Yesterday I returned home from Geelong along the Great Ocean Road via Lorne. I made a stop at Eastern View to capture the ocean on what was a very overcast and grey day. It remained like that for the whole day.
I have spent the last couple of days looking at some of my saved images and reworking them. As our knowledge of digital (or film) photography expands and we learn more about the software we use to process these images we can apply this new found knowledge to older images.
This image is one to which I have applied such new skills.
Yesterday I had lunch on the bank of the Erskine River at Lorne on the south west coast of Victoria, Australia. As I ate I kept framing this picture in my mind: The dead tree with its reflection in the water. I saw it in black and white.
Over the past few months I have been looking at the work of photographers who live in the northern hemisphere and the images they have posted on-line of their autumn (fall). And I must admit I have been a little envious of their very colourful autumn pictures.
I have read how our early ancestors, having arrived in this strange far off land, bemoaned the fact that Australia does not really have seasons (as they did in Europe). Our trees do not change colour in autumn; they keep their leaves in winter! To fix this problem, many English Elm trees were planted in the streets of our towns. Parks were also planted with these English trees. Today many of these trees would be about 100 years old or more. They are battling old age and disease. They are the only trees to change colour in autumn and winter.
The following images were taken several years ago in a small town not far from where I live. They were taken on a cold but sunny winter’s day. They are about as close as I can get to simulating a northern hemisphere autumn.
PS: I must admit it is a bit hard to do a post like this today. We are definitely not cold here – we are expecting a top temperature of around 40 degrees celsius. Believe me it is very hot here!!
Taken a few days ago, this Iceberg Rose is growing in my front garden. What drew me to this image was the way the morning sun shone through the white petals and illuminated the centre of the rose.
Today I had two new little visitors to my garden – the Brown Thornbill, Acanthiza pusilla.
These images are of an Irish Strawberry Tree (Arbutus unedo) growing in the Botanical Gardens at Colac in Victoria, Australia. Because of its presence in South West Ireland, it is sometimes referred to as the Killarney Strawberry Tree.