Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Happy Christmas!

I had Christmas lunch today in Ocean Grove, a seaside town about 100km south-west of Melbourne.

Decorated Norfolk Island Pine, Araucaria heterophylla, in someone's front yard:
I like the way the smallest branches form their own star on top of the tree.

After lunch I took a little walk to look at the beach. The tide was in, so the beach was quite narrow. This is looking towards the heads of Port Phillip:
You might notice a ship about to negotiate the heads in the top right of the picture. Part of the beach in the foreground is temporarily fenced off (the orange poles) to protect the nest of an endangered Hooded Plover. There are two babies in there somewhere, and lots of signs up asking people to keep their dogs leashed, and to keep to the water's edge when walking along that part of the beach.
Looking in the other direction, you can see a few people enjoying the traditional Christmas Day afternoon at the beach, although you might have to enlarge the photo to see most of them.

Hope you have had a wonderful Christmas day wherever you are!


  1. your pine is gorgeous!
    Happy Christmas, Sharyn in Kalama

  2. Christmas wishes to you and "G", sounds like you had a great day yeasterday. What better way to end it, than a walk along one of our beautiful Australian beaches.

  3. What a lovely spot to spend xmas! I hope you enjoy the rest of the break and that 2014 brings lots of good things your way. xx

  4. How wonderful to be at the beach! Merry Christmas!

  5. That looks beautiful-a lot like our beaches here in San Diego-our weather has been hot-80 yesterday as we live in a suburb about 35 miles inland.