2016 -Coming to an End

2016 is fast coming to an end. I thought it might be interesting to share with you some photographs I snapped over the course of the year.

There is no rhyme or reason to these images, they are more a pictorial diary of my year.

City Skyline

No1 – The city skyline of Melbourne.

During the school holidays I was called upon to look after two of my grandchildren. I snapped this shot from the waterfront at Williamstown, looking across Hobson”s Bay, while we were talking an evening walk.

Murray Street Bridge

No2 – Barongarook Creek Bridge.

I had seen a 19th century postcard taken from almost the same spot I stood to take this photograph. It was my intention to attempt emulating his work.

The postcard photographer would have been standing in the middle of what is now the Princes Highway. There were two reasons I chose to stand on the footpath to take my shot. The first is the busyness of the highway (the main carriageway in and out of Colac) and the tree to the left of the bridge would have blocked out the old Post Office and the old Shire Hall.

Lake Bullen Merri

No3 – Lake Bullen Merri.

This lake is near Camperdown, a small town near where I live. Though reasonably close to my home, I had not visited the area for sometime.

Sunrise Memorial Square

No4 – Memorial Square.

This Memorial is situated on the main street of Colac, near where I live.

Otway Range

No5 – Otway Ranges

The seaside town of Apollo Bay sits at the foot of the range of mountains simply known as the Otways. Here the houses seemed to be dwarfed by the mountains behind them.

Lake Colac

Lake Colac

Lake Colac

Lake Colac

No6,7,8,9 – Lake Colac.

By the autumn of 2016 the lake had almost dried up. No decent rain had fallen for a couple of years and it seemed that Lake Colac would dry up completely for only the second or third time since European occupation.

Lake Colac

No10 – Lake Colac.

However winter and spring gave us some of our wettest months for a long time. And, though far from being full, it, at least, looks like a lake again.

Prince of Wales Hotel

No11 – The old Prince of Wales Inn.

The bridge in the foreground of this photograph was washed away by rushing water after a deluge that lasted all one night and most of the next day.

Storm Front

No12 – Storm Front.

I took this photograph from my front verandah. Just minutes after I clicked the shutter, the heavens opened up and I watched nature at her most fierce. I spent the next few hours in darkness as the electricity failed.

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The Gerbera

I have an affinity with Gerberas. They one of my mother’s favourite flowers and they were always growing in her garden. However the varieties back when I was a young boy are totally different to the Gerberas we see today. Now there are semi-double and double forms. The narrow petals have disappeared and they are available in bright vivid hues.

The image below was taken twelve months ago at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, which, incidentally is on this weekend.

Yellow Gerbera

Yellow Gerbera

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Flinders Street

The following photograph was made on my iPhone. Last winter after attending a Adobe Creative Cloud information day, I was standing at the intersection of Flinders Street and Swanston Street, which would be Melbourne’s busiest intersection.

The light was brilliant on a sunny winter’s day and I was lamenting not having my camera with me. I rarely use my phone for this type of image but the it was the only camera I had.

Flinders Street - taken on the iPhone and processed in Snapseed.

Flinders Street – taken on the iPhone and processed in Snapseed.

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Review

As the end of the year approaches, I have reviewed my blog and have decided to repost my most popular images from the year. These photographs of Water Lilies were taken when attending the Melbourne International Garden and Flower Show earlier in the year.

Upon uploading the images to my computer, I was very pleased with the results; and it appears so were the visitors to my blog.

Water Lily

Water Lily

Water Lily

Water Lily #2

Water Lily

Water Lily #3

Water Lily

Water Lily #4

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Amaryllis

Amaryllis belladonna has the habit of flowering after its leaves have died off, leaving a tall stem with funnel-shaped flowers at the end. In its native South Africa it is known as the March lily because of its propensity to flower in that month.

Amaryllis belladonna - Its ability to withstand drought  make it a popular flower in Australia

Amaryllis belladonna – Its ability to withstand drought conditions make it a popular flower in Australia

Belladonna

Amaryllis belladonna – On display at the 2013 Melbourne International Flower Show

Blood Lily

The following image is of a Blood Lily, Haemanthus, which was taken at the Melbourne 2013 International Flower and Garden Show a few weeks ago.

Blood Lily (Haemanthus) taken at the Melbourne, International Flower and Garden Show

Blood Lily (Haemanthus) taken at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show

It is a native flower of South Africa and is also known as the Pin Cushion flower, Cape Lily or Fire-ball Lily. It is easy to see why!

Tulips at the Show

These images of Tulips were also taken at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show a couple of weeks ago. I hope you find them as beautiful as I do.

Tulips - By the bunch

Tulips – By the bunch

Tulip at the 2013 International Flower and Garden Show

Tulip at the 2013 International Flower and Garden Show

Tulip

Tulip

Tulip

Tulip

I hope you enjoyed this post. Of all the tulip photographs I took, these are just a few, and it was extremely difficult not to post all of them.