasmania. It was cold and wet but at the Salamanca Markets these 3 buskers played jolly Irish jingles. The sound in complete contrast to what their body language was saying.

I think they were hoping someone could “spare a dime” as the Americans would say, or make a donation, or show some appreciation.

 The violin case lay hopefully open. Then this Mum and child walked by…

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Thank you…


Krista asks us this week, get inspired by the many connotations of the word “spare.”

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Thursday Doors : Broome…

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Broome is the tourist mecca town 2000 kilometers north of Perth in Western Australia. A magical place embraced by the azure blue of the Indian Ocean and surrounded with the deep red, pindan dirt. It is renowned for the pearling industry which brought many Chinese to these shores to dive for the elusive oysters that held the pearl in the heart of their shells.

These photos are the corrugated shops that form China Town today.

To see more photos of when I stayed in Broome go here.


Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing it, between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time

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Wordless Wednesday…

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Still, calm reflections. The beauty of autumn on the Gold Coast.

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Garden Photography Challenge : Wild Flowers

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Last December we travelled along the “Waterfall Way” from Dubbo to Sydney and came across acres of these white daisies.

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I discovered that they were Pyrethrum Daisies and in this area they were a commercial crop.

“Botanical Resources Australia Pty Ltd (BRA) is the Australian grower of over 60 % of the world’s pyrethrum, the botanical insecticide, and runs the most high-tech pyrethrum industry in the world.”

But many of them had escaped and now could be classed as weeds or wild flowers.

They were everywhere…

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So I think they will be suitable for Jude’s “garden photo challenge” which this month is concentrating on wild flowers.

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Jubilant…

Go girl

Go girl

The reward

The reward

Her face shows the jubilant feeling of winning.


Camel racing is a tradition in the small outback town of Winton. It was an amazing experience and I was there in 2012 to join the crowds and cheer these ships of the desert on. Would you like to see more? Click here to come back with me to dusty outback Australia…

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Thursday’s Special : Park…

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This week Paula has given us “park” as the theme. Now that might seem quite straight forward and I happily began looking through all the “parks” I have visited, and I have been to a lot of them. Or so I thought. Until I analysed them and I realised many of them where Botanic Gardens or National/wildlife areas. Still these can be classified as parks. Then I remembered this one in Townsville in tropical north Queensland. It has covered all the bases for me…

It had lovely lawn areas to sit and relax.

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I know someone who took a bite to eat as he sat on a handy seat. (We had been on the road about 3 months and Jack has his travel hairstyle!!!)…

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Parks are also great places to see birds and they keep an eye out for people having lunch…

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As well as lawns, parks often have extensive ponds and waterways. More birds and of course beautiful tropical lilies and lotus flowers…

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Being a tropical park there are lush, jungle-like tracks to explore…

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And get lost in…

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So this is my interpretation of your theme this week Paula. I hope you don’t mind that I have put more in than usual, but I loved this park and wanted to show more of it than one photo could.

If you would like to find out more about this park, and see more of my photos go here.


The ever creative Paula has added another dimension to her challenge, she has put in a voting system. So go here to see more parks and the opportunity to choose your favourite next Wednesday when the voting opens.

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Thursday Doors : Wine and roses.

When you go to the Margaret River area in Western Australia a visit to a winery is a must do. It is one of the top wine regions in Australia, so many to choose from, but when I saw this eye-catching sculpture that the locals call “the chick on the stick” and saw the name “Laurance Winery”, that is my son’s name, I turned in to check it out.

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It was a beautiful rose garden leading to the cellar door. Just look at how impressive this door is.

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I visited in 2010 during our trip around Australia. To see more of that visit click here.

Or follow this link to their website and a virtual video tour of the winery.


Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing it, between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time),

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Here it is Wednesday already so I have just managed to squeeze in a post for Paula’s “Thursday Special”.

The theme is “inflated” and on Saturday when I walked around Southbank in Brisbane ( if you would like to take a virtual walk with me follow this link) I noticed this balloon seller. His balloons made a colourful show all inflated and waiting to catch the eye of a child or two. But he looks quite deflated as no one was taking any notice of him.


If you would like to see more inflated posts pop over to Paula’s place “Lost in translation”

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