Living with Nature

Monthly Archives: March 2017

The inner western suburb  of Footscray (next to my suburb of Maribyrnong) may not be known for wildlife but Newells Paddock Wetland Reserve provides a watery oasis for dozens of bird species, snakes and frogs. Further to my previous post uploaded last night, this post story starts with the entrance to the Nature Park and picnic area. About sixty different bird species have been sighted in the reserve, including cormorants, herons, ibis,… Read More

After a busy week with appointments, I almost felt like I never wanted to go in, (or through), the city again.  It was far more crowded than usual and I felt assaulted with the smell of cigarette smoke, bright lights and noisy smelly perfumed crowds milling around me and competing for seats on public transport.  It wasn’t until I was in the hairdressers chair early Thursday afternoon and she mentioned the Australian… Read More

Yesterday, for the first time since I moved to this western suburb of Maribyrnong 6 months ago, I FINALLY got around to walking down to the river at dusk. The light was just gorgeous. The cool breeze was just so refreshing. Really the best time of day at the moment. Of course, as I walked past the Nature Reserve fence I couldn’t help but look over to the (now) inaccessible lake.  I… Read More

New Blog now available at this address.  Not sure if black is the ideal background, but a few more posts and blog design tweaks will give me the answer I’m sure. This new blog is only about Sunsets, Cloud formations (and maybe the odd Sunrise) and starts at the first image in my archival folder on those subjects made with a little Canon point & shoot camera in 2010.  It will then… Read More

If you followed my nature blog for a few years, you’ll know that when I lived on the north-east side of Melbourne on a 3rd floor apartment for 20 months, I had a 180 degree uninterrupted view of the sky (over the rooftops of the warehouses and residences right over to the Good Shepherd Chapel church spire in The Convent, Abbotsford. You’ll remember some of those brilliant sunsets (and occasionally sunrises, when… Read More

As I go through my archives reducing the folders and number of images over this past 2 summers, I’m constantly amazed at how many images of grass varieties I’ve made. I think they’re far more interesting than flowers.  

Yesterday was another hot day………for me, anyway. I’d had enough time indoors, so I set off for a walk, just after midday, covered in sun-screen on every piece of bare skin.  Oh the joys of being very fair-skinned in Melbourne’s hot summer. The route was governed solely by the number of tall shady trees.

I rarely plan what I’m going to do on any given day (since I was forced to give up working 7 years ago and take early retirement). I never know how I’m going to feel tomorrow and that is the reason I live for Today. I live my life Mindfully….appreciating each blessing as it arises. If it’s a good day i.e. minimal pain and good walking/photography weather, I’m more likely to go outdoors…. Read More