Archive for June, 2016

Warrawong, a Country Garden
June 24, 2016

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Here is another garden of the HEDGE (Horticultural Endeavours Demonstrating Gardening Enthusiasm) to delight you. It is certainly warming revisiting these photographs of Warrawong on a frigid winter’s night when snow has been falling in the nearby town of Daylesford up on the Great Dividing Range.

These photographs were taken last November.

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Warrawong sits high on a ridge overlooking the tiny settlement of Yapeen.

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There are some interesting inhabitants of this garden as well as…….

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…………eye catching displays of potted plants. The bamboo water feature attracted my attention.

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Water is a welcome addition to …………

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…………..dry, rocky surroundings.

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As you can see, the garden abounds with drought tolerant plants which thrive in the heat.

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Autumnal Oaks
June 17, 2016

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This week I had the opportunity to draw this picture in soft pastel. I had been waiting for weeks for the oaks in one of my favourite sections of Castlemaine’s Botanical Gardens to reach the peak of their autumnal glory.

It is early winter and the oaks are among the last of the deciduous trees to acquire their autumn colour. It was fine, but chilly, when I commenced the drawing on Monday morning, but Wednesday morning was just glorious. There were plenty of people out walking – many with their grandchildren or dogs. Nearby, a small group was practising Qi Gong.

Crimson rosellas, Australian magpies and Bronzewing pigeons enjoyed the bounty offered in the gardens that morning.

This picture gives me a lot of pleasure. I hope you enjoy it too.

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Port Fairy Lighthouse
June 8, 2016

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This post is the final of the series about my visit to Port Fairy in September 2015.

Port Fairy lighthouse is situated on Griffiths Island at the entrance to the Moyne River.

It was constructed in 1859 using local bluestone. The automatic light has been operated by solar power since 1987 with a wind generator backup added in June 1996.

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This charcoal drawing was made from the vantage point of a beach headland further along the coast.