Rainbow Bee-eater fights the cold in Southern Australia

1000 Words About … the Mating Season!

Caught out by unseasonal – and unaccustomed – cold, this Rainbow Bee-eater family turned up in our backyard on a freezing spring morning in October. Huddling together to maximise the rays of the rising sun – and their body heat – the row of seven little jewel-like birds (count the beaks!) looked far less comfortable than when we’d seen them[…]

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Red’s Readers’ REWARD!!

Willie Creek via Broome, Western Australia When I took this photo of Willie Creek near Broome in Australia’s Top End, I wasn’t planning a cover shot! BUT … I hope you’ll agree it was the obvious choice for the cover of the latest calendar in my CafePress Shop: COOL Aussie Blues with HOT Aussie Views! Click HERE for more details[…]

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Mangrove Reflections, St Kilda Boardwalk, Adelaide, South Australia

1000 Words About … Mangroves!

Travellers downunder don’t generally associate South Australia’s Adelaide with mangroves*. Nor do they associate Adelaide with St Kilda**! But once past the tremendous view over the samphire flats to the Adelaide Hills, the mangrove boardwalk in tiny seaside enclave of St Kilda transports visitors into another world. And was once the setting of a dastardly rip-off that still assaults our[…]

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“Red and Pilchard’s Day in the Country” by Red

My Story by Red Nomad OZ Today we went for a drive in the country on the Yorke Peninsula. Crops on Southern Yorke Peninsula, South Australia The fields were all dry but the sky was very blue. We stopped to look at flowers.   There were lots of white everlastings.   We had to look for snakes but we didn’t[…]

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2 Million Miles … and counting!

 1942 ex-Fire Tender, Edithburgh, York Peninsula, South Australia Anything RED will catch my eye. An interesting history will hold my attention. But it takes more than hue and back story to boggle my mind! And this ordinary looking 1942 truck sitting inside an old shed behind a Yorke Peninsula country town museum with magpies roosting on its rusting railing[…]

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Lake Lonsdale with Duckweed, Grampians, Victoria

1000 Words About … Duckweed!

I couldn’t believe my luck!  Lake Lonsdale, deep in the heart of Victoria’s wonderful Grampians region, was red!!  RED!!! A perfect placement of … Duckweek?  How cool is that?! But wait!  There’s more!! A wondrous array of dead tree silhouettes; clear blue sky with just enough cloud to be interesting; distant mountains; a perfect reflective surface.  All off-set by that AWESOME red.  Who[…]

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What’s good about … Melbourne?

I haven’t spent a lot of time in Melbourne recently – so I’m happy to welcome someone who has!  Cristina Laria is blogging from not for profit community television station Channel 31 in Melbourne and Geelong. C31 has recently launched a new tagline “We Are Melbourne and Geelong” and to celebrate, they would love for all Melbourne and Geelong lovers[…]

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