There is a point at which everything becomes simple
and there is no longer any question of choice,
because all you have staked will be lost if you look back.
Life’s point of no return.

Dag Hammarskjold

Sorry, I’ve neglected my nature blog for a couple of weeks, but I’ve been very busy offline (furniture repairs and restoration) and hunting for a new (ground floor) apartment.  This post is for Linda (who was looking for a few pink water lilies recently).



GRAPE HYACINTH (Muscari armeniacum)

GRAPE HYACINTH (Muscari armeniacum)

I first saw this tiny blue flowering plant on a corner flower bed in a residential garden on my route to my office back in my working life.   (I worked across the road from the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne for the benefit of new followers).  I loved its delicate tiny blue flowers and used to look for it each Spring.

When I bought a camera and took up Photography as a hobby in May 2010 after taking early retirement, it was one of the early flower images I was pleased to capture.

The image above date back to 22nd August 2012 and after reading about it this morning I delayed my offline tasks and decided to share it.


As an aside, I spent ages over the weekend making a copy of a couple of seascapes and converting that copy to Black & White for my other blog.   I must have spent an hour editing them and creating what looked like a pen & wash type of image.   I also re-edited a whole series of images made down at St Kilda Beach and Boat Marina in July 2012, but after a software update in the last couple of days, they’ve completely disappeared – the copies and the edits.

I did the same for a scene showing a Father and 2 children walking along St Kilda pier.  That is……making a copy of the colour image first and then converting it to Black & White and editing the copy (leaving the original in colour).

Now, the colour version has completely disappeared so I’m left with a B & W version that won’t reset back to colour since the software update.

Actually, none of my B & W images will revert back to colour since I bought a new computer and had the latest software installed last year.   After buying an Apple Mac Pro back in 2012 I used to always be able to revert images or retain editing after software updates.

Has anyone else done an Apple Catalina software update in the last couple of days and found images changed or disappeared?   The photo library which I’ve had trouble with since I bought a new desktop computer and updated to Catalina software in May 2019 drives me crazy anyway.   The worst problem is the images freezing within minutes of opening the library each morning and the only way to resolve it to log off and reboot the computer…….sometimes many times in the one morning.   There is nothing wrong with the rest of my Catalina software.   Only my photo library and ability to edit images.  It’s version 10.15.4



From the archives

28th April 2012

The photo below is one I don’t remember taking, but since it was between 2 images from Melbourne Zoo, that must have been the location.   The image just before it was in the Butterfly House.

I’m not even sure what it is.

Could it be a Canna Lily?   I can see the vague shape of leaves that look like Canna leaves.

EDIT: It’s  RED BUTTERFLY GINGER, SCARLET GINGER LILY, SCARLET GINGER (Hedychium greenii) – it seems to have many common names.   Originally from Bhutan.  Thanks to Nick at ‘Sweet Gum and Pines’.

Canon EOS 500D

Canon EF-S 18-200mm  f/3.5-5.6 IS

ISO 400




From the archives

14th July 2011


Canon EOS 500D

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro

ISO 1600


1/25s       (much too slow a shutter speed for a handheld macro shot, but I didn’t know any better back in the early days of my photography hobby).


I’ve got way behind in replying to comments and blog reading this past week, but do know I’ve read most of your comments and enjoyed hearing from you.

Apologies to those who I haven’t answered.

My energy envelope is only 5-6 hours every day.   Due to bad (sometimes migraine-type) daily headaches and neck/shoulder pain from my Fibromyalgia, I can only do so much on the computer and then have to switch off and do something mindless like watching movies, or pottering in my balcony garden (depending on the weather).  I have to change position and alter my wrist/elbow/shoulder movement regularly to avoid that arm or body part becoming totally unusable – something that happened from time to time when I was still working on a computer in an office all day pre early retirement in 2010.

Sometimes, when I’m really fatigued,  I just sit and watch the birds drinking and playing in the birdbath for hours, just picking up my camera occasionally to try for a few bird shots or standing upright and walking around my lounge for a while to relieve my lower back and hip pain – a most relaxing way to while the hours away when you have chronic pain, fatigue and other symptoms.

I try to live my life Mindfully, just concentrating on the present moment.   With the present ‘lockdown’ I suggest you try to do that too.

Take time to enjoy the little things,
for one day you may look back
and realize they were the big things.

~ Robert Brault ~

Rather than getting stressed, and feeling a wee bit guilty about not replying to blog comments, or when I get behind with blog reading, I give myself permission to switch off.

In fact, one of the best things about modern technology (i.e. the computer), is that I (or you) CAN turn it off.


From the archives

1st April 2011

…….and the following cacti images were shot on different days and I have shared both before, but having been made with a 100mm macro lens does mean they’re worth sharing again.  



From the archives

17th February 2011

White Begonias – The Conservatory, Fitzroy Gardens

This post has to be more than one photo so you see the whole indoor setting.  My SIL had lent me this Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS lens for a month.   It made some lovely images, especially considering I’d only had a DSLR for about 2 months and wasn’t well versed on how to use a DSLR, especially exposure, composition and so on.


The Conservatory in the Fitzroy Gardens, East Melbourne, is a relatively easy walk from Melbourne’s CBD, but I usually visited from the opposite side via a bus I caught from the south-east of Melbourne city (where I lived at that time next to the Royal Botanic Gardens).


The Conservatory has 5 exhibits per year.   One for each season and an extra one.   Always best to check before setting out as it’s closed for several days to prep each seasonal display.   If you hang around my blog for a while, you’ll see some more photos while I’m doing this photo a day from my archives.

….and here’s the setting down one of the indoor paths for Summer 2011.   The path through the Conservatory has a little stream going through it and gravel paths, so with the crowds of tourists at certain times of the day and the loose gravel, don’t bother taking a tripod.   You have to shoot hand-held and seriously………try to miss the tourist buses & crowds.

Begonias at the summer display at the Conservatory – Fitzroy Gardens, MELBOURNE

….and a shot from the outside looking in which is far more to my taste.

Looking through the Conservatory window, Fitzroy Gardens, MELBOURNE

As you can see there are plants cascading down from hanging pots and don’t be surprised if the sprinklers come on during the daytime.