Raeburn Orchard and Lesmurdie Falls - WTWW

As suggested by Anne Busby

Spring Blossoms

Spring Blossoms

Drove down to Roleystone to have a look about Raeburn Orchard yesterday for this week's outing, which brought up a minor glitch, in that there's a $3 charge to enter the Orchards, but no EFTPOS available; as I don't carry cash whilst on a shoot, that curtailed that particular plan, so I was reduced to taking a few snaps from the roads nearby for the time being.

Have to say though,  one of their neighbours has a fabulous collection of brightly coloured daisies!

I moved on from there to revisit another location, Lesmurdie Falls. Last time I visited, the region had had several days of extremely heavy rain, and that day was no exception, soaking me to the skin whilst trying desperately to avoid rain on the lens.  Yesterday, however, was an absolutely beautiful day, with the spring wildflowers out in force, and the Falls twinkling in the sunlight. I'm thinking that I'm going to make the spot a seasonal event, as it'll be interesting to see the changes through the year.

The Cascades

The Cascades

Lesmurdie Falls

Lesmurdie Falls

Araluen Botanic Park, Churchman Brook Dam & Sixty Foot Falls WTWW

As suggested by Arthur Hannant

I planned out an enormous run of revisits for yesterday, and no sooner than I'd posted it to my faithful Insta following than my beloved pointed out that Araluen had been suggested to me for this week. So I scrapped the carefully planned map, and headed down to Roleystone.

Araluen Botanic Park - not so much a Park as a Garden

Araluen Botanic Park - not so much a Park as a Garden

I'd arrived with the full intention of becoming a Member, as from reading up online the Park looked like somewhere I'd like to visit quite regularly, however the whole experience was soured by the unhelpful ladies on the Entrance, who wanted to charge me both for the Membership fee, and also for entry on the day, and were utterly disinterested in providing any assistance beyond handing me a (generally useless) map.

Yes, Araluen is very pretty indeed; the (readily signed as having been planted) tulips were out in force, but the whole place had something of a forced feel to it, nothing 'natural'. The plants are quite regimented, the signage is incomprehensible without a degree in botany, and in general it really wasn't a friendly place, with a frankly alarming number of 'no entry' or 'keep out' signs all over the place.

Churchman Brook Dam, Roleystone

Churchman Brook Dam, Roleystone

I headed off from here feeling very grumpy, and drove to the nearby Churchman Brook Dam, which personally I found much more rewarding, although considering it was only the 6th day of Spring, the water level was alarmingly low! I had a magpie following me pretty much everywhere I went, and sporadically a kookaburra could be heard clearly through the trees. This was a much more relaxing (and 'me') location.

Sixty Foot Falls, Ellis Valley Reserve

Sixty Foot Falls, Ellis Valley Reserve

Lastly, I drove up to Martin, and Ellis Valley Reserve, determined to finally see Sixty Foot Falls. With some effort and several blasts of my inhaler I made it to the top, but alas the Falls weren't so much Falling as Dribbling. However I did have the amusing experience of puzzling over a bagworm as it scuttled across the ground; that is one bizarre little creature!

Busselton, Margaret River and Augusta - Out and About

For our Wedding Anniversary this weekend, James and I took an extended break in Busselton, allowing us great access to the beautiful Margaret River region, and further afield to Augusta and Cape Leeuwin.

It was a joy to show him the sights I'd seen earlier such as Skippy Rock and the Waterwheel, but more so to explore new locations such as Ellen's Brook and Meekadarabee Falls, with the added bonus of a delicious lunch at the White Elephant Beach Cafe in Gnaragup.

Now there's just the small matter of sorting through the images...

Just a few of the places we visited over our anniversary weekend

Just a few of the places we visited over our anniversary weekend

Ellis Brook - Mundy Regional Park - Lesmurdie Falls - WTWW

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As recommended by Ash McPhail

Although the weather forecast was absolutely dire, I kept to the WTWW promise, and headed out to Ellis Brook Valley Reserve, hoping to catch some shots of Sixty Foot Falls. I managed to make it up to the Eagle View Trail, and was blessed with some great views over the wilderness back to Perth city before the rain hit hard. Unfortunately as there was an unsavoury looking gent hanging about in the carpark near the falls I bottled out of that part of the trip and headed off.

So I arrived in Mundy Regional Park, site of the incredible Lesmurdie Falls, and, on that day, the extremely well named Cascades. This visit was definitely worth the drenching!