No new nature images to share this week, only a few photos I shot on Monday from the Princes Bridge (overlooking the Yarra River) on the southern perimeter of Melbourne and some shots from my archives.
Most of the river cruises leave from this dock (where the ferry in the lower right of the frame is situated). I’ve been meaning to catch one of the tourist cruise boats for years, but never got around to it. Some 35 years ago when I worked in the centre of Melbourne, we did have our annual office Christmas party on one of these pleasure boats in the middle of the Yarra River though.
On the south side of the Yarra River, all the Rowing clubs have their boat storage sheds and club rooms. Some are very old from the mid to late 1800s and other club houses are much more recently built in the 20th century. Going by the dark-looking storm clouds in the sky, there must have been heavy rain in the outer eastern suburbs.
On both sides of the river, there is a walking/running/cycling track shaded by large trees and you can actually follow the river trail for many miles to the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne.
I’ve had the good fortune to live in various locations near/next to a major river, parkland, nature reserve or the Royal Botanic Gardens for most of the time since I returned from a 2 year working holiday in the U.K & Europe in 1978/79. I’ve moved several times due to job changes or my rental property being sold and me having to move. In one case I shared a house with a work colleague and we had to move out due to demolition of the whole residential area to construct a new south-bound freeway.
For those interested, the map below gives you some idea of the many public parks and gardens in and around Melbourne’s inner suburbs, The grid of streets and lanes in the centre of this map shows where the Central Business District (CBD) and main shopping area in Melbourne. The Yarra River exiting the bay and running from the lower left of the frame, winds its way across the centre of the map and then north-east for many miles.
The Maribyrnong River (which is 5 mins walk from my current apartment) enters/exits the Yarra River mid left of the map frame and heads north-west of Melbourne (city).
As you can see, we are lucky to have many public parks and gardens in Melbourne and its surrounding inner suburbs as shown by the green patches on the map – the 38 hectare Royal Botanic Gardens (shown below) is just one of many gardens for locals and tourists alike.
Note: all the images below are from my archives as I haven’t been to the Royal Botanic Gardens to do any photography since I moved from the area in April/May 2015.
A November public holiday brings out all the families near the Royal Botanic Garden’s Oak lawn.
WILD ROSE (Diplolaena grandiflora)
Cactus flower from “Guilfoyle’s Volcano” – a hillock with a water catchment pond on top and a superb array of Cacti & Succulents around its rim.
Steps leading up to Guilfoyle’s Volcano.
A summer’s day is always a good day in the RBG
The northern edge of the large Ornamental Lake in the Royal Botanic Gardens. (note: that large tree has now been cut down and removed – don’t know why, but probably diseased).
North-western side of the Royal Botanic Gardens (location next to the road beside the Yarra River).
Barrel Cactus flower from “Guildoyle’s Volcano” – a raised water catchment pond in the south-east of the Royal Botanic Gardens.
A family of Australian Wood Ducks in this same location.
Close to the north-eastern gate of the RBG (near the Yarra River)
The Royal Botanic Gardens punt shelter shed.
A more rustic view of the Ornamental Lake.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne in Winter
The Herb Garden
Grevillea ‘Little Drummer Boy’
Part of the Herb Garden where I’ve sat in the shade on many days of Melbourne’s hot humid summer.
Nankeen Night Heron shot from my favourite secret slippery lake bank when herons & ducks often sunbake.
The rustic path from which my secret Heron-watching spot is located.
ARUM LILY (Zantedeschia)
Coral tree (Erythrina crista-galli)
Rainbow Lorikeet on an Eythrina or Coral tree.
This is the first photo I ever took of The Perennial Border in the Royal Botanic Gardens. I’ve taken many more since with better lenses and skill, but I rather like the figure striding along the path in this shot.