From the archives
17th May 2012
From the archives
17th May 2012
This image, made at the lake in the outer eastern suburb (Ringwood) where I born and raised for the first 10 years or so, was one of the images lost in the big ‘old laptop to new desktop’ disaster last May.
I’ve spent many hours recently trying to think of ways to export my WordPress Media Library back into my (newish) iMac Desktop over recent months. The main export tool in the WordPress Media Library to export the whole library kept ‘falling over‘ last year.
Last week I wondered if I could export just one image at a time (as even attempting a few images at a time failed also).
One-at-a-time worked, but then after doing about 20 images, I checked back in my Mac’s media library and discovered all ehrrrrr……..’pixalated’ on my Mac’s photo library. They are unusable.
That’s the end of that idea 🙂
I’m full of ideas these days and have wasted many hours trying some of them out. That’s part of the reason I haven’t been posting/blogging daily in recent months.
After having several images stolen some years ago, I had been re-sizing all/most images before exporting them to WordPress. Anyway, the above image I must have exported at full size in order to use it as my blog header at one time and this image is the only one which I could export back onto my Mac successfully (out of 6,000 i.e. 79% of my WordPress Media Library which has been used).
Well, one is better than none 😀
At the risk of getting too repetitious, my trip to the Maribyrnong Wetlands pond on Monday of this week revealed all the usual ducks and scenery, but I’m a great believer in ‘making hay while the sun shines’.
If it’s sunny in mid-winter, any outing is worth all that lovely fresh air and practice with photographing the local bird life.
The bus from right outside my local shops and medical centre takes me straight down the steep river valley to a stop about 20 feet from the large pond next to the river walking path.
When I got off the bus on Monday, I was rather taken aback at the strength of the wind and was wishing I had my walking stick, (or even my shopping trolley), to anchor me to the ground (and I am no lightweight). If it had been raining and I’d had an umbrella, no doubt the wind would have blown it inside out.
There weren’t many birds visible on the water surface which was rather strange in many ways, as the local children’s playground is next door and I can well imagine families with young children ‘feeding the ducks’ at any time of the day (or season).
The wind gusts almost seemed gale-force at one stage (and bitterly cold despite the warm sun and blue sky), that I quite literally, photographed the ducks, walked around to the other side of the pond, where I nearly got blown over, back across the rocky causeway and across the road to catch the bus home again 😀
There’s some lovely succulents in the long broad garden strip next to the bus stop and being on a raised garden bed means I can photograph them without bending down low.
The bus wasn’t due for another 35 minutes according to the timetable on the lamp post, so I crossed back over the road and caught a bus heading the other way to the local Asian fresh food market to get some vegetables and fruit and then…………………home again 🙂
That must be about the quickest, shortest walk I’ve ever done 😀
Note: I’ve added a couple of images from 2018 & 2017 to show the area (one at the start of this post and one below that I shared not too long ago). The trees and water reeds you see in the top half of the image below are actually on the island, so you’re only looking at the eastern side of the large pond.
In summer this portion of the pond you see below is nearly dried up and the ducks tend to go around to the road side of the pond to find some water to swim in.
Near one of the other ponds, shown in the map below, about 10 minutes walk from my home, you’re more likely to see the birds near the end of this post.
The large expanse of lake-like water between the main river and the housing estates is often quite empty of bird life, but sometimes I get lucky (with the shots below).
Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.
Is it only a year ago, I was still doing long nature walks and outdoor photography?
Life is impermanent and the most important thing is to accept, adapt and move on with the next stage of one’s life when things change.
One of the most common ducks I see in public parks, gardens, on lakes, rivers and nature reserves is the Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa) and the image above, made at Ringwood Lake, in the outer eastern suburb of Ringwood where I was born, is my favourite image. It’s not necessarily the best shot in my Photo Library – I just love the natural setting.
Here’s a few more of the many images I’ve made over the years, since I’ve been photographing Birds.
The Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne are actually located in the inner south-east suburb of SOUTH YARRA (where I used to live on/off for about 25 years). I WORKED across the road from THE HERBARIUM on the south-west corner of the Royal Botanic Gardens for 16 1/2 years, so my 15 minute walk to my office was often made through the RBG (and even around the whole 38 hectare site after work).
As I have often said on my various photo blogs, I’ve probably walked through, or around the Royal Botanic Gardens, somewhere between 8,000-10,000 times and know the Gardens intimately. This estimation is no exaggeration. If I was blindfolded and led around its many pathways, I could probably tell you exactly where we were by the flower and/or leaf scent alone.
It would be both interesting and great fun to see all the landscaping changes since I moved away from the area in April 2015. There is just so much to see throughout the seasons in Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens, but as to the right time of year to visit, I suppose it must be Spring – the first 2 weeks in September, although the Perennial Border is re-furbished so that the flowers and colours are at their best in around mid-January (as shown in the image below which covers about 1/4 of the Perennial Border’s floral display). The old restored buildings below are now Function Rooms and host to many weddings, large dinners and parties.