This creek runs through granite rock down into the gorge north of Beechworth. It is an amazing place, so I’m surprised I hadn’t heard of it until I visited this past weekend. I’m definitely going back.
On Sunday we celebrated my birthday with vegan yum cha at Vegie Hut (YUM), beer and pretzel at White Rabbit brewery (also yum), a drive up Black Spur and a walk through the forest of Yarra Ranges National Park. This park forms part of the protected water catchments and lies the southern tip of the Great Dividing Range (which is ‘great’ because it runs from the top to the bottom of eastern Australia). Amongst the tall trees, at the top of the ridge we managed to get a glimpse of a view out east. With the distance and my fuzzy zoom lens it looked a bit like a painting.
Photos from a mid-winter walk that I think sparked the idea of a blog about trees. Fitzroy is an inner-city suburb, with lots of lovely old trees and buildings.
I spent the whole ride up and down the mountain with my camera pointing through the window: everywhere magnificent views of trees, mist and mountains.
With my new project, our afternoon walks are turning into ‘stop every ten seconds for Stef to take a photo of a tree’ walks. But there are so many lovely trees on our site!
Someone has tagged them all recently, I wonder if it is to decide which ones will stay after the site is sold. I fear not many. There is a local friends of the trees group set up, as apparently part of it is heritage woodland.
I have decided to start a project with the theme of photographing trees. I love trees, and I also hope that the practice I get from having a focus (constraint) and a taking on a daily challenge will lead to improvements in my photography as I inch towards my second year with the camera. I find myself enjoying landscape and macro photography so I think it will be a good fit. And well, trees and opportunities are everywhere!
Rather than inundating this blog with daily photos of trees, I have found a new home for my tree-related adventures, wherever they may lead me. I will continue to post many other photos and homemade goodies here.
Thus I launch: A day in the leaf!
And here are my favourite photos taken on our walk around the worksite today, that do not contain trees, rather an expired vine.
I love trees, but I think they are difficult subjects to photograph. Firstly they can be difficult to fit entirely in the frame, by which stage you often have other trees or ugly objects intruding in the shot, especially on the street. Secondly, they are often such a jumble of branches, twigs and leaves that you don’t really end up with a focal point or a subject that stands out from the background. I think that is why for most of my street tree shots I have been instead focusing on the leaves or looking upwards to use the sky as a silhouette.
Perhaps I should splash out and buy one or two of the lovely looking tree books in my wishlist for some ideas and inspiration:
The Life and Love of Trees
The Tree in Photographs
Robert Adams: Tree Line
The World of Trees
I did buy a cute little book called How to Plant a Tree on my recent trip, which is stuffed with drawings, factoids, and tips relating to trees.
Taken in Mount Lofty Botanical Gardens, Adelaide. A great place for trees of all kinds, particularly in autumn.