Yesterday, for the first time since I moved to this western suburb of Maribyrnong 6 months ago, I FINALLY got around to walking down to the river at dusk.
The light was just gorgeous.
The cool breeze was just so refreshing.
Really the best time of day at the moment.
Of course, as I walked past the Nature Reserve fence I couldn’t help but look over to the (now) inaccessible lake. I was rather taken aback to see quite a lot of bird life on the water and then, very disappointed that I’d left the long 150-500mm telephoto lens at home. Isn’t that always the way 🙂
I tried to zoom in with the Sony a6000 and 55-210mm lens…. Not good enough.
I could see a Little Pied Cormorant on a rock in the middle of the lake, with a Chestnut Teal (and mate?) to the left, a couple of Pacific Black ducks and that unusual dabbling duck on the right (tan colour with whitish head in the image below).
Might sound weird that it’s taken me all this time to do the 5 minute walk to the river at this time of late afternoon, but dusk is usually when I’m preparing dinner, watering my potted plants and trimming herbs on my balcony while it’s cool, or catching up with my favourite TV show.
I’ve meant to see what the sunset would look like from the river path for some time.
Last night we didn’t quite get a lovely sunset, but I thoroughly enjoyed the fresh breeze standing next to the artificial watercourse at Frogs Hollow watching the sun go down. It had been a hot day and very muggy and humid indoors (despite my air-conditioning).
So after having a lovely chat with a couple pushing a pram and walking their dog, who ended the conversation with the advice that there were often unsavoury louts drinking and hooning around between the river and car park further along and I would be well advised to head for home as I was on my own. My expensive looking camera gear might attract unwanted attention and potential theft. I’m past the age of running risks at night on my own in poorly lit places. Without being paranoid, no sunset photos are worth a mugging.
So that’s what I did.
I headed home.
As I got half way along the gravel pathway home, it seemed to suddenly get a lot darker as the sun dropped behind my hill and I turned on my (new) little bright lantern hooked on my wheeled trolley. I had bought it for indoors as we’ve had several power outages in my building in recent months and it’s really hard to navigate my lounge room with just a small torch. I’d bought a mini camping lantern with a USB charger for such occasions and to light my bathroom and galley kitchen to avoid setting off the overly sensitive smoke alarms with candles, but thought it might be a good idea to take it if I planned to walk anywhere in dim light.
So, no dazzling sunset shots to share. Just a lovely bit of golden light, a few wispy clouds and silhouettes.
I’m no ‘Spring Chicken’ any more and slow-moving, so I think I’ll keep my sunset photography to better-lit locations in future.
Not that I’m a wimp – just sensible when given some good local advice.
New Blog now available at this address. Not sure if black is the ideal background, but a few more posts and blog design tweaks will give me the answer I’m sure.
This new blog is only about Sunsets, Cloud formations (and maybe the odd Sunrise) and starts at the first image in my archival folder on those subjects made with a little Canon point & shoot camera in 2010. It will then follow on with Canon DSLR images from 2011 onwards and Sony ‘mirrorless’ images from early 2015 (eventually).
If you’ve followed my blogs, (old & new), for the last 7 years you may have seen all the images and the new blog holds little interest for you, but if you’re a relatively new follower you may not have seen any of the images at all 🙂
There are no exotic locations, spectacular country or mountain landscapes, merely Light, Colour and/or Cloud Formations.
If you followed my nature blog for a few years, you’ll know that when I lived on the north-east side of Melbourne on a 3rd floor apartment for 20 months, I had a 180 degree uninterrupted view of the sky (over the rooftops of the warehouses and residences right over to the Good Shepherd Chapel church spire in The Convent, Abbotsford.
You’ll remember some of those brilliant sunsets (and occasionally sunrises, when the bird calls woke me early) which I made from my 3rd floor balcony. I’ve deleted all old posts a few weeks ago as I was running out of media room on this blog.
I’ve decided to open another blog and repeat those 250+ images now that I have them all in the one photo folder (l finished cataloging them last night).
I think to upload one a week might be enough to share, without overloading follower’s readers or email inbox, or maybe even less? Or maybe I’ll post 5 days in a row to start the blog off to spark some interest in following/sharing my photography 🙂
Hopefully by the time I get to the last image in this current archive folder, I will have made more sunset and cloud images (perhaps not so much sunrise – as I don’t get up early enough these days – the birds are not as vocal in my suburb of Maribyrnong at sunrise). Here’s a sampling of what you’ll see if you would like to follow that new blog. I haven’t set it up yet as I wanted to find a free WordPress template where the image completely fills the screen. Might take me a couple of days to go through the WordPress theme options. The headline will be the time, date and year etc. and I probably won’t write any words within the post. Being a visual person myself, I like looking at photo posts which are quick to view.
I’ll have to find a better location to make future sunset images though, as my current apartment building is built into a steep hillside and I can’t see as much (despite facing west where the sun sets). Maybe I just need to walk up the 100 feet of the steep hillside to the main road?
There won’t be any exotic locations of course, as I don’t travel or have a car and am limited in getting around via public transport these days and rarely go far at night. Most of these images are un-edited and the sky REALLY is that amazing colour. Some nights are completely clear and there is nothing interesting to share.
Occasionally the images will just be of clouds or approaching storms (for a bit of variety).
Last night…….not much, but here it is….