Tuesday, 25 November 2014

The Things They Left Behind 3 - Heatherlie Quarry

This post continues from yesterdays - this old quarry site was abandoned  and reopened on a number of occasions, but today its story is told mainly by the equipment that was left behind.

You can find more shots from around the world at Our World Tuesday. SM

Monday, 24 November 2014

Mantis Orchid

Orchids are such strange plants that they are almost irresistibly photogenic.

As far as I can tell, this is a Mantis Orchid - Caladenua tentacular  - but given the ability of these types of plants to interbreed and hybridise it could be anything.

This plant was growing at Heatherlie Quarry, one of my favourite orchid watching locations in the Grampians.

You can find more macro shots at Macro Monday2 and I Heart Macro.  SM

Friday, 21 November 2014

Ancient Sky - with a flock of pigeons.

A quick thank you for all the comments over the last week - normal service is about to resume!

This is a shot I took at Stonehenge earlier in the year, and I really liked the flock of pigeons.  Unfortunately, they did just a single fly-past and headed for the horizon!

But I like it none the less.

You can find more skies and less pigeons (look at about 3 o'clock on the picture) at Skywatch Friday.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Wild Bird Wednesday 123 - Crested Tern

I involved in a wee bit of work travel early this week, so this will be a brief post.

These birds as Crested Terns - Sterna bergii - and they are the tern I most commonly see.  In some ways these are my 'default' terns and I find others by noticing that they are not this one!

They are rather more relaxed than some other birds and give photographers a better chance to get close to them.

I am also very fond of them because I saw some on my very first day in Australia!

The flight shots were all taken near Queenscliff and the birds sitting on the jetty are at Swan bay.

Now its over to you - click the blue button and away you go.