Tuesday, 21 November 2017

THE QUEEN VIC

The Queen Victoria Market (also known as the Queen Vic Markets or the Queen Vic, and locally as '"Vic Market"') is a major landmark in Melbourne, Australia, and at around seven hectares is the largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere. The Market is significant to Melbourne's culture and heritage and has been listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.

The Market is named after Queen Victoria who ruled the British Empire, from 1837 to 1901. The Queen Victoria Market is the only surviving 19th century market in the Melbourne central business district. There were once three major markets in the Melbourne CBD, but two of them, the Eastern Market and Western Market, both opened before the Queen Victoria, closed in the 1960s. It also forms part of an important collection of surviving Victorian markets which includes the inner suburban Prahran Market and South Melbourne Market.

This post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Ruby Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Travel Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme.






Monday, 20 November 2017

SEASONAL FRUITS

As our weather warms up more and more, the fruiterers' shops begin to be filled with delectable fruits of the season: Berries of all sorts - strawberries, raspberries, blueberries; stone fruits - plums, apricots, peaches, nectarines; exotics -mangoes, kiwis, bananas, custard apples, pineapples... Forget the vitamin tablets, eat your fruit!

This post is part of the Mosaic Monday meme,
and also part of the Through my Lens meme,
and also part of the Seasons meme,
and also part of the Macro Monday meme.



Sunday, 19 November 2017

CONSTRUCTING UP

Melbourne is a city that is currently going through an extreme development phase and an ongoing skyscraper boom. Considering the CBD and Southbank, especially, Melbourne looks to become a world-class, mega-tall metropolis. In the near future, Melbourne will compete with cities like Chicago, Seoul, Singapore, Tokyo in terms of having a large number of buildings of 200+ metres tall. As the effects of this boom are becoming increasingly visible and the strain on the city's infrastructure is clearly evident, the controversy is raging regarding the benefits and drawbacks of hyper-dense, supertall overdevelopment with construction going up, Up, UP...

This post is part of the My Sunday Best meme,
and also part of the My Sunday Photo meme,
and also part of the Photo Sunday meme.





Saturday, 18 November 2017

A PADDLING OF DUCKS

The Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa) is mostly mid-brown in colour, with each feather edged buff. The head pattern is characteristic, with a dark brown line through the eye, bordered with cream above and below and a dark brown crown. The upper wing colour is the same as the back, with a bright glossy green patch in the secondary flight feathers. The white underwing is conspicuous in flight. Young Pacific Black Ducks are similar to the adults in plumage.

The Pacific Black Duck is closely related to the Mallard, A. platyrhynchos, introduced into Australia from the Northern Hemisphere. The two species are very similar in habits and occupy the same niche in the two regions. The two species will interbreed in situations where Mallards have been released.

This post is part of the Weekend Reflections meme,
and also part of the Saturday Critters meme,
and also part of the I'd Rather Be Birdin' meme,
and also part of the Camera Critters meme.



Friday, 17 November 2017

FLYING FRIENDLY SKIES

Find the plane in Photo #1!

This post is part of the Skywatch Friday meme,
and also part of the Friday Photo Journal meme.



Thursday, 16 November 2017

ROSE TIME IN MELBOURNE

The roses are blooming in our garden at the moment and the cool change that came through yesterday greatly relieved the rose bushes after the few very hot days that we have had. Although a few blooms were scorched, the cool weather and rain revived the plants and the flowers are coming back. Here are some of the ones that are looking good at the moment.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.
Rosa "Lady of Shalott"

Rosa "Ingrid Bergman"

Rosa "Dream Come True"

Rosa "Queen Elizabeth II"

Rosa "Camille Pissarro"

Rosa "Mr Lincoln"

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

SUNRISE IN SUNSHINE

Sunshine is a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, lying 11 to 13 km west of the CBD, located within the City of Brimbank local government area. Sunshine recorded a population of 9,768 at the 2016 census. Sunshine, once a town and Garden city outside Melbourne, is today a residential suburb with a mix of period and post-War homes, with a town centre that is an important retail centre in Melbourne's west. It is also one of Melbourne's principal places of employment outside the CBD with many industrial companies situated in the area, and is an important public transport hub with both V/Line and Metro services at Sunshine station and a major bus interchange.

