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Saddleback Ridge/Akarana Road, Chirnside Park

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published September 21st 2021
A change of street name, but not of enjoyment
This is one road but has two names as it changes along the way. Akarana Road is older and was joined by Saddleback Ridge when the Chirnside Park Estate was established in the 1960s.

Saddleback Ridge.
Saddleback Ridge.

The Saddleback Ridge starts at Grand Valley Drive and Akarana Road ends at Victoria Road.

Saddleback Ridge.
It's steep one end.

It's a colourful walk with some brilliant displays of azalea bushes and flowers.

A brilliant display of azaleas.

Worth a close inspection.

Most houses have large front yards and many gardens are very well-established. Some colourful gardens beds are very evident with a variety of flowers. Another bed featured a healthy-looking succulent amid a bed of flowers.

Garden beds.
There were many colourful garden beds.

Garden bed
Another interesting garden bed.

Only saw one magpie and one crow, until I came across a group of nine not being fazed by my approach.

crow & magpie
The magpie has found something and the crow is still looking.

group of magpies.
Must all be related.

Naturally, many daisies were seen and photographed. Some large patches and a couple of junior patches.

A mass of daisies.

Junior batches of daisies.

Many trees were in flower. A protea and magnolia were two as were another magnolia and a bright yellow broom.

Protea & magnolia.
Protea & magnolia.

magnolia & broom.
Magnolia and broom trees.

Under one tree was a trio of deep red tulips, almost as brilliant as a couple of grevilleas.

red tulips
A trio of tulips.

Grevilleas are always attractive.

Several gardens had lush exhibits of pride of madeira bushes with their vertical spikes of flowers.

Pride of Madeira bush
A very proud bush.

A very ruffled wattlebird looked down from an overhead wire. It was a very windy day, which could account for the ruffled look. Another wattlebird was seen feeding on some newly flowered gum blossoms.

wattle bird.
Wattle bird, back to the wind.

wattle bird in gum tree.
Feeding on the flowers.

Of similar colours were a bird of paradise and many clivias. Many small species of geraniums looked quite exquisite when closely looked at.

Bird of paradise & clivia.
Bird of paradise & clivia.

Worth a close look.

One garden had an owl looking after an old horse-drawn plough. The same garden had another owl on a gate post. Deeper in the garden were several metal birds and a little piggy.

Owl & plough.
The owl and the plough.

garden bird ornaments
Five birds, a piggy and an owl.

Many walkers were out, mostly walking their dogs. I was barked at by a labrador but he stayed within the confines of his property.

walkers and dogs.
A busy walk for man and beast.

Labrador watching me.

Several rhododendrons trees or large bushes were covered with their beautiful blooms. Another bushy shrub was a native hibiscus.


native hibiscus
Native hibiscus.

A footpath along one side of Saddleback Ridge was built a couple of years ago and it was nice to see it was built around a large tree rather than through it.

footpath around tree.
Some common sense portrayed.

A spotted dove and a noisy miner was the only other birds seen. A bird feeder in a tree was also spotted.

spotted dove
Spotted Dove.

noisy miner in tree
Noisy miner in tree.

bird feeder
Al fresco dining for birds.

Some bluebells were in flower as were a nice unidentified colourful group of flowers. Several flowers were growing on nature strips including many freesias on my own, saving me the ordeal of mowing it.

blue bells.
Blue bells.

verge garden
Colourful bush and my freesias.

This is my street and it is amazing how much more you see on a walk rather than just driving past.

Street sign
Take your pick.
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Where: Saddleback Ridge/Akarana Road, Chirnside Park. Melways map. 38. A.5.
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That's a lot of magpies in one place in spring. Hope you had a sturdy hat.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|9251) 34 days ago
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