Headgear 1.




afghan hound headgear

at feed time

When Charlie was young her groomer Sue gave us this SNOOD to protect the ears from food and being chewed. Sue was  very direct about how Charlie should be fed, on what and when and also was not impressed with her ears. Sue’s own Afghan Harley always looked starved, with very prominent hips and spine as she fed him a strict vegetarian diet. However Harley lived to over 13 years of age. Charlie to her credit didn’t mind the snood and wore it until it began to fall apart. She would disappear outside after dinner and race around the yard in the snood and scared quite a few people at the front gate in this headgear.


headgear 2.



 garden space

resting picnickers

enjoy peace

I took a few candid shots when a group of women and children arrived near our lunching party at the Cranbourne Native Botanic Gardens. We were guessing they were recent immigrants to Australia and possibly refugees from Middle East conflict.  Their enjoyment was profound, shoes were discarded, ground coverings unrolled  and food spread out. The added peace was probably the absence of any men or boys in their entourage.

This is my contribution to week 23 photo challenge, HEADGEAR , check out this challenge at https://daffodilwild.wordpress.com/photo-challenge/  and check the contributions on the latest page of Sandra’s blog at this link, usually on Mondays.

so peaceful

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magpies entertain

young lovers are relaxing

garden for all occasions

The Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne provide a wide range of photographic experiences.  Writers and poets discover there are always opportunities for creative challenge. However most people visit to appreciate the wonderful examples of botany from Australia and the world or simply relax. Every day is different in these gardens as nature, climate and humanity mix and merge with a variety of smells, sounds and sights.

over here

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in a sea of green

an abundance of food

new spring growth

At the Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne this spring New Holland Honeyeaters seemed to be feeding wherever blossom was forming. This annexe of the Melbourne gardens displays an exciting range of Australian climatic zone plant species within the formal area and also an experience of natural sandy heathland with rare local indigenous bandicoots within the larger perimeter.