Photography, Weekend Wanderings

Weekend Wanderings- A Wide View of Banyule Flats

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.

1-banyule-flats-morning-parksI 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.

tawny-frogmouth-two-banyule-flatsI 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.


    • I’m glad Diana, it isn’t what I am used to, well not in my photos, so I am glad you like it. I never see frogs there, but I do hear them, all the time, they are very noisy.
      Thanks Diana.

  1. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez says

    That was a lovely trip around Banyule Flats! Knowing a history does open our eyes; it’s no longer just a windmill, it was a water source for cows. So often we see things so much that we no longer see it, we see through it. Fences, houses or a billabong, the history brings it to life. As I wrote this I remembered when I learned that it was my great-grandfather who donated the land for our community’s school; he became real in that moment and I wished I had studied harder.

    Walking around you do see a lot around Banyule Flats; what a wonderful weekend walk. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and images.

    • I think they want to see if the windmill still works and if they can use it to fill the billabong for the birds and wildlife in the summer. That would be nice. I agree, sometimes we aren’t really seeing. I love finding out the history of places, and how they ended up how they are now. It is very interesting. I know where I am was all farmland after European settlement. How amazing that your great grandfather donated the land, nothing like that in my history.

      You’re welcome Jackie, I am sure there will be many more, I must do a late afternoon walk on a sunny day, get the afternoon sun coming through the trees, which can also be beautiful. Thanks Jackie.

    • Thanks Pieter, I think that is one of my favourites too, there is something really nice about it. That’s interesting, though not a HDR, one image, and processed lightly in Lightroom.

  2. I love the polarising effect on the photos. It makes them look so rich and inviting. Very beautiful photos once again. Loved the photo of the Frogmouths doing their ‘I’m a branch’ impression.

    • It is quite a strange effect, the colours, though, the colours probably are that colour, I’m just not used to seeing them. I love that one of the frogmouths too, too cute. :)

  3. The area is incredibly beautiful! And your photos are awesome, as usual. The colors are so vibrant and the light atmospheric.

  4. These photos are exquisite, Leanne. It would be such a loss if this environment disappeared in the name of ‘progress’ and ‘civilisation’. Clearly, it is an important ecosystem and habitat for some interesting species.

    • I couldn’t agree more Reggie it would be an absolute disaster, it shouldn’t be allowed to happen. It is certainly becoming an important ecosystem, and I hope they see how important it is. Thank you Reggie.

  5. What a beautiful place it is, I’m surprised to see buildings in some shots, I assumed it was way out in the middle of nowhere!

    • No Gypsy, it isn’t, it is surrounded on a couple of side by homes, it is part of the suburb I live in. Thank you.

      • You are very fortunate to be living so close to such beautiful natural surroundings; I really hope that through your aim of highlighting this and teaching others about this environment, the authorities will change their views and regard it as worth saving and looking after for future generations.

      • I hope so too Reggie, part of my proposal to the council is to help highlight this area, and see if we can get world wide support to protect it.

    • Thank you, the colours do show what a beautiful day it was. Experimenting with filters can be a lot of fun, I should do it more.

  6. Wonderful photographs Leanne. I really like the ones with the trees standing in the water and the blooming flowers😀 it’s getting close to autumn where I live so it will take a while until I see the signs of Spring.

    • Thank you Klaudia, I love those trees in the water, I hope they don’t rot and fall over. Oh Autumn, we had a weird one this year, I hope yours is colourful. I think Autumn is my favourite time of the year.😀

  7. leecleland says

    Lovely virtual tour through Banyule Flats, Leanne. Gumboots are good and cheap for really wet areas like this.

    • I have some gumboots, but I don’t like walking in them for too long, my feet don’t like them for that. Thanks Lee, it is looking so good at the moment.

    • I agree, it is all those, it is a great thing to do, makes you walk around with your eyes open. Thank you. :)

  8. It really need to be preserved. Thank you for bringing up the awareness, Leanne! Great photos of the beautiful place.

    • I think so too Amy, thank you, and you’re welcome, I hope to continue showing you the area as we go through our seasons.

  9. Beautiful doesn’t even begin to do justice as a comment for these. Thanks for sharing. Great photography.:)

  10. Beautiful images Leanne. I can see now how some of the images that I have shared remind you of home. It would be great if they could get that old windmill to work again.

    • It is funny how places can be so similar, yet so far apart, and have different cycles, if you know what I mean. It would be great, it might still work, I just don’t think anyone has tried. Thank you Jimmy.

  11. Your photography shows everything off so nicely, the colors are just so crisp, colors vivid blues and greens, makes me want to be there.

    • Thank you, it was great being there, it was such a beautiful day, we really should start getting a lot more of them now.

  12. Leanne, what a beautiful field trip. I majored in biology (some years ago), but do not recall learning of the Frogmouth. Fascinating. You sent me on an online research trip. Thank you.

    • It is a pretty cool bird, I don’t know a lot about it, but I do know it isn’t an Owl, which is what a lot of people think. Thank you.

  13. Leanne, wow! The third one reminds me of a Bierstadt painting (and since many consider being compared to accomplished painters an insult, I assure you, it’s a compliment), especially with that framing! This is funny, as I spent part of my weekend just looking at some of his work for pleasure and instruction. Beautiful play of the light and shadow. I’m a big fan of rich, vibrant colours, so I like the effect of your polarizer, but of course it is all about your vision since it’s your photo, but it is stunning.

    The fence one is nice—again, good composition and colour—and the wheat/grasshead ones are lovely too. I just want to reach out and touch them, being one of those people who cannot go into a garden without touching stuff. You know, you really are blessed to have so much wild beauty around you! It is fun to watch your seasons change, even from so far away.

    • I don’t know that artist will have to look him up.
      Oh wow, his work is incredible, I will have to bookmark him. Thanks for telling me about him. Thank you, for what you said about my images too, I am sure I can get more out of them, and it is something I would like to try to do.
      I am the same Jen, I’ve a very tactile person, I love to see how things feel. I feel very fortunate too, I really hope it is a place we can keep for future generations.

    • Thank you Mary, it was like everything was perfect, the beautiful morning light, the greenness of the country and the big blue sky.

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