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We took a short visit out to the Port of Brisbane on Monday to check out the activity at this roosting site. The cast of birds included sooty oyster catchers, pelicans, pied cormorants, stilts, egrets, ducks and an unidentified kite of some sort.

There are two hides at this location. Visitors need to head to the Port of Brisbane office nearby to collect a key to gain access to the area. After returning the key, we took the lift to the Observation Cafe for some coffee and apple pie that came with a great view of the mangroves and St Helena Island in Moreton Bay.

Port of Brisbane wetlands - 23 Feb 2015Port of Brisbane - pelicans and cormorantspelicans - Port of BrisbaneSt Helena Island, Moreton Bay - Feb 2015

There seems to be a wet flowers theme developing. The garden ponds brought by heavy rain have drained away and the wind is doing its best to dry out the place, despite occasional showers.

Here’s the pick of this afternoon’s photographic expedition into the garden. I had to go scrambling for the garden text books to identify this plant, Portulaca Grandiflora.

Portulaca 1

Portulaca 2

Portulaca 3

Portulaca 4

Portulaca 5

The rain is descending in proverbial bucket loads today as a result of a cyclone hundreds of kilometres north of Brisbane. We can expect the rain to continue falling for at least another couple of days as we watch the impacts of this latest storm come to light.

Up until today, I’ve not ventured out into the rain with the camera. It’s still dark outside despite the fact that it’s mid-morning. Here are the results with no flash and a shutter speed of 1/1250.

flower in rain stormflower in rain storm 2

I’ve been wanting to get back to some drawing play and the kindest medium I know is willow charcoal. Why? Because it’s easily erased, is good for finger play and enables you to use an eraser for contrast.

Today’s attempt does bear some resemblance to the photograph. But in a sense, that doesn’t matter. What happens when you’re working with something like this is your brain gets to open up to other possibilities. It’s relaxing. And it’s also fun to get a bit messy.

rain drops 1charcoal - rain drops on lemon tree