"To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”
~ Elliot Erwitt
I have previously posted about The Briars, a beautiful rural property, only a short walk from my parents house, steeped in local history, flora and fauna. This beautiful old homestead, is situated at Mount Martha on the Mornington Peninsula on 230 hectares.
The first glimpse, and one of my favourite aspects, of this location's history is this fabulous old tractor, set halfway up the hill, alongside the main driveway into the property.
The adult Grey Butcherbird has a black crown and face and a grey back, with a thin white collar. The wings are grey, with large areas of white and the underparts are white. The grey and black bill is large, with a small hook at the tip of the upper bill. The eye is dark brown and the legs and feet are dark grey. Both sexes are similar in plumage, but the females are slightly smaller than the males.
Young Grey Butcherbirds resemble adults, but have black areas replaced with olive-brown and a buff wash on the white areas. The bill is completely dark grey and often lacks an obvious hook.
Grey Butcherbirds are aggressive predators. They prey on small animals, including birds, lizards and insects, as well as some fruits and seeds.
However, this little guy sure doesn't seem to fit the aggressive reputation. He visits my yard most days and comes right up to me.
My family call me "The Bird Whisperer".
Going through my photography archives, I am always drawn to my images of the beach.
Wherever there is soft sand, salt water, crashing waves and sea air, that is where I love to be!
For me, the beach is a place of physical and mental therapy; the salt water on my skin, the clean sea air in my lungs, the rhythmic sounds of the ocean and the sea birds.
The plethora of sensory stimuli as I sit near, walk along, swim in, watch and listen to the ocean, fills me with a sense of calm and clarity.
No matter where I am along the stunning Australian coastline, the result is always the same; I come away feeling refreshed, relaxed and restored both physically and mentally.
The London Bridge area is the most northern beach in the Mornington Peninsula National Park and borders Point Nepean National Park.
A lookout, only a short walk from the car park at the end of London Bridge Road, provides stunning views of London Bridge, the beach and the rock platforms below. Views east towards Portsea and north-west towards Point Nepean National Park.
Beach access is via a steep ramp.
Low tide provides the opportunity to enjoy a leisurely stroll along the shoreline.
A large rock platform provides for great snorkeling and exploring the rock pools at low tide.
This famous landform is composed of sandstone and has been formed through weathering action of thousands of years of wind, rain and waves. Exploring the hollowed out rock formation at low tide is enjoyed by many visitors to this popular location.
A short distance from Diamond Bay Road, is another similar road (St Pauls Road) leading to another beautiful stretch of Mornington Peninsula National Park's rugged coastline.
Accessible from St Pauls Road, St Pauls Beach is a small sandy bay bordered by wild cliffs on the Bass Strait coast of the Mornington Peninsula. Rock pools and craggy outcrops on the rock platform make this a wonderful place to explore. St Pauls is not only more difficult to reach (than Diamond Bay Beach), but has higher waves at high tide and more rocks and reefs along the beach.
Some of the stunning views from Coppins Track, looking east towards Portsea and beyond.
The view east from St Pauls Lookout towards Portsea.
Heading west, the Coastal Walk passes yet another scenic detour at Jubilee Point which, on a clear day provides spectacular views of Cape Schanck to the east and as far as the Otways to the west.
Looking towards Diamond Bay & Bay of Islands from Jubilee Point.
If you are on the Mornington Peninsula, the coastal walks of the National Park are definitely worth exploring, even if only parts of them (as we did). The views are extremely picturesque, especially on a clear blue day.