yand Well, after saying I don’t often share fellow bloggers websites, here’s another link today.

Tin Man Lee is one of my favourite nature photographers and although he doesn’t post very often – (maybe only every couple of months, or is it every 3 months?) – he is well worth following if you love nature photography.

Check out the stunning fox images he posted last night.   They’re absolutely gorgeous.

If you enjoy his nature photography, he is well worth following and as he posts rarely – usually after a photography trip – your inbox doesn’t get overwhelmed with too many posts/emails.

Absolutely gorgeous Spring day outdoors today and not a cloud to spoil the rich blue sky.

Anyway, I’ve got 3 lovely Spring days this week according to the weather forecast, so time to get outdoors today and get those lettuces, rocket and beans planted.

But I WILL have to go back to the plant nursery first and get some more potting soil  😀

(PS. p.m. yes, I DID get to the plant nursery and bought the potting soil so all’s well with Vicki’s garden and the new seedlings). 

Did I mention, I’m going to try growing beans this year?

I’ve got the 3 new tomato plant varieties in their pots and staked, more mint & parsley, 8 beetroot seedlings (as I love their tiny leaves in a salad), Japanese salade greens, baby spinach (and some more large spinach to plant) so that’s a good start.  I haven’t taken any good photos of the balcony garden recently, so here’s a selection from Spring/Summer 2017 (to whet your appetites if you live in an apartment with a sunny balcony).

Note: I don’t have many flowers at the moment as I’m gradually giving over space to growing more herbs and leafy green veggies.




This week’s goal is to file 2011 images (and re-create their respective folders with names).  If you’ve read the last few posts you will know I have a new computer and have had trouble importing my Photo Library (and lost my whole image filing system).

With a very cold wet windy weather forecast for this week, I should make great headway stuck indoors (again 😀 ).

I came across these images (above) made in first few weeks in 2011.  I’d been using a small Canon ‘point and shoot‘ camera since taking up Photography as a hobby in May 2010 and became totally addicted to the art of Photography.

In December 2010 I bought my first Canon DSLR and 100mm macro lens intending to do flower photography, but soon found the brisk winds in Melbourne made it difficult, so I did lots of research and ended up buying a 18-200mm lens a couple of months later (and borrowed my SIL’s 55-250mm lens for a month also).

I experimented a lot.

After using full Auto for most of 2010, I never used Auto with the Canon DSLR.  I dove straight into Manual mode (although I had to use Auto Focus with such poor eyesight).  I had no idea about the ‘exposure triangle’ and how to use Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO, but somehow I ended up with fairly good exposure all the same.

I’d also dug a ‘big hole’ in my $3000 photography budget.  A small $6000 inheritance is well and truly gone today – 2019.

Photography is not a cheap hobby.

To this day, I still think the 18-200mm lens is the perfect all round general lens (especially if you’re new to Photography and can only afford one lens).  Both 18-200mm lenses I bought for my Canon DSLR in 2011 and my Sony a6000 in 2015 have died and I have other lenses now.


I also became addicted to shallow DOF (Depth of Field or Bokeh or background blur).  

????? An Acacia (wattle) of some kind ?????

…..and started photographing leaves, seeds and tree bark.

The images in this post are a random collection of whatever I saw on my afternoon walks in the nearby Royal Botanic Gardens, (where I used to work opposite for 16 1/2 years so knew the area well).

I walked to wherever I could get to via public transport at that time.

Even Melbourne Zoo – but that’s another Story……..



When I lived (and worked) next to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne, it was a sure bet that on buying a camera after I had to take early retirement, my main photography subject was going to be flowers.

(Bird photography came some time later).

I think I’d walked in, around, or through the gardens on the way to work something like 8,000-10,000 times and that is no exaggeration.

The Royal Botanic Gardens was my home-away-from-home OR, as I called it, My Backyard and I learned more about flowers in the first 5 years of photography than I had ever learned in my whole adult life.

I rarely notice small insects on flowers, being very short-sighted (and back to wearing thick glasses after some 40 years  of wearing contact lenses doesn’t help).  My ‘walkabout’ glasses  are ‘distance‘ glasses.  But I notice on cruising through my archives that I do actually have quite a number of flower images with insects on them.

Here’s a variety of both – large and small.  I guess you can easily tell which insects were the main focus of the image and which insects were just lucky additions to the main flower subject.  There are a couple of images which were made elsewhere, but that’s not important.

I won’t take the time to look up the insect names as that would take all day and I’d never get the post done 🙂 but most of the flower names should be correct.  Please don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments section if I’ve got one wrong.