Weekend Wanderings – Parks in Heidelberg
That would be parks in Heidelberg, Australia, a beautiful part of the city of Melbourne that seems to be largely unknown about. One of the best kept secrets if you ask me. When we first moved to this area over 20 years ago, we didn’t like it. Not at first, suburban blues is what one friend said to us. As time went on we learned to appreciate this unique area and now we love living here. So many people who come to our place for the first time are amazed that their are paddocks across the road with horses in them. It is like living in the country, but we are not that far from the city.
I went out early, and started taking photos just before sunrise. I wanted to get a lovely sunrise coming up behind the tress, but as it always is with my luck, there wasn’t much of one. Perhaps, I just need to keep going out. As the sun came up the landscape was covered in this beautiful golden glow. It was a spectacular morning and a great morning for photos. I almost didn’t know where to start. I did start with the building above, though this wasn’t the first photo. You will see the first photo in the gallery. The area was covered with mist, but by the time I got the camera out, it had pretty much disappeared. I had planned on going earlier, but I slept in.
Almost forgot to mention that this area above was used for the fairground scene in the movie Charlotte’s web. Apparently they painted all the trees in autumn colours so it would look like autumn.
Like the photos I showed you last week, there are lots of places for water around here. Lots of swamps, Billabongs and such, but with the summer they have all dried up. Funny we had all that hot weather for about two weeks, and that was about it, but we haven’t had much rain. The leaves are starting to change colours now, so winter is on the way.
I took this shot especially because can you see the footprints in the foreground? I am not an expert, but I would say they are from a wombat. Obviously decided this was not the right path, you can see where it went up on the left. Something that people don’t realise is how much wildlife lives in our local parks. The other evening when I walking in another part with a friend we saw about 15 Kangaroos grazing on the grasses. She was really excited, she doesn’t live around here, close, but I was, well, we see them all the time.
There are lots of walking and bike tracks through the parks and first thing in the morning there are lots of people out walking, jogging or cycling. It is a thriving community and we all know what we have here.
These old silos are just down the road from me. I drive past them nearly everyday, but I have found them to be so hard to photograph in the past. I had tried photographing them years ago, but thought they didn’t photograph very well, so hadn’t tried again. However lately, I keep driving past them thinking there must be a way, and it might depend on the light etc. I thought I should just start photographing them over and over, see what happens.
I was going to take photos of them this morning, but then realised I had the 14-24mm lens on the camera, so thought “what is the point”. Then as I was heading home I saw the golden light on them and knew I just had to try. They aren’t too shabby, but would have been better with a different lens. Must take more than one lens with me when I go out. Lesson learned, I hope.
I have more photos of the glorious morning in Heidelberg, I hope yours is good today as well. You know, I’ve said before how I don’t think I am very good at landscape photography, but I have this whole landscape world at my doorstep, maybe it is time I practiced more. Here is the gallery.