We’ve had some lovely sunshine in Melbourne last week and again this week (since the gale force winds over the past weekend), but I’ve had so many errands (and other commitments), I’ve had little chance to enjoy it. Monday, I walked home along the Maribyrnong River path as the sun got lower in the sky and turned much of the surrounding landscape into gold which is really a wonderful time of the afternoon for Photography.
I noticed a couple of Spotted Turtle-doves on a branch in Frogs Hollow Nature Reserve and (fortunately) had the long 150-500 lens with me. Initially, they seemed to be half asleep but when I took aim through the viewfinder, one opened its eyes as though it sensed my presence. Impossible from that distance away, so was probably just coincidence the Dove opened its eyes and stared straight at my camera lens at that moment.
The image below (at 4.15pm as I walked home on Monday) gives you an idea of the pleasant weather we’ve experienced.
Yesterday and today was almost picture-postcard perfect too.
Although in one way, I’ll be glad if it does rain for the rest of the week as we surely need it in Melbourne at this stage of late Winter. While my balcony tiles have been wet most mornings when I wake (suggesting overnight rain), my potted plants have needed regular watering by hand again!
We’re having a very dry winter here.