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.


From the archives

4th May 2011

I THINK THIS MIGHT BE JAPANESE BLOOD GRASS (Imperata) in Autumn as the image was made in May 2011 (mid-Autumn).

Canon EOS 500D   (2009 model)

Lens Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS   

ISO 320



I was going to do a post specifically on grasses (and/or tree barks), but my ‘grass’ folder is rather low on images, so it might have been a folder I lost when my computer crashed last year.   I never, ever did finish re-filing, or re-setting up new folders, from last May when I got a new iMac desktop computer and the Photo library transfer didn’t work and I lost so many images).


Yesterday, I realised I should have been putting numbers on my Photo -a-Day-Keeps-the-Doctor-Away series.   While it doesn’t start at the beginning of the Coronavirus outbreak, the series of sharing one photo from my archives does start roughly at the beginning of the Australian Stage 3 restrictions whereby we all have to stay at home, so this is actually the 14th day I have posted an image since (roughly) we have had to stay indoors.

As I’m sourcing these images from the start of when I took up photography as a hobby in 2010, it also means going back before the major computer crash in Easter 2019 when I lost all my photo folders (with names on them).

So trying to remember names of flowers is quite a chore (if it’s not a common flower I’ve known all my life).   I have a short-term memory problem and only remember snippets of the past – whether it be my childhood, overseas travels in my 20s OR subject names from my photography archives.

Bird names are easier as I’ve focused more on bird photography in recent years and made multiple images of the same bird.

Today’s post is what I think is one of the Echeveria variety of succulents.   If anyone knows the exact name please let me know in the comments section.  The image is a favourite as the pink & grey gravel on the ground in the succulent area of the Royal Botanic Gardens tones in with the plant colour.

I like the backgrounds that ‘work’ with my subject.  The centre of the main plant is composed using the ‘rule of thirds’ i.e. the centre of the plant is at the lower right intersecting line.  Today, after so much practice, I probably would have made a different composition (which showed one whole plant, not part of a plant).

From the archives

27th January 2011

Echeveria ??

Canon EOS 500D (2009 model)

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 macro lens

ISO 250



(Note: there will be some longer posts from my archives, but had to finish some offline tasks first.  Yesterday, I did 3 weeks worth of ironing…….boring!   I also put all the lounge furniture back in its place after rejuvenating/restoring my old TV table…..actually, a fun project, except I didn’t have the clear paint sealer to finish it, so put the table back with just the sanding/staining done.  I’ll finish that when I can get to the local hardware store – maybe next year  😀 ).


From the archives

3rd March 2011


Canon EOS 500D (2009 model)

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 macro lens

ISO 320



This is one of the hardest flowers I’ve photographed in the Royal Botanic Gardens.   Once the bush is in full bloom (about 8-10 feet high & wide), it’s almost impossible to isolate just one flower as there are so many flowers on the bush).   And of course, you’re never quite sure exactly which day the buds will open, so can’t necessarily know when the first bud will open (and not the rest).


From the archives 18th March, 2011

As I was looking through the images on the old USB stick I found the other week, I found so many old flower photos I couldn’t remember taking and this was one of them.

I’d never heard of the common name Windflower before.   I’d only ever used the name Anemone or Japanese Anemone.

They’re such a delicate flower and wave about wildly in the wind – hence the common name I guess.  With the Royal Botanic Gardens being the windy location where I took this photo, I’m surprised I actually got it in focus.  Then I noticed the image was made with my little old Canon A3000 IS Point & Shoot  – the first camera I bought after I had to take early retirement in 2010.   I might have had it on the Auto setting.

Nothing like a little Point & Shoot to start you off in Flower Photography.   They’re so easy to use.


The Australian painted lady (Vanessa kershaw) butterfly is mostly confined to Australia, although westerly winds have dispersed it to islands east of Australia, including New Zealand.

AUSTRALIAN PAINTED LADY (Vanessa kershaw) – Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne

This butterfly migrates from place to place and loves to visit gardens. In southern Australia, the best time to spot them is after a few warm, sunny days at the end of winter, and from spring to autumn.

In the northern part of the Painted Lady butterfly’s range, they live in the same location year-round.

Whenever they rest or stop to feed, they spread their wings out low to keep predators away. The vibrant colours and patterns advertise to birds and other animals that they are poisonous.

Butterflies also spread their wings to soak up warmth from the sun and to show off their patterns to potential mates.

These images were shot in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne on 4th December 2010, resting on some Shrubby Verbena (Lantana) flowers.