Blotched Blue-tongue Lizard (Tiliqua nigrolutea)


Sometimes, standing still in the bush brings the wildlife to me. On Friday I had found a fallen branch and was standing, thinking about ways of photographing it – the branch was very large. After a few minutes, I heard shuffling sounds in the undergrowth. Expecting an echidna to emerge, I quietly turned around, camera … Continue reading Blotched Blue-tongue Lizard (Tiliqua nigrolutea)

Tawny Frogmouth


On a warm January night, we were sitting in the lounge room watching TV when a loud bang on the screen door  startled us.  Initially, we couldn’t see anything outside, so Richard grabbed a torch and shone it into a nearby tree.   We saw a bundle of grey feathers and thought it was a solitary … Continue reading Tawny Frogmouth

Self-Seeding Cranberry Heath


When we first moved in, almost five years ago now, there were very few native plants around the dam.  We pulled out a heap of Agapanthus plants and a large cactus plant which, to us, were at odds with sclerophyll bushland surrounding it.  Since then, grass grew, kangaroos and wallabies grazed, and each year we … Continue reading Self-Seeding Cranberry Heath

Ivy Leaf Violets, Sundews, Rice Flowers and Goodenias


As I wrote about last week, and as requested by Nature on the Edge here are some photographs of the smaller plants, such as Ivy Leaf Violets, Rice Flowers, Pale Sundews and Goodenias which seem to be flourishing this year, with the wet weather and prolonged cooler temperatures. We’ve had carpets of colour in the grass … Continue reading Ivy Leaf Violets, Sundews, Rice Flowers and Goodenias

Early Nancy Colour


In the time we have lived here, the first Waxlip flowers have appeared somewhere between the 9th and 21st September. In my scout around the bush, still no sign of them today. Last year, the lack of rain and warmer temperatures meant Spring arrived early, and was over before I really had a chance to … Continue reading Early Nancy Colour

A New Photography Portfolio


If you are a long-term follower of Fifteen Acres, it’s possible you may be wondering if I have run out of species to photograph and write about.  The posts in 2015 have been fewer than in other years.  Happily, the answer to that question is “No!”  there are heaps of species I am either yet to … Continue reading A New Photography Portfolio

Eight Ducklings Are Flying Now (5 Photos)


If you have been following the story of the eight ducklings being raised by one male duck, following the disappearance of the female, you’ll be happy to know they are now flying!  Two popular flight destinations are the bird feeders and the dam. Their father is still very vigilant.  Today I saw him chase away … Continue reading Eight Ducklings Are Flying Now (5 Photos)

Tonal Landscapes Calendar


If you found my posts on Tonal Landscapes interesting, you may like to know that I have created a 2015 Tonal Landscapes Calendar, available from my Redbubble site.  I’ve also created a Central Victoria: Colours and Textures calendar and a Central Victoria: Flora and Fauna calendar. In all three calendars, the photographs representing each month … Continue reading Tonal Landscapes Calendar

Rambling Around: An Echidna Encounter


I know we have Echidnas on our property, for I often find holes they have dug around ants nests or tasty plant roots.  Usually, it’s easy to tell if an Echidna has dug the hole because of the tell-tale impressions their pointy noses leave at the bottom of the hole.  I’ve come across these fascinating … Continue reading Rambling Around: An Echidna Encounter

Marsupial Spring


I was so focused on the ducks this morning that I wasn’t even looking for marsupials –  kangaroos or wallabies.  Then something fast-moving and small caught my attention.  The camera was already out and active taking photographs of ducklings, so for once I was prepared for a spontaneous joey run!  Yes, for those who have … Continue reading Marsupial Spring

A Gallery of Spring Flowers


With the warmer weather, Spring flowers are beginning to pop up everywhere. This gallery of photographs contains native species which are already included on the A -Z Species List through previous posts. All of the photographs below were  taken over the last two weeks. .