Sunrise seen here in the nature reserve on the banks of the Kororoit Creek, which defines one of the borders of the suburb.

This post is part of ABC Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Outdoor Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

MELBOURNE SUNSETS

If you like sunsets, we get some beautiful ones Downunder and Melbourne has its fair share of spectacular skies...

This post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Ruby Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Travel Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme.








Monday, 13 November 2017

FOUR SEASONS

The changing moods of the big pond at the Darebin Parklands in suburban Melbourne. Different seasons change the atmosphere, but it's all beautiful!

This post is part of the Mosaic Monday meme,
and also part of the Seasons meme,
and also part of the Through my Lens meme.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

AFTERNOON PROMENADE

The weather in Melbourne has definitely been turning warm to hot and we are getting a taste of the fast-approaching Summer. Nothing better for Melburnians who love outdoor activities within the city and out of it...

This post is part of the Weekend Reflections meme,
and also part of the My Sunday Best meme.






Saturday, 11 November 2017

NESTING MOORHEN 2

A few weeks ago I posted some photos of nesting moorhens. This week, I revisited the same nest and was happy to see that fledglings have been leaving the nest and under the supervision of the moorhen nannies they can swim in the pond, and then make their own way back to the nest. I counted five moorhens sharing mothering duties in the same nest. As you can see, they must have all laid eggs in the same nest as some eggs are still unhatched and are being incubated, while there are also nestlings and fledglings.

As I said before, during breeding season, the Dusky Moorhen forms breeding groups of two to seven birds, with all members defending territory, building nests and looking after young. The shallow platform nests are made of reeds and other water plants over water, among reeds or on floating platforms in open water. Two or more females will lay their eggs in the same nest and all members of the group help to incubate the eggs and feed the young.

This post is part of the Weekend Reflections meme,
and also part of the Saturday Critters meme,
and also part of the I'd Rather Be Birdin' meme,
and also part of the Camera Critters meme.







Friday, 10 November 2017

SUMMER SUN

The temperature are beginning to climb in Melbourne as Summer draws nearer. We shall have a very warm, fine weekend and next week summery weather again. We were rather displeased with the cool weather and grey days of Spring, but now as the mercury begins to rise, we shall start complaining about the heat...

This post is part of the Skywatch Friday meme,
and also part of the Friday Photo Journal meme
and also part of the Weekend Green meme.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

MELBOURNE WEEDS 9 - TREE MALLOW

Malva arborea (also known as Lavatera arborea, or, more recently as Malva eriocalyx), the tree mallow, is a species of mallow native to the coasts of western Europe and the Mediterranean region, from the British Isles south to Algeria and Libya, and east to Greece.

It is a shrubby annual, biennial or perennial plant growing to 0.5–2 m (rarely 3 m) tall. The leaves are orbicular, 8–18 cm diameter, palmately lobed with five to nine lobes, and a coarsely serrated margin. The flowers are 3–4 cm diameter, dark pink to purple and grow in fasciculate axillary clusters of two to seven. It grows mainly on exposed coastal locations, often on small islands, only rarely any distance inland.

Although long considered a species of Lavatera, genetic and morphological analysis by Martin Forbes Ray, reported in 1998, suggested it was better placed in the genus Malva, in which it was named Malva dendromorpha M.F.Ray. However the earlier name Malva arborea L. (Webb & Berthol.) was validly published and has priority over Malva dendromorpha.

Malva arborea tolerates sea water to varying degrees, at up to 100% sea water in its natural habitat, excreting salt through glands on its leaves. This salt tolerance can be a competitive advantage over inland plant species in coastal areas. Its level of salinity tolerance is thought to be improved by soil with higher phosphate content, making guano enrichment particularly beneficial.

The leaves of the species are used in herbal medicine to treat sprains, by steeping them in hot water and applying the poultice to the affected area. It is theorised that lighthouse keepers may have spread the plant to some British islands for use as a poultice and to treat burns, an occupational hazard. Thought to have been used as an alternative to toilet paper. 

The seeds are edible and are known in Jersey as "petit pains", or "little breads". Tree mallow was considered a nutritive animal food in Britain in the 19th century, and is still sometimes used as animal fodder in Europe. For human consumption, some sources describe the leaves of tree mallow as edible, although not as palatable as common mallow, unless cut very thinly, because of the very velours-like hairy mouth-feel.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.