The view at the end of my road over looks this golf course. It looks so lush at this time of year! Admittedly though while I may have stopped to take photos if this view I ended up with 2 photos of the view and about 20 of the wild fennel that were growing atound me! A few of thos pics will be posted tomorrow:)

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Right now it’s hard to believe that in summer this pond will dry up around the edges leaving stranded lilies and cracked mud behind. It’s quite serene there for now and so close to home that we have the luxury of being able to go there when ever we like. No parking issues, no fuel bills…no stress!

This dragonfly was hard to capture. My camera wanted to focus on the grasses and it was almost like it couldn’t work out what it was I was trying to get in focus. I was really pleased to come home and see how well this had come out. It’s motivation to keep trying anyway!

This lifestyle block Just off the main state highway. The yellow flowers are dandelions.

I have always thought of Spring as being a very green season.  All though the yellow dandelions, pink cherry blossoms, yellow kowhai, orange flax and pink lilies put that misconception of mine to rest! Purple Wisteria, Bright Rhodohendrens and the Copper Beech trees are also challenging my previous belief that spring is the season of green!

Flax flowers, not quite open.

I spent around an hour photographing these awesome Copper Beech trees at Yatton Park. I was already back in my car and driving away when  this lady in the pink shirt appeared on the bicycle.  By the time I had whipped my camera back out of the case and gotten the lens cap off she was almost gone but I did manage to get her as she rode underneath that huge wisteria tree and, conveniently, towards the smaller Copper Beech!

This tree is the only one NOT from Yatton Park. It was photographed at Greerton Village School and is 105 years old (and protected.)

I have taken and posted several other photos of these amazing trees which you can see here and here if you would like too.

 

  Click on the images to see them much bigger than they appear here.

These mosaics are on the low rock walls around the Greerton Village Square. The mosaics are set out around the area periodically and make the area nice to walk around in, especially in early spring when there is the bonus of Pink Cherry blossoms as well!

I have no idea what these bright berries are but I found them while out on a walk and was immediately eniticed by the colours and the way the sunlight was falling on the leaves!

 I can’t decide which I love more, Autumn or Spring….

So much for the number 13 being bad luck! I’m a huge bird fan and  I feel truley priveleged to have gotten this photo. I would have been very happy just to have gotten photo’s of the nest, so the birds are like striking gold!

I’m still learning to use my new Nikon D40x which means I am still prone to making basic mistakes. It’sfrustrating in some ways (ok, many) and I could have spent much longer at the nest attempting to get perfect photos. However the birds themselves are more important to me and I decided to respect there space and back off. Mother bird flew away when I came by and I didn’t want to be responsible for her not coming back!

The only other time that I can recall seeing baby birds as young as these was when I was a kid and I found a nest that had fallen from a tree, the almost featherless still birds inside. I’d just gotten off the school bus so took off my sweatshirt to wrap up the birds and then took the whole lot home in my lunch box! Guess it was a sign of things to come!

INTERNATIONAL BLOG ACTION DAY…I just read this great post about not letting the burst of enthusiasm you may have felt on blog action day fade away. The writer says that ‘the road to hell is paved with good intentions’ and encourages readers to commit to doing something about poverty. Don’t let the dust settle around you! Remember…Acknowledge it and then take ACTION!