I spent the last couple of days in Sydney. Here are some of my favourite moments in and around Newtown. The photos have had some effects applied.
I was riding shot-camera on the trip back home over the past couple of days. Here are some of the snaps from the camera on the return trip from Orange via the Upper Hunter Valley and the Liverpool Plains before heading up the New England Highway from Willow Tree onwards. We were moving in and out of drought affected areas on the way.
Some of the known locations in this series are Merriwa (the corrugated iron mural section) Burrendong Dam (currently at 18% capacity) and Willow Tree railway crossing. They are not in linear order. As these road trips remind me of holiday trips from many years ago, I’ve applied some vintage treatment to them all.
I’ve been timing my coast walks close to high tide so it was after 2pm that I made today’s trek. The only shore birds evident were the usual suspects, these Black-winged Stilts. They were mostly intent on holding the same pose. As I was leaving, I caught sight of a Greater Egret wading around the mangroves.
I watched him catch two fish and then took a few unspectacular photographs from my vantage point.
I arrived at the Point an hour later than yesterday’s trek which meant that the incoming tide was closer to the shore. Today’s shots have very little or no effects work done on them with the exception of the stilts in flight photo which has a touch of Vintage using FX Photo Studio Pro.
You might notice a ring in towards the end. I was lying in a prone position so as not to disturb the shore birds. Suddenly he was half a metre away from my face. He was totally unfazed and not about to let a strange human on the grass disturb his food hunt.
I didn’t come across a single human on this walk in the rain. The magpies in the park were enjoying a feast of insects underneath the damp grass. The butcher bird was flitting around the plants on the edge of the mangroves. At the beginning of the walking path, the male brush turkey was working on his mound.
The presence of these birds made up for the lack of shore birds and the fact that I missed a shot of a magnificent sea eagle looking for fish scraps on a low tide.
I’m fortunate enough to live within a few minutes walk of a number of stands of Melaleuca Quinquenervia (for the botanically minded). Otherwise known as tea trees or paperbarks, they never cease to capture me with the shapes of their shedding.
The mangrove landscape in its native Australia is the perfect environment for them. Interestingly, they are considered a noxious weed in six of the United States after being introduced into Florida early in the twentieth century.
These photographs were taken on different mornings. I’ve used FX Photo Studio PRO to crop and posterize them.
A stunning winter morning was all that was required to encourage a walk to the Point. I checked the tide levels and grabbed the camera bag knowing that the shore birds would be feeding. The walk was so worth the muddy boots. As a bonus, two sulphur crested cockatoo flew over the park. One of them chose to pose.