writer, traveller, photographer

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Journal

Not Bending, Waving: Menzies Research Institute, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

I step carefully to the edge of the kerb, ensuring I am not too close to passing traffic. This building is breathtaking, enticing, and wants to be viewed from many different angles – but not in the midst of a busy enough intersection! / The Menzies Research Institute, associated with the University of Tasmania, is renowned for its medical research aimed at improving human health and well being. I…
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Glorious in Green: Banksia in Bloom

Vibrant colour, fine texture / Impossible to ignore … / This stately specimen is one of 170 species of banksia found in Australia; they were named for famed botanist Joseph Banks who collected them during James Cook’s 1770 voyage. The showy wildflowers and garden plants belong to the Proteaceae Family; they grow as small shrubs, or trees up to thirty metres tall, are easily recognised by t…
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Cabbage Gloriana: Way Out West

What an extrovert, this glorious vertical ‘cabbage’ / A green and gold extravaganza / Probably not edible but definitely a show pony / Worth stopping for a photo opportunity / In a flurry of gravel and dust … / Cabbage Gloriana – featured in ‘Country Gardens – Come Grow With Us’ – is more correctly known as the Royal Hakea (Hakea Victoria); I believe that such a stunning example of fl…
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Elemental Fatigue: Old Onslow's Place in the Sun

The ruins of an abandoned town slumber in golden sunlight / Slump back towards the earth from which they came / Late afternoon sunshine highlights slender lines of mortar still ‘on the job’ and holding fast, one hundred and twenty-five years after initially being slapped on during construction. The orange-ochre bricks, possibly mud brick, are gradually crumbling back to earth without a protective…
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