Sunday, May 6, 2012


G'day All,
On my way to work the other morning I was struck by the beauty of some of the cloud shapes above the first fairway. This one is a lenticular cloud - lens shaped - and is relatively common for us here south west of the Great Dividing Range.

Not so common is this 'sharkticular' one that was swimming nearby!

Now you didn't think I was going to do a post without a bird pic did you? After mowing a couple of fairways I took the camera into a bit of the bush up the back and came across the resident Scarlet Robin - always a delight.

Such a pleasure to go to work some days - so long as their are no breakdowns!


  1. Dear Gouldiae,

    Just a note to say how much pleasure your blog gives. Having grown up in Traralgon in the fifties and sixties, son of Lance Galbraith, and nephew of Jean Galbraith of Tyers, who you referred to in one of your blogs, I could not help growing up as a lover of our native Gippsland bush and its bird life. As we lived on the south side of Traralgon, Traralgon South, and Bulga and Tarra were our favourite bits of bush. For sometime in the early seventies I was teaching at Dargo so got to love the High Country as well. For the past 35 years I have been in India. Here the variety of bird life is staggering, and Birdlists for the outings of Birdwatchers Society of Andhra Pradesh (our state in India) always cross 50, but your blogs bring back all the childhood memories of our family bush outings, trips as a teenager with the then newly formed Latrobe Valley Field Naturalists Club, and remind me so vividly of the dear feathered friends of youth. Trips with Auntie Jean were always special - up the Walhalla Rd, and the Tyers River in the days before Moondarra. Whenever back in Oz for a visit I try and sneak down to Latrobe Valley (I still have land at Tyers) and have a cuppa in the bush.

    Anyway, MANY THANKS for your photos and blogs that I enjoy so much, even if they make me homesick!

    Warm regards,
    Tim Galbraith (

  2. Thanks Tim for the kind words.
    Dear old Gippsland is not too bad a little corner of the world to reside within, however the current SBS TV documentary series - Wildest India - tells me that there is a lot more to India than the very crowded mega-cities we so often see and hear about. And, being an ex-teacher and resident south of the LV myself, I share your love for Tarra/Bulga bush and the high country to the north.
    Fellow local blogger, Duncan of '', often regales me of the work of your auntie Jean. We each make an annual pilgrimage to see Prostanthera galbraithiae in flower in the Holey Plains State Park south-east of Traralgon.
    Best Regards Tim,
    Peter Ware,