Many years ago, I used to use Picasa software to make collages or Birthday Cards. I no longer have this software and this morning I discovered its no longer available. The collage above is one of many I made in the early days of my Photography hobby.
Since I moved from the south-eastern side of Melbourne where I lived next to the Royal Botanic Gardens, I’ve been planning a trip back to the RBG to capture some more images of Autumn.
Going through my archives this morning, I came across the photos I shot on the 6th May 2013.
Seems like early to mid-May is the best week to go.
Here’s a few old images to whet your appetite.
Nymphaea Lake, the smallest lake in the RBG. This is where I shot so many water lilies.
Australian Wood Duck (female on L, male on R)
‘My’ lunch seat where I spent many a lunch hour watching and waiting for water birds to float by. I wonder who sits there now?
Autumn leaves piled up on a car window in the street on the south side of the RBG
A sunny Autumn day brings out singles, couples and families to enjoy the day (next to a part of the lake where you get lovely reflections).
A Little Pied Cormorant basks in the sunshine on top of a net cover over new plants in the lake.
Autumn leaves piled up against the northern gate of the Royal Botanic Gardens (RBG)
And RBG images wouldn’t be complete without a shot of my favourite bird photography subject – the Nankeen Night Heron – captured on this same Autumn day.
(for those interested, this shot was made after scrambling down a steep slippery slope of wet rotting Autumn leaves under a large tree and nearly falling into the lake. While quite funny at the time, I’m glad I saved myself in time as I would have had to walk home in a muddy, wet pair of jeans, but more importantly, I would have missed this favourite shot of the Heron. This half-sunken tree the heron is standing on is hidden from the regular walking path and I liked to claim it as my secret spot to see birds up close).
But while one can get close, one false move and the bird(s) fly away.
Of course there are flowers in bloom in Autumn – here’s a few.