Weekend Wanderings – My Backyard, Banyule Flats
From time to time I get people saying that they don’t think to take photos of where they live. I have been one of those for a long time, but recently I have been making more of an effort to go out and see what is there. Well, that’s not true, I have being seeing it for years but not through a camera lens. So during the week I decided that I am going to try and make one of weekend posts each weekend to be aboutwhere I live, so within a 10 km of my home. Though more likely a 5 km radius, which is what I refer to when I mean my backyard. I know there is so much here to photograph, but because I see it all the time I think people may not be interested.
This last week I’ve been going to Banyule Flats quite a bit. If you google Banyule Flats you will see where it is and what is there. I have lots of photos of the same thing really, but taken at different places. I hope the photos aren’t too repetitive for you. I just thought it would be interesting to go there at different times to see how it changes. The photo above was taken early in the morning. A place I think would be good for a sunrise and that is my next thing to try and get there. On this morning fog had been predicted, but there really wasn’t any. I should have gone the following morning.
Then I went on Wednesday night, the full moon. I was curious to see what sort of images I could get using the moon as my light source. This spot I have taken the shot from here is a new one for me this week. I discovered it when I was taking the first shot. I usually go to a side bit, but I was thinking when I was there that maybe I could go around more, so I was getting wet walking though low trees and plants on the ground. I was trying very hard to be careful, and then I found the perfect place. When I was leaving, I took a slight detour looked up and there was a gate. Not need to have gone through all the wet stuff afterall.
If you go somewhere like that and there are gates you can go through, then please remember to close them again. If people forget to close them then we might start finding padlocks on them. I don’t want that. Where I am the gates are there so you can go in there, but it keeps the dogs out.
Then I walked around to the other side which is the more common side of looking at the swamp. The moonlight created a lovely image this time. It wasn’t long after a stunning sunset, so that part of it is still in the sky. The swamp was so calm. I like that you can see the stars as well. I do like the images from this side with the moonlight.
I went back on Thursday night hoping to get a repeat of the sunset that I missed on Wednesday night. We didn’t get it. We sort of got nothing. The conditions were perfect, it was cloudy the forecast was for a great day the next day. It was very windy though, so I don’t know if that had something to do with it. But it is literally two minutes drive from my place, so I know I am going to head there for more. I want to try and see if you can get a good sunset from there.
Also on Thursday, just after I had taken the photos of Briony, we were driving home and talking about Kangaroos and big mobs of them, and Briony said, “look there are a lot”. On part of the road here there are paddocks for horses and cows and in the paddock was a large mob of kangaroos enjoying the morning sun and grazing on the grass. Unbelievable to me sometimes how close to civilisation they are living.
I don’t know if I told you the story about my husband riding his bike home late one night late and he was coming up the road and he looked beside him and a big kangaroo was alongside of him keeping up with him. It scared my husband and he stopped, just as well as the kangroo would have knocked him off his bike as he crossed in front of him. We use to laugh at people who came to Australia that would think they would see Kangaroos jumping down the streets, because it never happens, then again, sometimes it does. Where I live is not that far from the city, about 15km. Melbourne is a big city and it stretches out a lot further from us. I love it that you can see them here.
Friends of Banyule have lots of information about this area. Don’t forget, I posted about this area once before because they want to destroy this suburban area so they can build yet another unnecessary freeway.
I am going to put the remaining images in a gallery for you. I hope you enjoyed this look into my backyard and don’t mind that you will see more each weekend. It will be interesting to see how things change with the seasons as well. What’s in your backyard?