Last Friday, I finally got back to doing a long walk.
The forecast cloud cover faded just after I caught the bus to Footscray Park and the cool wind picked up as I walked through the formal entrance down the steep pathway towards the Maribyrnong River. When the sun came from behind the clouds, the downhill trek became a real treat. I love walking in Autumn and Spring with a cool wind on my face.
I made some lovely shots of the flowers in the Park and surprisingly, there were some stunning Autumn flowers out in full bloom, but getting down low to photograph the ground cover Peruvian Lilies (or Alstroemeria) was a real pain. I bent down low and used the tilt screen of the Sony a6000 ‘mirrorless’ but the sun reflected off the LCD screen so it was really hit or miss whether I got the low-down shots in focus.
I then kept walking quite some way along the Maribyrnong River to Newell’s Paddock, entering the Wetlands from the rear riverside gate.
It was one of those days when the river held hundreds of sparkling ‘stars’ of sunlight as though there was a path of diamonds across the water surface. Really pretty and made up for the lack of interesting landscape either side of the river in this green belt along the river.
There was a real change of colour to be seen in most of my photos of Newell’s Paddock, from various shades of green a few weeks ago, to tinges of Autumn orange and russet throughout the grasses and succulent ground cover in the conservation area of Newell’s Paddock Wetlands. The golden rays of the sun made some of my images look like they’d been photoshopped, but no, the warm colours were definitely for real. I’m pretty sure I had the White Balance on Auto also.
But my favourite shot of the day was looking over the fence at the most eastern pond and surrounding greenery (below). I stood there for ages just enjoying the view of this green oasis in the middle of suburbia. How lucky we are in Melbourne’s inner suburbs to have such wonderful parks and gardens amidst the residential housing estates.