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 II
Ceramic Green Man
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…
Shaded Garden Corner with mixed pots and planting
Large Silver Leaf above the Shaded Pavilion
Part 1 : Birds of Cloudehill
Posted in Cloudehill Gardens, Diggers Club, Olinda, Sculptures
Tagged Australia, Cloudehill Gardens, Diggers Club, Nature Photography, Olinda, Photography, Sculptures, Victoria
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 II – several were chewing on the bark of this tree.
Juvenile Spinebill II
Juvenile Spinebill III
Juvenile Spinebill IV
Part 2 – The Wonderful Gardens of Cloudehill
Part 3 – Colours of Cloudehill
Posted in Birds, Victoria
Tagged Australia, Australian Birds, Bird Photography, Cloudehill Gardens, Dandenong Ranges, Eastern Spinebill, Nature Photography, Olinda, Photography, Silvereye, Victoria, Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo