Category Archives: Black & White

Classical Busking in Block Place

There is a pretty wide selection of buskers around Melbourne. From electrified bands to jugglers to statues. I often stop,  have a listen and occasionally buy one of their CDs. While walking through some of the laneways along Little Collins Street this week, I found this Cello busker in Block Place.

Classical Busker, Block Place, Melbourne CBD

Classical Busker, Block Place, Melbourne CBD

Preening along the creek…

While walking along Elster Creek, I photographed a flock of Australian Wood Ducks that have been in the area over the summer. Wood Ducks breed in large numbers with parents and the occasional aunt raising up to 16 chicks. The one photographed below was grooming its finer down feathers. I thought the wind was blowing the feathers forward but as I photographed the duck it raised and lowered the feathers at will as it preened.

Australian Wood Duck, Elster Creek, Victoria

Australian Wood Duck, Elster Creek, Victoria

 

Motorised Coffee Table?

Walking today with Ron, a fellow photographer, along one of the main roads near my place, I saw a low object speeding down the bike lane on the road. Something about it did not look right but at the time we were talking about the local chimney designs (as you do)…the object sped past and noticed that we were watching and laughing, so he did a big u-turn, waved us on to take photos and sped off again down the road…

Groovy Scooter, Elwood, Victoria

Groovy Scooter, Elwood, Victoria

Groovy Scooter, Elwood, Victoria

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Groovy Scooter, Elwood, Victoria

Rock On…

Groovy Scooter, Elwood, Victoria

Off into the sunset…

Cockatoos and Barbed Wire Emus

On a day trip with a few birder friends, we explored Eynesbury Forest in the western plains about half an hour from Melbourne. Eynesbury is a growing commuter suburb established in a rural setting with a 288 hectare Grey Box Forest. It has a good variety of birds and animals and has an open under-story with good foliage for the smaller birds. I have always enjoyed walking in the area. On this particular trip we found large groups of cockatoos and parrots. I found the group below feeding on salt bush seeds. Later we explored the old colonial homestead grounds and found the barbed wire Emu.

Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Eynesbury Forest, Victoria

Sulphur Crested Cockatoos feeding on seeds, Eynesbury Forest

Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Eynesbury Forest, Victoria

Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Eynesbury Forest, Victoria

Barbed Wire Emu, Eynesbury Forest, Victoria, 20 Feb 2016

Barbed Wire Emu, Eynesbury Homestead, Victoria, 20 Feb 2016

Tree Man of AC/DC Lane

Over a few days I watched a new mural being created in AC DC Lane. Multi-story high man with a large tree branch. There has been a lot of construction work within the area of ACDC Lane and Duckboard Place. It makes a nice change to have something new and interesting to look at rather than construction vehicles and piles of excavation mess.

BW 2 ACDC Lane Man with Tree Mural, Melbourne CBD, 29 Feb 2016

A new mural in ACDC Lane, Melbourne CBD

The smallest Laneway

There is a tiny shoulder-width laneway between Little Bourke St in China Town and Lonsdale St. It actually has a doorway within the wall that leads into a small courtyard at the back of the shops on Lonsdale St. The lane opens onto Corrs Lane that has several Japanese and Chinese restaurants including the very good Shanghai Street Dumplings Restaurant where you can watch the ladies making the fresh dumplings through the street window. The shops on the Lonsdale St side all used to be Greek cafes, cake shops and restaurants.  Several good ones remain. This narrow portal can take you from China to Greece….

Laneway off Lonsdale St, Melbourne CBD

Laneway between Lonsdale St and Corrs Lane, Melbourne CBD

Chess in the CBD…

Sometimes, on a walk around town at lunchtime, I stop at the State Library steps and watch the chess players. Usually I just watch and figure out the strategies and what the next move might be. But in carrying my camera it becomes about angles, lighting and composition…

Chess at the State Library, Melbourne CBD

Chess at the State Library, Melbourne CBD