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

28th June 2011

GLADIOLA (Gladiolas cardinalis)

For those new to my nature blog, I’m trying to post a photo a day from my archives throughout the Coronavirus ‘lockdown’ but I did start a bit late as I’m only up to Day 23.

Our Australian Prime Minister said yesterday that this lockdown will not change for the next 4 weeks at least,  but I think it will be many months before life will get back to ‘normal’ – whatever that normal might be.   I suspect things won’t change that much until we find a ‘treatment’ (or vaccine).

As a ‘high risk’ person with serious heart and multiple other chronic health conditions, I can’t afford to go out in public at all – (although this does mean I’m eligible for supermarket home delivery each week  😀  ).   I have got used to staying at home 97% of the time in the last 12-15 months anyway due to severe osteoarthritis in my right hip so can’t walk too much.   I caught the flu in the epidemic back in 2004 and that was bad enough.

I do miss my nature photography walks I must admit.   Now more than ever as the blistering heat of our Australian summer has left us and I’d love to go for a long walk outdoors in the fresh air.

There will be the occasional day when I’m too busy with household chores or other tasks online to post a photo, but I do hope you enjoy cruising through my photo archives with me.   I’ve got a large photo archive to chose from, but I get so wrapped up in looking at old photos, I have trouble choosing just one image for the day surprisingly enough.

2011 was before I started getting into bird or street photography so it’ll mostly be flowers at the moment.



From the archives

15th February 2011

I suspect the image below was made during the golden hour as both the insect (mantis? No, Gary has identified it as a katydid in the comments section. Just checked with Mr Google and apparently there are over 2000 in this insect species in Australia), the plant it’s on, and the background, are way too bright for a normal photo in the Royal Botanic Gardens perennial border (which is where this photo was made).

…….and here’s the Perennial Border where the plant was (below).  It’s located on the far left outside the frame of this part of the border, but I just happen to like this image out of the 7-8 I’ve made over the years.

The Blood Grass, highlighted in a previous post, is located in the bottom right-hand corner of the frame.   The Perennial Border is planted to be at its peak flower-wise around mid-January (Summer).

Here’s the flower from a previous post on Day 3 that shows the colour and light difference.