Thursday, 13 December 2018


Malva neglecta is an annual in the Malvaceae family growing to 0.6 m. It is also known as common mallow in the United States and also buttonweed, cheeseplant, cheeseweed, dwarf mallow and roundleaf mallow. This plant is often consumed as a food, with its leaves, stalks and seed all being considered edible. This is especially true of the seeds, which contain 21% protein and 15.2% fat.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme

Wednesday, 12 December 2018


Williamstown is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 9 km south-west of Melbourne's central business district in the local government area of the City of Hobsons Bay. At the 2011 census, Williamstown had a population of 13,203.

There is a strong maritime feel to Williamstown, created by both the presence of the Williamstown Lighthouse, BAE Systems (ship building yard proprietors) and the many yachts floating on Hobsons Bay. The Williamstown Sailing Club, Royal Yacht Club of Victoria, Hobson's Bay Yacht Club, and Royal Victorian Motor Yacht Club are all located on Nelson Place. The foreshore is varied and comprises sandy beach, rocky coast, deep waters and wildlife sanctuary areas.

This post is part of the Wordless Wednesday meme,
and also part of the ABC Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Nature Notes meme.

Tuesday, 11 December 2018


The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a steel through arch bridge across Sydney Harbour that carries rail, vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney central business district (CBD) and the North Shore. The dramatic view of the bridge, the harbour, and the nearby Sydney Opera House is an iconic image of Sydney, New South Wales, and Australia. The bridge is nicknamed "The Coathanger" because of its arch-based design. 

Under the directions of Dr J.J.C. Bradfield of the NSW Department of Public Works, the bridge was designed and built by British firm Dorman Long and Co Ltd of Middlesbrough and opened in 1932. The bridge's design was influenced by the Hell Gate Bridge in New York. It is also the sixth longest spanning-arch bridge in the world, and it is the tallest steel arch bridge, measuring 134 m from top to water level. It was also the world's widest long-span bridge, at 48.8 m wide, until construction of the new Port Mann Bridge in Vancouver.

This post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Ruby Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Travel Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme.

Saturday, 8 December 2018


Darebin Parklands, in Fairfield/Alphington/Ivanhoe, is a pocket of natural bushland that is unique given it is only 7 km from the Melbourne CBD. There are hidden treasures within the park including remnant orchards and crops that were grown on the fringe of a growing city during the mid-1800s. A dairy farm, vineyard, quarry and tip site were all at times active industries within the bounds of the park, and clues of this can still be found if one knows where to look. Sunrise there is quite magical.

This post is part of the Weekend Reflections meme.

Friday, 7 December 2018


Sometimes the sun looks like the moon in an overcast sky...

This post is part of the Skywatch Friday meme,
and also part of the Friday Photo Journal meme.

Thursday, 6 December 2018


Rosa 'Burgundy Iceberg' is a sport from the 'White Iceberg' rose, the world’s most popular rose. With a striking true deep burgundy colours this rose stands out from all its predecessors. The plant has all the remarkable features of its parent with typical health and flowering ability that keeps its colour year round. Hardy, disease resistant, free flowering habit and great foliage. Here it is looking rather distressed as the sudden, extreme heat we had lately plus lack of watering have caused it to fade. Deep watering will usually revive these bushes.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.

Wednesday, 5 December 2018


A composite image from a photograph (tombstone) and one of my drawings (face), superimposed and processed digitally. It is an illustration for a supernatural story I wrote a few years ago.

This post is part of the Wordless Wednesday meme,
and also part of the ABC Wednesday meme.