Yesterday I showed you some photos of the birds that you can see around Banyule Flats. The following day after taking those I went out again with my camera, but this time I had the Nikon 24-70mm lens on the camera and I walked around taking photos. As I learn more about the history of the area, I am finding a lot of it makes more sense to me, what I mean is what I see when I look around. It has opened my eyes up again, and it is like I am viewing this place for the first time all over again.
I walked around some new areas of the swamp, places I knew about, but hadn’t really tried taking photos from before. I was using my new Circular Polariser and it has made all the images very saturated. Not sure I like it, but will give it go first. Though, the grass is really green like that.
For a long time this was farming country and there are parts of it, that still look very much like that. I love those trees, the gum trees, I don’t know the names of trees either, sorry, I’m not very good at the names of things, but I do want to get better at it.
There are little flowers everywhere, all different sorts. Probably weeds, but I thought they were pretty. If I had a macro lens I would be able to get better images of the flora in this area. I am hoping I won’t have to wait to long for it.
I have seen this windmill many times over the years, but never realised what it was for. There is a billabong close to it, and the windmill was used to pump water into it for the cows that were there. It doesn’t do that anymore, and the billabong is often empty now, which is unfortunate.
Just in case people don’t know what a billabong is, or are unsure, here is the definition of one from Wikipedia.
Billabong is an oxbow lake, an isolated pond left behind after a river changes course. Billabongs are usually formed when the path of a creek or river changes, leaving the former branch with a dead end. Billabongs, reflecting the arid Australian climate in which these “dead rivers” are found, fill with water seasonally and are dry for a greater part of the year.
I liked the way the fence was there. There are fences all over the place, but most of them are in disrepair, and you can see they are no longer used. The morning sun was also giving some lovely shadows. It was also very wet, wet from dew on the ground. I have some hiking shoes, but think I might need to get waterproof ones, my feet keep getting wet.
I saw the two Tawny Frogmouths that we couldn’t find the day before. I came from a different angle. They knew I was there, and they were doing their, “I am a tree branch” thing, which is really interesting. I had the wrong lens on for doing this, and I had to crop the photo a lot. They were tiny in the middle of the original one. I will have to go back some time with the other lens.
I have a lot more photos for you, more of the swamp, and some from other parts of the area. I did the walk in a hour, so that should give you an idea of how close everything is. Part of it belongs to the Banyule City Council, and some to Park Victoria. It is unfortunate that the area that is maintained by Parks Victoria isn’t cared for as well as the Banyule City Council space. The parks in Parks Victoria do look very untidy, and not well cared for. The weeds, foreign ones that have been introduced, are just running rampant. I don’t think Parks Victoria do a good job of involving the community so they will help. I don’t know, It is something that I am really only just becoming aware of.
I will put them into a gallery for you, I hope you enjoy the virtual walk in my local park. The weather has turned now, but it was beautiful while it lasted. I hope you get to do some lovely photographic walks in your parks this weekend.