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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The Grafton Bridge

The word prompt from Nancy’s Photo a Week Challenge: Bridges

“The Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Clarence River Bridge have much in common. They were both completed in 1932, both were engineering marvels of their time and both linked road and rail from north to south. Prior to devoting himself to the Harbour Bridge, J.J.C. Bradfield supervised the design drawings of the Grafton Bridge. “The nickname “the bendy bridge”, results from the upper road carriage needing to detour from above the railway line to the streets below.”
https://www.graftongallery.nsw.gov.au/cp_themes/default/page.asp?p=DOC-NPT-53-47-28

A second bridge is being constructed as the old bridge cannot handle the amount of road traffic now-a-days. You can see bits of the new bridge preparations in the background.
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Fishing on the River – A Cormorants Tale

Down by the Clarence River in Grafton, a Great Cormorant spent a bit of time with a fish. Here is the Cormorants Tale of fishing in the afternoon.

One afternoon, a head popped out of the water. Yes!!! I have a fish.
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It is a rather big fish, I hope I can eat it.
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I wish it would stop wriggling about.
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oops….almost dropped it
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Phew, managed to get it back again.
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Ahhh…………this is the way to get a fish down, head first here we go.
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Perhaps a bit of a dunking will help the fish slide down my neck.
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Bloody hell Janice, it’s my fish, now go away. I’m not sharing!
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Peace at last. Now to get it in the right position.
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Watch this folks……a bit of flip and catch
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Bugger the fish is sideways again.
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Ah well, perhaps it will go down after all.
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With all of that, the Great Cormorant decided to fly further upstream to enjoy his snack. Did the fish get eaten? I suspect so.