Hello people, so I’m up camping by the Murray River again, with no Internet or phone. Apparently, one can get a reception 3kms up the dirt track from Carter’s Beach, Ulupna Island, where we have set up our camper trailer. Arriving mid-week, ahead of Long Weekend campers, we got a prime spot. This photo below is a view downriver, looking back. You can just see the edge of the sandy beach on the far right bank.


A pair of young kookaburras visited for the first days while we were on our own.


A kangaroo and her half-grown joey are usually grazing nearby until the people begin moving about – haven’t got a photo of them yet. Wedge-tailed eagles loop by, almost daily.


The most exciting part of our stay, by far, is having a koala in the tree behind our camper.


I hope these pictures are okay – I’m working with a barely visible screen. ( Doing this blog post, we’re in a park at Strathmerton, using the Dump Point, checking the weather forecast, and  buying the Sunday paper.)


Looks like we’ll stay until Friday or Saturday, since the weather will be okay.  We have a beaut sandy beach to swim from, lovely and shallow, too. Deep water and a fast river current freak me out!

More pictures, next week or so.

Thanks for looking.



Other Stuff

Kookaburras, Eagles, & Koalas


Outside my back door, a little while ago, one of the many bees in the mint. (Nikon D3000)




We arrived home on Wednesday, and feeling a little disoriented – having covered about 2000 kms over our sixteen days out with the camper trailer.  Had beaut visits with family, including several hours a day with my mum for a week – the most time I’ve spent with her for decades! On Friday, after a quick visit with my brother, we headed back towards Victoria, where I caught up with my daughter. I’ll tell you more, and share some of the hundreds of photos I took.

In the meantime, thanks for looking at my bees.


Bees & Bugs

A Honey Bee


The mint outside my back door is still alive with all sorts of winged critters – the honey bees get a look in, too.





Thanks for looking.

We’re busy packing today, so we’ll be ready to load our car when it cools down tonight – we’re expecting a top of 38 C. We were going to head off to Adelaide on the Thursday just gone, but the forecast heat-wave put us off. We head off tomorrow morning and will drive for about six hours, hoping we’ll miss approaching rain and thunderstorms. At least it will be cooler!

I’ve popped the smaller zoom lens back on my Nikon D3000, in anticipation of reaching Coonalpyn, where we will spend the night. Huge silos, still-working, right on the main road, have been painted as part of South Australia’s Silo Art.

Do have a great week! I will.




Bees & Bugs

Honey Bees


It’s a few weeks ago since this Hairy Flower Wasp dropped by, briefly, while I was out and about with the Nikon D3000.  It’s a year since my first sight of one of these loners.



I love the golden glint of their wings and their kidney-shaped eyes.


Thanks for looking.


Bees & Bugs

Golden-winged Hairy Flower Wasp


Yesterday, in the flowering mint by my back door: random miniature minty magic. (Nikon D3000)











Thanks for looking. Which one did you like best?


Bees & Bugs, Butterflies & Moths

Miniature Minty Magic


Pollen-encrusted honey bee on a dandelion flower, this morning. (Nikon D3000)


Thanks for looking.


Bees & Bugs

Pollinating honey bee