My I Spy: something beginning with ‘W’

Wintery thoughts are a distant memory as I write this on a warm summer’s day. The outside world is whirring with bird calls and distant traffic as I ponder on what I’ve spied beginning with W.

Whale tail at Victor Harbor, SA
Whale tail at Victor Harbor, SA


Lately I have come across several references to whales. On a documentary there was footage of a beautiful horseshoe-shaped bay in Tasmania where Southern Right whales congregated for their breeding season until the enthusiastic whaling economy of the 1800s nearly wiped them out entirely. Whaling stations are dotted around the coastline and a whaling museum I visited years ago at Albany at the bottom of Western Australia had a blubber tank that still exuded the scent of decades past. This whale tail was spotted in Victor Harbor in South Australia. There is an excellent overview of the history of whaling in Australia here.



‘Dancing, swaying, wattle’: it is hard for me to spot any of the many varieties of wattle without hearing my Mum sing this line in my head. These bright bursts were spied near an old gold mine shaft at Grenfell in the central west.


This bright flower is the floral emblem of New South Wales. The red blooms draw the eye even on a dull day in the mountains. There are white waratahs too, a rarer delight.

White waratah
White waratah
Wisteria at Camden Park House
Wisteria at Camden Park House


Stunning en masse, this wisteria was spotted just before reaching its peak wrapped around Camden Park House, part of the Macarthur family estate.

Whale hedge at Glenhaven, Leura
Whale hedge at Glenhaven, Leura

One More Whale

I laughed out loud when I first spotted an article in the Blue Mountains Gazette at the beginning of spring. There are many gardens open for viewing in Leura, and I had to admire the unconventional inclusion of large teeth and an eye to transform a large hedge into a whale in a beautiful garden called Glenhaven. Of course I had to track it down for a photo.

Have you spotted anything wonderful beginning with W this week?

Check out what Autumn has spied here, as well as on Instagram.


17 thoughts on “My I Spy: something beginning with ‘W’

    1. Excellent effort! And surely three Wilsons count for something 😊. Nice work with the moon too. It’s warm in the mountains too so it must be at melting point in other areas …

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      1. I thought they probably were native to Australia. That’s one of the things I like about blogging: the chance to learn more about other countries, from the people who actually live there!


  1. Yes, we discovered Wales is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and the island of Great Britain. It is bordered by England to the east, the Irish Sea to the north and west, and the Bristol Channel to the south. And we discovered you.

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  2. You not only are a good writer, but you’re a good photographer too. My Weights in my home gym make me smile. They remind me to get moving when I sit too long writing. Thanks for the inspiration in the doldrums of January.

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comments – you’ve made my day! My family often tease me about taking so many photos of inanimate objects but I knew they’d come in handy one day. Your photos are great too – I read many blogs but can picture the bright blue skies and even the Christmas lights that have featured on your recent posts. Good spotting with weights too, and a great way to keep your writing muscles toned 😊


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