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The Wonderful Gardens of Cloudehill

A nature photographer’s dream: The gardens of Cloudehill in Olinda are stunning and while many coastal gardens are drying out and becoming a bit cooked in the late summer heat, the Cloudehill gardens are still in full flower. The variety of flowers (perennials and annuals) are amazing and the woods that lead into the lower gardens and gullies are cool and inviting. I explored the garden rooms, the pathways and woods, looking for colour, interesting features and of course birds.

Cloudehill Gardens

Cloudehill Gardens

Cloudehill Gardens II

Cloudehill Gardens II

Ceramic Green Man

Ceramic Green Man

Pot Plantings

Pot Plantings

Red Field and stone sign (Art not a warning - I actually asked)

Red Field and stone sign (it is a sculpture not a warning – I actually asked)

Stone Owl? I always seem to photograph this sculpture though I am not sure what it is...

Stone Owl? I always seem to photograph this sculpture though I am not sure what it is…

Shaded Garden Corner with mixed pots and planting

Shaded Garden Corner with mixed pots and planting

Silver Leaf above the Shaded Pavilion

Large Silver Leaf above the Shaded Pavilion

 Part 1 : Birds of Cloudehill

Birds of Cloudehill, Olinda

Within the Dandenong Ranges, about an hour east of Melbourne, is a stunning garden called Cloudehill. It is one of the three display garden nurseries of the Diggers Club. The other two gardens are the Garden of St Erth in Blackwood and Heronswood in Dromana. I think Cloudehill is one of the most beautiful gardens I have been to and as an added bonus it is usually full of birds.  While Mrs Gap Year wanders around and then hits the nursery shop or the cafe to read the paper I can go deeper into the gullies at the bottom of the gardens and look for birds. On this occasion I went to find the resident lyrebirds but for the first time I did not hear or see them. I did find a rather large and noisy flock of Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoos – shooting into the canopy was difficult but with Lightroom the images could be salvaged.

Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo

Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo

Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo II - several were chewing on the bark of this tree.

Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo II – several were chewing on the bark of this tree.

Silvereye

Silvereye

Juvenile Silvereye

Juvenile Silvereye

Juvenile Spinebill

Juvenile Spinebill

Juvenile Spinebill II

Juvenile Spinebill II

Juvenile Spinebill III

Juvenile Spinebill III

Juvenile Spinebill IV

Juvenile Spinebill IV

Part 2  – The Wonderful Gardens of Cloudehill

Coming Soon:

Part 3 – Colours of Cloudehill