I think I mentioned to a commenter/new follower recently that I had deleted most of the 4000 images I made when living in Abbotsford on the north-east side of Melbourne (including all the corresponding WordPress posts to make room on this blog and reduce my massive Photo Library on my Mac Pro laptop). I did keep all the sunrise/sunset images and about 30 other images of the walking trail to Dights Falls and the Collingwood Children’s farm (located next to the Yarra River).
BUT (silly me with the intermittent Brain Fog all us Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers have to live with), forgot that there are about 3300 images still in my WordPress Media Library.
So for the benefit of a new follower, Angus, who is now living in Abbotsford, here’s a few images from along the river and from my south-facing 3rd floor apartment balcony from May 2015 – October 2016.
I used to wash my floor-to-ceiling windows every week, ever in winter, so I could photograph the sky colours as they changed from dusk to sunset (and sometimes even dawn if I woke up early enough). Every night I could sit at my desk (placed to face the windows) and watch the sky change colour and then disappear into night.
The Yarra River Trail looking towards the apartment blocks (mine’s not visible – its at the back)
The Yarra River trail is at its best in the summer.
Purple tube flowers (forgotten their name) trail over the high side of the walking/cycling path.
Looking towards Dights Falls.
2 Rock Doves sit beside the lookout deck near Dights Falls
Canoeists train on the rapids just below Dights Falls.
Further around the walking/cycling track near the Johnston St Bridge
then under the Johnston Street Bridge (which is the main thoroughfare leading out of Melbourne to The Eastern and North-eastern suburbs).
Bougainvillea trail over the fence line near the Collingwood Children’s Farm
Along the path next to the Children’s farm cafe there is an enormous Passionfruit vine trailing along the fence. If the number of flowers are anything to go by, this vine will have a ‘bumper’ crop of passionfruit.
Then I walk….past the little possum next to the fence……
….into The Abbotsford Convent Bakery Cafe – that’s Artisan bread made with Beetroot, not red bread on the background shelf)…
The Abbotsford Bakery Cafe has very Yummy food! Very tart and lemony, the ‘mousse in a jar’ was a favourite treat.
Dusk rolling into Sunset as seen from my 3rd floor balcony looking south over the rooftops
A lone Rock Dove (or Pigeon) sits on the restored warehouse roof across the laneway.
The Spotted Turtle-doves were regular visitors to my water and seed bowls and one became so tame I could fill the seed bowl 6″ away from where it stood.
Sunrise from my balcony
Early mornings produced some good shots of the hot-air balloons high above my apartment complex.
Another glorious sunset
As the sun went down, the last rays of golden light catch the circling doves before they settled down to roost on The Convent roof for the night.
Walking past the Collingwood Children’s Farm, you enter a short bushland trail.
The Long Walk 14th March 2016, when I walked past the Children’s Farm, across the walking bridge, and back towards home via the high clifftop path/road.
I was surprised to hear shrill laughter and chatter from the other side of the river. Amazing. The acoustics of the river in the deep valley were so surprising and I could see the brown cow wide awake and interacting with the crowd.
Sunrise was clearly visible when I leaned over my balcony fence and looked left towards the Yarra River
My balcony garden. No direct sun, but wonderful light and I even grew a tomato plant.
The first crop of summer herbs and salad greens I collected every night for my dinner through the Spring/Summer and early Autumn.
For a while, I even had some plants growing indoors next to the floor-to-ceiling windows in my lounge room.
The Spotted Turtle-doves thought it was a wonderful garden too!
Workers cottages from the early settlement when Abbotsford was a hub for the factory and flour mills in the area.
Street art on a house side near my laneway.
And now, I still have a folder of some hundreds of sunrises, sunsets and cloud formations seen from my 3rd floor south-facing balcony
……and while my current 1st floor apartment is located on the western side of a building half-way down a steep hill next to Frogs Hollow Nature Reserve in the western suburb of Maribyrnong, I can still see the occasional sunset high up on the hilltop.