Robyn Lakeman

Ferny Creek, Australia

Have been into photography since the late 60s but more so since joining online communities 15 years ago and learning so much more about...


Snow in the Hills

Been very cold this week and last night we had snow in the hills. Thick fog today. The only good weather we had was when Mel brought the sunshine from Qld to us for a week :)

Here are a couple of pics from Olinda golf course. Not a big snow event by any means but it’s only the start of winter so hopefully more to come :)

Here’s some good snow events from


and here’s a scan from The Free Press in 1986 when we had the best snow cover I’ve ever seen, it lasted for three days. This is Rostrevor in Sassafras

A blast from the past

Saturday just gone we went to the Sutton Grange Winery festival at Castlemaine with our friends Peta and Marcus. It was a real step back in time/blast from the past, with Mick Fleetwood and his blues band, Michael McDonald (ex Doobie Brothers) and Boz Scaggs.

During the show a lot of baby boomers were grooving in front of the stage so I just went right down to the front of the stage and took photos. These performers are in their 60s now but they still “had it” and it was a fantastic night of music. It went for 5 hours!

Mick Fleetwood

Mick’s female drummer

Michael McDonald

The audience

Brian Cadd sitting behind us and a young fan swooping for a photo

Boz Scaggs

Go Boz!!

Miss Monet (boy could she sing) in Boz Scagg’s band

Two beautiful visitors today

Well I’m back from Tasmania and have more photos. This time I took my little Canon G9 as I thought that would slow me down and it did. Had an early Christmas get together with my family there.

This morning was woken by running on the roof and it didn’t sound like possums. I went to investigate and two magnificent peacocks were sitting in the tulip tree. I put out some food for them and went back to bed. When I got up they were strolling round the garden. One of these peacocks was in a neighbours yesterday and we tried to find the owner to no avail. A few people in our road have owned peacocks before. Anyway I’ll enjoy them while they are here. Would be lovely if they hung around for the auction of our home tomorrow :)

Back from cruisin' the Mediterranean

Haven’t been around for the last couple of months as I’ve had a cataract op, an angiogram, been planning my big trip and also putting our beautiful home of 24 years on the market.

Just arrived back last night from 3 weeks in the Mediterranean starting at Barcelona and ending in Venice. I took a record 21,000 photos!

Flying over South Australia near Broken Hill late yesterday afternoon, I photographed the massive dust storm from the air that would engulf Sydney and Brisbane today. It was spectacular to say the least, seeing how the dust had risen up into the clouds.

The Dandenongs avatar on Channel 2 news weather tonight

I sent one of my photos Last of the Autumn Leaves into Channel 2 in Melbourne a few weeks ago and they just notified me that it will be on tonight 6th July and tomorrow night 7th July when they do the weather report at the end of the news

I also sent the photo to Snap Happy in the ExtraGo section of the Herald Sun about a month ago and won a weekend in the Yarra Valley :)

Magical misty sunbeam morning

It was just magical this morning in Ferny Creek with the mist staying around till midday and the sun streaming through which is quite rare.
Here are some pics I took

From my side deck

Looking through my front gates

The other side of the garden

The Skydeck at Eureka Towers this weekend

Spent a wonderful long weekend in Melbourne. On Sunday went up to the Skydeck at Eureka Towers. It was a stormy day with some great cloud formations.

Only took my little Canon G9 with me

Looking to the Dandenongs

see the rainbow colours on the left hand side

Close up showing the rainbow colours

This photo was taken from our room at the Hilton on the Park. We were fascinated with this old church that was stripped on the inside and turned into apartments. Fantastic cloud formation here too

Aerial photos of Marysville and Kinglake

Coming home from Canada, the last part of my journey was Sydney to Melbourne. As always I was photographing the aerial views and when we flew over the Alpine areas I could see the snow on the mountains but also burnt out areas. It then occurred to me that these were the areas that had been affected by the bushfires. When I got home I checked out the flight path and could see the first pics with the snow were the Marysville area followed by Kinglake. I thought I’d upload these pics for your interest. I haven’t ventured into any of these areas as living in a bushfire prone area it’s too close to home for me especially after the terrible fire here in Ferny Creek in 1997 and the close calls we had this year.

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