After 6 months of living in the western suburbs of Melbourne, I finally got around to visiting Footscray Park yesterday afternoon.
I had previously dismissed this park as being of minimal interest (when passing by on the bus route). But yesterday, there were still a few flowers in bloom at this time of Autumn. It’s not a place I’d go to again, except maybe next Spring. After all the years of walking around the Royal Botanic Gardens when I lived on the south-east side of Melbourne, most public parks and gardens seem rather ‘ordinary’ in comparison. Yesterday I could hear lots of bird song along the paths, but apart from Common Mynas hopping about on the lawns, only managed to capture a Little Wattlebird high up in a tree.
I’d rather photograph a wildflower than a cultivated one now.
These days I prefer to go on a Nature Walk (with my camera), somewhere a little more rustic too.
- Footscray Park is one of the largest and most intact examples of an Edwardian park in Australia. The 15-hectare park is located on the south bank of the Maribyrnong River in Footscray in Victoria. It is classified as a heritage place on the Victorian Heritage Register for its aesthetic, horticultural and social significance to the State of Victoria and was the first gardens to be placed on the register. The park is noted for its botanical collection, ornamental ponds and garden structures.
POOR MAN’S RHODODENDRON (Impatiens sodenii)
SEA LAVENDER, STATICE (Limonium)
LITTLE WATTLEBIRD (Anthochaera chrysoptera)
Purple Fountain Grass
Canna, and this was the only one left in flower. The rest of the flowers were nearly dead.
Not much water to see on the lake as it was surrounded by high water reeds and trees.
DOGBANE (Coleus canina)
This old Edwardian pergola was covered by a vine which looked very old going by it’s root and branch system.
Someone has left a sprig of flowers on the fence going over the small lake.
The water lilies were a bit far away from my position so had to use the 150-500mm lens (no tripod)
The last rose in bloom on the bush.
The final flower bed before walking to the river to go home. Flemington Racecourse stand is the building on the other side of the river top right of the frame.
As you can see, not much of interest (or shelter from the sun) on this section of river path.
Zooming in with the 150-500mm lens makes the city look very close, but it would be 4-5 miles away I think.
On the other side of this bridge is Newell’s Paddock and Nature Reserve.