Black Swan Lake

The following photos were taken on a recent walk along the southern shore of Lake Colac.

It was a bright sunny autumn morning. A bright blue sky was reflected in the lake’s water. A pair of Black Swans (Cygnus atratus) was standing in the shallows, preening. My problem was, my camera was pointed north, straight into the morning sun.

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Tricky Light

It is autumn in Australia now. The sun is much lower in the northern sky. The late afternoon sun can be rather harsh and cause problems for the photographer shooting into the sun, as I discovered a few days ago.

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The above photos are all of a Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans) in my front garden.

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A Crimson Rosella in the Melaleuca

Every afternoon, I have noticed this Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans) sitting quietly in my Bracelet Honey Myrtle (Melaleuca armillaris) tree. Sometimes it is alone; sometimes with friends. It is dining out on the seeds left behind now the flowers have all died.

The Bracelet Honey Myrtle is native to south-east Australia and flowers in summer.

 

Crimson Rosella

Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

Bracelet Honey Myrtle

Bracelet Honey Myrtle (Melaleuca armillaris)

Bracelet Honey Myrtle

Bracelet Honey Myrtle (Melaleuca armillaris)

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Autumn Colours

The morning started out with a heavy fog, then it became the perfect autumn day. A good day for a walk through the Botanic Gardens.

 

Claret Ash

Claret Ash,
Fraxinus oxycarpa,
“Raywoodii”, Oleaceae

Scarlet Oak

Scarlet Oak,
Quercus coccinea

Pin Oak

Pin Oak,
Quercus palustris

Pin Oak

Pin Oak,
Quercus palustris

Swamp Cypress

Swamp Cypress,
Taxodium distichum

Swamp Cypress

Swamp Cypress,
Taxodium distichum

 

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This Week

These photographs are a pictorial of the past week in my backyard.

 

Crimson Rosella

 Crimson Rosella, Platycercus elegans

Crimson Rosella

Crimson Rosella, Platycercus elegans

Crimson Rosella

Crimson Rosella, Platycercus elegans

Crimson Rosella

Am Immature Crimson Rosella, Platycercus elegans

Australian King Parrot

Australian King Parrot –
Alisterus scapularis

Galah

Galah –
Eolophus roseicapillus

Galah

Galah –
Eolophus roseicapillus

 

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Galah –
Eolophus roseicapillus

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Dee Cottage

The following photographs are of Dee Cottage, built in 1880, in the industrial suburb of Melbourne called Yarraville. It is considered of historical and architectural significance.

Dee Cottage

On their website, the Heritage Council Victoria, state:

Statement of Significance

Dee cottage is of historical and architectural significance to the City of Maribyrnong as a relatively intact early residence, used as a company house by the nearby Cuming Smith & Co. works and built in association with major industrial development and closely related historically to the local industries which gave it its purpose. (Criteria B2 & D2) Distinctive architectural form of the period also relatively intact and well preserved. (Criterion F1) The site has significant historical associations as a former residence of James Cuming, founder and principal of Cuming Smith fertiliser works and one of Footscray’s most prominent citizens. (Criterion H1)

Australian Heritage Commission (AHC) criteria

The Australian Heritage Commission criteria consist of a set of eight criteria which cover social, aesthetic, scientific, and historic values. Each criterion has sub-criteria written specifically for cultural or natural values. The relevant criteria are:

B.2 rarity

D.2 good example of type

H.1 association with important person or group

F.1 design or technological achievement

Here is the link: http://vhd.heritagecouncil.vic.gov.au/places/28788

Dee Cottage

Dee Cottage

These photos were shot with my Nikon EM film camera using Kodak colour film.

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Shelter from the Storm

Over the past weekend, my part of Australia was lashed with gale-force winds and, at times, torrential rain. Despite the wild weather, I did manage a couple of shots of the birds sheltering in the tree-tops.

 

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Common Bronzewing

The Common Bronzewing (Phaps chalcoptera) was sitting quietly when out of nowhere he was attacked by an immature Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans) and chased from his roost, which the Crimson Rosella then claimed!

 

 

 

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Crimson Rosella

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