A journey in water

Sunday Stills: #Water in the Details

My second contribution for water in the details.

The shapes and colours at the waters edge

The floods that inundate the nearby town

The water rages over the bridge near my place during flood times

The Bottlebrush trees bend with the flow and are used to the rushing water

As the water rushes downstream to be greeted by the bridge

Grafton Bridge over the Clarence River

The sunset on the waves change the water to unfamiliar colours

Water drops on flowers trickle down the stamens to feed the roots below

Or burst from a fountain in a showy splendor

Or sit on a succulent silently sliding

Reflecting the background while waiting to fall

Being captured by a spiders web like pearls awaiting to adorn a womans neck

Giving a glimpse of the world in a raindrop

Watching a White-faced Heron stroll among the rivers rocks looking for lunch can be mesmerising and calming beside the river

Rivers

This week Jez’s Fan of is Rivers
Upstream the river show signs of peaceful tranquility20200322_blog challenge_river_clarence river_carnham_upstream
Near my place, the Clarence River flows serenely under the bridge190222_blog_challenge_which_way_lilydale
Occasionally the river turns into a raging tumult 180914_blog challenge_water_clarence river_lilydale
The bridge disappears for weeks and sometimes a month or morelilydale bridge_floodwater
Returning once more to a steady flow giving life to all along its path180307_forces_lilydale04
In town the boats await their owners180305_blog challenge_muted_clarence river
and finally to the delta to wait until the morning
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or head out to sea to bring in the nights catch at dawn171230_blog challenge_s colours_water_fishing boat

 

This river is wild

The Lens-Artist Photo Challenge #89: A River Runs Through It
Jez’s Water Water Everywhere #20

The Clarence River, a few kilometers from my place is one of the largest rivers in Australia. When the river floods the amount of water that flows through the countryside is incredible at times five million million liters flows downstream. (one million liters is equal to an Olympic swimming pool).

On Saturday we went for a drive further upstream to a place we haven’t been before for a picnic. Didn’t encounter many people as the gravel road is quite rough but a very picturesque drive through some lovely country, through farms, across many cattle grids and a bit of forest.

Coming down the hill there is the river and the bridge

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Signs of the recent flood are evident, a bit of debris on a fence and high in the trees. 20200322_blog challenge_river_clarence river_carnham_flood debris_fence
Looking upstream at what appears to be calm water and not much of a sign of the flood20200322_blog challenge_river_clarence river_carnham_upstream
Looking downstream the river runs over some rocks and picks up speed. The trees on the front left hand side of the photo would have been under water.20200322_blog challenge_river_clarence river_carnham_downstream
Away from the main channel some side pools still have some water. This pool also had some algae.20200322_blog challenge_river_clarence river_carnham_algea_green

Stuck in the sand

Jude’s 2020 Photo Challenge #12: Texture

This month we are going to look at textures. While the structure of an object is its form, the material from which it is made constitutes its texture. Is it hard or soft, smooth or rough?  You are aiming at translating texture visually, bringing life and energy to a photo through shape, tone and colour. Study the texture and forget about the object. Texture becomes the subject here.

    • Try contrasting rough against smooth
    • Shoot at different times of the day. Does it change the effect?
    • Capture details – like the fibres in a rope or a carpet.
    • Try altering the angle of light to avoid flat and dull images. You might be able to do this with your editing software too.
    • Use different angles to discover how much texture appears.

This weeks assignment: Try to mix your texture with other colours and patterns

A bit of contrast of textures, not many colours but perhaps patterns in a way. Found while at a river crossing where a flood came through a few week ago. Photographed from the low level bridge on a bright sunny day. Image is unaltered.

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The Pelican who can

The inspirational quote from Debbies at Travel with Intent

Sob, heavy world
Sob as you spin,
Mantled in mist
Remote from the happy.
-W. H. Auden

Sob not elegant bird
Sob not as you fly,
Mantled in mist
Clothed in the joyous.
–  bushboy
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