Archive for ‘April, 2013’

Seeing red (and yellow)…

Today we went for a walk at Cameron Lodge Garden in Mount Macedon which is renowned for its beautiful historical gardens. Many of the gardens are over a 100 years old and contain fine examples of rare northern hemisphere trees and shrubs.  As we enter autumn the colours and fungi are magnificent.

Golden light

Golden light

Fly

Amanita muscaria or fly agaric – yes there was a fly!!

Maple

Red maple

Chestnut

A rare variegated chestnut

Yellow

Yellow maple

How many can YOU see?!!

I’ve often seen large flocks of Corella but nothing quite like this before!  The photos were taken on the banks of the Loddon River at Newbridge, north central Victoria.  It felt like there were hundreds of them, filling several very large trees and the noise was so loud! (Click to enlarge for the best view).

Corella tree

Sheer numbers!

Corella flight

Flight

Corella branch

Out on a limb!

Corella

Any room left?

Let there be light!

Yesterday afternoon was very dull and overcast, so much so, that I needed to turn on a table lamp.  Inspired by the lampshade design I decided to make a rudimentary lightbox by placing sheets of baking paper over the top of the shade and covering this with an old piece of  fish tank glass.  The experiment worked reasonably well apart from the size constraints of the opening of the lampshade!

Plum leaf

Plum leaf

Pansy

Pansy

Green leaf

Green leaf

Dandelion

Dandelion

Sage leaf

Sage leaf

Autumn blooms?

This afternoon I found fungi growing in the wood mulch of the garden – yes autumn is here.  Apart from the orange ones which were really bright, the others were so tiny I almost missed them.  Most were the size of a match head.  My knowledge of these types of fungi could probably fit on a match head so if anyone knows what they are I’d be glad to hear!

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