Our small Melbourne based TE group got together again, this time to spend a day photographing in the Cheetham Wetlands. When we got there, laden with zoom lenses in order to "shoot" water birds, which were supposed to have migrated to these wetlands all the way from Japan and Siberia, we were most disappointed by the almost absolute lack of bird life. But Melbourne’s tall buildings stood out beckoningly, asking to be photographed. We even proceeded to the various ponds, which were nothing more than salt encrusted, dry saltpans- despite the supposed feeding of these ponds by fresh and salt water. Still, we ended up photographing patterns on these salt surfaces and the petrified little shrubs. We then proceeded to the bird hide only to find that there was no water in sight and Steve even saw a rabbit run into the dry scrub. So, we kept taking photos of Melbourne’s skyline.
Despite everything, it was a fun day and I finally met santo (skippy007). Thanks to macondo for organizing the trip and keeping his cool when the ranger told us that the gates close at 5pm, despite the park’s website specifying an 8pm closing of the gates.
In 1853 the pastoralist Thomas Chirnside added the farmlands of Point Cook to his holdings. He built the famous Point Cook Homestead of twenty-five rooms in 1857. Initially Point Cook was an important segment of the expanding pastoral empire established by Thomas and his brother Andrew. As their extensive land holdings were developed substantial homesteads were later constructed at Werribee Park, Carranballac, Mount Williams and Curnong.
Due to the Chirnside brothers' deep interest in hunting, deer & foxes were introduced to Point Cook in the 1850s. As early as 1859 members of the Melbourne Hunt Club and the Geelong & District Hunt Club were invited to hunt at Point Cook. In the early 1860s Thomas Chirnside imported valuable horses for the breeding at Point Cook. The property was said to have three racetracks. The Chirnsides became one of Victoria's prominent pastoral families, entertaining the colonial gentry and organising sporting functions for their guests at Point Cook.
In 1873 the Chirnside brothers began construction of the elaborate mansion at Werribee Park. By 1877 the Werribee Park Mansion had been completed and it largely displaced the Point Cook homestead as their families focus.
In 1920 the Chirnside family sold the remainder of the Point Cook property to Sydney Dalrymple. This ended nearly 70 years of the Chirnside family's ownership of Point Cook. Four years later in 1924 Dalrymple sold the northern part of the Point Cook land to Cheetham Salt Pty Ltd for salt recovery lagoons.
Cheetham Salt established a series of ponds in the 1920s where sea water was fed into the shallow ponds and allowed to evaporate. Dried salt was then harvested form the floor of the lagoons. This operation continued until the early 1990s, when the site was purchased by the Victorian Government. The more environmentally important bayside part of the original saltworks now comprises Cheetham Wetlands which make up the migratory bird habitat and conservation area that is there today.
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maltese (22901) 2009-01-13 21:53
Voisin du sud et pourtant avec un hémisphère d'écart ;o))
De belles couleurs pour nous montrer la skyline de Melbourne et avec une cadrage bien pensé avec cette branche qui contaste bien avec le côté urbain de la photo.
Meilleurs voeux pour 2009
ribeiroantonio (22637) 2009-01-13 21:54
In this superb shot we can clearly see that the Eureka Tower is much higher than the Rialto Tower. I really like the beautiful colours of the picture. Well done.
Waylim (25502) 2009-01-14 0:03
That is wonderful to see that a few of you got together and had such a wonderful day. Which lead to us having this image to enjoy. I like the soft light that illuminated the skyline of Melbourne and sent some sparkle on some of the highrises. the sky with pink and purple haze is beautiful, the inclusion of the tree to frame the image and adds to the composition nicely. I enjoyed it. Thanks
macondo (19766) 2009-01-14 2:22
Well, there goes my picture from the afternoon. Too similar to this one; maybe I'll post it on TL.
Very nice gradient of colours in the sky and a bit of golden light on the boughs of the tree; pity it is out of focus, I think. But the city buildings look as sharp as a tack. I wonder how many shots of this scene in total we came away with! Nicely done.
kschanna (6) 2009-01-14 2:36
Another shot of the gold rinsed city. It was a fun day indeed with a lot of good shots taken. This is a good shot with a lot of detail.
Thanks for sharing
judesta (1006) 2009-01-14 2:44
The skyline has changed somewhat since I have left Melbourne, I really like this view of the city. Point Cook as I remember, was a very isolated area of the bay and such there would not be many pictures of this perspective. I like your POV and the tree framing the city. The soft pastel colours of the city and sky really make Melbourne more beautiful that I remember. Your note is really informative and interesting.
skippy007 (12510) 2009-01-14 3:34
Hi Klaudio, I have been waiting to see a post from Sunday, I'm not surprised that you decided on this one as it is a very lovely scene & true to what we saw. The setting sun provided a golden glow to the distant city skyline & the nearby trees as your shot clearly & very precisely shows. The city was a major attraction for us all day but the last shots were the best. I like the colour with the skyline well lit & sharp as a tack. Enjoyed your company, found that we had several things in common & that gave us plenty to talk about. Your note is very informative, thank you.
La prossima volta portiamo il bacchettin per i uccelli.
phwall (6785) 2009-01-14 3:47
Looks good, the late light on the city and the pink glow in the sky make for an attractive panorama.
The foreground tree frames the shot well and adds visual interest. Nice sharp image.
The house guests have all finally left so back to TE.
Dyerco (10185) 2009-01-14 7:18
The soft muted tones in the sky are indicative of the time of day and make a nice beckdrop for the skyline. Good use of the tree as a frame.
Kielia (24077) 2009-01-14 10:43
thanks for your version! I like it how you are concentrating on the fascinating skyline of Melbourne and using the tree for framing this beautiful impression. And your excellent note offers interesting information on this place. Great work!
bracasha75 (24589) 2009-01-14 14:22
Znam da te smaraju moja stabla ali zato mene ne smaraju ovi divni snimci Melburna iz daljine
Zaista velicanstven grad
Jako dobra i kvalitetna fotka
Gerrit (52099) 2009-01-14 16:14
ecxellent composition in perfect balance.
The light and colors are fantastic.
Koopman (1247) 2009-01-15 3:11
Nice skyline of Melbourne. I like the soft pastel colors, almost a painting,
Atousa (7131) 2009-01-16 5:28
I like the way you used the branches as a natural framing for the shot and the lighting on the buildings is also beautiful..here the emphasis is on the skyscrapers in the BG unlike Santo's shot of this place- if I'm right- which the tree itself plays the main role..both are very good.. thanks for the informative note too.
Best wishes for you n your family in this new year , A
holmertz (56251) 2009-01-16 7:29
I just admired Santo's picture from this place the other day. You have put the focus on the city and managed a quite different picture, but the fantastic light is the same. The skyline is nicely framed by the branches. This must have been a fine excursion.
cherryripe (21033) 2009-01-17 10:04
I always find the Melbourne skyline so impressive and I like the hazy, violet light. It's good that you filled up the sky with the branch so the eye could concentrate on the city.
Next time we get to Melbourne (I don't when that will be) it'd be nice to have a TE meeting.
npecanhuk (75812) 2009-02-10 5:08
Superb composition to show the beauty of modern Melbourne! Great sharpness in the background with the skyline! Awesome colors and light all over the image! Well chosen pov!
TFS - Congratulations!