From the archives

30th September 2012

Salvia africana-lutea is one of the first flowers I photographed when I took up Photography as a hobby.   Its also probably one of the few flowers I actually know by its botanical name (instead of the common name).



Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things.


CHEIRANTHUS Sugar Rush (Cheiranthus cheiri)

…and right now I’m enjoying the flowers of the Cheiranthus Sugar Rush (Cheiranthus cheiri) blooming on my apartment balcony.   We’re only 10 days into the current 6 week evening curfew and strict lockdown in Melbourne and I’m missing all my herbs and veggies I used to grow on my balcony.   I re-homed or planted out most of them when I temporarily moved house last month and with the lock-down and all the stores closed, I am missing their fragrant cheerful presence in my life.

KANGAROO PAW (Anigozanthos species)

Looking through my various flower folders this morning, I came across the Kangaroo Paw (Anigozanthos species and hybrids) and didn’t remember sharing any of these images before.   Maybe I’ve just forgotten but here are a selection for the new(er) followers.

Kangaroo Paw is one of Australia’s iconic flowers with the flowers being highly distinctive and their finger-like projections and cover of fine velvet hairs giving the flowers their colour.

They’re an immensely popular garden plant across Australia (and around the world).

It’s the floral emblem of the state of Western Australia and there are 12 species, with the 12th being particularly striking because of its black and green flowers.

In the wild, the colours range from red and green through various shades of reds and yellows through to the black & green of Macropidia fuliginosa.

The images below were made with various cameras and lenses and differing light conditions and locations.    I prefer the varieties with fewer blooms and to photograph them as they are just opening (as lots of flowers on a plant can look a little ‘busy’ for photography purposes).





When I was down the coastal seaside town of Altona recently, I notice this yellow flower in many residential gardens.   Took me a while to identify it (and please let me know in the comments section if the name is incorrect of course).

I find I’m getting better and better at Googling flower names as the years go by.   Sometimes I find the name straight away.   Other times it can take half an hour, but all said and done, Mr Google is most helpful.

Most the leaves and flowers in residential gardens had little round holes and I couldn’t quite work out whether it was a plague of a certain pest or maybe, even, heavy rain?

Can rain (or hail) leave such marks/holes?


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